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Old 04-22-2012, 11:14 PM   #1
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Flat Fender Flares

So this summer I'm looking to upgrade my stock fenders to flat 6" flat fenders. I can't decide on Xeon or bushwhacker. Anyone have experiences with either of these? Or any other recommendations!

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I have the Xenon 4". Haven't had any issues with them. The install is fairly easy. The side marker lights need to be attached to the flares. I modified this process a little bit... Longer screws and some adhesive for strength. Other than that they fit perfectly.

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Old 04-22-2012, 11:32 PM   #3
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I just installed Bushwacker Flat Fenders. Took about 5 hours and look great. Fairly easy to install, just take your time. Shop around for pricing. I got mine on sale last month for $450. I've seen them as high as $600.



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How do you take your stock fenders off?

It looks to be a PITA.
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Old 04-23-2012, 06:30 AM   #5
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How do you take your stock fenders off?

It looks to be a PITA.
They are bolt on.
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Ive seen about all the different types of fenders, from stock, stock cut, metal, tube, cloak, pocket, flat whatever. Couple buddies of mine run the Xenon 4 and 6's and i wasnt real impressed with them. The pocket ones i have on my full size chevy but i think they look kinda "bulky" on a Jeep. I decided to do the flat fenders and started researching bushwhacker and any alternatives and i came up with these. Will show ya some before and after piks, dont mind any of the other mods, waiting for rims/tires/roofracks and such to come in..so im in the inbetween stage.




These are made by TAG (The Accessory Group). Are in pretty high demand due to the price, 270 for the set, and comes with the LED lights and all and rubber backing trim. Just figured i would show you a different option compared to the 400+ for the Bushwhackers. I like them alot, was the "look" i was goin for. Very sturdy, comes with all new mounting hardware. No problems with them yet and they are 5 1/4" wide.





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I have had the Xenon 6" flat flares for about a year. So far I am happy with them however some people have complained about the older Xenon's sagging although it hits 115+ degrees here in summer and no problems yet. Xenon uses a hard plastic reinforcement piece that is installed under the front flares to keep them rigid and I sometimes wonder how easily this piece would break if the flare took a hard hit. I personally don't like the look of the Bushwhacker's (just my opinion). I do like the Tag flares pictured above, I would have considered them (especially for the price) if I had known about them. I modified my sliders so the flares would sit flush with the tub so basically I could not switch brands if I wanted to.

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Can someone post a close picture of the front driver side. I have 5" of lift on 35s. I'm trying to picture what it's gonna look like
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Basically same lift i have i just havent put the new tires on. 4" suspension 1.25" body lift, 33x12.50s. Theres a pretty close up one of the drivers side there.
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I went from Pocket style Bushwackers to the Flat Style and I am very happy with the Flat. Easy install took a bit of time however! $379 shipped from amazon and a 25$ mail in rebate. I gained alot of clearance for the tires with them as well. Very happy

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These are made by TAG (The Accessory Group). Are in pretty high demand due to the price, 270 for the set, and comes with the LED lights and all and rubber backing trim. Just figured i would show you a different option compared to the 400+ for the Bushwhackers. I like them alot, was the "look" i was goin for. Very sturdy, comes with all new mounting hardware. No problems with them yet and they are 5 1/4" wide.





Anyhows...hope that helps.
Where can I find these? I found these: Jeep TJ YJ CJ Steel Fender Flares I'm not sure if they are the same?
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I love my Bushwacker 6" Flat Fenders.... They give you an extra 2.75" of clearance too.......
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I also got a set of Bushwackers from amazon. This is the lowest price i haveseen for these flares. I did the rear pair, think i will have to take myrock sliders off and trim off half an inch with the grinder before the front flares will fit. Jerry B has posted some picks in another thread where he has absolutely destroyed these flares - they offer no protection against rocks (or i imagine trees). Problem i encountered is that the mounting brackets use some of the sheet metal nutserts, which tend to be rusted and spin so the bolt does not come out. So i just ripped theold flares off these nutserts and took a vice grip to remove the bolt and nutsert, making alarger hole. Then i ended up drilling a new hole through the bracket into the jeep and used a sheet metal screw for the few of these i had to rip out. Most of the mounting holes can be accessed to put on a flange nut once you remove the wheel well liner, though. I am concerned about the front installation since the second bracket on each side looks to need nutserts for all the bolts that hold it on and i dont know i would want to rely on sheet metal screws for the entire bracket is all the nutserts spin. Took me 2 hours for the first side rear (including the trip to home depot to.get the sheet metal screws), and an hour for the opposite side rear. Fronts will have to wait until.i have time to cut down the rock slider.
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I'm more worried about stopping mud from being thrown everywhere! Can't see anything with my tires pokin out the sides
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I'm more worried about stopping mud from being thrown everywhere! Can't see anything with my tires pokin out the sides
I havetheoppositeproblem now. Have stock canyon rims with5.5" backspacing. So tires look small and set well back into the well. Looks a little wierd. Plan was to put on the flares first then go with less backspacing instead of the other way (and have a LEO give me a repair order). But now i may need to get larger tires too, not in the present budget especially since my 31s have lots of treadleft.
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For that kind of money, why not get steel tube fenders? Then you will not have to worry about them breaking and you can bounce off trees.
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For that kind of money, why not get steel tube fenders? Then you will not have to worry about them breaking and you can bounce off trees.
Because I need rear flares too. I like/dislike the tube fender. if ima spend cash cash on any really expensive fender works ima go all out with cloakers
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I did my front and rears for cheaper than a set of bushwackers.
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I did my front and rears for cheaper than a set of bushwackers.
How much was your tube fenders? How wide?
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They were custom built onto full corner guards and are about 3in wide.

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For that kind of money, why not get steel tube fenders? Then you will not have to worry about them breaking and you can bounce off trees.
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Because I need rear flares too. I like/dislike the tube fender. if ima spend cash cash on any really expensive fender works ima go all out with cloakers
This is my thought process as well and I am going to go with the Cloak's. 400-600 for flat plastic fender replacements that will get torn up fairly easily(my stock ones are torn up so I am positive any kind of plastic ones will get torn up again). A full setup is a bit over a grand for front and rears, but to know you wont be buying new plastic fenders again in a year or two(or less) is money in the bank. Buy once, cry once right.
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Excatly, after going thru 4 sets of plastic fenders, I went to this tube steel version, if I tear these up, i have done something very bad.

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They were custom built onto full corner guards and are about 3in wide.
How much?
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Less than a set of bushwackers.
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Less than a set of bushwackers.
I can get bushwhackers for $400. Still less?
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I can get bushwhackers for $400. Still less?
I'm talking about your front tube fenders? How much did u pay for those?
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They were custom built, but they were less than what you are asking.
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I'm talking about your front tube fenders? How much did u pay for those?
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Can u post some pictures of the front and side. I know a welder who does metal, steel, etc work that might be able to conger something up for me
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Thanks man.

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