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Old 08-24-2014, 12:45 PM   #1
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For all you flat fender buyers

Took on the task to cut my stock ones yesterday and it came out awesome. Very easy to do, took about 2 hours. Don't waste $300-600 on flat fenders, DIY. (Front takes an hour 45, back is easy. Took 15 min)
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Old 08-24-2014, 01:05 PM   #2
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Old 08-24-2014, 01:09 PM   #3
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Looks awesome, congrats! I sooo have gotta grow a pair and cut mine!

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Old 08-24-2014, 01:30 PM   #4
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Looks awesome, congrats! I sooo have gotta grow a pair and cut mine! Jeff
It's a lot easier then you think. I was skeptical at first but turned out way better then I thought.
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Does the plastic bow in the middle any more than before?
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Does the plastic bow in the middle any more than before?
Not at all, the support is still there, you just cut around it. Very easy to do. You see it when you get going.
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Old 08-24-2014, 02:04 PM   #7
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Ugh! this forum gets me into trouble. what to do with the side light
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Old 08-24-2014, 02:19 PM   #8
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Ugh! this forum gets me into trouble. what to do with the side light
It's essentially a free mod if you have a dremel. The side markers can be tied down underneath in a little spot close to where they were stock. It's a clean look.
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Took on the task to cut my stock ones yesterday and it came out awesome. Very easy to do, took about 2 hours. Don't waste $300-600 on flat fenders, DIY. (Front takes an hour 45, back is easy. Took 15 min)
That's fine and all but I wouldn't say flat fenders are a waste... Often new fenders will offer different coverage than OEM, depending on wheel offset wider fenders are much nicer, mud and rocks slinging all over your vehicle gets old fast... Plus the legal aspect...
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Personally I like the look of flat fenders over trimmed stock fenders.
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Old 08-24-2014, 04:06 PM   #11
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Personally I like the look of flat fenders over trimmed stock fenders.
X2. Special in person. Some good in pictures but not in real life.

For the record my fenders are stock and not cut.
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personally i like the look of flat fenders over trimmed stock fenders.
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Old 08-24-2014, 04:49 PM   #14
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Personally I like the look of flat fenders over trimmed stock fenders.
x4... I contemplated cutting my factory fenders but decided to just purchase bushwackers instead... every time I saw a set of them on another JK I wanted them, that combined with the added coverage that the bushwacker flat flares added had me sold that they were worth it. Having said that cutting stock fenders is a cool way of changing the look or making the fenders work more functionally on a budget.
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Old 08-24-2014, 05:43 PM   #16
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Ya, if assume they look better but I couldn't see spending the money on them (the one mod I couldn't get myself to buy). So I just decided to go the cheap route.
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Took on the task to cut my stock ones yesterday and it came out awesome. Very easy to do, took about 2 hours. Don't waste $300-600 on flat fenders, DIY. (Front takes an hour 45, back is easy. Took 15 min)
Looks awesome...cannot wait to do this. Unfortunately, I'm holding off until I add bigger tires and wheels.
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Okay........... I can't be the ONLY ONE that likes stock fenders, right?
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I like stock fenders. The only articulation of the suspension I ever get to see being in Florida is the pot holes in the road.
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Okay........... I can't be the ONLY ONE that likes stock fenders, right?
Yes you are! Kidding, prob just a preference thing...but the added functionality is a plus for low cost.
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Okay........... I can't be the ONLY ONE that likes stock fenders, right?
I like stock fenders... on a stock rig. The biggest thing for me is being able to run larger tires while needing less lift to do so, I do a lot of off camber wheeling in mountains and sand so the lower center of gravity is a big deal for me. That and the extra coverage is a nice bonus too
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Okay........... I can't be the ONLY ONE that likes stock fenders, right?
Nope. Stock here. Need them for the front mud guards in the winter. Besides that, I just like the look of them.
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Old 08-24-2014, 07:33 PM   #23
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Ya, if assume they look better but I couldn't see spending the money on them (the one mod I couldn't get myself to buy). So I just decided to go the cheap route.
Exactly.

They may look "better", but do they look "$600.00 better"?

If so, buy em!

If not, cut em!

I would like to cut my painted ones, but don't see that one getting approved by the wife...
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Personally I like the look of flat fenders over trimmed stock fenders.
OP, you did a great job, but I like the aftermarket ones as well. I wanted to save weight and went with plastic one from MCE and they look great to me. I always hated the way the stock ones angle down.



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I cut mine because aftermarket fenders don't really work with a full width bumper
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Old 08-24-2014, 09:28 PM   #26
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I cut mine because aftermarket fenders don't really work with a full width bumper
Yours look good also. I like how they are stock, just couldn't stand the rub and scraping sound while flexing. Pretty happy with the result and $600 stayed in my pocket for more mods.
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Buying a real set of flat fenders ALWAYS looks better than a set of cut stockers. Sorry.
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Buying a real set of flat fenders ALWAYS looks better than a set of cut stockers. Sorry.
Unless you have a full width bumper , aftermarket flat fenders look fine with a stubby or maybe a mid width but not a full width
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Cut fenders aren't flat fenders. You still can't put your favorite beverage on a stock, cut fender.
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Old 08-24-2014, 11:29 PM   #30
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Cut fenders aren't flat fenders. You still can't put your favorite beverage on a stock, cut fender.
Actually you can, the stock support is still there if you do it correctly. It's got just as much clearance as a $500-600 flat fender.

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