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Old 03-09-2012, 09:28 AM   #1
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Fenders: to chop or not to chop? (lifted 33's that is)

I am going to be installing some discos in the few weeks and have been tinkering with the idea of chopping my fenders as I can already rub slightly at full stuff (rear) and the discos will make that even worse when wheeling. Eventually, I'd go for some true flats, but philosophically I just can't justify a $500 price tag for some molded plastic. Current setup is just slightly over 2" lift (coil/shock) and 33's. The 33's are pretty new (about 2k on them) so it'll be a while before I eventually go to 35's but at that point, I am sure a trim or real flats will be necessary.

So, opinion time, do flats just look dumb on my rig as it sits right now (I don't want those 33's looking tiny in there)? I mocked up an image in Photoshop for comparison before actually cutting my fenders all up so lemme know what you all think. Thanks!



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Old 03-09-2012, 09:45 AM   #2
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I actually like the look, but I'm biased, obviously. It's a lot easier to clean mud out from underneath em when they're chopped, too.

I went with the Bushwacker flatties mainly because they're a helluva lot sturdier than the chopped stockers, but they are expensive, and time-consuming to install. I also think the Bushwackers look more professional. JMO.

I think it's pretty much gonna come down to a personal preference, though if you've already had some rubbing off-road, it might be practical, as well. Especially if you eventually plan on moving up to 35's, which it seems you will. Sucker.

Here's a link on how to do the chop, if you decide to do it:

Project-JK.com - Jeep JK Wrangler Resource » Jeep JK Wrangler Factory Fender Chop

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Old 03-09-2012, 09:59 AM   #3
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dude...chopped looks SO much better imo. Jeep still looks rugged but it added a nice sleek look to it as well. I just feel that it changed the look of it a lot, in a great way!
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Old 03-09-2012, 10:04 AM   #4
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I actually like the look, but I'm biased, obviously. It's a lot easier to clean mud out from underneath em when they're chopped, too.

I went with the Bushwacker flatties mainly because they're a helluva lot sturdier than the chopped stockers, but they are expensive, and time-consuming to install. I also think the Bushwackers look more professional. JMO.

I think it's pretty much gonna come down to a personal preference, though if you've already had some rubbing off-road, it might be practical, as well. Especially if you eventually plan on moving up to 35's, which it seems you will. Sucker.

Here's a link on how to do the chop, if you decide to do it:

Project-JK.com - Jeep JK Wrangler Resource » Jeep JK Wrangler Factory Fender Chop
I couldn't agree more on how much more I like the BW's than DIY look but it really comes down to what I want to spend my cash on right now. You knew the 35's were only a matter of time, didn't you? It's worse than crack!

I can't believe you didn't take a shot at that weak suck PS work I did. I spent about 5 minutes total as you can tell but at least it gave me some point of comparison.

Thanks for looking and offering an opinion. BTW, the 1D3 got turned around in 2 days at CPS but they erased all of my CFn and PFns. Grrrrrrrr.
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dude...chopped looks SO much better imo. Jeep still looks rugged but it added a nice sleek look to it as well. I just feel that it changed the look of it a lot, in a great way!
Thanks, I really appreciate the opinion on it.
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Old 03-09-2012, 10:27 AM   #6
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I couldn't agree more on how much more I like the BW's than DIY look but it really comes down to what I want to spend my cash on right now. You knew the 35's were only a matter of time, didn't you? It's worse than crack!

I can't believe you didn't take a shot at that weak suck PS work I did. I spent about 5 minutes total as you can tell but at least it gave me some point of comparison.

Thanks for looking and offering an opinion. BTW, the 1D3 got turned around in 2 days at CPS but they erased all of my CFn and PFns. Grrrrrrrr.
Your PS work did the job. I've definitely seen worse.

CPS always resets everything to the factory default. I think it's a function of computer diagnostics. First thing I do whenever I get a camera back from them is go through all the CF's and reset em to my preferences.
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Your PS work did the job. I've definitely seen worse.

CPS always resets everything to the factory default. I think it's a function of computer diagnostics. First thing I do whenever I get a camera back from them is go through all the CF's and reset em to my preferences.
yeah but stupid me can't find my sheet where I had them all listed. This time, I'm saving them to a separate card.
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Old 03-09-2012, 11:37 PM   #8
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Chop 'em!! I just did mine a couple days ago. i also have 33's. I think it looks great. Check out the pics here: http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/cutt...ml#post2119895
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I love it how you left the lip.

I think it looks good but cheap sometimes.

First time I have seen them that way.even photoshopped. (thinking)

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Old 03-10-2012, 04:58 AM   #10
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Does it look dumb?? No; but then, I have a very biased opinion!!
This is with 33's and NO lift. I have since added TF leveling kit.
And yes, there is some minor rubbing in rear when fully stuffed!
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Old 03-10-2012, 11:22 AM   #11
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Glad to feel the support guys. I'll definitely post pics if I do it. Not sure when that might happen but I hope I'll find time soon.

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