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Old 12-19-2017, 02:11 PM
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Mopar High top fender flares and rubicon bumper.

Are there any ideas or experience how to change the ugly design of the "connection" between the bumper and the rear fender flares.
Got a problem after installing a new wide fender flares.

Mopar 77072342AC - High top fender flares.
Mopar 82213654 - Jeep Wrangler bumper rear rubicon.

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I think you can remove the end caps on the bumper.

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Remove the end caps and install cover plates (make your own or get some from Maximus 3: https://maximus-3.com/10ax-and-hard-...umper-end-caps).
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I think you can remove the end caps on the bumper.
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Remove the end caps and install cover plates (make your own or get some from Maximus 3: https://maximus-3.com/10ax-and-hard-...umper-end-caps).
Very interesting. And what else options are there?
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Details on your painted high top flares? Not sure I've seen them outside of Jeep's concept vehicles
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Details on your painted high top flares? Not sure I've seen them outside of Jeep's concept vehicles
Detail below the painted high top flare.
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I didn't like the transition either. I contoured my end caps to match the fender line. These photos were the best I had today.

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Fill the gap with mud and crud.
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Mopar High top fender flares and rubicon bumper.

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No, I meant how they were done. Everything I read was that Jeep's show vehicles with painted high top flares were made of a different material (fiberglass or carbon fiber). I haven't seen the released version of the flare painted before, so I was curious about prep (sanded or filler to get rid of the texture), if you used an adhesion promoter to bond with the plastic and if you had a shop paint them or if you painted them yourself. Knowing they're a different material than the factory painted flares and that the rumored "paintable" high top flares never materialized, seeing yours were a pleasant surprise and I was very curious about the execution.
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The paintable version is the same as the paintable fenders used on the Sahara, only they are shipped sans paint. They are smooth black plastic instead of textured black plastic. They need to be primered and painted. Painting plastic body parts is not that hard, and there are plenty of painted plastic parts on Jeeps and other vehicles.
Making a part out of plastic requires a mold, and a plastic mold requires a fairly serious outlay of money. Fiberglass and carbon fiber are cheaper to build molds for if you are doing a small run of only a few parts. So when they build a show vehicle, something they are not making many of, it makes sense to use fiberglass or carbon fiber. But when you are making thousands of them it is much cheaper and easier to make them out of plastic.
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No, I meant how they were done. Everything I read was that Jeep's show vehicles with painted high top flares were made of a different material (fiberglass or carbon fiber). I haven't seen the released version of the flare painted before, so I was curious about prep (sanded or filler to get rid of the texture), if you used an adhesion promoter to bond with the plastic and if you had a shop paint them or if you painted them yourself. Knowing they're a different material than the factory painted flares and that the rumored "paintable" high top flares never materialized, seeing yours were a pleasant surprise and I was very curious about the execution.
It was a long story with the painting of high top flares. I really did not want to leave them unpainted. But the dealer persistently stated that they could not be painted because of a specific surface and material. But after negotiations with the technologists found a possible for painting version of the fender flares. That's all what I know.
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I didn't like the transition either. I contoured my end caps to match the fender line. These photos were the best I had today.

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I've considered a similar route and found this from another members build. Different fenders on his, but same end cap.
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I've considered a similar route and found this from another members build. Different fenders on his, but same end cap.
I wonder how it looks from the wheel side.
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I used a jigsaw, and smoothed the edges with a utility knife.



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why leave a little plastic piece, why not remove it to the steel bumper? (It appears these are the hard rock bumpers)
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why leave a little plastic piece, why not remove it to the steel bumper? (It appears these are the hard rock bumpers)
There will be an ugly hole accumulating dirt and ice.
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This is what Mopar did on the Switchback concept.
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This is what Mopar did on the Switchback concept.
I hope that these parts are covered with something that is resistant to abrasion. Then this is a good solution.
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I need to pull mine off and see what it looks like. I have not seen a good picture of the Maximus 3 plates yet to see if that is what Mopar did on the concept in the photo above.
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I think it is now time to find the cheapest place that sells fenders! I want to run 315/70/17 BFG KO2's
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I think it is now time to find the cheapest place that sells fenders! I want to run 315/70/17 BFG KO2's
High top fender flares?
I recommend buying on the site. The shipment of huge boxes of this product reduces the savings from online purchases.

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