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Old 05-13-2011, 08:50 PM   #1
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Fender flares

Looking at purchasing new fender flares for my tj. Liking the bushwacker flat style flares. Anyone have pics of the bushwacker or any non stock flares they can post and help me decide.

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Wish I had pics but I'm going with the BW flat flares too. Will post pics when I get them on!

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Old 05-13-2011, 09:30 PM   #3
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Bushwacker Flats...very happy with them...

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Old 05-13-2011, 09:34 PM   #4
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Bushwacker Pocket Style Fender Flares

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Old 05-13-2011, 09:39 PM   #5
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How funny. I ordered my bushwhackers today along with a license plate frame that snaps onto my roller fairlead. Got mine from 4WD Hardware, how 'bout you guys?
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You could Look into xenon flares if you want another option.
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Bushwackers crack very easily. They crack at the nuts holding them in after awhile, and crack at the first sight of a tree.
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the bushwaker flat flares are pretty strong. Slide my left rear into a dirt bank on a trail pretty hard and it never phased it.
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Jeeze. Those sure are reassuring words. Bushwacker adds never mentioned their poor durability or the poor quality of the materials used. My bad for purchasing before researching. Was Bushwacker purchased by Smittybilt. We need to get the word before another forum member blows hundreds of dollars
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Jeeze. Those sure are reassuring words. Bushwacker adds never mentioned their poor durability or the poor quality of the materials used. My bad for purchasing before researching. Was Bushwacker purchased by Smittybilt. We need to get the word out before another forum member blows hundreds of dollars on such a piss poor product. Too late for me. Hey MikeMJT, could you post a pic or two of your busted up and cracked Bushwacker flat fender flares? Thanks in advance.
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Jeeze. Those sure are reassuring words. Bushwacker adds never mentioned their poor durability or the poor quality of the materials used. My bad for purchasing before researching. Was Bushwacker purchased by Smittybilt. We need to get the word before another forum member blows hundreds of dollars
The way the flare bolts on has alot to do with it. the 3 peices on each flare that bolt to the body, then the actual flare its self slides into those pieces then screws to them. the way its shaped with the lip helps alot to with strength. when u hold the flare in your hand when you first take it out of the box your gonna think its flimsey but once its installed its pretty tough
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Bushwackers crack very easily. They crack at the nuts holding them in after awhile, and crack at the first sight of a tree.
I assume you mean the pocket flares? The flat flares are flexible. We have them on the JK and they have been abused a bit and are fine. I know the pocket flares are brittle.
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I had the Bushwacker pocket flares when I very first bought my Jeep. I think my cracking around the bolt holes was due to my over tightening. Doesn't matter.....When I started really taking it off road, the pocket flares were toast. (lots of trees and tight trails in Wa State ) I got rid of them and put the stockers back on. I sold them to a guy with a swapped axle Samurai.

A friend in my Jeep club has the BW flat flares. They are more forgiving.

My Bushwacker pocket flares from a loooooong time ago.

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The last thing I want to spend $500 and 3 hours on is new fender flairs but mine are badly faded and don't cover my tires (not street legal in my state).

I'm also looking at the Bushwacker Flat Flairs. Are the Xenon Flairs better?
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Fading is fixable, forever black has been great my flares are still looking new 3 months in the colorado sun later. But that doesn't help the narrowness problem
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A buddy of mine has the pocket flares on his and luckily I opted out on that mod. Last wheeling trip saw 3 of them ripped off at the bolts, but adding some washers makes for an easy fix, stick with the flat ones.
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Had the brittle Bushwackers on a previous TJ years ago . I have been using Warn on this TJ for a couple years and their is no comparison between the two brands . You can feel the difference just by holding them in your hand
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I assume you mean the pocket flares? The flat flares are flexible. We have them on the JK and they have been abused a bit and are fine. I know the pocket flares are brittle.
Yup, I'm talking about the pocket flares. I've never seen the flat flares in person.

Should have been more specific.
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These are the Xenon ones. I have had them for three years or so. No complaints. They have held up very well on the trail but did get a small crack in one after getting backed in to by a Toyota Sequoia in sub zero temperatures. (thanks grandma )
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These are the Xenon ones. I have had them for three years or so. No complaints. They have held up very well on the trail but did get a small crack in one after getting backed in to by a Toyota Sequoia in sub zero temperatures. (thanks grandma )
Whoa! Ahhst actually posts on WF?

That's a nice lookin Grill guard!
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That's a nice lookin Grill guard!
HAHAHAHA!!!

I wish I had some flattie flares, but i want the MCE flatties...
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Old 05-16-2011, 09:12 PM   #22
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I did a ton of research on the Bushwacker flat flares before I made my decision. In the past, their flares broke easily. They were just plain brittle. If you even looked at a tree while running these one would break. They have recently changed the material they are made out of and they are now getting excellent reviews. Jerry Bransford did a write up on these and thought good of them. I have had mine on for about 6 months and am happy so far. No hard wheeling yet but that should happen in a week or so. $400 is a lot of money to me so I didnt take making this decision lightly.

As far as plastic fading, you can paint them, or any plastic fender flare. My previous wide flares (not flat style) were painted by me and I ran them for over two years with no fading or paint peeling. I used the Krylon Fusion Satin Black, made for painting plastic. The paint stays flexible which helps.

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