Bolt-on Fender Flares?

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  1. sandiego74

    sandiego74 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I haven't seen this topic on this forum, so I figured I'd start the conversation.

    My goal is to get more tire under the car, and I'd much rather go wider rather than mini-tub.

    Ideally, I'd love to have metal flares similar to Brian Hobaugh's '73, but the work involved would be way too expensive for me.

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    The fiberglass pieces, similar to the IROC cars and the Spectre Camaro would be nice, too, but, again, the work involved would be too expensive for me right now, as, not only would one need to pay for the bodywork to get them molded just right, one would also need paint to cover up said bodywork.

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    However, a popular trend from the JDM community has brought up using the cheap, bolt-on style fender flares. While certainly not as good-looking as the molded style, they actually don't look bad when done right. I've only seen them on one 2nd Gen, but I've seen several 1st Gen Camaros and Firebirds with them.

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    Anyone have experience with these, not just on a Camaro, but on any car?
     
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    Metal flairs usually involve some fab skill. And there a lot of different types and materials. There is the SCCA and IROC types, The type from the Roadsters Shop 1970-3 Camaro "Rampage" .And also the IMSA type flairs on the later cars.I would save up your money until you can afford the type of flair you want. You will probably be happier down the road. 5529277575_d2325a91e8_b_26512224230_o.jpg
     
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    I personally don’t mind the look of the bolt on flairs. You might be able to get early Nissan Z (240z, 260z) bolt on flairs that may work with a little massaging. Depending on the look you are going for the bolt on style fits better in my opinion.
     
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    I forgot to mention Rampage. Definitely one of my all-time favorite builds, but too road-racey for what I want for my car.

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    Found the garage that built World War Z. Cyrious Garage in Canada, aye. Seems they specialize in imports, specifically 240Z's, so the eastern-style makes sense. I reached out to them to get some specifics on the flares and wheel/tire sizes.

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    If they get back to you with specifics I am very interested in them as I would like to put some on my 79.
     
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    sandiego74 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    This is all that Cyrious Garage told me: "We custom made the fenders for the car. The rims were 19x10 and 19x12." Big help there.

    Did some measuring on the fender wells, and these look like they'll work perfectly. I'll probably end up trying these: https://www.amazon.com/Universal-fender-3-5inch-Classic-Extensions/dp/B071SDFNBW/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1528431509&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=bolton+fender+flares&refinements=p_72:2661618011&psc=1

    Also found this, which look good, but would interfere with my front spoiler, and they're pretty expensive: https://clinchedflares.com/product/muscle12/
     
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    Have you checked the 1974-7 Z-28 front spoiler to see if it might work for your application?
     
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    So I can get behind those Amazon ones. If you end up purchasing a set I would love to hear what you think about the fit. I almost wish the “pockets” were more noticeable but I still think they would look mean.

    In the answered questions on the description of those flairs they are supposed to fit a 1978 Camaro.
     
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    My '74 has the '79-'81 style front spoiler, so it comes up on the fender much higher and wider. I can always modify the flares to fit well with the spoiler.

    I'll definitely let you know. I just got paid today, so I'm thinking I might just order them now to check them out. However, they, apparently, would be coming from Russia and may take a month to get, so I'm going to see if I can find some local ones first.

    I wouldn't go off of the answered-questions, at least for something that is supposed to be universal. It looks like someone just replied, "yes," to everyone who asked if they would fit on their car.
     
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