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Old 03-28-2013, 09:17 AM   #1
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Fender Flares

I have a Black 99 TJ with 33x12.50's and stock flares. I don't mind getting dirty on weekends while wheeling, but through the week I drive a gravel/mud road from home to town and it is Impossible to keep clean!!
What flares and where to purchase does everyone recommend?
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Old 03-28-2013, 10:21 AM   #2
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I personally like the flat fender flares by xenon but it's all personal preference, the pocket style fender flares also look good with 33s

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I just bolted on the "bushwacker" flat flares on 99TJ with 33x 1250 and I get some dirt off front usually on turns since then I added back the stock small fender. If you want total concealment try the extend 7" flares similiar to stock or add mud flaps to minimize splash out of wide tires.
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i have some bushwackers that are perfect and will trade you straight up if interested
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I have a Black 99 TJ with 33x12.50's and stock flares. I don't mind getting dirty on weekends while wheeling, but through the week I drive a gravel/mud road from home to town and it is Impossible to keep clean!!
What flares and where to purchase does everyone recommend?
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Duckalot,

I recommend the Bushwaker Pocket Style Flares for completely covering the tires. The 6" option will bolt right in to the factory holes and are not only wider than factory, they are stronger and will hold up to damage better.

Another option is the Xenon Flat Flares, they are a flat style flare, but are wider than factory and will cover the tire better. These are a lot stronger than stock and will actually flex if ran into something rather than just snapping off.

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Old 03-28-2013, 11:10 AM   #6
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Metal cloaks arched tube fenders well worth the money. They are detachable for off-roading and are metal with a higher clearance point. Easier to clean too. Heres a link Arched Tube Fenders for Jeep Wranglers, YJ/TJ/LJ
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Old 03-28-2013, 12:19 PM   #7
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Wider is better, but if you do off road much, I would stay away from the Bushcracker pocket flares or any brand pocket flares.
I installed a set last year cause I always wanted them, well a month later went on an off roading trip and ripped holes in three out of four, so they are not worth the money if you off road.
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Old 03-28-2013, 12:24 PM   #8
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X2, I would avoid Bushwhacker's pocket flare model. That particular model Bushwhacker flare is molded from a fairly brittle plastic that can crack pretty easily in some offroad situations. That particular model flare is how Bushwhacker became known by some as Bushcrackers. Their flat flair is molded from a softer more resilient plastic that isn't as prone to cracking as their pocket flare is... but it still doesn't hold up well if you have a habit of getting too close to obstacles or rocks like I do.
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i agree on the bushwhacker, they are not made for off road and are easy to bust. i found this out on a truck i had 2 years ago. they are fine for the street though.
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I agree with everyone above on the Bushwhakers being brittle, but they are cool looking. I have a set on my 97 and like Jerry said, they break. Since I had already invested in them I found that by buying larger stainless washers for behind the screw heads it helps some. Mine were actually tearing around the screw heads and ripping off. The large washer head has stopped that, though next time I hit something good I am sure the whole flare will vaporize.
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Old 03-28-2013, 12:42 PM   #11
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Tell me about it.. I had bushcrackers.. switching over to metal cloaks arched tube fenders this summer.
Here is a picture of my cracked bushwhackers and below one of the new ones im getting soon.

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Old 03-28-2013, 12:57 PM   #12
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Had the pocket style flares. Id stay away from them. Had to take mine off cause my front tire ripped my front one half way off and flapped against my fender in the wind. Just my 2 cents
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Don't mean to hijack but new fenders or flares are gonna be my next purchase. These are what I'm looking at but for 200 dollars more are the metalcloaks that much better? I haven't heard much about the smittybuilt flat fenders and haven't personally seen them in person so idk


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Don't mean to hijack but new fenders or flares are gonna be my next purchase. These are what I'm looking at but for 200 dollars more are the metalcloaks that much better? I haven't heard much about the smittybuilt flat fenders and haven't personally seen them in person so idk
They're quick disconnect flares and have highline clearance, the 200 bucks are worth it believe me
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i have some bushwackers that are perfect and will trade you straight up if interested
What bushwakers do you have?
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Old 03-28-2013, 01:22 PM   #16
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old man smitty sold out his company. all ive been reading is that the new smittybult stuff is cheap made in china. no experience but i do surf this forum a lot. id go with a local machine shop or check craigslist for cool local shops that can make you what youre looking for instead of paying premium dough for less than premium products
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Same situation here!! Couldn't keep the side of the jeep clean. I just went with the factory style 7" wide fender. They were not too expensive.

