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Old 01-31-2013, 01:06 PM   #1
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Fender Flares

What are your opinions on your aftermarket fender flares.
If you have them please post pictures.

The ones I'm debating on are Bushwacker and Ace, and maybe the xrc Smitty built since there cheap.

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Factory width or wider?

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Old 01-31-2013, 01:58 PM   #3
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Bunch of options. Cutting your stock fenders yourself would be the cheapest. See first link below:

Help! Flat style fenders
bushwhacker flat fender flare install
JKUR Flatties or Flares as they call'em
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Bunch of options. Cutting your stock fenders yourself would be the cheapest. See first link below:

Help! Flat style fenders
bushwhacker flat fender flare install
JKUR Flatties or Flares as they call'em
I've thought about trying that but I figure I better have the cash on hand to order some new ones just in case!
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I'm going to try cutting and if it doesn't work out I'm going to purchase the smittybilt xrc's
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I've thought about trying that but I figure I better have the cash on hand to order some new ones just in case!
From what I've heard, it's really not that hard to do. Have you looked at the Project JK link, with the step-by-step instructions? Pretty sure I linked to it somewhere in that first thread...

Only reason I didn't go that way was because I thought the stock fenders were flimsy to begin with. Cutting them wasn't gonna make em any sturdier, so I installed the Bushwhacker flatties. It's a long, tedious install, but I'd do the same over again...

BUT...for cheap, you can't beat the stock trim.
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I'm going to try cutting and if it doesn't work out I'm going to purchase the smittybilt xrc's
Chop em, its easy and cheap
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From what I've heard, it's really not that hard to do. Have you looked at the Project JK link, with the step-by-step instructions? Pretty sure I linked to it somewhere in that first thread... Only reason I didn't go that way was because I thought the stock fenders were flimsy to begin with. Cutting them wasn't gonna make em any sturdier, so I installed the Bushwhacker flatties. It's a long, tedious install, but I'd do the same over again... BUT...for cheap, you can't beat the stock trim.
Yeah I'm with you on that one. I like the looks of the bushwacker but it might be worth trying to cut em if you're already planning on replacing them anyway. Trust me I could screw up cutting them even with good directions! Lol
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Yeah I'm with you on that one. I like the looks of the bushwacker but it might be worth trying to cut em if you're already planning on replacing them anyway. Trust me I could screw up cutting them even with good directions! Lol
Not to cause you undue angst, but you gotta cut the splash guards for the Bushwhacker install, too. You could just leave the splash guards out, but then you'd be slinging grime all up into your engine bay every time you wheeled...

However you decide to do it, though, the end product is well worth it.
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I prefer the BWs over ACE or cutting the stockers. I was in the same scenario when looking at what to do about my fenders. I wanted the ACE to win, but they're just too narrow, and I didn't care for the fitment on the rears. And their wide version just doesn't look good to me.

I ultimately went with the BWs and am very happy. I think they look great and are very solid.



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Not to cause you undue angst, but you gotta cut the splash guards for the Bushwhacker install, too. You could just leave the splash guards out, but then you'd be slinging grime all up into your engine bay every time you wheeled...

However you decide to do it, though, the end product is well worth it.
Gee thanks! Just kidding man... I know someone who put on the bushwacker's on his rig that said he'd help so no biggie there. I'm sure it's like anything else.. Just start working on it & go from there!
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ACE Narrow Tube for the win IMO!
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Factory width or wider?

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Can't get much smaller than factory cut down like 5 inch wide lol, but I'm looking for a narrow width
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Bunch of options. Cutting your stock fenders yourself would be the cheapest. See first link below:

Help! Flat style fenders
bushwhacker flat fender flare install
JKUR Flatties or Flares as they call'em
Done, don't like the unfinished look, even with the stock linear added back. I tried before I spend money on fenders
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I'm going to try cutting and if it doesn't work out I'm going to purchase the smittybilt xrc's
I thought about those, but I am unsure I heard the back don't fit we'll
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LOVE THE SMITTYS!!!!!! and as you stated the price is right.

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I live in the mountains, and it seems like 2/3 of the year is spent wheeling on muddy sloppy roads. Just today I had to drive 18 miles through watery soupy mud, and I was really really glad I had the stock flender flares on, because they actually did a fairly decent job of keeping the mud down. My last Jeep had Genright flat fenders, and although they looked nice and gave me enough clearance to run 37s with 2 1/2" of lift, they let mud fly all over the place. One small puddle and the whole Jeep was covered in mud. I said no way am I going with flat fenders again, and after trips like today, I'm glad I kept the stock fender flares. Here is a picture of the old Jeep with Genrights on it, since you asked for pictures. If you live in southern California they're fine.

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Did you paint after or cut while painted. Wondering how hard it would be to cut painted ones and keep it looking good.
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My flares
Those are smitty or what?
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they look like the bushwackers
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Cut the factory flares they will take more abuse then any aftermarket plastic fender. Save the $500 or more. I made a template for cutting the factory flares.
Here are some pictures of fenders I have done.


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Cut the factory flares they will take more abuse then any aftermarket plastic fender. Save the $500 or more. I made a template for cutting the factory flares.
Here are some pictures of fenders I have done.
Those look really great! Mind sharing a "how to" on cutting the factory flares? How long of a project is this?
Thanks!
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Those look really great! Mind sharing a "how to" on cutting the factory flares? How long of a project is this?
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See post #2 for a video and the links in post #5 for a written how-to on trimming your stock fenders: Help! Flat style fenders
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I like the BW, but they kind of look like wings. I plan on ACE narrows.....when I have monies.
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I have these:
GenRight Tube Fenders for Jeep JK

Had the tops powder coated to match the jeep. The bottom and edges are flat black. Very happy with their fit and finish.
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I have a template I made. I use a air cut off wheel with the fenders on the jeep. With the cut off wheel its easier to get a nice strait line can go nice and slow then take a razor blade and clean up the edge then I use sandpaper it comes out very clean. My first fender cut was about 4 hours. Nothing against the metal flares they look great but the price I would do other mods for 1,000 bucks I really like the front meatalcloaks. Soon as I find a hood im going to build the EVO highline fender hood combo

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I just ordered the Xenon 1.5" wider than stock flares. My problem most of the time is driving in slush and snowy roads and the Jeep gets covered in crap just on the street.

I was going to chop but that would be less coverage.

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