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Old 03-25-2011, 02:24 PM   #1
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How much fender flare to avoid road spray?

Been reading through all the fender flare threads for the past few days and no one seems to be asking the question i need answered...

Last summer when i was on 31's and stock wheels i was able to drive with the doors off in the rain (no wind) and not get wet. Now that i have 33's and D-window wheels with more aggressive backspacing i'm, obviously, getting road spray everywhere. To the point where i can't open my window more than an inch or 2 if i'm driving on wet roads. Really stoked about going with no doors and/or top for most of the summer here in Jackson Hole but clearly need some wider flares before that is viable while driving in work clothes. My question is how much coverage do i need to replicate the "no spray" scenario i had while stock? I'm measuring 7" from metal to outside of tire in the front and a bit more like 7.5" in the rear. Will i get the results i'm looking for with some 6" bushwacker pockets or other 6" flats? Or do i need to go huge and get the 7" flares that are out there? I'm going for function over form primarily but wouldn't mind getting something that looks other than stock.


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Old 03-25-2011, 02:30 PM   #2
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I'm running 33 x 12.5 x 15 on 15 x 8 rims with (I think) 3.75" backspace. For flares I have Xenon 6" and I get minimal, barely any spray up the sides like your picture shows. The tread only sticks out about an inch or so past the flares, so we can go out on all the local trails with water traps and not have to roll the windows up.

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Much appreciated NH! I'm never worried about getting dirty on the trails or anytime other than when i'm in slacks and a button down heading to and from work. I figured since the majority of flares out there are 6" that it would cover a normal setup like mine. Just wanted to make sure. Now the next question is will i see a difference in effectiveness between 6" pockets or flats? I'm really interested in breaking the bank on some Metalcloak Overline 6" Flares but one of their guys told me i'm only looking at 2" over stock coverage. Thoughts?
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The pic was just for a little reference on how far i am sticking out past the stock flares. No way i was making it through that mud pit without most of that on me.
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i have the bushwacker 6in pocket flares and ive never had a problem with spray. my tires stick out a little over an inch past the flare. 6in will probably do it. if you wanna save some money im thinking about selling mine.
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Im running 6" bushwacker pocket flares and 33x12.5 on 8" rims. I still get a little overspray on the side but compared to stock its like daylight and dark. Plus I just liked the way that the pocket flares looked.
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I could be in to that for sure! Name a price and lets go from there....
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I could be in to that for sure! Name a price and lets go from there....
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Subscribing! I always thought a little spray was cool but that is ridiculous!
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Old 03-25-2011, 08:30 PM   #10
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Maybe off topic but, I would not buy Rugged Ridge flares. One of the flares broke during installation. AutoAnything would not post my negative review.

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Much appreciated NH! I'm never worried about getting dirty on the trails or anytime other than when i'm in slacks and a button down heading to and from work. I figured since the majority of flares out there are 6" that it would cover a normal setup like mine. Just wanted to make sure. Now the next question is will i see a difference in effectiveness between 6" pockets or flats? I'm really interested in breaking the bank on some Metalcloak Overline 6" Flares but one of their guys told me i'm only looking at 2" over stock coverage. Thoughts?
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I've seen guys with bushwackers on their rigs, and almost every single set I see are cracked. They do not hold up well on the trail at all.
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I'm also curious how the metalcloaks protect from road spray

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