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Old 07-13-2015, 12:01 PM
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Flat fenders

I'm looking to upgrade my fenders to a flat style fender but there are so many different ones out there. I just wanna hear what other people have bought and which ones people like best.

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You can do this many ways. Do you want protection or fenders made of steel or Aluminum? Do you want plastic or are you interested in cutting your factory fenders?

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I've got the Bushwacker flatties. Looks like you have a 2d. I'll tell ya right now, install is a bitch and you'll probably have a little bit of a gap between the fender and the body. But... they look spiffy.


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I'm looking for something that doesn't cost too much, I don't do too much off roading so they don't need to be steel. I definitely do not want to cut my factory ones.
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Hard to get much cheaper in cost than the bushwackers. Mine were a bit of a chore to install but they fit good and accomplished the goal of clearance for the new tires.
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Hard to get much cheaper in cost than the bushwackers. Mine were a bit of a chore to install but they fit good and accomplished the goal of clearance for the new tires.
Out of curiosity... how's your fitment between the edge of the fender and "wiper" style rubber sticky trim, and the body in the front? I have like a little bit of a gap on mine. Not much I could do, it's just how they ended up. Followed the instructions exactly, nothing too tight, etc. Back ones look great.

Might try doing a reinstall one day, the hardware kit is a hundred bucks or so. would be nice to pull the fenders, clean 'em good, redo it, touch up any paint under them that may have gotten grit-screwed, etc.
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Have a little area on top of one of the fronts where the rubber is pulled back a bit. Makes me wonder if the high pressure on the car wash wand could be the culprit. If I knew then what I know now I would have put some good double stick tape on the edge. If I feel the need to pull them and fix it in the future that's what I'll do.
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I'm looking for something that doesn't cost too much, I don't do too much off roading so they don't need to be steel. I definitely do not want to cut my factory ones.
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i got a set of Rugged Ridge flat-fenders with the built-in side-lights.. Not real happy with them, but they were one of the cheaper options.
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Why don't you want to cut them? It's pretty easy.
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i got a set of Rugged Ridge flat-fenders with the built-in side-lights.. Not real happy with them, but they were one of the cheaper options.
Why were you not happy with them?
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Why were you not happy with them?
They don't fit very well, and I dont like the design. The side-marker lights arent built into the fender. The side marker is mounted on the support bracket that is bolted onto the body, then the fender just sits on top of it and the light does not light up very well in the fender-hole. Of course, once you bump the fender against a narrow canyon wall (as I did 2 days after installing them), the light will never line-up properly.

The installation instructions are confusing, incomplete in incorrect.. This is never a good sign..
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I've been in the market too. Personally I'm planning on metal flares. Easier to clean than plastic, takes more abuse on the trail, won't fade in the sun.

I'd been considering:

- Poison Spyder Crusher
- Nemesis
- Metal Cloak Overline
- Metal Cloak Overland

and now Metal Cloak has their Hardline fenders available for preorder... which makes the decision even more difficult.

Jeep Wrangler JK Tube Fender

They're similar in strength to their Overland fenders but look more traditional (like Poison Spyder crusher flares, basically). IMO the Hardline look nicer than the Overlands and would be perfect as long as you don't plan on bashing your rear fenders against rocks. If you're gonna do that, I suspect you'd still want the Metal Cloak Overlines, which are more expensive and have a more complicated install in the rear.

My front and rear bumpers are Poison Spyder. Originally I was going to install Poison Spyder fenders on my rig, but that changed a few weeks ago. If you scroll down on that Metal Cloak page I linked you'll see a photo where they compare the Hardline's front corner fitment to some "other fender manufacturer" (which appears to be Poison Spyder, but they don't come right out and say it). You can see a gap that the PS fender has in the front. My friend and I installed the PS fenders on his rig a few weeks ago and he ended up with that same gap with no apparent way to correct it. He didn't care, but if I'd spent $1k on flares to end up with that fitment I'd have been disappointed.

If you're going to install any of these metal fenders yourself, budget another $100-200 for a good nutsert installation tool. It will make the job a lot easier.

As others have said, you can always cut your factory flares. It's not difficult and you can get a nice smooth edge with a block and some sandpaper after you've made the rough cut. Mine are cut and I'm pretty happy with the result. Doesn't look as cool as aftermarket flares, nor is it nearly as strong, but you can't beat the price.
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I went with MCE, good looks and lifetime warranty.
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Ive got the metal cloak setup and I love it! strong, stylish, and excellent quality, and the inner fender well look amazing
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I have the Bushwhacker flares. The fitment was good and they look nice...BUT I wheel my Jeep and bushwacker does not provide replacement parts...You have to order the complete set of front or complete set of rears to get any replacement parts. That turned me off of ever ordering another thing from them. I have a damaged front and a damaged rear currently and will not be spending $600 plus dollars to replace all 4 when I should be able to buy 2 replacements for maybe $100 each for the shells. My vote if I had to do over would have been the Metal Cloak fenders.
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I have the Bushwhacker flares. The fitment was good and they look nice...BUT I wheel my Jeep and bushwacker does not provide replacement parts...You have to order the complete set of front or complete set of rears to get any replacement parts. That turned me off of ever ordering another thing from them. I have a damaged front and a damaged rear currently and will not be spending $600 plus dollars to replace all 4 when I should be able to buy 2 replacements for maybe $100 each for the shells. My vote if I had to do over would have been the Metal Cloak fenders.
EXACTLY.

Cut your stock ones and live with that for a while. Keep the 600 bucks on your pocket or better yet purchase a different mod. The stock can bend, be beat, replace parts and break for very cheap. Other options not so much.
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I'm looking to upgrade my fenders to a flat style fender but there are so many different ones out there. I just wanna hear what other people have bought and which ones people like best.
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EXACTLY.

Cut your stock ones and live with that for a while. Keep the 600 bucks on your pocket or better yet purchase a different mod. The stock can bend, be beat, replace parts and break for very cheap. Other options not so much.
Are you familiar with any tutorials on how to cut stock fenders? Thanks
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Are you familiar with any tutorials on how to cut stock fenders? Thanks
There are quite a few out there. From personal experience the tools I used to get a straight cut and finish are a jigsaw, drywall rasp, and some sandpaper.

The drywall rasp I used was this:

http://www.amazon.com/Stanley-21-399...s=drywall+rasp
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Are you familiar with any tutorials on how to cut stock fenders? Thanks
This is my favorite and I kind of used this technique.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7TiHYfqDVs


It is easier than you think. Take your time and tape it out . Cut away.

Google cutting jeep jk fenders

for a bunch of videos. I watched them all. Its a great mod and I wish I would have done it earlier.
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If they don't need to be steel I suggest the Rugged Ridge Hurricane flat fender flares. I had mine installed and I love the look and fit. But it's all a matter of taste.

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