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jpakes53

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Best Wheel Well Flares to buy
« on: September 08, 2017, 11:41:57 AM »
Looking at buying some replacement wheel well flares for a 77 TA and wondering which ones to go with?  I am looking at 3 options: year one flush mount, year one stock style reproduction, or classic industries stock style reproduction.  Any one have any actual experience with any of these?  I know the year one flush mounts do require some work to get them to fit. 

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Re: Best Wheel Well Flares to buy
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2017, 11:46:20 AM »
Also, I am using 79 TA fenders but will be going on a 77 so are the mounting holes for the stock style flares the same or will I have to drill new holes?

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Re: Best Wheel Well Flares to buy
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2017, 12:28:30 PM »
Danko is another company who makes wheel flairs. 79 fender holes are different.

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Re: Best Wheel Well Flares to buy
« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2017, 12:29:31 PM »
I can help with the mounting question. There is different mounting holes for 78 vs 79. Some 79 fenders have both sets of mounting holes from the factory. You will want to pull the locations from you old fenders.


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Re: Best Wheel Well Flares to buy
« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2017, 01:00:27 PM »
i bought these recently for my 77ta and my body guy said the fit was very good, he did have to drill new holes from stock.  had to paint them as well.  they look darn nice on the car.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1977-1978-Pontiac-Firebird-WHEEL-FLARES-SPOILER-SET/232413636466?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649
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Re: Best Wheel Well Flares to buy
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« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2017, 05:40:58 PM »
That's good to know Squirrel. I will be in the market for a set in the near future. That looks like a pretty good price for the complete set.
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Re: Best Wheel Well Flares to buy
« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2017, 06:23:24 PM »
I have Danko's, they are fiberglass but they fit well and held up for a while now.




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Re: Best Wheel Well Flares to buy
« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2017, 08:27:40 PM »
Another option is to use the originals. They are made out of abs what can be soddered back together with a sodder gun.

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Re: Best Wheel Well Flares to buy
« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2017, 06:20:10 AM »
Yeah that's not an option when you don't have them...I am looking for help from someone who has used one of these 3 options in the past and has some input good or bad on them

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Re: Best Wheel Well Flares to buy
« Reply #9 on: September 30, 2017, 06:16:58 PM »
I will be looking also my originals do not fit very well I am not happy with the body gaps

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Re: Best Wheel Well Flares to buy
« Reply #10 on: October 01, 2017, 12:22:00 PM »
H300r,
Are your originals for sale?

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Re: Best Wheel Well Flares to buy
« Reply #11 on: October 01, 2017, 11:37:49 PM »
i bought these recently for my 77ta and my body guy said the fit was very good, he did have to drill new holes from stock.  had to paint them as well.  they look darn nice on the car.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1977-1978-Pontiac-Firebird-WHEEL-FLARES-SPOILER-SET/232413636466?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649

The flare pics in that ebay post look just like the Danko's.  I've heard great things about the Danko's.  I'll probably be getting them myself.

Little confused about the originals...78 and and earlier are fiberglass but 79 -81 are urethane plastic?
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Re: Best Wheel Well Flares to buy
« Reply #12 on: October 02, 2017, 09:25:03 AM »
Early wheel flares and front spoiler are ABS plastic. The rear spoiler is the only thing that is fibreglass.
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Re: Best Wheel Well Flares to buy
« Reply #13 on: October 02, 2017, 09:04:25 PM »
I'm going to order Danko's 5 piece 79-81 kit with brackets for my 78. 

I called today and they said their lead time is 3-6 weeks.
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Re: Best Wheel Well Flares to buy
« Reply #14 on: October 04, 2017, 08:38:23 AM »
I'm going to order Danko's 5 piece 79-81 kit with brackets for my 78. 

I called today and they said their lead time is 3-6 weeks.

3-6 would be a huge improvement, don't be surprised if it ends up 8-12 weeks.
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Re: Best Wheel Well Flares to buy
« Reply #15 on: October 12, 2017, 07:49:59 PM »
I think that Ebay listing is Danko's undercover way of selling them..they look identical same pictures even. FYI I ordered my Danko set 9 weeks ago and still don't have a tracking number so don't bet on the 3- 6 week time. 

