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Old 06-21-2013, 02:19 PM   #1
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pic request, 3.5 backspacing flat fenders

I'm planning to go with 3.0 to 3.5 backspacing, 33x12.5, and flat fenders. I'm know I'm being pretty specific here, so anything close to that is good. I like the look of the flat fenders, but I think it also makes the tires appear wider, so I'm not sure if that low of a bs would be too much.

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Old 06-21-2013, 05:51 PM   #2
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Here's 35x12.50s with 2.5" backspacing, 15x8 wheel. I love the look. So in my opinion, 3-3.5" backspacing would not stick out too much at all. I like the wider stance, and it doesn't feel as tippy either.

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Old 06-21-2013, 07:04 PM   #3
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I could help you out with a pic if I get my fenders put on this weekend, they're the same as yjfanatic's and I do have 33/12.5s with 3"bs
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Old 06-21-2013, 10:23 PM   #4
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Damn I like the look with the 2.5" backspacing, how long have you had it like that? Run into any trouble with ball joints or any other front end wear?

And I'm planning on doing a diy fender instead of a kit, so I think I'll end up with a little less fender than you. I don't have anything against kits, but if the pipe is laying around I may as well save the money.
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Old 06-21-2013, 10:34 PM   #5
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Never had any problems with wear, I have Moog HD ball joints.
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Old 06-21-2013, 11:00 PM   #6
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These rims have only been on for a few months, so no signs of wear yet. They are Pro Comp series 52 rims, 15x8, 2.5" backspace just in case you want to look for them. I just bought another from Summit Racing for a spare, and it was $55. So they are not too expensive at all.

Just be aware that tires sticking out that far throw rooster tails in rain, and mud everywhere. There's no problems with it here in Michigan, but i don't know your state's laws on tire coverage.
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Old 06-22-2013, 09:46 AM   #7
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3.5" backspace on a 15x8 wheel with 33x12.5x15 tires. Plus my homemade flat fenders... I figure once they get bashed in a few times, I'll get some tube fenders, but until then.. free is my favorite option
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Old 06-22-2013, 12:07 PM   #8
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How difficult was it to do your homemade flat fenders it looks good enough until I'm able to purchase some tube fenders also
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How difficult was it to do your homemade flat fenders it looks good enough until I'm able to purchase some tube fenders also
Just taped it off and hit it with a cutoff wheel. behind the front of the fenders is about a 1/2" round, 6 inch long support. You can completely remove that one since there's another flat (about 4" wide) support brace under there. I left that one so they don't collapse and they've been pretty sturdy! In the pic below, you can see the two outside bolts (towards the front OEM marker light).. I removed those and pulled the fender out away from the grill/radiator and cut right down in front of them. Let me know if you have any other questions. I think I've got some more before and after pics if needed as well. Also, you can still use the OEM side marker, I just don't care for it.



Also, just to be a quick chop job (and a free one at that) I think it's a huge improvement.. Not trying to make a show jeep, just a functional one And the bottom pic below was before I finished shaping up the sides a little..
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So you didn't take it back all the way to the seem in front you left part of where it rolls down from what it looks like?
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I live in ny and they have some vague restrictions, but according to a police officer that I know, and a mechanic that does inspections who I also know, they have never heard of anyone enforcing tire/fender laws. If anyone has any trouble in ny (upstate) I'd like to hear about it, but all the trucks and jeeps that drive around hear don't have any fenders what-so-ever so I'm guessing it's not a problem.

I think I'm gonna go with around 3.5. jd95yj is 3.5 and it looks wide enough for me. I like the look of the 2.5 jeep also, and even if it does eat up ball joints etc, it's not my daily driver. So I may go wider than 3.5. We have to dd's so it is a toy after all. Still on the fence there. But flat fenders and 33x12.5 are for sure.

I have time to decide because as you may have noticed, I'm building my jeep from scratch in my build thread, I'm just trying to plan ahead, I'm sick of down time on the project because I have to wait for something to come in the mail...
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So you didn't take it back all the way to the seem in front you left part of where it rolls down from what it looks like?
Yeah, it goes down about one inch. Here's a little better pic during the process so you can see it a little better.
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Old 06-24-2013, 07:15 AM   #13
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Megamike, where do u live? i live in upstate too

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