I have a 97 Sport with 31x10.5's & NO Lift. I think my wheels are 9".The AT tires stick out at least 2.5 inches past flares. This is a dd with no serious offroading, but I do run on Farm trails at work & the dirt road going into the Farm. With this Winters Snowfall, melting, rain, etc., the MUD road is rotten & will really trash the sides of my Jeep with just one pass.(so bad I can hardly see thru side glass) Anyway, this has got me thinking about Extended Flares. My main concern is how UGLY its gonna be with this tire size. I like the look it has now, but seeing how the tires throw everything on top & sides, I have to do something. I only had a hardtop til now & haven't gone topless that often, BUT, I just purchased a soft top for this summer, so I surely don't want to sling mud & all inside Jeep. Sorry for saying to much, Please give your input/opinions on Extended Flares & 31x10.5's. Pics of this kind of setup would be great. Thanks all
You could always put on wheels with a larger backspace to tuck them under your current flares. Sorry, I know that's not what you asked, but I can't really picture it with 31x10's and really wide flares.
I have the bushwacker pocket style flares with my 31s (BFG AT KO). Helps alot with the muddin and snow. I had the same problem before I put on the flares. They were pretty easy to put on...only took about two hours by myself.
Rubicon flares are 1" wider than stock TJ flares for a total of 4 1/4". You can get them from just about any parts supplier or check e-bay or Craigs list
My unlimited came with the 1" wider flares too...painted to match the body. (They are part of a trim package that came with chrome grill cover, and two tone seats and silver bezels on the dash.) I got 30's on mine.
I thought about getting wider flares for the same reason but they really make the Jeep look wide. I'm afraid I'll tear them off on some of the forrest trails I go through. Sometimes I brush up along tree saplings and what not. They look cool but almost "poser" to me.
Thanks y'all for the replys & the Pics. "usaftj05", Your pic shows up a little dark on my PC but from what I can see, the Pocket style flares on your Jeep look mighty good to me. I'm thinking that's what I'll try in order to solve my problem. I don't think the Stock "Rubi" flares would be wide enough but would certainly be an improvement over my current flares, so its still an option & I thank you all for your response.
I have 31x10.50s and the back spacing on my wheels caused my tires to stick out pretty far. I never had any legal problems with it. But the amount of grime that was kicked up on my doors and windows was ridiculous. I found a pair of extended fender flares on eBay. They said they were 7" flares, but measured about 6". I like the agressive looke they give my jeep I still get a little spray from when I have the tires turned but it's a minor issue compared to what it was. For me the extenders were the difference between being able to got topless or being stuck with the hardtop permanently on.
2004 tj 4.0L I-6, Patriot Blue, Hard Top, Soft Top, 31" Firestone Destination MT's on 15" Black Eagle's, Tuffy Sub-Console and Glovebox, Add-a-Trunk, Custom Seat Covers, Drawtite Towing Package, Rampage Sidesteps, Extended Fender Flares...