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Old 06-04-2013, 07:43 AM   #1
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Sahara Owners - How are the Painted Fender Flares Holding Up?

I originally wanted a Sport S but now I'm considering a Sahara for a mall crawler (no off-roading). I prefer the black fenders on the Sport as they would seem to be less prone to parking lot dings. Wondering how the painted fender flares have held up for you Sahara owners? Do you get more noticeable dings and scratches than you would on the unpainted black ones?

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I originally wanted a Sport S but now I'm considering a Sahara for a mall crawler (no off-roading). I prefer the black fenders on the Sport as they would seem to be less prone to parking lot dings. Wondering how the painted fender flares have held up for you Sahara owners? Do you get more noticeable dings and scratches than you would on the unpainted black ones?

Although I've only had mine maybe 3 weeks. They are doing well.

Even after my dog decided to jump up on my front fender to look at me on the other side.. left a scratch that buffed out easy.

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Old 06-04-2013, 08:07 AM   #3
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I've had mine since the first of the year and I don't have any dings yet. I removed my side steps and put on Rubicon rails and what I have noticed are a couple of small rock chips on the leading edge of the rear fender flares as they are no longer protected by the Sahara steps. So far so good! Good luck with your decision.
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All good so far. 6 months
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Still looking good after 5 years, and it has seen its share of mud and rocks.



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Old 06-04-2013, 09:33 AM   #6
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I didn't have a problem UNTIL i replace the plastic side steps with rock rails. The side steps act as mud flaps keeping rocks from being thrown on the rear fender flares. now i have small chips in my sahara's rear body match fender flares. :/
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Old 06-04-2013, 10:29 AM   #7
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My rear door hinges and painted fenders have some rock chips after 4 months of ownership. This is due to having larger tires and offset wheels sticking out of the fenders very very slightly and therefore flinging rocks back towards the hinges and fenders. I guess if you stay with stock wheel offset then you should be ok.

The painted fender look is what I want so rock chips or not, I wouldn't change my decision even if I could. In a worst case scenario the fenders and door hinges can be re painted later on.
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Old 06-04-2013, 10:39 AM   #8
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Pretty good so far...
But I will say that people getting in and out of the rear seat (or if you are dragging big stuff out of the backseat) need to be careful to not scatch the fenders.
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Old 06-04-2013, 11:08 AM   #9
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My are not holding up at all. Only about 7000 km on my 2013 and the rear fenders have chips all over them and some rather large chunks of paint completely missing underneath on the lip where rocks have flown up and hit them, completely exposing the black plastic underneath. I do live on a gravel road about 1 km from the highway, so that is partly to blame, but still this does not seem right. Imagine if they were made out of steel..... I would be having rust issues already.

I should say this all occurred with the plastic running boards in place. I just removed them last night and put on a used set of rubi rails and just ordered a set of ace rails from jason, so I imagine the chips will only get worse.
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Old 06-04-2013, 01:39 PM   #10
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We drove ours home New Year's Eve and they still look as nice as they did when we drove it off the lot.

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Old 06-04-2013, 01:42 PM   #11
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They held up just fine to rocks and mud. And sand, snow, salt, gravel, grass, and hail. And sun. They hold up well.
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Old 06-04-2013, 01:48 PM   #12
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My 08 dark green had 82,000 miles (some off road) and had only a couple light scratches near rear doors. My 13 is black and so far so good. I think they hold up better than the fast fading black unpainted ones.
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Old 06-04-2013, 02:59 PM   #13
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Going on 21,000 miles, and the Sahara Tan fenders, for which the color hides scratches extremely well, still look brand new. The stock tires and side steps have nodoubt helped with the lack of rock chips. For me, I'm sure that the plain black plastic fenders would have been a total pain in the arse to keep clean and new looking, with the inevitable embedded stains and UV fading.

Anyway, I really enjoy how the painted fenders give the JKU a more finished and cohesive appearance, not to mention, painted fenders give stock Jeeps a much wider looking stance. The nondescript unpainted ones tend to make Jeeps look all pinched in from a front and rear view, IMHO.
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Old 06-04-2013, 03:24 PM   #14
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If I go Sahara I was going to pull the OEM side steps and replace with Ace rails. Do you all think the Ace rails would provide equal protection from rocks hitting the flares?
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MonstaLiner my Sport S fenders

I hope to have my MonstaLiner fenders installed this weekend -- pics to follow...

Keeping the OEM flares actually black was frustrating; my Jeep's not yet 3 years old.

MonstaLiner color Killer Beej = Sahara Tan...
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Old 06-04-2013, 03:36 PM   #16
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I'm going to do the same thing I did on my 07 Sahara if I decide on painted fenders for my 14. Like everyone said, once you lose the side steps and go to larger tires everything gets thrown against those rear fenders.

I just had a clear vinyl decal made up like I've seen on other cars that just sticks on and protects against rock chips. I ended up changing them every year due to chips and UV damage but my fenders still looked like new and they were not that noticeable unless you walked up close.

I don't remember where I got them but I do remember getting them custom made. Pixeldecals would probably be happy to make you up a set.
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Old 06-10-2013, 05:37 PM   #18
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My wife's 2007 with stock tires and zero off roading look like new after six years.

My 2012 with a moderately wider tire and some off roading have about two or three rock chips after 1.5 years. Overall I am pleased.

The main thing they catch here is bugs. But so do the black fenders.
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I have 18 months and 3 m plastic protection on leading edges of rear flairs have kept them looking fresh even with dog entry scratches and wider wheels. Sliders give no protection compared to Sahara factory steps however.
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I have 18 months and 3 m plastic protection on leading edges of rear flairs have kept them looking fresh even with dog entry scratches and wider wheels. Sliders give no protection
Do you know the name of the product or have a link to it?

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