Shortly after I’ve moved back to Vancouver I’ve learned about the VI (Vehicle Inspection) craze that’s been going on around here. Apparently, Vancouver Police Traffic Department are pulling over any vehicles that appear modified and slapping these vehicles with a mandatory vehicle inspection which had to be performed by designated inspecting facilities. A whole lot of drama revolving this one traffic cop who had a personal vendetta against modded cars, a good amount of folks I know personally had been hit by this particular officer. It’s gotten to a point where some folks would rather not drive their modded rides into Van-City because it’s just not worth the potential trouble.
At the time I was hearing about several lifted jeeps getting dinged too for tire poke and unsafe bumpers. As much as it looks cool w/ the poke, I think it’s time to finally get those flares installed.
I’ve known Ben since we were kids working at the go-kart track and Kenny from OG S2Ki days (10+ yrs ago, we old AF). When Ben told me he can squeeze me in on Saturday to get the flares on at his shop Automind Collision, I made the time for it. He said to meet at his shop at 11 AM, plenty of time to pack Rosa in the car, grab breakfast and rolll out!
^ Originally, I wanted to mount the flares on top of the stock plastic fender cladding (to possibly avoid drilling into the fenders itself). However, they didn’t match up perfectly and we had to pop off the stock cladding and see how it matches up. The metal fender underneath is grooved to the shape the stock cladding and had holes which the stock piece used for mounting (see pic above); it wasn’t completely smooth.
It was kinda a little bit dirty AF where the stock plastic used to sit. After a quick clean up we’re ready to get to the real shit: drilling the fenders. Growing up with race-kaa’s this part didn’t faze me all that much, my general rule of thumb is as long as it’s a part that can be replaced, then cut away.
^ The flares are held on pretty firmly with the rivets in place. We added a strip of Nakai-weather-seal to keep water out (from above). The front and rear ends of the fender flares were trimmed for a sleeker look, we had to use an angle grinder to the urethane flares simply because they’re tough as shits, I’ll never worry about these cracking unless I’m in a serious collision at which point this would be the least of my worries :)
Are these flares just there to look pretty? Or do they serve any functional purpose?
Luckily for us, there is an off-road park just fifteen minutes away from where I lived. It had just rained recently so the place was filled with puddles and mini lakes (twas very fun).
Honestly, I’m happy to have this out of the way. Now, I can move onto other life long projects.
What’s next, you ask? I’ll give you a hint.
There’ll be an air tank sitting in my trunk ;)
Stay tuned for more updates!!