Ideas for new fender flares
I unfortunately hit a deer a few months back and he decided to break off my front left fender flare. So I'm in the market of searching for new ones. I'm kind of torn between these bushwacker pocket style Bushwacker Pocket Style Fender Flares in OEM Style Matte Black Finish for 07-12 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited JK 4 Door - Quadratec and these Xenon flat flares Xenon Flat Fender Style Flare Kit for 07-12 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited JK 4 Door - Quadratec and either keeping them black or staying with the sahara tradition and having them painted to match my rescue green jeep. My other option is just replacing my damaged fender with a new stock one and having it painted to match the others
What do you fellow JK drivers recommend?
I personally like the Bushwacker pocket flares myself, just too rich for my blood right now. You can always just replace the broken one if you want to save some money.
Im not sure if you've done anything yet, but I have the pocket style bushwhacker fenders (rescue green also) and I wish I had flat flares. they are a pain in the a*s to clean, at least for me because i just pressure wash the mud off of my car, and the pockets always shoot the mud back at me. Also they seem to be two layers, so like hollow in the middle (if that makes sense) and I dont know how but mud gets in there and just stays there now. I also happen to like the look of flat fenders more, i think they look more agressive. so my recommendation would be some flat flares!
I bought em over the Xenons (my other choice) for a # of reasons. First, I'd read several threads on JKF about them being warped on delivery. The directions that come with them even point out that they may need to be laid out in the sun or in a warm area for a little while before they would assume their "natural" shape. Didn't like the sound of that, personally.
Second, to install em you need to drill out some of the existing mounting holes where your stock fenders were installed. Wasn't too keen about that, either.
With the kit you're also given something called an "expendable tool"...looks like a little drill bit. It's used to attach the flare's rivets. I had visions of losing that bad boy, and suddenly needing to do repairs to one of the fenders.
Anyway, all in all it seemed like the Xenons would be much more of a PITA to install than the BW flatties. In hindsight I'm happy with my decision.
One piece of advice on the painting: It's a multi-step, multi-chemical process, no matter which of the fenders you choose. In fact, after reading through the painting instructions, I decided that either I'd have to pay a pro to do it, or I wasn't gonna do it at all.
As for the BW pocket flares, Jimbo (JIMBOX here on the forum) has a set on his Jeep, and seems to like em. Maybe he'll chime in here. You can buy those pre-painted from Quadratec. The others, you're on your own as far as the painting.
Of course, the cheapest and easiest solution would simply to buy a new painted factory flare.
That's up to you.
I can say that someone here on the forum just posted photos of their Arctic edition with black flatties, and it looked hot. Again, JMO. And that's also on a Jeep with a lift and bigger tires.
Here's a couple pics of mine.
I will chime in with KB here, I installed the Bushwhacker flatties, and am loving them.
In these pics; I have 33's on with no lift. I have since added a Teraflex leveling kit.
:whistling: It's like everything you get for your jeep-get what you want-
I am very content with the Bushwacker "pocket" flares-they are actually a little stronger than the jeeps side metal, or I should say Resilient-
I've brushed trees on my passenger side, going places that 2dr jeeps went with ease and caused minor dents on the upper fender line, but i've cured that problem-
All my black stays pretty black, cause I keep the jeep in the garage-
Installing them is not easy, but just follow instructions and it's OK-
I likem/w my little "Flow Interrupter" so nothing gets on the sides of the jeep-mud/snow/dirt/gravel/dogs/protesters-etc
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