Also, try danko10 for 10 percent discount on their website, worked for me.
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« Reply #16 on: October 12, 2017, 08:37:57 PM »
I think that Ebay listing is Danko's undercover way of selling them..they look identical same pictures even. FYI I ordered my Danko set 9 weeks ago and still don't have a tracking number so don't bet on the 3- 6 week time. 

Also, try danko10 for 10 percent discount on their website, worked for me.

I'm in no rush, and still did not order.  But I even told her : "your website says to call to find out the lead time because it might not always be the usual 3-6 weeks...." She said yes it is 3-6 weeks.   and asked: "Are you sure??"...I never trust anyone...
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Re: Best Wheel Well Flares to buy
« Reply #17 on: October 13, 2017, 11:29:27 AM »
You're lucky she answered the phone, whenI started to think I was not getting my order, I called every few days hoping to get an answer. Not only did I only get their machine each time, they did not return any messages I left. I must have called a dozen or more times.
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« Reply #18 on: October 13, 2017, 01:41:55 PM »
You're lucky she answered the phone, whenI started to think I was not getting my order, I called every few days hoping to get an answer. Not only did I only get their machine each time, they did not return any messages I left. I must have called a dozen or more times.

I got her on the 2nd try later that day.

After not getting through the 1st time, I thought I would never get through, thinking it was a 1 man-shop, part time business at 4 hours a week .

But prices seem real good...and it's not made of plastic like I purchased from YO back in 1990.  Even now CI sells the plastic ones.  My cousin got a set for his 79 FB the same time and he ruined them in less than a year, lol.
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Re: Best Wheel Well Flares to buy
« Reply #19 on: October 13, 2017, 09:19:08 PM »
I think that Ebay listing is Danko's undercover way of selling them..they look identical same pictures even. FYI I ordered my Danko set 9 weeks ago and still don't have a tracking number so don't bet on the 3- 6 week time. 

Also, try danko10 for 10 percent discount on their website, worked for me.

I'm in no rush, and still did not order.  But I even told her : "your website says to call to find out the lead time because it might not always be the usual 3-6 weeks...." She said yes it is 3-6 weeks.   and asked: "Are you sure??"...I never trust anyone...

Lol.  She lies then.  I'll call after the weekend, see what the deal is, ordered early August.

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Re: Best Wheel Well Flares to buy
« Reply #20 on: October 18, 2017, 07:10:46 PM »
So I got a hold of a lady there today, she said that due to the hurricane in Florida they were down for 3 weeks and are just starting to catch up. She said my parts should ship sometime next week, but didn't make any promises. That will put me close to 3 months if they do ship next week, but not holding my breath. 

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Re: Best Wheel Well Flares to buy
« Reply #21 on: December 14, 2017, 11:49:44 PM »
Anyone got an update on these? I was thinking of ordering a set but if you fellas haven't gotten your orders yet Ill have to reconsider.

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« Reply #22 on: December 15, 2017, 10:05:59 PM »
Dankos took a full three months with no communication from them at all.  The fronts fit poorly, 1/2" gap where the fender dips in, rears look good.  Will try heating them and check back.  Haven't gotten to the chin spoiler yet.  I'm not happy with them based on the customer service, let alone waiting three months for parts that don't fit as promised.
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Re: Best Wheel Well Flares to buy
« Reply #23 on: December 20, 2017, 12:52:52 AM »
I just bought a rear left flare from Parts Place on Ebay. They state OEM ABS plastic. I cany wait to see it.

Hopefully the quality is fine. It needs to painted(gold) and mounted. The original flare busted during dismantling.

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« Reply #24 on: December 26, 2017, 06:14:17 AM »
Dankos took a full three months with no communication from them at all.  The fronts fit poorly, 1/2" gap where the fender dips in, rears look good.  Will try heating them and check back.  Haven't gotten to the chin spoiler yet.  I'm not happy with them based on the customer service, let alone waiting three months for parts that don't fit as promised.


