I've got the same problem. My truck is rust free and originally for FL, but every single one of the rear flare metal mounts have completely rotted away. The Mexican tin they used must just absorb salt. Tomorrow I'm going to try fabbing one out of either angle iron or heavy gauge sheet metal. I have a pile of scraps that must be 1/16 think and very stiff. Been sitting outside for ten years and only has surface rust. Stainless would be great. May have to make a trip to the local scrap yard to try snagging a piece, like an old restaurant counter top or maybe cut up an old kitchen sink. Going to stop at Menards to look for some 1/2 or 3/4" closed cell foam weather stripping for them.
Just too cheap to buy new flares at LMC prices when all I need are the riveted on metal brackets.
Might just try to find 10 - 5/16 plugs. I'd rather work on getting the L31 with TPI injection in it than mess with this stuff.
Ordered these. Will use them temporarily until I make my brackets. Unless I like it without the flares.http://fastenerclub.com/index.php?route ... ct_id=2133
The 10 I need and 40 spares should one fall out, for $11.11 w/shipping.
If anyone comments on the black plastic circles on my rear wheel wells I'll just say they are parking sensors. Won't look any worse than some of the ones I've seen on upscale car rear bumpers. Cadillac ones in particular are butt ugly.
Found the part numbers and prices for OEM non ZR5 flares from a GM dealer.
These are sale prices, aprox $150 off list price.
FLARE, LEFT - 2002 Chevrolet S10 (15761284) Sale Price: $359.56
FLARE, RIGHT - 2002 Chevrolet S10 (15761285) Sale Price: $332.72
Part Notes: W/CREW CAB, BOX SIDE, W/O ZR5http://www.gmoutletparts.com/
By the time you ad shipping that would be over 1/4 of what I paid for the whole truck.