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Old 02-20-2013, 12:13 AM   #1
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Jeep hit in a parking lot, aftermarket fender questions

Hey everyone, so last week my jeep was hit in the parking lot at school and it scratched and gouged my painted fender flare (crappy thing about saharas). Anyway the guy ran but campus pd caught the guy and I get the police report and his info tomorrow (praying he has insurance). Anyway if he does have insurance I was considering forking out a few extra bucks and getting aftermarket bushwhackers or something similar pocket flares, are theses good quality parts, I've read they can crack easy any suggestions on replacement parts. I also understand that it's just a scratch and its a jeep, but Im a lot happier scratching it on a trail then someone hitting my car!

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Sorry to hear that.

Personally, I wouldn't get the bushwhackers simply because I can't imagine spending that much money on more plastic. Depending on what jeep you have, jk, tj, I'd check out rokmen's fenders if you have a tj and if you have a jk there are tons of options that will be better than the bushwhackers IMO. Metal cloak has some nice tube fenders that look pretty strong.

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Old 02-20-2013, 01:24 PM   #3
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I totally agree, but I also can't let insurance pay a few hundred on one replacement oem part, i love the tube fenders , but even more expensive I may just get the front ones. Also I have a tj on 31s and am afraid of the fenders looking like overkill
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Old 02-20-2013, 02:18 PM   #4
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tube fenders: greater flex/bigger tires with less lift. You could go to 33's no problem without suspension mods if you did.... gets the pumpkin just as high off the ground as a 10" lift would... and you are less likely to flop it. . Just food for thought. Tube fenders now with ins $$$, add 33's when the 31's die, then lift later or more importantly regear if needed. Offers some good performance without the cost. The tube fenders won't look too bad if you aren't on 31's with a 4" lift already
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plenty of flex with bushwackers..........

I have knocked them off and put them back on without breaking.
I kinda like them actually. I have some tube fenders but am on the fence about installing them.
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You've got a lift.... per his profile, suspension is stock on his rig. I do like the look of the bushwackers as well as the fact they fully function as a fender.

My point was with no lift at all, and tube fenders, he could run larger tires and still have the flex/not rub.

and trust me, I know your rig can flex! I've seen you run !
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you've got a lift.... Per his profile, suspension is stock on his rig. I do like the look of the bushwackers as well as the fact they fully function as a fender.

My point was with no lift at all, and tube fenders, he could run larger tires and still have the flex/not rub.

And trust me, i know your rig can flex! I've seen you run !
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Bottom line is if YOU like it then do it.....there are a lot of different opinions on what you can and should do with your rig. I have found that if I want it I do it. I personally like the way that pocket flares look.....some people don't.......so there are soooo many different things that you can do it is truly endless. If you like them then by all means slap them bad dogs on there. It's always going to be a Jeep and therefore it will always be right!
Now there are some upgrades that will make or break your capabilities but things like fenders.....rock sliders.......bumpers.....etc.... are all just a matter of how she looks to you.
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Bottom line is if YOU like it then do it.....there are a lot of different opinions on what you can and should do with your rig. I have found that if I want it I do it. I personally like the way that pocket flares look.....some people don't.......so there are soooo many different things that you can do it is truly endless. If you like them then by all means slap them bad dogs on there. It's always going to be a Jeep and therefore it will always be right!
Now there are some upgrades that will make or break your capabilities but things like fenders.....rock sliders.......bumpers.....etc.... are all just a matter of how she looks to you.
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Agreed!!! I don't like the "shaved" look with the rear flares pulled and the non-existant front tubes. I prefer the 4" full shape one and the matching flat 4" rear the best. While in sunny rock crawling weather flares don't matter, in real life, getting hit in the face and shoveling mud into your rear end interior with the top down isn't something I could imagine living with. I hope my tone didn't come off as argumentative on any of this. I know I will be doing tubes down the road to allow 37+ tires with minimal lift to keep the center of gravity low.
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Wouldn't get rid of my bushwhackers. I still like the pocket look.
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Old 02-20-2013, 07:37 PM   #11
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2.5 inch lift 33's. Crappy rough country springs are sagging so bad. Can't wait for the rock krawlers to be in.

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Agreed!!! I don't like the "shaved" look with the rear flares pulled and the non-existant front tubes. I prefer the 4" full shape one and the matching flat 4" rear the best. While in sunny rock crawling weather flares don't matter, in real life, getting hit in the face and shoveling mud into your rear end interior with the top down isn't something I could imagine living with. I hope my tone didn't come off as argumentative on any of this. I know I will be doing tubes down the road to allow 37+ tires with minimal lift to keep the center of gravity low.
Are you serious it's all about the shave look. Your opinion sucks.

