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Old 08-05-2011, 03:04 PM   #1
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Custom Tube fenders???

my local 4wheelparts referenced me to a guy who makes custom flat tube fenders. I know tube fenders use some of the factory fender, but i have someone who is interested in buying my factory fenders, and this guy said he has made the complete set without the factory fenders before. He said it would cost me 650 for the front, but im thinking if i sell my fenders with the lights and everything for 400 (is this a good price) then the fenders would be worth it because im only payin 250? Now is this a good idea? i love the look of the flat fenders but i have heard that they could bend your frame and other mixed reviews. What do you guys think.

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my local 4wheelparts referenced me to a guy who makes custom flat tube fenders. I know tube fenders use some of the factory fender, but i have someone who is interested in buying my factory fenders, and this guy said he has made the complete set without the factory fenders before. He said it would cost me 650 for the front, but im thinking if i sell my fenders with the lights and everything for 400 (is this a good price) then the fenders would be worth it because im only payin 250? Now is this a good idea? i love the look of the flat fenders but i have heard that they could bend your frame and other mixed reviews. What do you guys think.
That sounds like a good deal to me if he's going to do all of the install as well? If you sell your factory fenders and lights, are you going to have to sell your inner fenders as well for that price? If so make sure that the guy fabbing the tube fenders knows that because he might want to charge you more if he has to fab up mounts for all the stuff under hood that bolts to the inner fender.

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That sounds like a good deal to me if he's going to do all of the install as well? If you sell your factory fenders and lights, are you going to have to sell your inner fenders as well for that price? If so make sure that the guy fabbing the tube fenders knows that because he might want to charge you more if he has to fab up mounts for all the stuff under hood that bolts to the inner fender.
i would sell the hole fender yes, and i told the guy this and 650 was the price. but i lost the guys number, the one who was interested in my fenders so unless he contacts me again then nothing will happen, im just wondering if the fenders will be strong and not break anything.
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Uh, tube fenders won't do anything to your frame. Some people say that since they're so stout, they COULD bend your tub instead of folding up like a factory fender if you were to hit something hard with it. I guess it makes sense in theory, but a lot of theories are JUST theories and have no basis in reality. There are a million "what-if's?" out there.

I say go for it if you find the guy's number or he calls you back. As you can tell in my avatar pic, I'm a fan of steel tube fenders...
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Old 08-05-2011, 08:09 PM   #5
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yea i think i am going to go with it, but then its like should i do this or spend the 250 on lockers lol, or fix my harley, too much stuff to do, and not enough money. damn jeeps and harleys.
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Im thinking lockers im running detriots front and rear ($700each) but sofar the lockers have saved my butt many of times. Tube fenders are mainly for looks imo how about flat fenders?
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thats what im thinking too. im running stock axles right now, so im kinda hesitant, dont want to buuy them then brake the axle. lol but im thinking about just getting the cheap ones for now, and if i brake an axle oh well. just sell the locker i guess.
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thats what im thinking too. im running stock axles right now, so im kinda hesitant, dont want to buuy them then brake the axle. lol but im thinking about just getting the cheap ones for now, and if i brake an axle oh well. just sell the locker i guess.
Sounds like a expensive plan what locker are you thinking about going with?
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im not sure, one day when i was out wheelin, i was talking to a guy after i went up this line (btw, no other jeeps tried it only yotas and older rock crawlers) i made it up, wasnt pretty but i didnt brake anything either. but if i were to have lockers it would have been way smoother, and he said he had some that were only 250 for an axle. im not sure what the name was this was a while ago.
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Probably powertrax lockrite lockers. They are the only ones that I know of that are that inexpensive.
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Maybe im not sure. Thats all i can afford right now, especially in those axles.
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Maybe im not sure. Thats all i can afford right now, especially in those axles.
Hes right powertrax lockright are cheap and there easy to install
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I went wheeling last weekend with a couple of competition wheelers and every obstacle I had trouble with they told me that if I had lockers I'd have gone through it with no problem on the first try. One of them told me to get some lockrites on the front and I'd do much better.
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I went wheeling last weekend with a couple of competition wheelers and every obstacle I had trouble with they told me that if I had lockers I'd have gone through it with no problem on the first try. One of them told me to get some lockrites on the front and I'd do much better.
thats what i was told, i hate it when i have a front tire in the air and another on a rock, not going anywhere
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I went wheeling last weekend with a couple of competition wheelers and every obstacle I had trouble with they told me that if I had lockers I'd have gone through it with no problem on the first try. One of them told me to get some lockrites on the front and I'd do much better.
Its true ounce I put locker in my jeep it was crawled thought anything I pointed it at. Well for $1500 I was hoping it would... Lockrites are different from a locker but im not sure how
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Its true ounce I put locker in my jeep it was crawled thought anything I pointed it at. Well for $1500 I was hoping it would... Lockrites are different from a locker but im not sure how
lockrights are different, and that was 1500 for just lockers?
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lockrights are different, and that was 1500 for just lockers?
Yah thats what I paid for both front and rear locker
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The 1500 probably includes gear work which is where most of the labor is because the carrier is pulled and lashing needs to be reset with anything other than a "lunchbox" locker. It's not hard work, but can be very tedious and detailed from what I've read. Gear work is best left to a pro. Anyone that can turn a wrench can put in a lunchbox locker though. I'm going to get one and remove/reinstall every fall/spring so i don't have any issues in the snow. They can have a tendancy to lock when you aren't expecting it on snow. Some people don't have an issue, but i don't want to be in a guard rail when i find out.
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The 1500 probably includes gear work which is where most of the labor is because the carrier is pulled and lashing needs to be reset with anything other than a "lunchbox" locker. It's not hard work, but can be very tedious and detailed from what I've read. Gear work is best left to a pro. Anyone that can turn a wrench can put in a lunchbox locker though. I'm going to get one and remove/reinstall every fall/spring so i don't have any issues in the snow. They can have a tendancy to lock when you aren't expecting it on snow. Some people don't have an issue, but i don't want to be in a guard rail when i find out.
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Yah thats what I paid for both front and rear locker
Sorry, didn't realize that was front and rear. What did they hit you for on labor cost?
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geeze, yea i dont see those in my future. lol ill just wait and buy a jk rubicon some day
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geeze, yea i dont see those in my future. lol ill just wait and buy a jk rubicon some day
If you are really into wheeling, lockers are a great investment. Luckily, I never had to be recovered but my friend had to and he had to bypass a lot of obstacles because of bad tires. I was close a couple of times but i was able to change my line to a better one. I wouldn't have been able to live it down if I had a tow rope on my bumper. Especially since I took picture of him during his while I laughed
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Sorry, didn't realize that was front and rear. What did they hit you for on labor cost?
I did the install myself because they would of charged me even more than the lockers themselves
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I did the install myself because they would of charged me even more than the lockers themselves
I'll drive down there with a case of beer if you'll help me with mine. I'll drop the wife and kids off at disney.

I was going to do my regear and was almost talked into it by a co-worker until I read what was involved. I didn't have any of the tools I'd need to do one. I ended up paying $700 in labor and parts for the rear axle.
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If you are really into wheeling, lockers are a great investment. Luckily, I never had to be recovered but my friend had to and he had to bypass a lot of obstacles because of bad tires. I was close a couple of times but i was able to change my line to a better one. I wouldn't have been able to live it down if I had a tow rope on my bumper. Especially since I took picture of him during his while I laughed
HAHA thats funny, ill probably end up getting the cheap ones sooner than later

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