I have toyed with the idea of adding flares, but I don't like the smooth factory flares. I like the bushwhackers, but I'd need wider tires and wheels to pull it off. When we bought it, my short wife had a hard time getting in & out. She wanted boards installed. I checked around and found the lowering kit for less money than running boards so she said buy it. I think it had about 4K miles when I lowered it. Definitely like the black over any other color, but Gabe's red w/black trim is a real close second.