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Old 08-18-2013, 07:12 PM   #1
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Which flat fenders should I buy?

He guys, I have an 08 JKU sahara that is currently stock. I am looking to get some bigger tires but dont want to lift the jeep. To make some room I want to get some flat fenders. Any suggestions?

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Old 08-18-2013, 07:59 PM   #2
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You could either cut your stock ones or get bushwhackers.

You still in VA or move down to Utah?

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You could either cut your stock ones or get bushwhackers.

You still in VA or move down to Utah?
Cut the stock ones?

I am still in VA, our house did not sell, so we are still around for a while.
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Old 09-06-2013, 09:07 AM   #4
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Cut the stocks. They are free and are designed to tear away. I love the look of Bushwackers but would never run them. Any fender thats bolted to the body is going to cause serious damage to the sheetmetal if snagged out on the trails.
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The Bushwackers don't really bolt to the body. There is the outer skin which attaches with some rather small screws into a second piece which does bolt to the body. The outer flare would tear away long before the inner piece catches.
That being said I ran bushwackers for over a year and just sold them. I rubbed a tree and it caused a crease in one of the flares. Rubbing against some loose dirt left some very deep scratches in them as well. The pro is that they look pretty good and allow for larger tires. The downside is they are a little pricey, arnt as sturdy as the factory flares, and if you damage one than Bushwacker will not sell you individual parts if needed.
Im going with a set of Ace flares here in a couple of days.
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Old 09-06-2013, 10:14 AM   #6
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I looked at them all before deciding to go with ACE flares, metal and cheaper than the Bushwackers while offering structural strength. They don't stain with GA mud like the OE plastic fenders do either. I have slid by trees with no damage to the body, any powder coat that gets scratched is easily touched up with rattlecan paint.
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Cut stocks = free. Damage them and they are easy to replace for cheap.
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Old 09-06-2013, 11:26 AM   #9
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Instead of cutting the stocks, had anyone tried to use a heat gun and reshape them to resemble something like the Bushwackers? Plus, it could be used to make them wider and cover the larger tires.... Just an idea I've been kicking around.
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Cut stocks = free. Damage them and they are easy to replace for cheap.
From everything I have ever seen, stock fenders are basically impossible to destroy.
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Instead of cutting the stocks, had anyone tried to use a heat gun and reshape them to resemble something like the Bushwackers? Plus, it could be used to make them wider and cover the larger tires.... Just an idea I've been kicking around.
I don't think that's possible. Im not a chemist (although Im sure we have one in here somewhere) but basically the chemicals and process used to make the OEM flares makes it impossible to reshape them. They are heat/pressure formed, and thus, are designed to spring back into their original shape. Once the part has been cast, it can no longer be re-shaped.
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Old 09-06-2013, 11:44 AM   #12
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Have you checked out the MCE flares? JK ('07 - '14) | MCE - Flexible Fenders
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From everything I have ever seen, stock fenders are basically impossible to destroy.
Good point there
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Old 10-26-2013, 04:51 AM   #14
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MCE Flat Fender Flares!

-Look cleaner than cut fenders IMO
-Bend out of the way when smashed and recover
-2" of extra fender clearance
-OE inner splash guard retained
-Lifetime Warranty

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Old 11-10-2013, 03:39 PM   #15
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Anyone have an opinion on the Smittybilt's? Great price for some flats IMO and I want to pull the trigger on them with my lift

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If youve got the dough i find nemesis flares to be the bee's knees. Ill pick them up one day lol
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If youve got the dough i find nemesis flares to be the bee's knees. Ill pick them up one day lol
Heard that! Those things are the cats meow.
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Old 11-10-2013, 05:15 PM   #18
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I would just cut my stocks, but know I would butcher them.
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Old 11-10-2013, 05:39 PM   #19
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Quick question, you guys know who makes these flares? They look like MCE, but the front is different.



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Quick question, you guys know who makes these flares? They look like MCE, but the front is different.
Rugged ridge, they are called hurricane flares.
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Rugged ridge, they are called hurricane flares.
Oh, are they for sale already? I thought the ones they sold were some sh*tty thin ones (or at least i've been told they are sh*tty).
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Oh, are they for sale already? I thought the ones they sold were some sh*tty thin ones (or at least i've been told they are sh*tty).
Yupp! Heres a link
http://www.jeep4x4center.com/rugged-...-11640-10.html
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Ooh those are kinda weird looking.

Is it just me or do the Smitty's look like cut stock ?
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Mine are painted so I cant just cut them
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Mine are painted so I cant just cut them
Sure you can. It's been done.
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X2 Cut them and if you don't like em buy em. Nothing ventured nothing gained.
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Sure you can. It's been done.
Really? How does that work out with the edges then? Just go over them with touch up paint?
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Really? How does that work out with the edges then? Just go over them with touch up paint?
Use door edge molding. Any auto store or custom trim shop has it.
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Really? How does that work out with the edges then? Just go over them with touch up paint?
Throw some painters tape down so whatever you are using dosent contact the paint. The tape will also help reduce and chipping and such. Then just throw some trim on it.

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