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Old 03-26-2014, 10:09 PM   #1
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Fender cut mod - pros and cons

I'm thinking about chopping my fenders. Aside from the videos and write ups showing how to do it, is there anyone out there that has regrets from cutting the fenders? What are the pros other than costs and it looks ok if done right? What are the cons other than risking a crooked cut?

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Old 03-26-2014, 10:14 PM   #2
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I havn't done it myself so no realworld experience here... but have you heard of the metalcloak tube fenders? they are pretty pricey but also freaking awesome.

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Old 03-26-2014, 10:15 PM   #3
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I did it and love the look, Get some door strip to trim them. I used a jig saw better on the cutting.
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I've looked at metal cloak and bushwhacker fenders. The idea is to save money here.
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Old 03-26-2014, 10:19 PM   #5
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no regrets at all. OEM fenders are so easy to come by that I had no problem cutting them.

they are surprisingly strong, I have had people stack 40's on me and get all up in the front fenders. cant even tell.
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Old 03-26-2014, 11:05 PM   #6
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Nope. No regrets.
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Pros.....it's pretty much free and gives you more tire clearance.
Cons....depending on how you cut them they can look OK or look like ass.

Make sure you preserve the inner fender, unless you like the open to the elements look. And you will need to paint the (red in your case) body that will be exposed.
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Old 03-27-2014, 01:00 AM   #8
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I regret seeing every jk with cut fenders. I have literally never said...man are those cut stock fenders...they look great!
Here's why...
1. Typically they provide no real advantage for clearing a larger tire...and they look cheap on a 20k vehicle.
2. Okay...I'm into mud and I want to run a 35 with no lift. Go for it...its your jeep...and since you don't need travel for mud and you could just run a little bumps top extension instead of cutting flares then it kinda makes sense...except for the whole it looks cheap...and now you are spraying more mud allover your nice 20k+ jeep that will now make it harder to clean.
3. Wait, I saw this one jeep that it looked really cool on. No it didn't
4. Have you ever tried to cut a straight line through fender plastic.
5. Well I screwed up the line on cutting a little and got some fender trim from pep boys. Now you have trim on your jeep that was originally marketed to cadillacs and Monte Carlos...result...it looks cheap and now it looks outdated too.
6. Cutting fender isn't a mod or part of a build...its a shortcut to lower trade in value and a less desirable jeep.
7. Well I'll just replace the fenders when I trade it in....have fun with that.
8. There are too many aftermarket solutions for cut fenders to still be considered q viable option.
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Quite a rant. A lot of good points though
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Old 03-27-2014, 05:41 AM   #10
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You could just pull off the plastic fender all together. Leaves you with a pretty decent looking midwidth bumper
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I regret seeing every jk with cut fenders. I have literally never said...man are those cut stock fenders...they look great!
Here's why...
1. Typically they provide no real advantage for clearing a larger tire...and they look cheap on a 20k vehicle.
2. Okay...I'm into mud and I want to run a 35 with no lift. Go for it...its your jeep...and since you don't need travel for mud and you could just run a little bumps top extension instead of cutting flares then it kinda makes sense...except for the whole it looks cheap...and now you are spraying more mud allover your nice 20k+ jeep that will now make it harder to clean.
3. Wait, I saw this one jeep that it looked really cool on. No it didn't
4. Have you ever tried to cut a straight line through fender plastic.
5. Well I screwed up the line on cutting a little and got some fender trim from pep boys. Now you have trim on your jeep that was originally marketed to cadillacs and Monte Carlos...result...it looks cheap and now it looks outdated too.
6. Cutting fender isn't a mod or part of a build...its a shortcut to lower trade in value and a less desirable jeep.
7. Well I'll just replace the fenders when I trade it in....have fun with that.
8. There are too many aftermarket solutions for cut fenders to still be considered q viable option.
I lol'ed!! Good stuff.

btw, I agree with you.
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I lol'ed!! Good stuff.

btw, I agree with you.
I lol'ed too, but not for the same reason.
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Old 03-27-2014, 08:27 AM   #13
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Bushwackers look 100000x's better than any cut fender ever can.
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All i can say is that im not cutting sh*t and i will wait until i can afford some metal cloaks
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I looked at a lot of fenders but nothing really impressed me until I came across stock fender mod. I think it's a awesome look, much more rugged. I think it's silly to worry about resale value based on fenders. Stock fenders are really cheap anyway and I'd be willing to bet resale value wouldn't change based on fenders. Especially when its easily remedied should someone not like it. My 0.02
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I looked at a lot of fenders but nothing really impressed me until I came across stock fender mod. I think it's a awesome look, much more rugged. I think it's silly to worry about resale value based on fenders. Stock fenders are really cheap anyway and I'd be willing to bet resale value wouldn't change based on fenders. Especially when its easily remedied should someone not like it. My 0.02
That's a sweet delta 88...they sure don't make em like that anymore! Now let's talk bass and amps...oh, wait....thats a jeep....looks like cheap crap.
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I should say I was not trying to piss anyone off. Im just saying if you want flat fenders and want to take a stab at stock mod then go for it. Hell we know what JEEP stands for and we'll probably change fenders, bumpers, suspension, tires an so on several times anyway. That's part of owning a Jeep...its never done with mods. JRUSSBLUES I like my Jeeps current look and believe me she's not done yet..no need to be an ass bruh
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I should say I was not trying to piss anyone off. Im just saying if you want flat fenders and want to take a stab at stock mod then go for it. Hell we know what JEEP stands for and we'll probably change fenders, bumpers, suspension, tires an so on several times anyway. That's part of owning a Jeep...its never done with mods. JRUSSBLUES I like my Jeeps current look and believe me she's not done yet..no need to be an ass bruh
What does it matter if I like/approve of it or not...its a forum...99% of the info on here is opinions anyway and that becomes really scary in the tech sections.
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I think it's silly to worry about resale value based on fenders. Stock fenders are really cheap anyway and I'd be willing to bet resale value wouldn't change based on fenders. Especially when its easily remedied should someone not like it. My 0.02
I personally never plan on selling my jeep. I'll run it into the ground and then rebuild it, but you obviously have no idea of how resale value works. The consumer (person buying from you whether dealer or individual) has 100% of the power because they know you need to sell it but they don't have to buy it. So the bottom line is that anything you do to make the vehicle nonstock seriously decreases the value of the vehicle. Even if it is a great mod like an aftermarket heavy duty bumper it can decrease the value of a vehicle to some buyers who do not want/need that mod.
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I can already tell you are an idiot 'bruh'
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I personally never plan on selling my jeep. I'll run it into the ground and then rebuild it, but you obviously have no idea of how resale value works. The consumer (person buying from you whether dealer or individual) has 100% of the power because they know you need to sell it but they don't have to buy it. So the bottom line is that anything you do to make the vehicle nonstock seriously decreases the value of the vehicle. Even if it is a great mod like an aftermarket heavy duty bumper it can decrease the value of a vehicle to some buyers who do not want/need that mod.
That is incorrect...consumers are paying more now for "the look" when it appears to have been done right. That's not to say accessories will get a roi but they are adding value to the base. Esp in the used market.
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That is incorrect...consumers are paying more now for "the look" when it appears to have been done right. That's not to say accessories will get a roi but they are adding value to the base. Esp in the used market.
That completely depends on the buyer. go into a dealer and try telling them that; go up to a soccer mom who wants a JK and tell her that you chopped up the fenders... will she still want to buy your JK? Chances are not.
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That completely depends on the buyer. go into a dealer and try telling them that; go up to a soccer mom who wants a JK and tell her that you chopped up the fenders... will she still want to buy your JK? Chances are not.
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why is everyone always worried about resale value, keep your damn jeep! lol
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Monte carlotastic...well done...you have devalued a mud slangin ROK krawlin merican dreambeast
Dude are you some kind of high school drama queen? I'm noticing that you follow everything I do and post some BS quote on it. I don't really care what you think of my jeep or if I "devalued" it. I don't plan on getting rid of it. So im not really sure why you have so much focus on what I do on here..
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I should say I was not trying to piss anyone off. Im just saying if you want flat fenders and want to take a stab at stock mod then go for it. Hell we know what JEEP stands for and we'll probably change fenders, bumpers, suspension, tires an so on several times anyway. That's part of owning a Jeep...its never done with mods. JRUSSBLUES I like my Jeeps current look and believe me she's not done yet..no need to be an ass bruh

he cant helpit..hes a HUGE Richard. Maybe his wife left him...not sure....

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