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Old 08-03-2013, 09:43 PM   #1
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Smittybilt XRC VS. Metalcloak fenders/flares

It has been claimed that you can put 35s on a JK with a stock suspension using the Smittybilt XRC Armor fenders. Metalcloak claims that you can put 37s on a stock JK using their quick-release fender flare.

#1) Has anyone determined which of these options will give the maximum tire clearance on a stock suspension?

I'm also curious about the difficulty of installation, and overall durability. It seems that the smittybilt option would be more durable, because you are replacing the entire fender with thick rolled steel, not just replacing the fender flare. Based on the installation video that I watched, the smittybilt XRC fenders would definately be easier to install on the rear, because there is only one rivet nut to install, whereas the metal cloak has about 8 rivet nuts that must be perfectly placed (a near impossible task!!). For the front fenders, I cannot see a difference in installation difficulty between smittybilt and metal cloak.

#2) Is the smittybilt easier to install when compared to the metalcloak fender flares?

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Smittybilt flares and their XRC Armor are two different parts. Any flat/tube style fender flare will allow for 35" tires. Metalcloaks unique design of their flares allow for the 37" tire. Also, the XRC Armor is not street legal in some states due to lack of coverage for the tires.

Take a look at these companies as well for flat fenders.

GenRight
PureJeep
Poison Spider
Warrior
River Raider
Nemesis Industries

And a bunch more I can't think of right now on the top of my head.

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Old 08-03-2013, 10:46 PM   #3
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I can tell you that the Metal Cloak is an AWSOME fender! Yes you put a 35-37 under them with out any issue. As for strength I have seen a jeep on its side with MC fenders and aside from scratches, the fenders and the jeep side did not buckle. Installation does take some time, the rear comes with a steel templet that you use to drill all of the nutserts for installation so alignment is perfect. You can check my 2 build threads below, they cove the fender installation.
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