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Fender flares..stock or what?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by mizzac, Nov 8, 2010.

  1. Nov 8, 2010 at 3:32 PM
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    mizzac

    mizzac [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Hey anyone know if these are the stock fender flares that came on the gen 1s? I havent seen any 97s with these but i think they will fit if there stock? If not anyone know what kind they are?

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  2. Nov 8, 2010 at 3:36 PM
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    I dont believe that the older 1st gen's had flares but I could be wrong.

    Those look aftermarket to me.
     
  3. Nov 8, 2010 at 3:54 PM
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    Those are the 2" bushwacker fender flares. The come in matte black but you can paint them. I installed mine in late '97 and left them black since my truck was black anyways.

    They didn't have any stock flares for the '97, just the black rubber wheel trim with a chrome stripe in it.
     
  4. Nov 8, 2010 at 3:56 PM
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    Look on the inside, the firs gen had plastic clips that go thru the fenders with square holes. they look good, I want some but im not about to drill holes in the fenders and bed.
     
  5. Nov 8, 2010 at 4:01 PM
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    The 2" bushwacker fender flares don't require any drilling, they use the holes on the bottom edge of the wheel well. At the time I purchased the 2", they had a 2 1/2" flare but those required drilling and bolts along the upper edge of the flare. The 2" ones I have only use a rubber gasket between the flare and the body and all the screws are under the wheel lip just as if the rubber/chrome trim was installed.
     
  6. Nov 8, 2010 at 4:20 PM
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    There are actually 2 different flares for 1st Gen. Someone chime in and correct me if I'm wrong. 96-2000 had smaller flares without holes (if you were lucky enough to have flares). 2001-2004 had flares mounted to the body of the truck through square openings (can't call them holes because holes are circular, right?).
     
  7. Nov 8, 2010 at 4:33 PM
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    Ya. There are little squares that take blue and red clips. I took my flares off months ago and never looked back.
     
  8. Nov 8, 2010 at 10:31 PM
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    I cant find a 2" one. Bushwacker has a 3" or a 1.5", is that what they are then?
     
  9. Nov 9, 2010 at 4:21 AM
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    Yes, 1.5 inches is what they are listed at now (Bushwacker extend-a-fender). The 3 inch ones are cut-outs and require the drilling thru the side of the body. The extend-a-fender ones are the largest you can get without drillng holes.

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    If I could find a pair from another 1st gen would they fit my '97 without any drilling?? I guess it depends on what yr they come off of.. I don't really like the ones with "holes" in them so I should be looking for a <2001 is that right?
     
  11. Dec 19, 2010 at 5:26 AM
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    Look for "Bushwacker extend-a-fender" flares on their website. The 1997 Tacomas didn't come with any fender flare from the factory so you will need to just purchase an after-market set like I did. The 1.5 or less flares do not need any drilling. Only the "Cut-Out" ones need drilling.

    http://bushwacker.com/search_fender.asp
     
  12. Dec 19, 2010 at 5:52 AM
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    They actually look exactly like the ones i bought from a Florida Toyota dealer for my 2000 Tacoma. They were bolt on and looked great. They came in primer grey color and i had them painted black to match the BSP.
    Price was reasonable, though i don't remember exactly the figure.

    ....Had i known there was as much of a market for the stuff, i would have taken them off of my 2000 before it went to back to Toyota.
     
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    YES, you are 100% correct.

    I had both, a 2000 with the bolt on small flares, and now an 03 with the larger flares that bolt and clip.

    BTW, in the picture of the white tacoma in the first post: Those are NOT factory OEM flares.
     
  14. Dec 19, 2010 at 1:34 PM
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    Mine came in Toyota boxes from a Florida Toyota dealer and looked exactly like the ones pictured in the 1st pic. That is a fact.

    The one difference from the flares that came on the trucks from the factory and the ones they sent me was the seal between the flare and the fender. The ones i got were more rounded black rubber, compared with the flat finished look seam on the factory seams.
     
  15. Dec 19, 2010 at 3:25 PM
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    Only way to find out if they are factory or not is to pull them off & look for a toyota part #. To me those look like the flares from the 98-99 Limited pkg.
     
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    BINGO, and mine had them. They did NOT look like the ones in the first post either. As a matter of fact, I listed mine for sale on this forum a while back. Let me look for it and I'll post that link up. I took mine off before Toyota bought back my 2000 tacoma. I sold them on ebay for $275.00

    OK found it. Here is the link to the FACTORY OEM flares for years 95.5 through 2000

    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/buy-sell-trade/104123-fs-oem-fender-flares-fits-95-5-04-a.html
     
  17. Dec 20, 2010 at 2:45 PM
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    Here is a pic of my crashed 99 (Not a limited) with stock flares.

    I bought and painted 04 flare fenders. Now I've gotta figure out what to do as I only have (2) 99 flares and fronts are now square hole 01-04 rear are 96-00.

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    Here is why I know these are NOT OEM Toyota flares.

    1. In the picture between the arrows the flares have a flat edge: Not OEM

    2. Inside the squares showing how the flare ends flare out: Not OEM

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  19. Dec 20, 2010 at 2:50 PM
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    I'm just throwing this out there for reference...
    I've got the Xenon 2.2inch wide flares on my '96 >link<

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  20. Dec 20, 2010 at 3:58 PM
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