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Old 01-23-2013, 11:58 AM   #1
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Help! Flat style fenders

I am new to jeeps and I am really interested in buying some flat style fender flares for my 2012 JKU but not too sure with which ones I should go with. I have been looking at the bushwacker 4 piece kit, but I want to know if there is a better brand for maybe the same price or cheaper.

I am also open to ideas for upgrading my jeep so suggestions would be great as well!

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Yeah trim them!!! I just did mine last week. Not hard at all. I'll post pics when I get home.
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Wow it looked great after he finished in the video! If anyone has pictures that would be great. Thanks for the input!

Also, do you know how much money those tools would be? Because I don't have any of those tools haha
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Here's a step-by-step guide from Project JK, with a list of tools you'll need:
Project-JK.com - Jeep JK Wrangler Resource » Jeep JK Wrangler Factory Fender Chop

And here's another thread from JKF that takes you through it, with photos and a lot of unnecessary exclamation marks:
Reds fender trim with detailed pics and video!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:35 PM   #6
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Go aftermarket if you can. Trimmed fenders look like doodoo IMHO.

Just my $.02 though.

I have the BW flatties and they're great. You wouldn't think they'd be as robust as they are. Smartly designed I'd say.
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Go aftermarket if you can. Trimmed fenders look like doodoo IMHO.

Just my $.02 though.

I have the BW flatties and they're great. You wouldn't think they'd be as robust as they are. Smartly designed I'd say.
Look like doodoo but are free. Me likes free
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OOOOOOOO I want to do it sooooo bad,,,,, I'll probably end up with the BW ones though. They look so good on Kramer2K's rig!
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Wow it looked great after he finished in the video! If anyone has pictures that would be great. Thanks for the input!

Also, do you know how much money those tools would be? Because I don't have any of those tools haha
Here's some pics
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Just rip em off and go flare less
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I'm trying to decide between the BWs and the removable flares from TrailMods. There was a rumor last Fall that Trailmods would soon announce a new version that isn't as wide as their current outer flares, but I haven't seen anything about them since... so, if anyone has more info on the new version, please share!!
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check out poison spyder customs. nice, real nice but expensive
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:11 PM   #14
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Save your coin and do it once:
GenRight Tube Fenders for Jeep JK

Have them painted to match your rig.

Eventually you will hit those BW's on something and it will be all she wrote.
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ACE narrow or wide tubular fenders. Awesome look, perfect build IMO, and price is great!!
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Save your coin and do it once:
GenRight Tube Fenders for Jeep JK

Have them painted to match your rig.

Eventually you will hit those BW's on something and it will be all she wrote.
Ok this is such a misconceived notion I have to talk about it. Which would you rather smashing a Bushwacker flare and it shattering and spending sub $200 to replace it or Metal tube fenders which themselves won't bend, but can push in the entire tub and/or cause potentially major body damage? I love the theory and look of tube fenders. However, I would rather spend less money fixing things. That said if you merely scrape or rub the tube fender you can repaint it, the bushwacker, not so much.
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With the thin sheet metal on the new jeeps, metal fenders are very risky!
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Here is a picture of bw flares not my rig but kinda looks like it. Right now I don't have a good picture of my rig with bw flares. The second picture is my jeep
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I followed the project JK and it was pretty straight forward to trim myself. I think I spent about $5 on a few cutting discs for my dremel and another $10-15 on door trim over the edge. I'm cheap though, that's also a stock bumper with the cans cut off , ends trimmed, a little gutter guard in the openings and a can of bed liner. Another $15 mod.
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I kind of like the flares cut on that one, it matches up nicer with the bumper up front.

Overall I like the BW, I just want to find a bumper first I like.
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Thanks for everyone's input. I'm really liking the "do it yourself" fender trim, i just don't know if I can trust myself with the cutting haha. For anyone who has done it, is the cutting easy? or do you need a stead hand?
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Thanks for everyone's input. I'm really liking the "do it yourself" fender trim, i just don't know if I can trust myself with the cutting haha. For anyone who has done it, is the cutting easy? or do you need a stead hand?
cutting is easy but if you use a dremel cover your eyes and face. I took several hot pieces of plastic to the face and got about a 2nd degree burn on my lip. Wear a balaclava or something.
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I followed the project JK and it was pretty straight forward to trim myself. I think I spent about $5 on a few cutting discs for my dremel and another $10-15 on door trim over the edge. I'm cheap though, that's also a stock bumper with the cans cut off , ends trimmed, a little gutter guard in the openings and a can of bed liner. Another $15 mod.
Nice looking rig! You did a great job!
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Ok this is such a misconceived notion I have to talk about it. Which would you rather smashing a Bushwacker flare and it shattering and spending sub $200 to replace it or Metal tube fenders which themselves won't bend, but can push in the entire tub and/or cause potentially major body damage? I love the theory and look of tube fenders. However, I would rather spend less money fixing things. That said if you merely scrape or rub the tube fender you can repaint it, the bushwacker, not so much.
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With the thin sheet metal on the new jeeps, metal fenders are very risky!
Actually most metal fenders, at least well thought out ones, hook into more then just the sheet metal. I've heard of plenty of damage being done by plastic that is just connected to sheet metal.

My Poison Spyder (Aluminum) are hooked to the frame and keep the body off rocks and trees almost as much as my rock rails. Aside of deep scratches into the tube they have not sustained nor caused any damage in the last couple of years. I wheel 3 or 4 times a month.
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Ok this is such a misconceived notion I have to talk about it. Which would you rather smashing a Bushwacker flare and it shattering and spending sub $200 to replace it or Metal tube fenders which themselves won't bend, but can push in the entire tub and/or cause potentially major body damage? I love the theory and look of tube fenders. However, I would rather spend less money fixing things. That said if you merely scrape or rub the tube fender you can repaint it, the bushwacker, not so much.
Very good point
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I also spent over $1200 on 3 different brands of plastic before I went metal.
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Since you are the only Jeep I have really seen trim the fender that has the same color as the body, did you put the door liner?

I feel like if the painted fenders are more fragile than the plastic. Was cutting it any trouble at all?
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I trimmed mine with a pnuematic cutting wheel. A dremel would work also.
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Since you are the only Jeep I have really seen trim the fender that has the same color as the body, did you put the door liner?

I feel like if the painted fenders are more fragile than the plastic. Was cutting it any trouble at all?
No problems cutting at all. Took more time taping the fenders off the way i liked than it actually did cutting them.....Not sure what you're asking about the door liner
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He's asking if you used the door trim on the edges like the video.

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