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Old 04-14-2013, 04:47 PM   #1
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Question Best DIY Fender Kit?

I've been playing around with the idea of getting new fenders but my bank account just won't allow me to drop that much money on MetalCloak's or pre-built Tube Fenders right now.

I noticed that there are a few DIY fender kits out there and the price isn't that bad on them. Don't mind spending an afternoon welding/cutting everything to save some cash.

Not really sure what I should and shouldn't be looking for in one of these kits so if you guys could steer me in the right direction, that would be great!

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I have a kit from www.jeeptubes.com. I guess it's not really a kit, but more like just some prebent tubes.
I got the hi-line, narrow fender tubes and some 1/8" plate to skin them with.

I just removed one of the stock fenders this evening to begin initial mock-up.



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I have a kit from www.jeeptubes.com. I guess it's not really a kit, but more like just some prebent tubes.
I got the hi-line, narrow fender tubes and some 1/8" plate to skin them with.

I just removed one of the stock fenders this evening to begin initial mock-up.


Funny thing is, I was JUST about to post a question about that exact kit as well as their regular kit.
I don't really mind cutting the hood up but what else has to be altered compared to the regular kit?

There's a guy that sells the full kits here local, what do you think of this? Would I be better off with the JeepTubes version?
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I recently bought and fitted some tube fenders, $220 delivered. They came from E-autogrilles, which have been slated on here once or twice but I really couldn't fault them (yet). The fenders were done and on in a couple of hours and are a pretty tight fit. Had to grind down the battery box etc, but they look nice:

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Funny thing is, I was JUST about to post a question about that exact kit as well as their regular kit.
I don't really mind cutting the hood up but what else has to be altered compared to the regular kit?

There's a guy that sells the full kits here local, what do you think of this? Would I be better off with the JeepTubes version?
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I opted for the 'narrow' kit because I like the tapered in look without flares.
The regular kit does not taper in toward the front of the hood. They run straight out to the front.

As far as hi-line versus non-hi-line........with hi-line the hood has to be cut which means you have to do something with the latches. I am running hood pins.
The stock air box won't fit, so you have to come up with something else for that. I am building a through-the-cowl intake setup.
The stock windshield washer bottle may or may not fit because of its large size. I bought a smaller universal bottle/motor for mine.
The stock battery location will not work. The battery will need to be raised and possibly angled/tilted forward.

As far as the fenders in the link....I would go with another option.
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I like MCE personally, light and flexible but still look like tube fenders.
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I got the kit from UnderCover Fab. Yes, it requires welding, but my friend has a welder and I figured this was a great project to learn welding on. They came out better than I could have hoped (thanks to a grinder to clean my welds) and I really like the look.

Overall, the project took longer than I wanted due mainly to my friend's availability and work requirements keeping me busy. They did reuse the stock inner fender, but that made it easier to work with.





I too went with the zero fender-like setup.
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I opted for the 'narrow' kit because I like the tapered in look without flares.
The regular kit does not taper in toward the front of the hood. They run straight out to the front.

As far as hi-line versus non-hi-line........with hi-line the hood has to be cut which means you have to do something with the latches. I am running hood pins.
The stock air box won't fit, so you have to come up with something else for that. I am building a through-the-cowl intake setup.
The stock windshield washer bottle may or may not fit because of its large size. I bought a smaller universal bottle/motor for mine.
The stock battery location will not work. The battery will need to be raised and possibly angled/tilted forward.

As far as the fenders in the link....I would go with another option.
I may just opt for the regular kit instead of the highline kit then.
I'll look at the narrow version though, I might like it.

As far as all the welding and everything. How long do you think everything would take (this would be for the regular kit, not the high line) to install the fenders. How much experience would I need?

If I could get some MCE fenders that would be nice. They look good and the idea being it is pretty good. Saves the body from being tweaked if getting smacked on trails. Lifetime warranty is nice too...
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I looked at those but it looks like you don't have an inner fender. I read somewhere you can use the factory inner fender but I'm not sure.
If I can use the factory inner fender, I'll probably gonna this route since I've heard good stuff about them.
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That's how pretty much all these kits are.
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That's how pretty much all these kits are.
In that case, I'll probably pick up the BTF fenders then.
I just kept on seeing people say they couldn't use the factory inner fender and then others used them. Not sure what the deal is. I'll probably order them soon though.
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In that case, I'll probably pick up the BTF fenders then.
I just kept on seeing people say they couldn't use the factory inner fender and then others used them. Not sure what the deal is. I'll probably order them soon though.
Probably no clearance with stock inners on big tires etc. or they just aren't creative enough
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That's how pretty much all these kits are.
the MCE fenders use the stock inners. its not really a kit to build fenders as much a just cut the sh*t outta your stock fenders and install new flat fenders.
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the MCE fenders use the stock inners. its not really a kit to build fenders as much a just cut the sh*t outta your stock fenders and install new flat fenders.
Yeah, I hear what you're saying. They're easy to install and can take a beating but I just can't justify paying $330 for a piece of plastic when I can get a kit for half that and just weld it together.
If the flares were like $200 or so, I wouldn't mind paying a little extra to get them.

I'm going to give the BTF ones a shot and see how that goes.
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Yeah, I hear what you're saying. They're easy to install and can take a beating but I just can't justify paying $330 for a piece of plastic when I can get a kit for half that and just weld it together.
If the flares were like $200 or so, I wouldn't mind paying a little extra to get them.

I'm going to give the BTF ones a shot and see how that goes.
didn't know they were that $$$. when i bought them they were $170+shipping.
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I got the kit from UnderCover Fab. Yes, it requires welding, but my friend has a welder and I figured this was a great project to learn welding on. They came out better than I could have hoped (thanks to a grinder to clean my welds) and I really like the look.

