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Old 03-10-2014, 02:09 PM   #1
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steel flares

Gonna weld up some steel flares and weld them to my rig. Should I go 1/8" or 3/16"? I want as light as possible, but not too weak. I tend to overkill things

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I would think,1/8 at the thickest..could even use thinner than that and then put a reinforcement around the edge

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Old 03-10-2014, 02:35 PM   #3
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I'm gonna use dom tubing for the edges, but I need to bounce then off trees without worry.
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well,you know that if you hit a tree hard enough,it will bend anything....plus,even if it doesn't bend your flares,it might bend what they are attached to..I'm just thinking out load.I'm sure you already know all this..
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well,you know that if you hit a tree hard enough,it will bend anything....plus,even if it doesn't bend your flares,it might bend what they are attached to..I'm just thinking out load.I'm sure you already know all this..
I am going to use a 3/16 backer, which is why I am worried about weight. Im not building a tank. Also, my plastic flares are destroyed. Not hitting stuff super hard regularly, just hard enough to destroy the ones I got.
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Aw C'mon Overkill, we all know that you are EXTREMELY hard on your ride!...lol...JK.

I used 3/16" as the frame work, for the backing plates, then 1-1/4" DOM tubing for the edges, and covered it with 16ga sheet steel. I have rubbed them on trees without any consequences. And I can stand on them without them giving or twisting at all.

I am 6' tall and 235lbs. So they are Overkill proof. lol. Well, probably not but close.
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Yeah That is about the size tubing I plan on using. You got any pics? I will have to post of of the fresh damage on the front flare. Did it going through a really deep rutted out mud hole. Flare his the side of the rut and it not only messed the flare beyond repair, but also partially crushed the body behind it. I am tired of this crap. I would go heavt, but I have not dropped in a v8 yet, still running with a 4 banger. If not for that I wouldnt worry as much.
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These are my flat fender flares. Pa inspection legal. Covers the entire tire. These aren't the greatest pictures I can get some tomorrow if you want close ups. But they have a few battle scars in them since these pics were taken. Just rub rash and missing some paint, still structurally sound.
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These are my flat fender flares. Pa inspection legal. Covers the entire tire. These aren't the greatest pictures I can get some tomorrow if you want close ups. But they have a few battle scars in them since these pics were taken. Just rub rash and missing some paint, still structurally sound.
LMAO. I see you dont have a tube bender either. That is actually the same way I plan on making mine since I dont have one. Only I will make mine more narrow since I know I can get my jeep inspected no matter what I do to it. I will be doing all 4 at once since I have to wire wheel the paint off to do them, and I will be changing the color with some more Monstaliner after I finish my armor. They look good though. I bet they are tough as hell.
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I'm sure you already know all this..
I am assuming you are busting my chops for asking questions you can tell I have already researched before posting. Thing is I always look things up before posting. If I don't find specific answers for what I am looking for I create a thread. Before cutting sheets of metal that are pretty expensive and screwing up my Jeep, this forum is my double check. Sometimes people post link to info I didnt find that changes the way I approach the entire project.
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I am assuming you are busting my chops for asking questions you can tell I have already researched before posting. Thing is I always look things up before posting. If I don't find specific answers for what I am looking for I create a thread. Before cutting sheets of metal that are pretty expensive and screwing up my Jeep, this forum is my double check. Sometimes people post link to info I didnt find that changes the way I approach the entire project.
no,not trying to bust you at all..I knew that you probably already knew the things I was saying.I bought a tj a while back that the fenders had already been cut flat on.They were wrinkling up pretty bad,so I built some covers to go over them..I used 1/8 inch flat for the top and 1/4x3/4 around the lip..
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Old 03-12-2014, 01:03 PM   #12
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no,not trying to bust you at all..I knew that you probably already knew the things I was saying.I bought a tj a while back that the fenders had already been cut flat on.They were wrinkling up pretty bad,so I built some covers to go over them..I used 1/8 inch flat for the top and 1/4x3/4 around the lip..
Those are some nice flares and coilovers. One day I will do coilovers in the front of my yj. So damn expensive though, and I just bought my welder which depleted the jeep funds quite a bit.

I will have to consider that as an edge instead of tube.
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Those are some nice flares and coilovers. One day I will do coilovers in the front of my yj. So damn expensive though, and I just bought my welder which depleted the jeep funds quite a bit.

I will have to consider that as an edge instead of tube.
yeah,the coilovers are expensive.I traded a chopper we had built for this jeep and it already had them and 1 ton axles under it.I probably would never have bought them outright.It flexed good and rode smooth.Only dislike I had about them,was that it wasn't as stable feeling at high speed as my 1 ton cj7 is with stock yj springs..
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These are my flat fender flares. Pa inspection legal. Covers the entire tire. These aren't the greatest pictures I can get some tomorrow if you want close ups. But they have a few battle scars in them since these pics were taken. Just rub rash and missing some paint, still structurally sound.
Alright. I picked up a bunch of steel today. For just the flares I got 30' of 1/8" thick by 1" angle iron, and a 4'X4' sheet of 1/8" steel plate.

I also grabbed some steel to make rock sliders after I am done making the flares. For those I got 3/16" plate, and 1 1/2" square tube.

I took off my old flares and am going to start cutting tomorrow. Looks like I am going to borrow some of your design. I am not about to buy a bender just to make some flares, and I think the sharp angles will look pretty sweet over all the rounded angles everyone has. I am not going to cover my whole tire though. I live in PA too, but I know the garages around here will pass me all day. I will be posting pics as I go.

Once done I will also be repainting and making it look nice. Any tops you guys can offer would be appreciated.
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pics! thinking of fabbing up my own as well or buying some from blue torch fab. i'm pretty good at fabwork so i'd like to just make my own, how are yours turning out?
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After a month or so of work I have them done. I am happy the way they turned out. The 1/8" plate I used only added up to 180lbs for everything combined including the rock sliders. The plate I used for the sliders was actually 3/16". I also shed wind resistance losing those 6" flares I had.

Also the rear flares are a few inches behind center of the tire since I will be stretching the rear.

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After a month or so of work I have them done. I am happy the way they turned out. The 1/8" plate I used only added up to 180lbs for everything combined including the rock sliders. I also shed wind resistance losing those 6" flares I had.
I'm jealous
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that thing is drop dead gorgeous
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looks good, like the green alot better than the orange. way tougher looking without the plastic flares
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Thanks guys. I think it will hold up. They are about 1" further in on each side than my tires. I am thinking that should stop them from hitting things most times. In PA you legally need to have your tires covered, so I went with the least amount of coverage I think I can get away with without being harassed. In a couple hours I am going to have some wheels swapped in with 1/4" less backspace, so they will be sticking out just a hair more than they do now.
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Someone was just asking me about my flares. I went to send them a link to this thread and realize I only posted before and after pics. I figured I would post some of all the work and how I actually put them together since that helps me the most usually.
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BTW. I just relized some of these pics show part halfway through fabrication. If you want to see any parts finished let me know and I will post. I ran a lot more weld bead on these flares than the spot welds in the pics. I can walk and jump on the flares and of course the rock sliders. I can now climb right over to my winch when I am stuck in a deep mud hole.
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