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Can someone enlighten me on the whole fender flare differences.
1) Like which ones didn't have them at all?
2) What years had the smooth ones and which years had the bumps!
3) why do some of the bottom flaps on the front flares look so much longer than others? Like were they actually longer or is it just me? On some they seem to go way pass the floorboards but in other seem to stop closer to being even with them and just flat out look better bc they're not not big and long.
4) Which had screws and which had push pins?
5) What the peice called or at least the part number to the brackets that connects to the floorboards so that the front and back plastics are held tight so they don't rub when you hit a bump or something?
 

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Great questions but simply you can try to cross ref the part numbers for the different years of TRX300 in the link to Rocky Mtn ATV in my sig block. These illustrated parts breakdowns (IPBs) will also show proper nomenclature
 

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1) fender stays hold the fenders , 2) don't know of any that used screws , 3) seems the ones with the humps have longer bottoms on them ----------- the 1st gen smooth ones look the best to me , 4) the 88's didn't have them , I drilled holes and added them to a 88 2wd I had , the 1st gens were $80 last time I looked , they are going to obsolete real soon
 

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as far as what years were hump and smooth , I have a 92 and a 95 which are both smooth and 96's up with the hump flares , so I would guess 95 was the last year of the smooth flares
 

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I own a 93 and have 2 94, a 95 and a 99 at work. The 93-95 have smooth flares and the fronts dip way down. These flares are cool looking but have little cuts in the bottom where they scrape rocks. This IPB shows two different type of Mud guards for the front so I鈥檇 say there might be two configurations. Don鈥檛 know why might be someone else knows
 

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Details on the flares are a bit fuzzy at best. Especially when it comes to the 1988 models But this is what I can tell you based on the information I've found....

1988's had no flares on 2wd or 4wd, but were available as an option. They would have just had the short fender extensions on the front. I don't think they even had the small half footboards on them.

1989 there were no FW's in the USA, 2wd's would have just came with the short front fender extensions, now we see the half footboards on the 300's. Rear flares and full front flares are still an option.

1990-1992 2wd's would remain the same as the 1989's, FW's are back and would now have the flares on the front as standard.

1993 is kind of a odd year. It seems like some of the 2wd's are setup the same as the 1992 and prior models, but some did have standard rear flares on them. It seems like if they had the 88-92 style decals on them then they had no flares, then if they have the 93+ style decals they have rear flares on them. The FW's all had front and rear flares.

1994-1995 would remain pretty much the same, rear flares only on the 2wd's, short fender extensions up front, FW's have full flares front and rear.

1996-2000 2wd's get full flares front and rear same as the FW's have.

Now, with that out of the way. Here's the skinny on the pins vs. screws. 1988-1991 Have screws holding the flares on. 1992-2000 have the push pins.

As far as the style of flares, 1988-1995 have flat flares, 1996-2000 have the humps.

I'm not sure if some are longer than others but I know a lot of them get cut shorter.
 

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So in y'alls experience, which hold up better? I've got a Gen 1, what must be a 94-95 Gen 2, and two 3rd gens. I've picked up some tan fenders I want to use that are also 3rd gen by looking at the flare holes (line up with the ribbed flares, don't line up with the early style)

I've been searching for flares as all of them had busted/rotted/brittle flares on them. Will they stay flexible if they aren't stored out in the sunlight or ? I don't want to have to try to replace them again in 5 years if the ones I buy are just going to disintegrate.

It looks to me like the older style hold up better to time than the newer style, but I personally like the newer style better.
 
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