Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Idaho panhandle
Re: Rust problem
I just installed stock Ford flares from an 08 onto a 99 and it hid all the wheel well rust nicely! First I removed the crappy chrome stick on flares that were on there that likely caused the rust to begin with. Then I knocked the big pieces off with a screwdriver. Next a sanding disc/flapper wheel on a grinder was used with 120 grit to take the remaining rust off and down to bare metal. I also used the flapper wheel to feather the edges of the stock paint down to the bare metal. Then I cleaned the fenders and the bare metal, hit with a rust stopping primer and flat white krylon paint (my fenders are white)
I found some black flares on Craigslist from a 2008, the guy updated his truck to bushwhacker style pocket flares so I scored for $40!
The 08 flares fit the 99 truck bed and front fenders perfectly, just had to cut the front ones off at the bumper...It literally took me an hour per fender, the drivers side ended with a 3" diameter rust hole right through it, the flare covered the entire area. I'm happy truck looks great
1997 CCFB 7.3, ZF5, 4x4, 4.10, baby swamps, TS6, E99 spyder, RiffRaff pipes, 6.0 FMIC, RSK, 315 toyo at
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2001 Excursion 7.3, auto, 4x4, 3.73, 6" Suspension lift, 37" Dick Cepeks
2000 E350 7.3, auto 2wd, 3.73, planning a TTB 4x4 conversion
21.9 liter family