Originally Posted by hosejockey61
Yes. Maybe. Depends on how hard you hit. If you make a fender stout enough, something else will have to give. If you bash it on a tree, it might not bend the mounting area but if you had a OEM fender it could be trashed. Kind of a give and take. That's one of the reasons MCE plastic flares came out. The problem is, without any resistance you could possibly damage other things.
^X2. I have MCE Flexible Flatties. I bought them because we have lots of trees where I wheel, and I bent up my stock fenders. I like the flexible idea, and it has been working well.
I also love the Metalcloak fenders due to the "almost highline" added clearance.
I was contemplating selling my MCE's and going to MC fenders. But
, I was looking at my buddies Cloaked TJ yesterday, and snapped a quick pic. This confirms why I bought the MCE's. Maybe I'll wait until their highline version becomes available.
You are going to do damage no matter what fenders you run if you hit hard enough. With PoisenSpyder highline defenders, or Gen Rite highlines, at least they have a tapered leading edge at the fender that seems like it would deflect the Jeep away, unlike the flat front bar on the Metalcloaks. The below pic shows how stout the Metalcloaks are.