Ideas for new fender flares - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > JK Jeep Wrangler Forum > JK General Discussion Forum

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 02-18-2012, 02:53 PM   #1
Newb
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 1
Ideas for new fender flares

Hey everyone

I unfortunately hit a deer a few months back and he decided to break off my front left fender flare. So I'm in the market of searching for new ones. I'm kind of torn between these bushwacker pocket style Bushwacker Pocket Style Fender Flares in OEM Style Matte Black Finish for 07-12 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited JK 4 Door - Quadratec and these Xenon flat flares Xenon Flat Fender Style Flare Kit for 07-12 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited JK 4 Door - Quadratec and either keeping them black or staying with the sahara tradition and having them painted to match my rescue green jeep. My other option is just replacing my damaged fender with a new stock one and having it painted to match the others

What do you fellow JK drivers recommend?

milessparenberg is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-18-2012, 05:19 PM   #2
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
the Kolector's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Louisville, Ky
Posts: 2,551
I personally like the Bushwacker pocket flares myself, just too rich for my blood right now. You can always just replace the broken one if you want to save some money.

__________________
You Are The Result of 3.8 Billion Years of Evolutionary Success. Act Like It.
the Kolector is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-21-2012, 06:22 PM   #3
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 112
Im not sure if you've done anything yet, but I have the pocket style bushwhacker fenders (rescue green also) and I wish I had flat flares. they are a pain in the a*s to clean, at least for me because i just pressure wash the mud off of my car, and the pockets always shoot the mud back at me. Also they seem to be two layers, so like hollow in the middle (if that makes sense) and I dont know how but mud gets in there and just stays there now. I also happen to like the look of flat fenders more, i think they look more agressive. so my recommendation would be some flat flares!
burton861 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-21-2012, 06:48 PM   #4
Jeeper

WF Supporting Member
 
kbwwolf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 12,128
Quote:
Originally Posted by milessparenberg View Post
I'm kind of torn between these bushwacker pocket style Bushwacker Pocket Style Fender Flares in OEM Style Matte Black Finish for 07-12 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited JK 4 Door - Quadratec and these Xenon flat flares Xenon Flat Fender Style Flare Kit for 07-12 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited JK 4 Door - Quadratec and either keeping them black or staying with the sahara tradition and having them painted to match my rescue green jeep. My other option is just replacing my damaged fender with a new stock one and having it painted to match the others

What do you fellow JK drivers recommend?
I've got the Bushwacker flatties on my rig. Not only do they look great (IMO), but they're sturdy as hell. A lot sturdier than the stock fenders. Mine are unpainted.

I bought em over the Xenons (my other choice) for a # of reasons. First, I'd read several threads on JKF about them being warped on delivery. The directions that come with them even point out that they may need to be laid out in the sun or in a warm area for a little while before they would assume their "natural" shape. Didn't like the sound of that, personally.

Second, to install em you need to drill out some of the existing mounting holes where your stock fenders were installed. Wasn't too keen about that, either.

With the kit you're also given something called an "expendable tool"...looks like a little drill bit. It's used to attach the flare's rivets. I had visions of losing that bad boy, and suddenly needing to do repairs to one of the fenders.

Anyway, all in all it seemed like the Xenons would be much more of a PITA to install than the BW flatties. In hindsight I'm happy with my decision.

One piece of advice on the painting: It's a multi-step, multi-chemical process, no matter which of the fenders you choose. In fact, after reading through the painting instructions, I decided that either I'd have to pay a pro to do it, or I wasn't gonna do it at all.

As for the BW pocket flares, Jimbo (JIMBOX here on the forum) has a set on his Jeep, and seems to like em. Maybe he'll chime in here. You can buy those pre-painted from Quadratec. The others, you're on your own as far as the painting.

Of course, the cheapest and easiest solution would simply to buy a new painted factory flare.

That's up to you.

I can say that someone here on the forum just posted photos of their Arctic edition with black flatties, and it looked hot. Again, JMO. And that's also on a Jeep with a lift and bigger tires.

Here's a couple pics of mine.

Click image for larger version

Name:	Phase1_121711kbw.jpg
Views:	136
Size:	94.8 KB
ID:	98887

Click image for larger version

Name:	Mack_Wildlife_Area_020212_kbw.jpg
Views:	136
Size:	84.5 KB
ID:	98888
__________________


"What we see depends mainly on what we look for."
—John Lubbock
kbwwolf is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-22-2012, 04:41 AM   #5
Jeeper
 
JEEPDON's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Over the hill
Posts: 1,282
I will chime in with KB here, I installed the Bushwhacker flatties, and am loving them.


In these pics; I have 33's on with no lift. I have since added a Teraflex leveling kit.
Don
JEEPDON is online now   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-22-2012, 08:48 AM   #6
Jeeper
 
JIMBOX's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 9,916
It's like everything you get for your jeep-get what you want-

I am very content with the Bushwacker "pocket" flares-they are actually a little stronger than the jeeps side metal, or I should say Resilient-

I've brushed trees on my passenger side, going places that 2dr jeeps went with ease and caused minor dents on the upper fender line, but i've cured that problem-

All my black stays pretty black, cause I keep the jeep in the garage-





Installing them is not easy, but just follow instructions and it's OK-

I likem/w my little "Flow Interrupter" so nothing gets on the sides of the jeep-mud/snow/dirt/gravel/dogs/protesters-etc

Good luck

JIMBO

__________________
"ya gotta have class"
JIMBOX is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Jeep Wrangler Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New guy from KY Green LJRub WF New Member Check In 16 02-21-2012 05:47 PM
College Student + Jeep = new level of broke Garbro WF New Member Check In 17 02-20-2012 12:16 AM
New owner in Boca Raton LOVING my Rubicon WF New Member Check In 8 02-19-2012 09:14 AM
bolts for tail gate? Fallujahcoyote TJ General Discussion Forum 1 02-18-2012 03:37 PM
Maybe new to JK jwm1986 JK General Discussion Forum 3 02-18-2012 01:49 PM


» Rates
Get low rates on auto insurance in Canada!

» Network Links
»Jeep Parts
» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:14 AM.



Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC