Bushwacker Pocket Style fender flares are a modern classic. And that makes sense. They look like they take alot of work to install, but they really don’t. And as any congressman can tell you, it’s better to look like you’ve put in alot of hours than actually doing so. Though the pocket-style’s visible bolts look like they go straight through the fenders, that you’ve done a crapton of drilling and zinc-coating and repainting and such, they’re actually snapped on from underneath, using existing hardware holes.
But they still work. We could give you a collection of buzzwords like “MAXIMUM PROTECTION,” but we’d rather just show you, with a bunch of awesome trucks that opted for Pocket Style. Check it.
Westin F-150, SEMA 2012
Truck specialists Westin, who make everything from winches to ladder racks, snapped-on some Pocket-Style fender flares to this killer Ford F-150 for SEMA a couple of years ago. The F-150 was armed with a the aforementioned winch and ladder rack, as well as a grille guard stacked with fog lights. There’s a Corsa exhaust, a 6” lift, and tires by Toyo – 35/12.50/20. It’s not a Raptor, but it might be better.
Wamar Technologies Br7
Show trucks are one thing. Wamar’s armored utility vehicle, based on an F-350, is the exact opposite. The government officials who roll in these monsters aren’t concerned with reactions at SEMA, focusing more on reactions to bullets and shrapnel. These guys have fitted the Br7 with blast protection, runflat tires, a new suspension, and more power. They’ve also buttressed the fuel tank, batteries, and ECM so they’ll keep running during an attack. And around the wheel arches- Pocket Style? Yes.
1995 Chevrolet Tahoe
It’s pretty sweet to see a two-door SUV from nearly 20 years ago restored to cherry and kitted out for off-roading. On top of the 6” suspension lift, there’s also a 3” body lift and 37” tires, with the now familiar Bushwacker fender flares to protect that Vader-helmet black paint. Broncos get all the attention. Even Suburbans of the same generation are pretty popular among the off-road community. The shorty Tahoe gets no love. This minotaur is proof that it should.
Tonka T-Rex F-350
The toughest trucks in America don’t have engines. They’re powered by meaty little toddler hands. Tonka trucks take some insane punishment throughout the young lives of their owners – drowning, burial, falls from vast heights, and payloads mysteriously equal to four-year-old children, but then, instead of being retired to a deep display shelf, they’re generally passed on to the next generation of torturers.
Working for Tonka would be fun. You get to design awesome, invincible toy trucks in the R&D department; and in the promotions department, you get to do the same thing. Last year Tonka put together this T-Rex Ford F-350, a toy designed for adults. Slathered in the iconic Tonka yellow, the T-Rex sits on a custom air ride suspension offering all the travel you could want. The bumpers and side steps are all the work of Fab-Fours, but (in case you haven’t noticed the pattern), the flares are Bushwacker Pocket Styles. And from the look of this thing, they get some work.
It probably won’t come as a shock that we happen to carry these very fender flares in the store, along with a whole bunch of other awesome stuff by Bushwacker. We’ve always known they were a fantastic product- durable, easy to install, practical, and visually boss. It’s just great to know they’ve also been endorsed by the builders of these masterpieces.
Now to get a set of those Tonka wheels for every vehicle I’ll ever own for the rest of my life.
Andy Sheehan is a blogger, aspiring novelist, and relentless hoon. He plans to will his 2002 Subaru WRX Wagon to his firstborn, plans his daily commute around the swoop of its roads, and doesn’t plan to ever buy an automatic. A cool-car omnipath, he loves the common Mustang or Chevelle, but hunts for the weird and wonderful Velorexes and Cosmos of the autoverse. And when he can afford a garage, he’s going to turn an MX-5 into a race car.