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Sway Baby Sway 10-31-2012 01:12 PM

tube fenders vs flat flares
 
Hey guys I just want some opinions on tube fenders and flat flares like the xenons. My fenders are starting to bubble a little bit so I would like to replace them. Post up some pictures and let me know your reasoning for purchasing either one. Thanks everyone!

JDeBlois 10-31-2012 01:19 PM

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Check your state laws about tire coverage. In PA, we have to have our tires covered. We can get away with an inch n a half I've been told by a couple friends that are cops, which means any oversize tires or low backspacing rim means you will need extended flares.

If I had the choice to use my Tj as a DD and not need the flatties for coverage, I'd go tube fenders all day, every day.

Oh, and here's my Tj with flatties on 33x12.5's:

Cons_Table 10-31-2012 01:28 PM

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphoto...94675019_n.jpg

http://sphotos-f.ak.fbcdn.net/hphoto..._6773676_n.jpg
These are MCE fenders. Made of ABS, but look similar to a tube fender in fit. I chose these because of price. As much as I'd like the Poison Spyder de-fenders or a highline kit...these fit the budget at the time much better. I personally don't like the flat fender flares because I think they look too wide. There is just something about them that looks goofy too me. I am all about it the jeep body looking slim and narrow with lots of tire hangin out (although this can be an issue depending on where you live and how tough the cops are). I live in CA and have yet to be confronted about my tires hangin out *knock on wood*

Sway Baby Sway 10-31-2012 02:40 PM

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Originally Posted by JDeBlois (Post 2946444)
Check your state laws about tire coverage. In PA, we have to have our tires covered. We can get away with an inch n a half I've been told by a couple friends that are cops, which means any oversize tires or low backspacing rim means you will need extended flares.

If I had the choice to use my Tj as a DD and not need the flatties for coverage, I'd go tube fenders all day, every day.

Oh, and here's my Tj with flatties on 33x12.5's:

What size and brand are those? What size lift are you running as well?

Sway Baby Sway 10-31-2012 02:40 PM

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Originally Posted by Cons_Table (Post 2946484)
http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphoto...94675019_n.jpg

http://sphotos-f.ak.fbcdn.net/hphoto..._6773676_n.jpg
These are MCE fenders. Made of ABS, but look similar to a tube fender in fit. I chose these because of price. As much as I'd like the Poison Spyder de-fenders or a highline kit...these fit the budget at the time much better. I personally don't like the flat fender flares because I think they look too wide. There is just something about them that looks goofy too me. I am all about it the jeep body looking slim and narrow with lots of tire hangin out (although this can be an issue depending on where you live and how tough the cops are). I live in CA and have yet to be confronted about my tires hangin out *knock on wood*

Those look sweet but how involved is the install?

Cons_Table 10-31-2012 07:57 PM

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Originally Posted by Sway Baby Sway
Those look sweet but how involved is the install?

About the same as any tube fender. They require you to cut your factory fender.

TRM627 10-31-2012 08:06 PM

Im about to order metal cloak, little pricy but dont have to cut fenders and all

Kota7x 10-31-2012 08:28 PM

X2 on the MCEs they are great, they hold up to snow, mud, sun, wind, etc. Mine are outside 24/7 in all conditions and they have not faded at all. Both Jeeps below have MCE Gen II 3.5" Fenders.
http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/...x/DSC00898.jpg

If you want more pictures, just ask!

Kota7x 10-31-2012 08:30 PM

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Originally Posted by Cons_Table (Post 2946484)
http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphoto...94675019_n.jpg

http://sphotos-f.ak.fbcdn.net/hphoto..._6773676_n.jpg
These are MCE fenders. Made of ABS, but look similar to a tube fender in fit. I chose these because of price. As much as I'd like the Poison Spyder de-fenders or a highline kit...these fit the budget at the time much better. I personally don't like the flat fender flares because I think they look too wide. There is just something about them that looks goofy too me. I am all about it the jeep body looking slim and narrow with lots of tire hangin out (although this can be an issue depending on where you live and how tough the cops are). I live in CA and have yet to be confronted about my tires hangin out *knock on wood*

Constable: Did you get the "no coverage" fenders I cant tell or remember.

Cons_Table 10-31-2012 08:37 PM

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Originally Posted by Kota7x

Constable: Did you get the "no coverage" fenders I cant tell or remember.

Yes sir :hide:. The flared version wasn't even available when I ordered them.

Sway Baby Sway 11-01-2012 06:15 AM

What do you guys think of tnt tubes?

Kota7x 11-01-2012 01:39 PM

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Originally Posted by Sway Baby Sway (Post 2948701)
What do you guys think of tnt tubes?

I looked at TNTs before I looked at the MCEs and I didn't like the fact that you had to move everything around under the hood. Also I didn't like the fact that you had to run those fenders with a Cold Air Intake. I liked the look, but wasn't worth the work to get them on the Jeep.

Sway Baby Sway 11-01-2012 04:48 PM

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Originally Posted by Kota7x (Post 2950058)
I looked at TNTs before I looked at the MCEs and I didn't like the fact that you had to move everything around under the hood. Also I didn't like the fact that you had to run those fenders with a Cold Air Intake. I liked the look, but wasn't worth the work to get them on the Jeep.

Ya thats what turning me away from them right now plus $700...

TiltMaster 11-01-2012 05:19 PM

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Originally Posted by Cons_Table (Post 2946484)
http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphoto...94675019_n.jpg

http://sphotos-f.ak.fbcdn.net/hphoto..._6773676_n.jpg
These are MCE fenders. Made of ABS, but look similar to a tube fender in fit. I chose these because of price. As much as I'd like the Poison Spyder de-fenders or a highline kit...these fit the budget at the time much better. I personally don't like the flat fender flares because I think they look too wide. There is just something about them that looks goofy too me. I am all about it the jeep body looking slim and narrow with lots of tire hangin out (although this can be an issue depending on where you live and how tough the cops are). I live in CA and have yet to be confronted about my tires hangin out *knock on wood*

Is that a light under your front end? Pardon my noobiness, but I've never seen that...

Cons_Table 11-01-2012 06:13 PM

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Originally Posted by TiltMaster (Post 2950703)
Is that a light under your front end? Pardon my noobiness, but I've never seen that...

Sure is! Rock lights...for wheelin in the dark :cool:

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphoto..._4423928_n.jpg

TiltMaster 11-01-2012 07:10 PM

you wire that into the fuse box with a dedicated switch in between?

Cons_Table 11-01-2012 07:25 PM

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Originally Posted by TiltMaster
you wire that into the fuse box with a dedicated switch in between?

I did inline fuses and relays. I have a total of 5 lights going to one switch

TiltMaster 11-02-2012 09:52 AM

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Originally Posted by Cons_Table (Post 2951201)
I did inline fuses and relays. I have a total of 5 lights going to one switch

Shoot me a simple diagram when you can. I'd like to try that.

david.w.johnson 07-04-2013 01:19 PM

Anyone know if the Bushwacker pocket style flares are the same for the 2Dr and 4Dr?


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