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Old 04-14-2013, 11:02 AM   #1
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7" flares too much?

Ok, so I am going to be buying an '02 TJ, but the flares are very faded. I am trying to decide if I want to try to restore the color, or just replace them. The best alternative I have seen is the Omix ADA 7" flares, because they are "cheap", but seem to get decent reviews.
The Jeep is pretty much stock, and I believe is sitting on 225/?/15 tires. Will the 7" flares look silly until I purchase larger tires? The tires on it are fairly new, so I may be using them for a while.
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Old 04-14-2013, 11:04 AM   #2
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Will the 7" flares look silly until I purchase larger tires?
Yes, very silly IMO. Remove the factory flares, clean them up, and spray them with Rustoleum truck bed coating. Search around here as there are many threads discussing painting factory flares.

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yeah, i've looked at the hows of painting and whatnot, just was thinking if I screw them up I would probably replace them. But the $150 they would cost could go towards the new tires...
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I was in the same boat, but the other way around. I have 33" tires that stick out from under the stock flares by a couple inches at most.

I decided to try restoring my flares instead of spending the money on new flares. I popped them off, prepped them according to the instructions on a can of Krylon Fusion, and was happy with how they turned out.

The tires throw rain pretty high because the flares don't cover them completely, but there's no Illinois law that covers flares (pun not intended).

Buying the flares before you buy the tires is putting the cart before the horse. What happens if you suddenly change your mind on a tire set-up and you have no use for 7" flares?
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Don't be in a hurry and make purchases more than once. Be certain of the direction of your build and plan accordingly!

I put on the 7 inch flares because I needed full tread coverage to be legal. If you don't have tire sticking out from underneath the stock flares, I think I'd wait until you get the new tires.
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2 cans of bed liner, ~$20 and a few hours of your time to restore the stock flares. Worth it to me even if you end up buying wider flares in a few months.
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Ok, that sounds like a good plan. I wasn't sure how much larger these flares were than stock so thanks for the opinions. I was just looking for low cost replacements, but I will try and fix what I (will soon have) before I worry about it! Thanks guys!
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For reference, here's a recent thread on suggestions for restoring fender flares. I also have a before and after shot of my efforts in that thread.
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Ok, that sounds like a good plan. I wasn't sure how much larger these flares were than stock so thanks for the opinions. I was just looking for low cost replacements, but I will try and fix what I (will soon have) before I worry about it! Thanks guys!
Anytime you need to replace a stock component take a look at Craigslist. Tons of inexpensive soft tops, hardtops, axles, tires, fender flares...
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Anytime you need to replace a stock component take a look at Craigslist. Tons of inexpensive soft tops, hardtops, axles, tires, fender flares...
I normally would, but figure that any take off flares in this situation will probably be faded like my own...
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2 cans of bed liner, ~$20 and a few hours of your time to restore the stock flares. Worth it to me even if you end up buying wider flares in a few months.
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Later with the bigger tires you may want to go to flat fenders. I keep trying to rub my flares off of trees and rocks so the wifey will let me upgrade
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Old 04-14-2013, 02:29 PM   #12
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I had 7" flares on my TJ 16 years ago and they looked stupid. Luckily I was able to sell them.
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Cool, the 7" flares are nixed. I have several cans of textured black spray. Kind of like stuff for more grip. I don't remember what it is offhand, I found it when I was going through my dad's stuff. I was thinking of using it to spray the bed of my old truck before it was totalled.
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Try using a heat gun on the flares first. A heat gun on its lower temperature setting can turn old faded flares new looking. Depending on how much sun they see, they will stay black for 6 months to up to a couple years after the heat gun operation.
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maybe I will try the heat gun first, since I have one. Does the heat effect the paint? That was part of my problem with painting was that if I don't mask as well as I think I did I would hate to screw up the paint! But I think I have the gray flares because they are very light right now. I may paint them just to make them black...
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Been doing mine and many other's with Krylon Satin or semi gloss black for years . I just wipe them off with gas , tape and paint a couple coats and reapply in a couple years or so . To easy not to do
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So long as the heat gun is not held on the paint, no worries about it hurting the paint. I've used the heat gun on 4-5 Jeeps & all you have to do is keep it moving. And don't use the heat gun's highest heat setting, the cooler setting is usually more than hot enough to turn the flares black.
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I inherited a set of 7" flares when I bought my TJ. I've got a set of stockers waiting to be installed. Hopefully, a set of 7" flares will be for sale at my house in the very near future...

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