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Fender Flares. Everything about them. Were they available on all models? What's their purpose? Are they worth it? Hard to install/take off? I personally like them, but not sure if they are worth the $. Thanks fellow RAV4 peeps!


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I myself are looking for some. Were they only for the two door models? I have only seen them on two doors.
 

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Gentlemen, it would help if you could put your year and model in your sig.
 

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I myself are looking for some. Were they only for the two door models? I have only seen them on two doors.




Well, here's a picture of a 1997 4 door I found online, with the fender flares. I've seen them on sale on eBay and other websites, but I just would like to know what there purpose is.
 

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Well, here's a picture of a 1997 4 door I found online, with the fender flares. I've seen them on sale on eBay and other websites, but I just would like to know what there purpose is.
Fender flares can shield your vehicle from flying rocks that may have been thrown up from your wheel while you're driving. It is also used to enhance the size of the wheel openings of your ride, plus a bit of enhanced look too.
 

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They are just cosmetic add-ons and were available for all models throughout the range. They provide a wider look (especially if you opt for the 235/60-16 tire size).
Over the years the OEM design differentiated a bit. For example:
Skinnier one-piece rear fender.

(http://rav4world.com/gallery/gallery1/166_2.jpg)
Beefier two-piece rear fender.

(http://rav4world.com/gallery/gallery0/2_4.jpg)

I can provide part numbers if you are interested, but prepare to pay a hefty price (assuming they are still available). There are also aftermarket fenders out there (expensive of course).

Personally, I wouldn't bother with them because of the following reasons:
They are "all show and no function".
Their plastic tends to fade significantly faster than the rest of the surrounding trim (especially on non garaged Ravs).
Since Toyota didn't bother to provide gaskets to create a seal between the flare and the fender (corrected on post-2000 Ravs and other models), mud, dirt and moisture would get trapped resulting in this:

(http://blog.toyota.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/RAV4-resto-15.jpg)
Source: Toyota RAV4 restoration: Part 2 - Toyota
 

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Thanks for the info. I really want to get wheel spacers, so I might still look out for the fender arches. We don't get a lot of rust on the west coast so not a concern for me. But very good advice nevertheless.
 

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Thanks for the info. I really want to get wheel spacers, so I might still look out for the fender arches. We don't get a lot of rust on the west coast so not a concern for me. But very good advice nevertheless.


Oh my gosh I love your paint job! Body and rims!
 

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They are just cosmetic add-ons and were available for all models throughout the range. They provide a wider look (especially if you opt for the 235/60-16 tire size).
Over the years the OEM design differentiated a bit. For example:
Skinnier one-piece rear fender.

(http://rav4world.com/gallery/gallery1/166_2.jpg)
Beefier two-piece rear fender.

(http://rav4world.com/gallery/gallery0/2_4.jpg)

I can provide part numbers if you are interested, but prepare to pay a hefty price (assuming they are still available). There are also aftermarket fenders out there (expensive of course).

Personally, I wouldn't bother with them because of the following reasons:
They are "all show and no function".
Their plastic tends to fade significantly faster than the rest of the surrounding trim (especially on non garaged Ravs).
Since Toyota didn't bother to provide gaskets to create a seal between the flare and the fender (corrected on post-2000 Ravs and other models), mud, dirt and moisture would get trapped resulting in this:

(http://blog.toyota.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/RAV4-resto-15.jpg)
Source: Toyota RAV4 restoration: Part 2 - Toyota

That rust looks like came from behind the fender.


I get it that this is a personal thing and personally, I LOVE the fender flares! However, in case of using extra wide wheels/tires, you actually might need those fender flares to make your car legal!
 

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I knew I would regret this... :mrgreen:

Here you go:
MOULDING, QUARTER, OUTSIDE RH: 75605-42903 (or 75605-42901)
MOULDING, QUARTER, OUTSIDE LH: 75606-42903 (or 75606-42901)
MOULDING SUB-ASSY, REAR DOOR, OUTSIDE RH: 75075-42900
MOULDING SUB-ASSY, REAR DOOR, OUTSIDE LH: 75076-42900
MOULDING SUB-ASSY, FRONT FENDER, RH: 75601-42900
MOULDING SUB-ASSY, FRONT FENDER, LH: 75602-42900
EXTENSION, FRONT BUMPER, RH: 52102-42901 (or 52102-42900)
EXTENSION, FRONT BUMPER, LH: 52103-42901 (or 52103-42900)

And these are just the visible pieces, you would also need clips, gaskets (which apparently for this particular type of flares were indeed used) and possibly other items best summarized in the following post (from a former member of this forum) in 4rav.ru: ??????????? ????

(http://www.rav4world.com/forums/members/albums/37389-mick-hatzo/used-forums-8706-picture50226-fender-flares.jpg)

On a side note, you may need to DRILL the rear door, front fender and plastic bumpers to install the corresponding pieces. Additionally, if you already have OEM mudflaps, you will have to ditch them and purchase slightly different variations to accommodate for the flares.
Last but not least, check these links from a breakers facility in the neighboring Sweden if you want to grab them for cheap:
https://www.bildelsbasen.se/se-sv/Toyota/TOYOTA-RAV4/1995_2000/D%C3%B6rrar/4D&5D-D%C3%B6rr/Alla/ID-19011931/
https://www.bildelsbasen.se/se-sv/Toyota/TOYOTA-RAV4/1995_2000/Dörrar/4D&5D-Dörr/Alla/ID-20689470/ (rear door with the fender removed, notice the holes close to the handle)
 

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My RAV was mashed in a parking lot and when I went to buy the fender and front bumper cover, there were different model #s for "with fender flares" so you may want to check how the flares will meet the front bumper cover.
 

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I have fender flares on my 99 4 door although I'm told they are from a 97. I didn't install them they were on the RAV when I bought it. I took one off while working on my wheel wells and didn't find any body damage but the steel mounting bracket was almost completely rusted away. Going to paint them and reinstall with a fabricated aluminum mounting bracket.

My RAV was a New Jersey resident and has some corrosion issues but fortunately the body has held up well.
 

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