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These things fit like a glove! all bolt on as well as nutserts provided for unreachable areas. Flat LED's for the rear, also mounted the Tag and new tag light to the spare tire carrier.

front fenders pre-cut from smittybuilts flatties (PSC's DeFenders don't require nearly as much cutting as their competitors which is great)

Also the new style DeFenders give you 3 MORE inches of wheel well in the back of the front tires! the set comes with a relocating bracket for the battery trey
 

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How was the install of the front fenders? I ordered a set today, to open up the front wheelwells for my oversized tires.
 

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How was the install of the front fenders? I ordered a set today, to open up the front wheelwells for my oversized tires.
Pretty easy, there is less cutting involved with these then any other flatties out there. Once you remove the battery tray and the driver fender bracket everything falls into place. Having the open channel in the side of the DeFenders also helps with install

I'll post a Pic of how much more I had to cut vs the DeFenders
 

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Got my boxes today. Pretty damn fast, ordered on Tuesday, arrived on Friday. Woohoo.
 

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You can see how much more the Smittybuilt flatties had to be cut away compared to the Poison Spyder DeFenders.
That makes sense, since the Smitty tube fenders were an exact knock-off of the old Poison Spyder tube fenders. We get the same gap on the couple of Jeeps we've put DeFenders on after having previously had Tube Fenders. With a clean install on previously-uncut fenders there should be no gap. For those of you with a gap because you're upgrading from Tube Fenders, a strip of sheetmetal and a couple of pop-rivets will fill that gap fairly easily.
 

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Do you have to worry about mud/dirt/etc getting between the DeFenders and the old fenders that were cut? One of my concerns getting moisture and dirt/mud in there once everything is on.

Did you do anything to prevent or minimize that or is it a non-issue?
 

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Do you have to worry about mud/dirt/etc getting between the DeFenders and the old fenders that were cut? One of my concerns getting moisture and dirt/mud in there once everything is on.

Did you do anything to prevent or minimize that or is it a non-issue?
I'd say it's a non-issue. 99.9% of buyers won't be replacing tube fenders with another aftermarked fender. Most will be replacing OEM fenders, much like I am. I'll post up my pics, as soon as I can get them painted, and you should see a beautiful, clean, innner fender with full coverage.

Regarding the Originating Poster's gap, unless they salt the roads in his environment, AND, he drives a lot during winter, I wouldn't worry about that gap.
 

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erickpl said:
Do you have to worry about mud/dirt/etc getting between the DeFenders and the old fenders that were cut? One of my concerns getting moisture and dirt/mud in there once everything is on.

Did you do anything to prevent or minimize that or is it a non-issue?
Exactly what Dusty said, a piece of sheet metal will suffice in covering the gap. If your going from stock flares to DeFenders you won't have the gap that I have, I'll post a picture of what I did to cover the gap soon. Moisture isn't a big concern either, if you are worried about rusting, go with the aluminum DeFenders instead of steel, save on weight as well as not having to worry about moisture content as much
 

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With a clean install on previously-uncut fenders there should be no gap. .
Do you have to worry about mud/dirt/etc getting between the DeFenders and the old fenders that were cut? ?
I'll post up my pics, as soon as I can get them painted, and you should see a beautiful, clean, innner fender with full coverage..
Pics of my inner fender:

(Now back to your previously scheduled build thread, hyjack over)
 

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Now that everything is bolted and taken its madin voyage i wanted to list some pros and cons of the DeFenders as a unit. I feel i didn't touch enough on how the install went with them but more of an over view of the whole wrap :whoops:

PROS:

Extra wheel well clearance!
No edge rubs on tires when fullly stuffed!
Light weight (Aluminum!!)
Ease to install!
Great customer service at the PSC compound!
Lined up PERFECT with Rock Knockers
Did I mention extra wheel well clearance!?!?

CONS:

I powder coated all my hardware, in doing so the counter sunk bolts didn't sit completely flush in the countersunk holes
In powder coating these I stripped out 1 stainless steel bolt head on the flat surface where the hood covers
I didn't have these a year ago! haha

The PSC BFH (Built For Hammers) front bumper had a GREAT approach angle on the culverts and just barley got scuffed at the bottom edge, talk about awesome angles!
 

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