Coloured flares on new GU

Submitted: Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 12:57
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I am considering updating my Patrol but am not a big fan of the coloured flares preferring the black ones on my 2003 GU.

Those who have the new model, how do you find the scratch resistance of the coloured guards?

Does anyone know of a special order possibility of Nissan delivering with black guards or does anyone have any pics of this setup??

I am looking at a ST rather than DX.

Thanks in advance

Darren
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Reply By: RenoRXGQ - Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 13:39

Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 13:39
I agree with the look prefering the black as on previous models myself too.
you only have to look at the flares and they scratch...personnaly i dont worry about it, will get them resprayed when selling the car(3ltr GUIIII).
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Reply By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 13:52

Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 13:52
Coloured ones are fine...
I have driven mine to hell and back... You can put all the scratches you want on em and they polish out...
The trick is not to worry about each scratch you get,,,, just save em all up and after each year just polish them out...
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Reply By: Laura B - Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 14:02

Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 14:02
coloured flares hey!!! black looks classy but what colours are we talking about with these other type....?

Laura B
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Follow Up By: DARREN - Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 14:08

Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 14:08
All new non DX Patrol wagons have colour coded flares and bumpers..colour is same as body.
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Reply By: Darren C - Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 14:22

Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 14:22
Have definitely seen the GU4 with black flares in various bits of advertising which I can only assume are plastic......maybe this was the DX model although I the DXs I have seen dont seem to have flares as such
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Follow Up By: Robin - Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 14:35

Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 14:35
Think black plastic ones come with ordering wide wheel option on DX.

Robin Miller

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Reply By: signman - Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 16:43

Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 16:43
Bring ya coloured ones down..and I'll cover them in Carbon Fibre look-a-like!!
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Follow Up By: DARREN - Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 16:56

Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 16:56
Sounds techno and thanks for the offer but I am kinda hoping Nissan is able to assist.
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Reply By: Fusion - Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 18:10

Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 18:10
I've gouged some big chunks out of one of my flares (reversing past one of those small green signs in a national park, Fraser Island to be precise.) You know the ones, with yellow writing and big bolts holding the horizontal plank on. Yeah the bolts do good work on the plastic flares :)

I can confirm that underneath the stippled paint on the flare is black plastic, same as the DX I gather. The paint on the flares is not glossy but has a pattern printed on it. I understand that it isn't possible to reproduce this, so once you've stuffed a flare, there is no chance of having it put back to original condition unless you can get one from another car. Nissan only provide them in black plastic, you have to get them painted yourself.

I'm thinking of having something done with all my flares so they match and offer better scratch resistance. (Not for reversing past signs, but tight tracks ;) A carbon fibre look alike print sounds interesting and would provide a high level of scratch resistance I gather?

Aaron.
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Follow Up By: DARREN - Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 18:22

Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 18:22
Aaron,

Thanks for your response.

Perhaps the "stippled" paint is due to the texture of the plastic below or do you think it is actually a different paint to the body?

Your experiences are what I am wanting to avoid, my black flares have seen a bit of work and I am sure if they were colour coded they would look terrible with the black showing through the colour.

I wonder how much Nissan would charge you for a set of black ones to possibly replace all of yours. I reckon someone out there must have gone down this road already....
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Follow Up By: Fusion - Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 18:37

Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 18:37
Darren,

I don't think the pattern is the result of the platic as my previous vehicle, and X-Trail, had the same sort of pattern on the rear bumper. Someone reversed into it one day in a carpark. So the new bumper, provided to the panel works in black, flat plastic by nissan, when painted was silky smooth, ie no pattern.

I don't know the exact figure, but the panel works guy who did the X-trail told me they were something like $400 per wheel arch for the Patrol. Your local Nissan dealer should be able to give you the price over the phone.

I'm planning to spend some money at panel works etc, doing something to all my existing flares, rather than pay Nissan for another set in matt black.

I haven't decided what to do yet, but I'll probably end up getting them all done at the same time. Perhaps a different colour to my silver patrol? But the only colour that will work well is black. hmmmm....

Aaron.
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Follow Up By: Trevor R (QLD) - Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 22:24

Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 22:24
Darren,

I don't know the price for the newer models but the black plastic flares on the 2000 model I have, was 300 bucks just for the 1/2 arch on the rear drivers side door. 1 part of the flare = $300. OUTRAGEOUS in my opinion.
Hope this helps with your decision.

Trevor.
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Reply By: Eric M - Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 22:16

Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 22:16
I bought my patrol last july and have scratched the flares and they polish out alright. The biggest problem I've got with the ST is that they have 17inch rims and trying to get a second rim here in Perth is not easy. even went to Mr mags, biggest dealer of rims in perth and they don't have one I was told that they maybe available in 12 months, typical vehicle manufacturers change specifications but don't think of the spares that you might need Asked Nissan about the cost of a rim the same as the one on the Ptrol and was told $1100.
I am still looking. I have been told that a rim of the latest Toyota Sahara may fit.
EricM.
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