Just messing haha Im not sure who makes them but they are for the jks they are high lines I fricken live them. But I also really like the fenders I have. Which is more the shaven look I guess you could say. As for the mud slinging I like making a mess but I also have my jeep rino lined so it's easy to clean
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I love the tnt package and the poison spyder defender and crusher corners with defender flairs ....

I knew I was going to catch hell for that comment!!!
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I too like the pockets, for the sole reason of not slinging mud (or in Colorado, "wet sand"), Don't have to go all out to wash the jeep after a day out.

Flats have their benefits, but the good ones are pricey.
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So I'll be talking to a insurance adjuster tomorrow and will be getting estimates and seeing how much I have to play with. I LOVE the metal rear tube fenders with the steel tubes on it but they are not cheep
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So I'll be talking to a insurance adjuster tomorrow and will be getting estimates and seeing how much I have to play with. I LOVE the metal rear tube fenders with the steel tubes on it but they are not cheep
I do too!!! A few of the manufacturers make metal bolt on models that look identical...... Sub 300 a set.... You don't get the reinforcement all the way around, but it matches the front tubes.

I'm not a fan of stock rear with factory rear flares.... As mentioned before, I'm not keen on no rear flares, hence I still have my factory set all around for now.

I'm sure I'll get the itch soon enough though..... Picked up some used poison spyder trail corners with the round lights today to hold me over....
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I totally understand the idea "its one thing if I do it wheeling(more manly) its another when someone else does it"
Make the dude pay for it since he ran(felon) save up your money to do metal fender flares(even thought I do not like them) those will take abuse they are metal not plastic so you wont be spending $500 on plastic.
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Agreed!!! I don't like the "shaved" look with the rear flares pulled and the non-existant front tubes. I prefer the 4" full shape one and the matching flat 4" rear the best. While in sunny rock crawling weather flares don't matter, in real life, getting hit in the face and shoveling mud into your rear end interior with the top down isn't something I could imagine living with. I hope my tone didn't come off as argumentative on any of this. I know I will be doing tubes down the road to allow 37+ tires with minimal lift to keep the center of gravity low.
I thought of this very thing. I haven't been out with my doors off yet since I bought it late last year. My tires stick out at least an inch and a half from the fenders. The few times I did get out I noticed all the mud sprayed up on the sides. I also have noticed all the water and snow that sprays up from the tires and against the sides. I had the thought, "If I have the doors off, where is that stuff going to go?" "On me and inside the Jeep! " Going to make for an interesting spring and summer. I don't plan on having the doors on much at all.
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I thought of this very thing. I haven't been out with my doors off yet since I bought it late last year. My tires stick out at least an inch and a half from the fenders. The few times I did get out I noticed all the mud sprayed up on the sides. I also have noticed all the water and snow that sprays up from the tires and against the sides. I had the thought, "If I have the doors off, where is that stuff going to go?" "On me and inside the Jeep! " Going to make for an interesting spring and summer. I don't plan on having the doors on much at all.
I love getting dirty!
Iv been wheeling and muddying a few times with the top and doors off. It's so much fun. And the looks you get when your done are priceless. Plus chicks dig it. So winning!
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I love getting dirty!
Iv been wheeling and muddying a few times with the top and doors off. It's so much fun. And the looks you get when your done are priceless. Plus chicks dig it. So winning!
Wait till you get older, and the last thing you want to do after getting banged around all day is clean.
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Wait till you get older, and the last thing you want to do after getting banged around all day is clean.
I second that
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Wait till you get older, and the last thing you want to do after getting banged around all day is clean.
And 3rd........
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And 3rd........
I'm 'youngish' and even I agree.
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Wait till you get older, and the last thing you want to do after getting banged around all day is clean.
I'm not a fan of mud at all. I don't even really like water crossings that much. Give me the rocks!
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I'm not a fan of mud at all. I don't even really like water crossings that much. Give me the rocks!
I go sooo slow through water crossing so I don't get wet. Rocks? Yes please.

And your black powder was supposed to be sprayed today...
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I'm not a fan of mud at all. I don't even really like water crossings that much. Give me the rocks!
I make water go everywhere.
I make mud go everywhere
And I'll wheel rocks all day
Snow drifts are one of my best friends
The muddier I can get her the better
In ouray there was a couple of people that comment on my black jeep being brown. My favorite one was a little girl that looked at her dad with a jeep and said "now that's how your 4 wheel"

Oh and speaking of snow drifts I have about at 2.5 to 3 foot deep one that about
100 years long that I was having a blast in on the way home..

As for getting old... I'm at an awkward age. 19 is kinda an adult but still not an adult. And cleaning is a breeze when you own a power washer. Just spray everything, the dash the seats the floor and your done in 20 mins
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Bushwackers on Craigslist. Misspelled. Bush wakers or something. $175
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gosh I hate mud
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gosh I hate mud
It's the greatest thing ever invented
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Maybe I'm a fair weather fan, I love the mud when I have the top and doors on, but love water crossings any time!

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