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Old 03-16-2012, 12:37 PM   #1
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Poison Spyder JK Crusher Flares in Steel or Aluminum



The Jeep JK's front fenders and flares are one of the most vulnerable body components when traversing the trail. The Poison Spyder JK Front Crusher Flare™ kit improves both the aesthetics and durability of your Jeep during your off road adventures. Crusher Flares™ provide tire coverage similar to the factory flares, with the added advantage of a better approach angle and outer tire clearance. Crusher Flares™ are available for both front and rear of -door and 4-door JK's, and each kit comes as a pair that fits both the two and four door models.



Crusher Flares™ are available in either steel or aluminum. Steel Crusher Flares™ are made of 1.5" X .120 wall DOM tubing, with a 1/8" steel top plate and 3/16" steel mounting plate. Aluminum Crusher Flares™ are constructed from 1.5" X .188" wall annealed aluminum structural tubing in combination with 1/8" and 3/16" aircraft grade aluminum plate. Not sure whether to choose steel or aluminum for your Crusher Flares™? Aluminum is lighter in weight, so might be the best choice for those looking to save weight on their heavy JK's in order to improve fuel mileage and gain an advantage off-road. However, when wheeling with aluminum flares it is up to the driver to use more care and finesse, as the aluminum components are not going to be able to withstand the same direct impacts that steel can. The thicker tube wall thickness of the aluminum version recoups some of the strength lost by going to aluminum, however the steel versions will still be stronger in a direct impact with the rocks. For reference, a steel JK Front Crusher Flare™ weighs 31.6 lbs (not including hardware), while an aluminum one weighs only 11.8 lbs. Which is best for you will depend on your particular intended use of the Jeep, driving style and other factors.



The Crusher Flare™ kit utilizes stainless countersunk hardware to secure to the Jeep's outer skin and steel heavy duty internal brackets that are coupled to the sub-frame. Poison Spyder's exclusive supporting sub-frame brackets give the Crusher Flare™ a solid platform and transfer impact load away from the outer sheet metal body. No other aftermarket metal flare comes with such robust internal bracketry--most come with none at all! When shopping for metal flares for your JK, be sure to determine whether the product you are looking at includes such internal strengthening brackets. If the flare merely bolts to the exterior sheetmetal of the Jeep with no additional internal bracing, it can damage your Jeep even more if it sustains an impact on the trail! Additionally the JK Front Crusher Flare™ Kit comes with a pair of rubber gaskets that isolates the fender from direct contact with the Jeep paint and body.



Poison Spyder JK Front Crusher Flares™ retain the factory wheel well liner to protect the engine from trail and road debris (you'll need to trim the liner to re-install). Furthermore the reinforced sub-frame brackets are hidden to complete a clean and finished appearance. The JK Front Crusher Flare™ kit comes standard with mounting provisions to replace the factory side marker with an updated LED marker light (sold separately). The addition of the LED provides a more modern and refined look that complements the function and style of the Crusher Flare. LED lamps and electronic flashers must be purchased separately.




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All Crusher Flares ship as un-coated bare steel or aluminum.
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Old 03-16-2012, 12:38 PM   #2
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Poison Spyder JK Crusher Flares have been run at King of the Hammers the last two years

On our own JKOH in the 2011 race:



And on this nice entry in the Stock class of the 2012 KOH Every Man Challenge:

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Old 03-16-2012, 12:40 PM   #3
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Here's an interesting look at the packaging that Anthony and his crew in the shipping department do. Here they're packing up a set of JK Crusher Flares.



We use a heavy duty double wall custom box. First the plastic liner goes in, then a shot of foam-in-place expanding foam...



Gotta get the parts set into place before the foam expands too far, so it can conform up and around the parts...



Add some extra bubble wrap to protect corners and where parts nest together...



More plastic film and foam on each end...



You gotta work quick with this stuff!



A shot of foam at either end locks the parts into place...



Gotta get the lid on quickly so the foam can expand and conform to the inside of the box...



Apply a little weight so the foam doesn't blow the lid off...



All done and added to the stack, ready to ship out!

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Old 04-10-2012, 11:34 AM   #4
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Carlos Sanchez sent us this nice pic of his 4-door at the beach, sporting our Crusher Flares and other Poison Spyder gear. Thanks for the pic Carlos!

