thanks for the info timatoe, I knew with all of the members here who have these fenders, someone would have run into this and have the right solution.
when my father and I were discussing how to fix this problem I thought about using a ratcheting strap to suck the bottom edges in a bit, but I wanted to wait and see if there was some adjustment step I had missed before I did something unneeded to my hood.
I sent an e-mail to Will asking him about it (and about the powdercoating on my rear flares being all chipped up, even though all of the shipping packaging and padding was intact) yesterday afternoon... but all I received was an automated reply about them being away because of the holiday weekend.
...oh timatoe, did you just cut the front mounting tab off of your battery tray like the install direction say to do for the '87-'90 YJ's? If you did how is it working out?
I didn't like the idea of all the weight of my battery levering off of the firewall with no support at the inner fender, so I cut and modified the front mount to work with the MC inner fender