Kawasaki Teryx Fender Flares Review 0

Driving side-by-side vehicles is one of the best ways to enjoy the outdoors. A sturdy chassis, roll-over protection and 4WD makes getting through the rough stuff extra fun, and we typically find ourselves aiming for mud and water more than avoiding it. Even though riders get to sit “inside” a cab, there’s no way to avoid getting dirty. Our 2010 Kawasaki Teryx 750 Sport gets an equal blend of work and play, and the mildly aggressive stock tires are more than capable of kicking up dirt along the way. Whether it’s slogging across stinky cow fields or slip-sliding down snowy trails, we prefer to keep ground gunk out of our face and off our clothes so we ordered a set of fender flares ($219.95) from the Kawasaki accessory catalog.

INSTALLATION

All four fenders come in a single box along with a bag of hardware and a single sheet of instructions. There’s actually six pieces since the front flares are split to accommodate the pivoting hood, but this definitely isn’t an overwhelming job. Each front flare requires five drilled holes and the rears take nine. The installer will need 1/4-inch and 5/16-inch drill bits – the larger for nylon push darts which go in first and the smaller for the rest of the bolts. A Phillips head screwdriver and wrench are the only other tools necessary.

It’s so simple to mark and drill the holes that it’s not really necessary to have the nylon push darts, you could even replace them with regular bolts if desired. We installed the first flare as per the directions by pinning it with the push dart and a single bolt before marking and drilling the rest. After that we just held the flares in place, eyeballed it and drilled all the holes at once and they turned out great. It’s not a science. Kawasaki’s tilt bed and pivoting hood make getting at the backside of the fenders easy. The only problem encountered was that the hardware kit was short a few bolts. They are common fasteners and easy enough to match at a local hardware store. However, we informed Kawasaki of the glitch and have been assured that it’s being remedied.

PERFORMANCE

Adding fender flares was a priority for winter riding in mud and snow.

Adding fender flares was a priority for winter riding in mud and snow.

The 2010 Teryx has masculine, sharp lines that we’re pretty fond of, and the additional fender flares add an extra shot of testosterone. Fortunately, they quickly proved to function as well as they look once we headed out to play. We steered the Kawi through shallow water and mud repeatedly and found that all debris was thrown clear of the passengers, even when turning the wheels and romping the throttle. Snow was no match as well which made the ride much more enjoyable. The black plastic is tough and we’ve found them handy at keeping brush away from the stock bodywork.

After a couple months of use the performance of these fender flares has been awesome all around and we haven’t seen any drawbacks yet. Installing them was simple and they’ll be even more appreciated once it’s time to slap on fresh off-road tires. Deeper knobs are only going to throw more roost and these would be a necessity for extended A-arms. Flares are available for 2008 and 2009 models as well with non-tilting hood ($169.95). Look for the fender flares and other accessories for the Teryx at Kawasaki.com.

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