Ok, I voted Lame with a Capital F just for fun
Seriously, I'd probably rather have the plastic that can bend if I was going to have anything...but then again I personally think the first trail mod on an 80 (after ditching the running boards) is to remove the flares. This narrows the 80's body by 3"-4", and I've found that it can still carry a latte pretty well
Without flares on an 80 you have the tires sticking out past the sheetmetal (especially if you go to a 12.5" size) providing your first and best line of defense. Bling factor is zero for most folks, though...but I think the 80 looks better without flares, so I get some personal and admittedly unshiny bling for a free mod.