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  1. Bumper Covers vs Bumpers - What's the Difference?

    Where Does a Bumper Cover Go?
    A bumper cover, as the name suggests, covers the actual impact-absorbing bumper and is largely an aesthetic accent. The actual bumper is typically a fixed structure, sometimes integrated into the vehicle itself, whose main purpose to act as an impact absorber for collisions. While a bumper cover’s main role is visual in nature, they can provide some small amount of additional safety.

    Are Bumper Covers Necessary?
    In many older vehicles the bumper, typically steel construction and chrome plated, was integrated into the vehicle itself and served as its own aesthetic accessory. This is no longer the case and the bumper is mainly an aesthetically-challenged interior component. Hence, the modern bumper cover is necessary and serves some additional purposes. Typically molded a

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  2. Should I Buy OEM or Aftermarket Fender Liners

    When shopping for replacement fender liners you typically have two choices; OEM and aftermarket wheel liners. The choice really comes down to durability and price. When comparing the durability of the two choices, in almost every situation, OEM splash guards easily win. OEM fender liners are typically made thicker and are therefor more rigid. Being more rigid, OEM liners can be slightly easier to install.

    The real question is do fender liners need to be extremely durable? Beyond installation, unless you are driving on very rugged terrain, the answer is usually no. Most of the problems we have seen with aftermarket fender liners are due to incorrect installation. When installed correctly your splash guards should never be touching/rubbing your vehicle’s tires. If installed incorrectly and the tire being allowed to rub against the liner then you can run into issues w

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