I still get some mess slinging up the side of the Jeep, but no where near what I was getting with factory flares.

I have 12.5's also, they stick out maybe 1/2 inch beyond these fenders. Guess it depends on the backspacing of your wheels. I like the look. Price wise I went with these, Could not see paying 5 bones for flares, and knocking wholes in them.
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I've recently been looking into the metalcloak tube fenders as well. They look cool, offer more clearance and seem like they're strong. I want to run the 4" arched fronts with 4" rears with extended corner guards as well as their rock slider. Definitely a bit pricey though.
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Old 03-29-2013, 04:17 AM   #19
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TJ Generation II Front Fenders – 3″ | Modern Classic Enterprises Check these out. Saw someone had these and just had to know where he got it from. Only costs 300, made of plastic and lifetime warrenty on cracks! The smittybilt tube fenders are made of steel and anything they make out of steel is heavy!
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I've recently been looking into the metalcloak tube fenders as well. They look cool, offer more clearance and seem like they're strong. I want to run the 4" arched fronts with 4" rears with extended corner guards as well as their rock slider. Definitely a bit pricey though.
I'm going to be running the 6" arched fronts as soon as the money is good. Rears I've been hesitant on cause I already have corner guards and rock sliders which I don't want to cut up to much so they fit. They are definitely expensive though, I agree.
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:25 AM   #21
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Rugged Ridge 7 in. Fender Flare 6pc Kit w/Hardware (97-06 Wrangler TJ) 11608.01 - Free Shipping over $75!

I am kinda found of the factory look. Guess I am still in the protective mode of my Wrangler. I'm sure for the price these are not as tough as the flats or the steel's but I don't plan on bouncing off any trees in the near future!! LOL... Keeping spray off the sides while running down sloppy wet roads are my main concern...
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TJ Generation II Front Fenders – 3″ | Modern Classic Enterprises Check these out. Saw someone had these and just had to know where he got it from. Only costs 300, made of plastic and lifetime warrenty on cracks! The smittybilt tube fenders are made of steel and anything they make out of steel is heavy!
I put a set on my jeep last night. Very well made product.
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I put a set on my jeep last night. Very well made product.
Thanks Sensor 5,
I think for the money I will try a set!
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example pic

Here is a picture of my rig last week when the snow started to melt and I drove out of my garage and down the road 1/4 mile...
My buddies all say, "Its a Jeep, you need to get over trying to keep it Clean!" LOL
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Thanks Sensor 5,
I think for the money I will try a set!
You will have to cut on your front fenders.
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CUT??? I don't like the sound of that!
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Yes you will have to cut your fenders, but once you cut it you can't go back to stock unless you buy new fenders. All the tube fenders require you to trim your fenders. Difference is that the mce fenders are plastic and not steel so they give you fender coverage/clearance without the weight.
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CUT??? I don't like the sound of that!
How else are you supposed to install flat fenders? Here a write up. Their the easiest to install out of all the flat fenders.
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/new-...ler-43596.html
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CUT??? I don't like the sound of that!
YES! Cut your fenders off!

duckalot, I love my MCE flat fenders, but they are not for everybody. Especially someone who is just looking for more tire coverage by swapping fender flares. I would look elsewhere.

I have the 3" flared version of the flatty fenders, which is about the same width of the stock flares. So no gain in tire coverage. They make a 6" flat fender but you are on your own for rear flare coverage.

I used to have some Bushwacker pocket flares. They completely covered my then 32x11.5x15 tires on aftermarket 3.75" backspaced wheels. They did a good job keeping stuff off the sides of the Jeep. But, like everyone has also mentioned, they broke when I started wheeling the Jeep.

Dirt doesn't bother me like it used to.

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http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/d...nders-1165950/

This is what I'm planning on doing. Just gotta man up and start hacking away.

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