Created: May 27, 2022
What’s up, guys? Today we’re going to install SuperATV’s Low Profile Fender Flares on a Honda Talon 1000. Let’s get right to it.
The first thing you should do is remove all the contents from the packaging. Separate everything to ensure you have all the parts you need. You’ll have push pins, spacers, and fender washers. You should have washers for bolts, short bolts, and long bolts as well.
Next, find the passenger-side flare. It’s cut to fit the contours of the factory fender.
This machine already had these fender flares installed in the past, so the holes have already been drilled. We will still show you exactly how to orient the flares, where to mark the holes, and how to drill them.
Take the lower section of the front fender flare and fit it into the matching OEM contour on the machine. Get it as tight as possible, where it fits well and is laying on the OEM contours nicely. Next, you’ll mark the holes for drilling.
To mark the holes, use a paint marker or other high-visibility writing tool. Line it up exactly how it would be installed. Hold it in place, then reach through the hole on the fender flare and mark each spot on the OEM flare. After you’ve marked the holes, drill them out to match the fender flare. We recommend you start from the top.
Take a push pin and line it up, then install it through the hole you drilled. The flare should still be able to move a bit at this point. You’re checking for fit and alignment with the rest of the holes. The most important part about these flares is getting them to fit and look nice on your machine.
Once you’ve pinned at least two, you’ll have something to hold the flare in place as you continue working.
Next, you’ll drill the rest of the holes. Once all the lower holes are drilled, you should install all of your push pins.
Make sure the lip on the factory fender lines up perfectly with your flare. If anything, it may need to be moved backwards just a touch, but you don’t want it to protrude too far.
Now, push your fender flare back as far as you can into the contour of the factory fender. Make sure your flare fits nice and tight into the corner. Once you have the flare situated, drill through the flare.
Push your flare back and make sure it’s lined up exactly how it’s supposed to be. Then drill a hole through the fender.
Once that’s done, you can start the hardware. Finger-tighten a nut on the bottom side. That will hold the flare in position, tucked back where you aligned it.
The rest of the holes should line up perfectly. Again, we’ve already had flares installed, so none of your holes will be drilled yet.
Now take your long hardware and SuperATV washer. Drop it through the hole next to and above the corner.
Then take a spacer and slide it onto the hardware. Line up the fender flare. You want the fender flare as tight in the corner as tight as possible. You don’t want any gaps.
You’ll have to hold the flare lightly, but it should almost stay in place on its own. Now you need a flat washer and Nyloc nut. Take the flat washer and slide it onto the bolt. Then finger-tighten the nut.
If you put enough tension on it, the hardware should be angled. You want it to be angled toward the front—that means once the hardware is tightened, it’ll tuck the flare in perfectly.
As you can see, we’re following the OEM contour perfectly. That will give you the best fit and the best look for your machine.
Now you can continue drilling your holes.
Keep going with the same process. Drill, put hardware in, drill, put hardware, drill, put hardware—then, once all the hardware is in, tuck it back as far as it will go.
Now that the front is installed, you can move on to the back. The first thing you’ll do on the back side of the machine is remove the factory push pin. This push pin will need to be removed to install our flare.
Use the push pin removal tool to remove it, then set it aside.
Once you’ve removed the factory push pin, you can repeat the same steps for installation as the front fender flare. The main difference is the installation of the rear plate.
To install the rear plate, you need one of the short Allens and a washer, just like what you used for the rest of the installation. Take the passenger-side rear plate and line the hardware up with the hole in this plate.
Pop the hardware through and attach it to the plate. You want to make sure you’re using the correct plate for whatever side you’re working on. Again, we’re working on the passenger side at this time.
Go ahead and finger tighten the nut at this point. Then we’ll repeat the same step for the first and second holes.
You shouldn’t install hardware in the arm bracket just yet. At this point, you should rotate it and tuck it into the fender. Align the bracket with the hole and visually check the fit and angle of the flare.
Once you’ve aligned the notch with the hole, take the paint marker and tap a mark through the bracket. Now that you’ve made your mark, you’re ready to drill the hole.
Now find a short Allen with a SuperATV washer, a flat washer, and a Nyloc nut. Slide the hardware through the hole you just drilled. Take the bracket and install the flat washer and then the Nyloc nut. That will hold everything in place for you as you work.
On the bottom side, put the flat washer on, and then take a Nyloc nut and start it.
Now you’ll drill through the OEM fender plastic for the final two holes. Line the spacer up with the hole and the flare. Then pop the hardware through the flare, through the fender, and out the bottom. Put a big flat washer on the bottom and then start tightening the Nyloc nut.
Now you can fully tighten the hardware. Then repeat the same steps for the opposite side.
Once that’s done and the hardware is fully tightened, you’re done installing SuperATV’s Low Profile Fender Flares on this Honda Talon 1000X. Don’t forget to check out the rest of our awesome accessories and upgrades for your Talon!