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I too went with the zero fender-like setup.
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If you are on a budget whats wrong with the stock fenders? You wont gain anything worthwhile with non hiline tube fenders IMO. To me they are more for aesthetics then anything.

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Stumbled across these earlier and I mainly like them because the fender extends just a bit further out than the BTF. Not sure if this is really beneficial but they look good.
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CCFabs.com | 3″ Flare Front Fender D.I.Y.
Here's their eBay ad with a few more pictures:
Jeep Tube Front Fenders w 3" Flare DIY Kit | eBay

I have to see if they offer free shipping through their website and only charge shipping on eBay. If that's not the case, I'll just get the BTF since it's free shipping.
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Or find a friend with a bender and buy the DOM. I made a friend who can get it for 2-4 bucks a foot and has a bender. So I will be making mine for like 50 bucks. lol.
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You could look at e-autogrilles on ebay I think it is. They have pretty cheap tube fenders already built. They have a lot of nice stuff and really nice prices.
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Or find a friend with a bender and buy the DOM. I made a friend who can get it for 2-4 bucks a foot and has a bender. So I will be making mine for like 50 bucks. lol.
Sadly, I'm short on Jeep friends.

Sooo...What do you think of those fenders?
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To answer a previous questions some highline fenders don't reuse the original inner fenders and some bring new ones in the package. They also brig a battery tray to raise the battery and get more clearance. Metal cloak or PSC Defenders will give you tons of extra clearance, to the point that you can slap 35 to 37s on just a 3-4 inch lift.
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To answer a previous questions some highline fenders don't reuse the original inner fenders and some bring new ones in the package. They also brig a battery tray to raise the battery and get more clearance. Metal cloak or PSC Defenders will give you tons of extra clearance, to the point that you can slap 35 to 37s on just a 3-4 inch lift.
Any high line will do that. It's all about how clean and what limitations there are. Stock inner fenders mean less clearance in tight or they have to be moved up. Different designs will have more or less clearance to the rear of the wheel well also.

Just clarifying you don't need $$$ for big gains.
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To answer a previous questions some highline fenders don't reuse the original inner fenders and some bring new ones in the package. They also brig a battery tray to raise the battery and get more clearance. Metal cloak or PSC Defenders will give you tons of extra clearance, to the point that you can slap 35 to 37s on just a 3-4 inch lift.
Those actually look pretty good. I'm tempted now!
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Those actually look pretty good. I'm tempted now!
The PSC highlines? Yeah, I changed my mind after looking around some more and I'm probably going to get those or something like them. Still like the metalcloaks so that's still a possibility.

The more and more I keep looking, the more I'm willing to cut my hood and do high lines. I may end up doing the regular PSC Defenders though or sell my current fenders and buy MetalCloaks.

Also, I saw you post a picture in the JK section recently, what fenders are those? They look good.
(can't find picture, its a pic of a Golden Sahara with high line fenders and its what you said yours would look like once finished).
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The PSC highlines? Yeah, I changed my mind after looking around some more and I'm probably going to get those or something like them. Still like the metalcloaks so that's still a possibility.

The more and more I keep looking, the more I'm willing to cut my hood and do high lines. I may end up doing the regular PSC Defenders though or sell my current fenders and buy MetalCloaks.

Also, I saw you post a picture in the JK section recently, what fenders are those? They look good.
(can't find picture, its a pic of a Golden Sahara with high line fenders and its what you said yours would look like once finished).
The standard DIY kit you linked actually looked pretty good. I do plan on hilines, probably will make my own though... Depends how good I get with a bender.

I'm not sure what brand they are. Probably something like TnT. I like the defenders not the price though. MC are ugly from the front to me.
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The standard DIY kit you linked actually looked pretty good. I do plan on hilines, probably will make my own though... Depends how good I get with a bender.

I'm not sure what brand they are. Probably something like TnT. I like the defenders not the price though. MC are ugly from the front to me.
Main reason I'm saying that I'll go with highlines is because the body of my Jeep is twisted and I'm having hood fitment issued. If I end up cutting the hood, I can then relocate the top hood latch and everything will fit again.

I'll agree with you on the price of the Defenders. If they came with their own inner fender, I might could justify the price but for just the fender and still having to cut my existing ones, it's too much.

Never thought of the MC as ugly but they do look quite different than others. This option for me may get rule out though if I go the highline route.

Which DIY kit looked good? I linked a few different ones...
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That nice, and sounds like the right plan for you. And exactly my point, but that is PSC stuff, you gota have a BIG pocket. Top notch quality, but you really pay.

The CC fab kit looks nice. I might call them in a few weeks and see what they can do about making me a highline kit. If you want one too, we could both hit them up, they will be more likely to make them and put the time in for a high line if they know two guys are ready to purchase.

Kit seems complete and it's priced right. It's worth it by the time I put my time into bending notching and cutting plate etc over doing my own.

I need highlines to eventually run 37s on 3 inches of lift (4 total) and some extra travel from modifying my shock mounts. So regular tubes are a no go.
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The more and more I keep looking, the more I'm willing to cut my hood and do high lines.
Everyone has their own opinion as to what's "best", and of course it differs depending on what you do with your Jeep.

That being said, I don't see the point in spending money on "flat fenders" that aren't high-lined. For me, there just isn't enough reason; I have a hard time spending money on things that don't actually give me any benefits off-road, so if you're not getting much extra travel (or other similar benefits) from the new fenders I just don't see the point.

High-lines are definitely the way to go if you truly want to see some benefits instead of just improved looks.

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