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Old 05-09-2012, 01:02 PM   #5
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Here's another cool two-tone paint job on the JK Crusher Flares. Thanks to Matthew Parga-Manasse for the photos!







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Old 05-30-2012, 03:47 PM   #6
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Today in the shop: Joe cranking out another big pile of JK Crusher Flare inner braces (these specific pieces are for the rear Crusher Flares). These are one of the reasons Poison Spyder JK Crusher Flares are true ARMOR, not just bolt-on flares. Both front and rear sets come with inner braces that bolt in between your Jeep's flimsy outer sheetmetal and the sturdy, heavy guage inner structure. Leaning a Jeep over in soft sand might not damage anything, but when you lay it into the hard granite of a canyon wall, you'll be happy your Poison Spyder flares aren't just bolted to the flimsy outer sheetmetal.

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Here are a couple shots of some Rear Crusher Flares we just installed on a project vehicle here at the shop. I've included a couple details shots of the inner braces that we provide to tie the Crusher Flares in to the heavier gauge material of the inner tub of the Jeep.









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Man those look sharp...I'm planning on ordering a set in the next 1-2 months for my '12 JK. Still trying to decide between the steel and aluminum, but regarding the width - are there any issues with inspections and tire coverage (my setup isn't any wider than stock)? The front standard with ones look fine, but I'm more worried about the back. Maybe I'm looking at the wrong angles, but can you tell me if they're still legal on the road since my JK sees plenty of DD action?
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Man those look sharp...I'm planning on ordering a set in the next 1-2 months for my '12 JK. Still trying to decide between the steel and aluminum, but regarding the width - are there any issues with inspections and tire coverage (my setup isn't any wider than stock)? The front standard with ones look fine, but I'm more worried about the back. Maybe I'm looking at the wrong angles, but can you tell me if they're still legal on the road since my JK sees plenty of DD action?
Its up to you to figure out what the laws are in your part of the country. We do not maintain a database of that information. But if your currently in compliance with the stock flares, you should still be OK with these, as the Standard Width Crusher Flares are the same width (out from the body) as stock, although they taper in at the ends. Perhaps you could post a question to the JK section, or maybe the specific regional section for where you're located, to see what others in your area know about it.
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Old 09-26-2013, 04:09 PM   #10
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Here's a comparison shot that shows the three different widths of Poison Spyder JK Crusher Flares side-by-side. From left to right: Narrow, Standard, and Wide. As of this writing the Wides are not yet available, but should be in production within a few weeks.



And a few installed photos of the three variants. First the Front Narrows (Approx. 6" wide, available in Steel or Aluminum). Note that these are designed to be run with either no rear flare or with the Standard width rear flare.





...next the Front Standards (approximately 9" wide, similar to width of the stock plastic flares, available in Steel or Aluminum):





...and lastly the Front Wides (approximately 11" wide, or 2" wider than stock and our Standard Widths, will be available in Steel or Aluminum). Sorry the JKOH, our test mule for these, doesn't give the best representation of tire coverage on a normally equipped Jeep, as it has full width axles:







There will also be a companion Rear Wide Crusher Flare to go with the Front Wides:



Stay tuned for the inaugural episode of "Spyder U", our in-depth educational series. The first episode will be all about JK flare options, from stock to aftermarket, features and bennies, etc., and of course they will present a lot of info about our flares. It will be coming to our YouTube channel very soon, and we'll also post a link to it here.
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Those are some beautiful jeeps. Love the aftermaket shit you can do to these things.
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Poison Spyder- Are the wides available yet? I would like to get my hands on a set of them
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Sorry they are not available yet. We'll post up when they are. Thanks!
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Sorry they are not available yet. We'll post up when they are. Thanks!
Are they in the works with a time line? or is it just in the talk stage? I feel like I have seen posts about the Wides being available "in the future" for over a year now (searching through google and various forums). It seems like there is a ton of interest in the product as in every thread there is inquiries about them. I know I am not alone in wanting a "WIDE" option in your flares.

