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Old 07-24-2010, 11:47 AM   #1
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Smittybuilt tube fenders

Hey guys, I know smittybuilt has a bad rep for bumpers and other stuff. Anybody have any experience with the tube fenders? I have a chance to pick some brand new ones up for $400 (front and rear) Would I be able to put 33's under them with a 2" BB? Thanks, Pakman5

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What would lead you to believe Smittybilt's reputation would be any better for its Chinese-built tube fenders than any of its other Chinese-built junk?

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Old 07-24-2010, 12:01 PM   #3
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^ Damn. Haha, but no you should be able to fit those fine, what are your offroading times like, or do you offroad. Its sad I have to ask that question now-a-days. lol

If you do light trails and roads itll be perfect, heavy trails needing alot of flex... not so much..
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Nothing at all. How are those MCE ones holding up?
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^ Damn. Haha, but no you should be able to fit those fine, what are your offroading times like, or do you offroad. Its sad I have to ask that question now-a-days. lol

If you do light trails and roads itll be perfect, heavy trails needing alot of flex... not so much..
Right now I am limited by my stocker. I am in the procces of building her up. (ford 8.8, 33's, possibly a locker) What I am stumped on is if I should go with a 4" Lift or a Lower lift with tubes.
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Lets put it this way, you can run 40"s with a 2.5" lift.

Your stocker can do alot of stuff! You should take her out once, then go out when its all modified and you can see how they compared. You'll be very surprised. I went out with a group of guys all trailer-rigs with really large m/t's and I have 31" AT's did everything they did that day.

The MCE's are nice especially because they are plastic and can take abuse. I'm going Hi-Line though.
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how the heck can you run 40's with 2.5". You are saying after a highline kit or fenders like metalcloak right?

I have already wheeled my stocker. It did fine but I hit my undercarrage with stuff on a easy trail. I know I want to do bigger and a know LCG is the best way to run bigger tires.
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Well its a majority of things but yes, you can run 40's with a 2.5" w/ other items of course.

Get some skid plates too if you DD and have to get the vehicle home after wheeling itll save you time and money! But as long as you dont need big articulation your tube flares with a 2" BB and maybe a 1" BL will work just fine. I wouldnt disconnect though.
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Its looking like the 4" Lift is going to be cheaper in the long run. If I don't like the COG, when I need new tires (and have the 8.8 in) I will upgrade to 35's with tubes on 4". I also plan on running the full Rokman skid kit when it becomes avalible for 97-02. (I have an 01)
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I'm in the same boat. Waiting for that Kit, I have an 00'

But until then I'm buying everything else that they have for my Wrangler. I have a shipment on the way actually lol.
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What are you getting? I'm torn between Rokmen and Savvy.
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Eh, havent really looked into the Savvy stuff. I heard its real good stuff but from the stuff I've gotten from Rokmen. I wont buy anything else in the way of armor or custom mfg parts.

They have top notch TIG welds, and awesome bends and good materials. You cant go wrong with Rokmen thats for sure and their customer service rocks!
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yea i've heard that too. When I do it, I am going to do it right, so I think rokmen it will be.
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Well let me know what you get from them, im sure you'll get stuff before I will (last year of college). And I like reviews! I've already got the skid for the steering box and I have JKS skids for the LCE and the Extreme duty frame tie-ins. I'll post up plenty of pictures and reviews!
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Don't overlook Savvy's stuff. If you knew how well it was designed, its strength, the significant weight savings without loss of protection and how it is tested as I do, you'd give it a good hard look.

I was at Savvy's manufacturing location (I'm friends with the manufacturer) for the first time Thursday to drop something off for a mutual friend and learned how their rear receiver hitch bumper was tested. I then saw the actual bumper used for the test. The final test was when the designer connected a 30' 30,000 lb. tow strap between its receiver hitch and his Dodge 3500 diesel truck that with a running start, was barely able to put a very slight outward bow into the bumper. I wasn't there but the guy who does the manufacturing was amazed at what he saw. Between that and the several years of testing the designer (mrblaine) put the products through in Johnson Valley, there won't be many products that are as throughly tested with such a superb design.
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Oh I believe you Jerry. I'd love to run some of their stuff. I want your bumper! Haha. But the extra cost of their aluminum products just is a little much for me right now im my Jeeping Career so I just go with Steel products until I'm on the rocks hardcore then I'll start trimming weight. I've already started with no carpet no rear seat removal of other items. Savvy has great stuff, just a little out of my range on some of the products.
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i have the smittybilt xrc set of fenders, guards and bumper and i love them. have had no problems at all out of them.
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My friend has the SmittyBuilt front and rear tubes, he has had them on for less than a year(they havent seen snow yet either) and they are already starting to rust

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