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Old 11-25-2008, 07:51 PM   #1
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xenon flat fender flares

Well i just installed some 6 inch flat fender flares from xenon.
They look awsome !!! some pictures below.
Took about three hours to complete. little bit of wire splicing some drilling , prep cleaning , loads of wrenching , OH and don't forget about the ANGLE GRINDING !!! Those frigging factory bolts don't come off with a wrench. Most of them wont anyway. So time to grind. Hey now that was easy !!!
On to the new ones first thing to do is get some 14 gauge wire about 8" per side to make your ground wire's hook em up to the new rectanguler recessed marker lights and insert them into the front flares. All you have to do next is snip the factory wires figure out witch is hot {gray with white stripe} splice em and bolt them on. Oh yeah you can use an air rachet sence the fenders are flat.
I would just like to say to any would be do it "yourselfer" almost every part you buy thats a bolt on piece envolves more than turning a wrench.
Every aftermarket part on my jeep was installed by me with no prior exp.
and iv enjoyed every minute of it...
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looks good so far, cant wait to see more pics

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Old 11-25-2008, 08:13 PM   #3
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Thanks

Let me see if i can get the whole jeep in a picture. only let me put two up in the thread.
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That look sweet. Nice rig you got there
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Old 11-25-2008, 08:19 PM   #5
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btw, you got the specs on that rig? Im liking that front bumper
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Old 11-25-2008, 08:22 PM   #6
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Those flares look good, like what my TJ needs, its Bestop flares have a nasty habit of allowing big rocks to get trapped inside them. How would you rate their strength/flexibility/ruggedness? Do they feel like they'd flex enough instead of breaking if you layed your Jeep against them on a big boulder?
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Old 11-25-2008, 08:35 PM   #7
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btw, you got the specs on that rig? Im liking that front bumper
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Havent tested them off road yet but they feel strong and they will flex.
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Old 11-25-2008, 09:26 PM   #9
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Old 11-25-2008, 09:28 PM   #10
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What were ya running before?
just the factory flares. had to get rid of them due to the tires sticking out.
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yeah im having to look for some 6" ones for summer. I really like the bushwacker look but damn they are spendy.
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yeah im having to look for some 6" ones for summer. I really like the bushwacker look but damn they are spendy.
These are only a few bucks less.
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holy crap man thats a lot of clearance and u got the same amount of lift as i do. I like them.
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Old 11-26-2008, 12:57 PM   #14
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its Bestop flares have a nasty habit of allowing big rocks to get trapped inside them.
where and how do they trap rocks ?
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where and how do they trap rocks ?
Usually in the front wheel opening, near the rear where a big rock can get kicked up and wedged between the tire and fender flare or wheel well opening. It was a big PITA to get one of them out earlier this year, it was really wedged up in there. The rock was at least 8-10" in diameter.
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Wow never had that problem.
Allthough one time my swamper tsl's lifted a big rock out from the ground after the tire cleared my rear corner took the impact. Thats why i bought the rear corner gards.
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Usually in the front wheel opening, near the rear where a big rock can get kicked up and wedged between the tire and fender flare or wheel well opening. It was a big PITA to get one of them out earlier this year, it was really wedged up in there. The rock was at least 8-10" in diameter.
well that can happen with any flare cant it?
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Those flares look good, like what my TJ needs, its Bestop flares have a nasty habit of allowing big rocks to get trapped inside them. How would you rate their strength/flexibility/ruggedness? Do they feel like they'd flex enough instead of breaking if you layed your Jeep against them on a big boulder?
I saw this pic on another Jeep board of a guy who crunched his Xenon flare flat against a rock wall and he said they sprang right back!
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I saw this pic on another Jeep board of a guy who crunched his Xenon flare flat against a rock wall and he said they sprang right back!
Was there maybe a pic' of after?
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Was there maybe a pic' of after?
It took some searching, but I found one. He posted it in a different Xenon thread. Other than some scratches he says occured during the recovery process, the flare came out of it pretty good I'd say. These are definitely on my list.

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Those do look really good. Any clue if they make a 7 inch?
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too bad those things cost almost as much as tube fenders.
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too bad those things cost almost as much as tube fenders.
But no welding/cutting/painting to lower the resale value if your still making payments, and they claim almost as much clearance as real tube fenders.
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Those do look really good. Any clue if they make a 7 inch?
No they don't if they had them in 7'' I would have bought them .
At least thats what quadratec say's.
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At least thats what quadratec say's.
quadratec doesnt seem to know much, i'd call the manufacturer directly.
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No they don't if they had them in 7'' I would have bought them .
At least thats what quadratec say's.
That sucks. I need a 7 inch flare and those look great.
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Other than some scratches he says occured during the recovery process, the flare came out of it pretty good I'd say. These are definitely on my list.
Thats great to no . Looks like they also protected the actual fenders not a scratch on em and thats what realy counts.
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Those do look really good. Any clue if they make a 7 inch?
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No they don't if they had them in 7'' I would have bought them .
At least thats what quadratec say's.
Acording to Xenon website 6" is the only one offered.
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too bad those things cost almost as much as tube fenders.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think $400 will generally only get you front tube fenders, not to mention installation cost if you don't happen to have a welder or know someone who will do it for free. The same money gets you front and rear Xenon's that you can fairly easily install yourself. Also, tire coverage can be a problem with tube fenders, especially in states like PA that require full tread coverage.

For a dedicated trail rig, IMO tube fenders might be the way to go. But for a DD, I think the advantage goes to the Xenon's.

Here's another pic I found - 35s on 4" of lift, no BL:
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