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Old 03-05-2012, 09:10 PM   #1
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Bushwacker Pocket Flairs Opinions & Pics?

We've had the new JKU for a week and love it. Added Rockhard bumper and Warn Powerplant. Also Rugged Ridge wheels and 285/70/17 Duratracs. The picture below is before we hit our first puddle last weekend. 10 yards of slush and mud and the entire Jeep, including glass and windshield, were coated with mud. Contemplating wider flairs to help keep it clean and preserve visability. Who has experience with and opinions (and pics) of Bushwacker pocket flairs? Other solutions?? JIMBOX???
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Not a fan of pocket flares (sorry Jim) but I love the bushwacker flatties

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Not a fan of pocket flares (sorry Jim) but I love the bushwacker flatties
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I'm rather fond of my flares and having modified them at the back/bottom of each front one-

I go thru snow/mud/dirt/gravel/shale and NOTHING hits the side of the jeep--but will fly all the way back to the front of the rear fender !







They are VERY strong/durable and after one (cough-cough)- collision with a tree--going on a 2dr jeep trail !--the fender dented the jeep body and no damage to the flare !

I actually corrected that little problem-post haste/w a curb feeler that I can see from the drivers seat and tells me, by line-of-sight, exactly where the passenger fender front corner is--(clearance judgement), you'd have to be there ! !



It was trees like these, but on a sharp/off camber switch-back-



Very happy withem--kinda tough puttingem on, but read instructions and take your time !!

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I like the Bushwacker pocket flares myself, the flatties are nice too, but I prefer the pocket flares. Though, I have to admit, I dont like the price, especially for the painted flares.
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Not a fan of the pockets either. I like narrow flat flairs that double up as protection ala Poison Spyder but I don't like the cost of either plastic or steel flatties. Over $500 for plastic flatties, really Bushwacker?? That is why I chopped my stock flairs. I don't care if my rig gets dirty, it's a Jeep and wear the mud as a badge of honor. Mud on the windshield? That's what wipers are for.

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Heh Heh, so mud is a "badge of honor " for you ??

It was a badge of honor for me when I was 2 yrs old, or thats what my mom told me !

Now !- mud is just VERY DIRTY WATER, no thanks-I don't need a "badge of honor" for my jeep--it's mine-

My flares keep the snow and even runoff "MUD", off my jeep and that keeps both ofus happy !

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Heh Heh, so mud is a "badge of honor " for you ??

It was a badge of honor for me when I was 2 yrs old, or thats what my mom told me !

Now !- mud is just VERY DIRTY WATER, no thanks-I don't need a "badge of honor" for my jeep--it's mine-

My flares keep the snow and even runoff "MUD", off my jeep and that keeps both ofus happy !

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Sure is. I liked playing with my matchbox cars in the mud at 2 and I still like playing in the mud with my Jeep. Congratulations on growing up, some of us have to.

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Sure is. I liked playing with my matchbox cars in the mud at 2 and I still like playing in the mud with my Jeep. Congratulations on growing up, some of us have to.

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Pocket flares are huge. You should see them in real time not in a book or on the internet. My opinion, anything smaller than a 37" tire and the flares look disperportioned. Big bucks too.
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Thanks all for your responses.

I just knew Jimbo would come through with a great review and pics to boot! Thanks Jimbo!

I like to play in the mud as much as anybody...I just don't like to wear it home.

It concerns me that the pocket flairs may look really huge with 33' tires, and that they may "scream 1984" (do flatties scream 1941?), but function may win out over style for me in this debate. Any feedback on how well flatties do at keeping the mud off the body?
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Heh Heh, well if this JKUR shows off as "1984"--GREAT-







Most of my "Social Circle" were in their "40's" in 1984 and I wouldn't mind having the gas prices back-

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Any feedback on how well flatties do at keeping the mud off the body?
It's not the flares, it's how far your tires stick out past the flares. If they don't stick out, then the sides of your Jeep won't get nearly as trashed as if they do.

In Jimbo's first post you can see the plastic thingy he's got at the bottom of his flare to keep mud from splashing onto the Jeep body. Mud flaps will the same thing, though you don't wanna wheel with em.

It doesn't matter if you buy flatties or the pocket flares, if your tires exceed em, your Jeep's gonna wear the roadcrap every time it's wet out.
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If you like hitting water.....The biggest drawback on the BW pocket flares is if you want to add a AEV snorkel you will be doing some fancy trimming which has been done but it looks painful! The pocket flares basically limit you to RiverRaider, ARB or Volent snorkel setups.
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If you like hitting water.....The biggest drawback on the BW pocket flares is if you want to add a AEV snorkel you will be doing some fancy trimming which has been done but it looks painful! The pocket flares basically limit you to RiverRaider, ARB or Volent snorkel setups.
Oh woe is me !