I know I would scoop up a set right now if they were available. I just don't feel the standard width would give me enough coverage over a 12.50 sized tires on a wheel with 4.5" BS. And I really love the Poison Spyder stuff.
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Are they in the works with a time line? or is it just in the talk stage? I feel like I have seen posts about the Wides being available "in the future" for over a year now (searching through google and various forums). It seems like there is a ton of interest in the product as in every thread there is inquiries about them. I know I am not alone in wanting a "WIDE" option in your flares.

I know I would scoop up a set right now if they were available. I just don't feel the standard width would give me enough coverage over a 12.50 sized tires on a wheel with 4.5" BS. And I really love the Poison Spyder stuff.
Yes they are still being worked on. We decided to make a few changes from the initial prototypes you may have seen us post a while back, which has contributed to the delays. Unfortunately I simply can't give you any sort of an estimate on when they will be finished.
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Yes they are still being worked on. We decided to make a few changes from the initial prototypes you may have seen us post a while back, which has contributed to the delays. Unfortunately I simply can't give you any sort of an estimate on when they will be finished.

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Any guidance on steel vs. aluminum? I'm getting the flares for protection, from really anything, but the weight seems to be a bit on the heavy side.

I'm looking at the standard widths, front and rear. To me, aluminum would just seem to crumble if they took an impact. Any pictures comparing damage between steel and aluminum from impacts? Can you tell me what the total weight for both front and rear standard widths are for steel and aluminum so I may compare? The extra 80lbs might be ok if I'm not going to have to replace fenders when I bounce one off something.
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I've had the standard width aluminum fronts on for about a month now. The fit is great and they are still beefy. I'm limited to trails & mud here in Florida so I didn't seem to need the steel version. I'm trying to keep the weight down as this is my DD. I believe the aluminum weigh around 11 lbs each whereas the steels are close to 40 lbs each. I plasti dipped them for now. Can't decide if I like the raw aluminum or painted look.

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Any guidance on steel vs. aluminum? I'm getting the flares for protection, from really anything, but the weight seems to be a bit on the heavy side.

I'm looking at the standard widths, front and rear. To me, aluminum would just seem to crumble if they took an impact. Any pictures comparing damage between steel and aluminum from impacts? Can you tell me what the total weight for both front and rear standard widths are for steel and aluminum so I may compare? The extra 80lbs might be ok if I'm not going to have to replace fenders when I bounce one off something.
There is no straight answer because it depends on your specific needs, how you use them, and your driving style. Some like to drive their Jeep like a battering ram. For them, we don't recommend aluminum. If you're more of a finesse driver, aluminum MIGHT be a better choice. Here's what we say about the matter in the product description on our web page for the Crusher Flares:
Steel or Aluminum?
Not sure whether to choose steel or aluminum for your Crusher Flares? Aluminum is lighter in weight, so might be the best choice for those looking to save weight on their heavy JK's in order to improve fuel mileage and gain an advantage off-road. However, when wheeling with aluminum flares it is up to the driver to use more care and finesse, as the aluminum components are not going to be able to withstand the same direct impacts that steel can. The outer tube on our aluminum Crusher Flares is beefy .188" wall thickness. Compared to our steel Crusher Flares which use .120" wall DOM steel tubing. The thicker tube wall recoups some of the strength lost by going to aluminum, however the steel versions will still be stronger in a direct impact with the rocks. For reference, a steel JK Front Crusher Flare weighs 31.6 lbs (not including hardware), while an aluminum one weighs only 11.8 lbs. Which is best for you will depend on your particular intended use of the Jeep, driving style and other factors.
And in the FAQ Section:
Q: How do I choose between steel and aluminum?
A: It depends on how you use your Jeep, what kind of wheeling you do, and which product you're considering. For armor used on Jeeps that get wheeled hard in extreme rock terrain, we prefer steel because it is simply more durable, less susceptible to bending or gouging, and will distribute impact loads over wider areas better. But the trade-off is that steel is of course heavier. There are some who prefer a lighter rig even in hard core terrain, opting to use aluminum but accepting the greater risk of damage in order to gain the performance of a lighter rig. For these folks, if their driving style is more finessed and patient, aluminum might be the better choice. For vehicles being used primarily on the street, and light trail duty, the aluminum products might be the better choice solely for the weight savings.
So its up to you to make the decision for yourself. But we try to build in enough of a disclaimer in our literature so if you go with aluminum then mangle them up in the rocks, you were duly forewarned
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