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Pros/Cons of fiberglass fenders

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by LonghornTaco, Jan 11, 2009.

  1. Jan 11, 2009 at 8:25 PM
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    LonghornTaco

    LonghornTaco [OP] Can you pass the bailout please?

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    Don't really know much about them except they look pretty wicked. My question is are there any disadvantages of having them on a daily driver? Also, will they provide any benefit if you don't have a long travel kit installed or something?

    I was surprised that the glassworks fenders weren't all that expensive. Of course, I'm sure the expensive part is getting them installed/painted...
     
  2. Jan 11, 2009 at 8:27 PM
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    it allows you to flex out bigger tires than say 33s without trimming or tubbing the fenderwell

    **Edit** see the Demello Tacoma
     
  3. Jan 11, 2009 at 8:34 PM
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    LonghornTaco

    LonghornTaco [OP] Can you pass the bailout please?

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    Hmm... Wonder if it would look funny with 285s? Not big enough?
     
  4. Jan 11, 2009 at 8:38 PM
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    Khaos

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    I'd go with 35"s if your gonna get glass.

    The only disadvantage I could think of is that it makes your truck wider, could make the trails a little tight.
     
  5. Jan 11, 2009 at 8:42 PM
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    LonghornTaco

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    Yeah, I thought about the added width...

    I don't know, I just thought they look pretty mean...it would be very low on the mod wish list...
     
  6. Jan 11, 2009 at 8:44 PM
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    look at fiber werx. they are pretty good to or downey off road is way cheaper.

    just look them up.
    i want to get a one peice front for my 95 that will make it look like an 08
     
  7. Jan 11, 2009 at 8:45 PM
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    and 05tacoTRD you better get that camber checked, it looks like you got some posy on that front
     
  8. Jan 11, 2009 at 8:50 PM
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    i dont think downey makes glass for the 05+

    i just looked on the fiberwerx site...those 1 piece race truck kits look badass!

    and the conversion kits too!

    [​IMG]
     
  9. Jan 11, 2009 at 8:53 PM
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    Installation is a pain but it's worth the time. I spent hours sanding each of the front fenders to get everything to line up properly. I still need to buy and install the new bedsides. Do yourself a favor and buy a Dremel if you don't already have one.

    Before:
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    Looks a little goofy on a non-long-travel truck but I wanted them to avoid the chance of sheet metal bending and tearing into my tires.

    There's no standard means of mounting the antenna with these. I zip-tied mine to the truck under the passenger side fender and it's worked for me. Next I need to re-route the air intake since it now sucks in from the wheelwell with nothing protecting it from water spraying up from the tires.
     
  11. Jan 12, 2009 at 1:31 PM
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    I know on the 1st gens you can get them with a mild flare on them so it doesnt look wierd without long travel, idk about 05+ but if you can get a set with a mild flare on it with 285's and maybe a some wheels that stick out farther than stock it would look awesome!
     
  12. Jan 12, 2009 at 1:35 PM
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    mjp2 theres some room and a little area under the intake filter of where u can possibly weld some kind of heat shield to protect it
     
  13. Jan 12, 2009 at 1:39 PM
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    I'm torn between that and running it into the passenger compartment. I can deal with noise but the ducting will be a PITA. There's a good chance I'll go with what you suggested as long as I can make sure water drains away from the intake if/when it does get through that opening.
     
  14. Jan 12, 2009 at 1:41 PM
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    just wrap the intake in a shamwow!
     
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    That might soak up all the oxygen along with the water! Those things are SUPER absorbent!

    To completely derail the thread for a moment, 36 seconds into this is pure gold:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPKtBM99kAc
     
  16. Jan 12, 2009 at 1:49 PM
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    IMO you almost have to have a LT kit to make the glass fenders look good. Otherwise, the truck has a fat top, and no wide bottom to compensate.
     
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