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It's not the flares, it's how far your tires stick out past the flares. If they don't stick out, then the sides of your Jeep won't get nearly as trashed as if they do.

In Jimbo's first post you can see the plastic thingy he's got at the bottom of his flare to keep mud from splashing onto the Jeep body. Mud flaps will the same thing, though you don't wanna wheel with em.

It doesn't matter if you buy flatties or the pocket flares, if your tires exceed em, your Jeep's gonna wear the roadcrap every time it's wet out.
My 33's extend beyond the stock flairs by 2". The pocket flairs extend 2" over stock flairs. As evidenced by Jimbox and his 33's that is the protection that would work for me. Lots of people are recommending flatties and Bushwacker flatties add more than 2". There is alot of open space around flatties and they sit higher, just wondering about peoples real world experience with flatties keeping the mud off.
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Heh Heh, well if this JKUR shows off as "1984"--GREAT-

Most of my "Social Circle" were in their "40's" in 1984 and I wouldn't mind having the gas prices back-

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In 1984 I had already been off-roading for twenty years. Started in a brand new 1964 Scout. By now there are too many decades of styles for me to keep track of and styling trends to try to comply with. Many miles and many mud puddles later, I'll go with what works. Your rig looks (and i'm sure works) great Jimbo!
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My 33's extend beyond the stock flairs by 2". The pocket flairs extend 2" over stock flairs. As evidenced by Jimbox and his 33's that is the protection that would work for me. Lots of people are recommending flatties and Bushwacker flatties add more than 2". There is alot of open space around flatties and they sit higher, just wondering about peoples real world experience with flatties keeping the mud off.
The OUTTER profile/edge of the tires, whether extending "outside" the flares, has nothing to do with the incumbent jeep--it's a legal limit for the protection of "OTHER" vehicles--

The rooster tails/scratch's/debris that makes a trail along the "SUBJECT" jeep isn't caused by the tire extending out beyond the flare edge--

It's formed by the inertia of the debris at a speed/arch, based on the tire RPM-and follows the inertial arc/gravitational affected "ROOSTERTAIL" and it's "mapped" directly from the center base of the front tire tread and follows a direct arch in parallel/w the jeeps body--in the aft direction-

The resulting "ROOSTERTAIL" on the jeeps side, is initiated on 1" of the front tires tread (CTR)-!

---------------GOTIT ???

Anyway, thats why my little "inertial debris deflector" works everso well !!

Now read that all over a couple times and there shouldn't be any questions !

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My 33's extend beyond the stock flairs by 2". The pocket flairs extend 2" over stock flairs. As evidenced by Jimbox and his 33's that is the protection that would work for me. Lots of people are recommending flatties and Bushwacker flatties add more than 2". There is alot of open space around flatties and they sit higher, just wondering about peoples real world experience with flatties keeping the mud off.
Gotcha. Mine don't do a very good job of it.
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My old 08' had pro comp wheels ant 33" tires. Stuck out enough to get rejected at inspection time. The Bushwackers did cover them up!

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The OUTTER profile/edge of the tires, whether extending "outside" the flares, has nothing to do with the incumbent jeep--it's a legal limit for the protection of "OTHER" vehicles--

The rooster tails/scratch's/debris that makes a trail along the "SUBJECT" jeep isn't caused by the tire extending out beyond the flare edge--

It's formed by the inertia of the debris at a speed/arch, based on the tire RPM-and follows the inertial arc/gravitational affected "ROOSTERTAIL" and it's "mapped" directly from the center base of the front tire tread and follows a direct arch in parallel/w the jeeps body--in the aft direction-

The resulting "ROOSTERTAIL" on the jeeps side, is initiated on 1" of the front tires tread (CTR)-!

---------------GOTIT ???

Anyway, thats why my little "inertial debris deflector" works everso well !!

Now read that all over a couple times and there shouldn't be any questions !

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Yep, got it! Now to summarize: It is a paradigm of essences toward which the phenomenology of the ratio of vulcanized rotational rubber masses to deflective vector capacities of fenders is held in continuing approximation. I knew it all along! Just should have paid attention to my instincts.
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My old 08' had pro comp wheels ant 33" tires. Stuck out enough to get rejected at inspection time. The Bushwackers did cover them up!

Great pics! Nice lookin' JK! Thanks for posting> That's the kind of feedback I'm looking for! I'm not trying to support a pre-determined decision to buy, just looking for experiences like yours.

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