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Old 02-13-2010, 04:39 PM   #1
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Opinion on extended flares & 31x10.5's

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

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Old 02-13-2010, 05:03 PM   #2
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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.

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Old 02-13-2010, 05:07 PM   #3
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A lotta guys don't like these Bushwacker "pocket flares" , but

I have them on now withouit a lift and they're OK for light duty on/off-road, but I've "relieved" the inside plastic fender liners

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With Spidertrax spacers, they are even with the tire sidewalls and snow/mud/bodies just get thrown at the rear fenders, not up to the windows

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I have a 2.5" RC lift, I'll probably install when I get back to Nevada

I seriously doubt, I'll ever get any bigger tires than these Hankooks, so the 2.5 " lift should last me

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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
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Old 02-13-2010, 07:54 PM   #5
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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.
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Old 02-14-2010, 07:52 AM   #6
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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.
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Old 02-14-2010, 08:00 AM   #7
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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.
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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.
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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.

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