Thanks for the update, Ill look elsewhere. I really only need the rears and chin spoiler though

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« Reply #25 on: December 26, 2017, 07:49:50 PM »
I ordered a full set of the 70-73 style from Danko back in mid-October and received them today, so about 10 weeks.  I did have to call early on due to a snafu trying to order through Amazon (don't do that), but other than that I have no complaints. 

I ordered right after the hurricane which they apparently were impacted from and they did offer to do a rush order because of the Amazon issue but I wasn't in a hurry so said it's not necessary.  As others have said, not much communication and no tracking info but parts fit great and I'm impressed with the quality.  Appears to be much sturdier than the ABS version.

Here's a photo of a loose fitting on the front fender (fender is off car) and you can see that there is very little gap, maybe 1/8" at most and this is without fully tightening the fasteners.  I'm sure with the welting on there will be no fitment issue.

Overall, I would recommend them as long as you aren't in a hurry.


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Re: Best Wheel Well Flares to buy
« Reply #26 on: December 26, 2017, 09:02:39 PM »
Dankos took a full three months with no communication from them at all.  The fronts fit poorly, 1/2" gap where the fender dips in, rears look good.  Will try heating them and check back.  Haven't gotten to the chin spoiler yet.  I'm not happy with them based on the customer service, let alone waiting three months for parts that don't fit as promised.


Thanks for the update, Ill look elsewhere. I really only need the rears and chin spoiler though

That sucks, Old Chick.  Sorry to hear this. I was very surprised to read this, because from previous customers, I only heard real good things about their spoilers for 2nd gen F cars.   Did heating help?  Did you ask them to help you out after you noticed they didn't fit?

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This fitting issue is more likely a very rear case.  Not every Honda Accord is super reliable, but most of them are. If you read that someone had issues with their new Accord, would that stop you from buying one?  It's up to you, but I have no rush to get their products, but likely will order from them. 
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Re: Best Wheel Well Flares to buy
« Reply #27 on: December 27, 2017, 06:17:09 AM »

Fullforce,
This fitting issue is more likely a very rear case.  Not every Honda Accord is super reliable, but most of them are. If you read that someone had issues with their new Accord, would that stop you from buying one?  It's up to you, but I have no rush to get their products, but likely will order from them.

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« Reply #28 on: December 27, 2017, 04:10:35 PM »
They are acceptable now with heat, the lower front spoiler is the issue now and is going to need a lot of work to get the ends blended in.  This is not a rare case, there are plenty of folks out there who have trouble with these if you search.  Overall they are usable, but need more work than they should for the money.  I'd like to blame the car, but it's a rust free garage queen with less than 40k miles. 

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Re: Best Wheel Well Flares to buy
« Reply #29 on: January 01, 2018, 01:55:08 PM »
thanks for the update

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Re: Best Wheel Well Flares to buy
« Reply #30 on: January 12, 2018, 01:51:14 PM »
You're lucky she answered the phone, whenI started to think I was not getting my order, I called every few days hoping to get an answer. Not only did I only get their machine each time, they did not return any messages I left. I must have called a dozen or more times.

I got her on the 2nd try later that day.


78TA_In87  Did you wind up ordering them from Danko?  And if so, how long was the delay before you received them?
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Re: Best Wheel Well Flares to buy
« Reply #31 on: January 12, 2018, 10:48:06 PM »
You're lucky she answered the phone, whenI started to think I was not getting my order, I called every few days hoping to get an answer. Not only did I only get their machine each time, they did not return any messages I left. I must have called a dozen or more times.

I got her on the 2nd try later that day.


78TA_In87  Did you wind up ordering them from Danko?  And if so, how long was the delay before you received them?

Not yet.  I'm in no rush.  I've been waiting for my e-ROD LS3 install to complete since I dropped it off at a shop back in May last year.  I'm gonna want to drive it for at least a year before I bring it in for paint (which is when I'll need the flares).
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