hey guys am curious how well tube fenders hold up to abuse. i do alot of woods wheeling and have mainly trees that get in the way. i am looking for something that will allow me to slide (slowly) into a tree (im hoping for my tire to hit first but just in case) and not dent or wrinkle up as my stock fenders would.
i am currently working on getting some various skids ordered. all i need after that is some rocker guards. i am looking at the ricochet rockers from PSC. they give me a step (for the lady) and some pivot points.
No real world advice on the fenders. But i have read many stories online about how they are so much stronger that you end up doing damage to the tub if you hit a tree with your tube fender. They don't crumple at all, they instead push back into the tub.
For the rockers, might I recommend you look at Shrockworks. I have those and I am very pleased with them.
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The tube fenders are much stronger than the stock ones. Hence the aftermarket demand for them. If they weren't an upgrade, why would we waste our money on them? They do make a jeep look more aggressive, but they actually do, what they were designed for. Taking the occasional hit, without suffering any damage. Of course, anything will bend, if beat on, hard enough. For what you are describing, they will work flawlessly.
Yeah, I'm down with Blu on this one. The occasional brush with a small tree or tree limbs shouldn't affect flat fenders at all. Where you have problems is leaning them hard into rock or hitting something very abruptly. That's when guys start seeing them affect the rest of the front clip including the radiator.
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You could always go with a tube fender that allows for your tire to reach most obstacles first. My buddy just installed a set of rev111's and they are awesome. He said he dropped an inch of bumpstop and can run 37s now with no problems.
They are a complete fender replacement and really rock IMO!!
So you going to put the AEV Highline Fenders on your TJ bro? Sometimes the money spent on stuff just to drop it an inch or 2 off the springs just isn't worth it.
And I agree with your post above. When I get to the point of cutting my fenders I will probably just run some tube along them from the bumper back to the sliders.
Anything AEV = excessive to me and I won't buy from them. The rev111 fenders are 600 bucks. And while I do believe my jeep to be on the excessive side 600 bucks for fenders doesn't cut it when I can wrap some tube on the bender for under 100 bones.
Where did I say anything about a wrecked flat fender?
I didn't say that you had said they were wrecked. I thought that they were wrecked tube fenders and you were making a joke about them and how much clearance there is. Then I realized they are supposed to look like that.
a friend of mine has put the poison spyder tube fenders to use on more than one occasion they really hold up the paint does not
if they wont bend or dent from rock abuse then they will certainly take some abuse from a tree
Nice jeep. sounds like there is a little bragging in there about "YOUR tube fenders"
do you know are the BTF fenders full replacements?
It isn't bragging. The reason I tell people that up front is that people have been calling BTF requesting to get fenders made like mine. Since they won't make those anymore I tell people honestly so they don't call complaining.
The BTF productions style tube fenders are a complete replacement. You will have to mount all your components to the new pieces. You will also have to weld them together on your jeep.