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Old 07-26-2013, 10:26 AM   #1
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Fenders: Metal or Plastic?

Hey everyone -

I am hoping to pick up some aftermarket fenders today.

I initially was planning on Bushwackers because:

1. They are local
2. LED/marker lamp
3. Flexible (won't break or take body parts with them)

However, last night I fell in love with the ACE steel fenders.

1. Super strong/durable
2. No LED or lamp of any sort
3. While strong, won't have any give

Should I go with plastic/TPO or the benefits of steel?

Discuss.

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Old 07-26-2013, 12:53 PM   #2
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The steels look nice, but i would be afraid of body damage it they ever get hit on something (rocks, another car, etc). I know alot of people dont like pocket flares, but i will be getting a set eventually as I think they look sharp. Just mho.

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The steels look nice, but i would be afraid of body damage it they ever get hit on something (rocks, another car, etc). I know alot of people dont like pocket flares, but i will be getting a set eventually as I think they look sharp. Just mho.
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Metal are stronger but not always a good thing. My vote is chopping the stockers.
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Old 07-26-2013, 01:36 PM   #4
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I have no idea what ones are the best. I went by what looks best to me. I went with Bushwacker flats. They all do the same job.
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Old 07-26-2013, 01:51 PM   #5
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My thoughts -

Lots of fenders out there from good peeps like ACE, Metal Cloak, etc. that are so strong you can stand on the fender or what have you. That is great advertising, but it's NOT what I want in a fender for one simple reason - the fender is no longer the point of failure. Fenders are easy to see, easy to replace, easy to repair a bit if required, easy to do without if you need to. Mounting fenders to the body that are strong than the body means that if the fenders ever take a hard shot - and why else would you need super strong fenders if not to take abuse - the fender will hold up and transfer that energy straight to the Jeep's body and possibly damage/bend the body.

I would much rather put a system on that keeps the point of failure at the fender (ideally with a flexible material) or allows me to detach the fender. That's just my crazy talk though as a guy who has put his fender (and tweaked the heck out of it) into the ground before.
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For those that cut the factory fenders - what tool did you use to cut them? Any cons?
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For those that cut the factory fenders - what tool did you use to cut them? Any cons?
There's a thread currently about this. I think there is a couple options for tools, doing mine very soon
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I've seen some pictures floating around where some jeeps equipped with the MC and PS metal fender flares have flipped on their sides and everything and the only damage was a little bit of scraped paint on the fenders. Rest of the jeep was perfectly fine and nothing was damaged.
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I've seen some pictures floating around where some jeeps equipped with the MC and PS metal fender flares have flipped on their sides and everything and the only damage was a little bit of scraped paint on the fenders. Rest of the jeep was perfectly fine and nothing was damaged.
I don't know about PS, but the MC fenders are reinforced in their mounting so that except in some extreme circumstance you should NOT have a problem with body damage from taking a good hit on them compared to some of the other metal fender options. MC actually talks in their fender video about them being designed to take the hits specifically so the body sheet metal is not affected just because it IS so thin.
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There's been a similar discussion in this other thread.

There may be reinforced metal fenders such as the metal cloak fenders that help to prevent body damage, but I've seen examples where that hasn't been the case.

I'm happy with my Bushwacker plastic flares, even if some think you'll rip them off the moment you pull off the pavement. I've hit them pretty hard on trees a few times and sustained no damage. If one would happen to rip off, it should be easy to fix.
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Ace wide tubular (flat) fenders are the way I went. They are uber tough and have a lifetime warranty. I smash them up on a trail run and I get free replacements (as long as I pay shipping)

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I run the ACE narrows, they are tought but I do have two of them with busted welds on my jeep and only one corner that is not dented in or creased. ......
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Old 07-27-2013, 04:03 AM   #13
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