Didn't make much progress, it's really late and I don't want to start cutting and wake the roommates/neighbors, so I'm going to hold off till tomorrow. No class and no work all day so I should make some progress.
Goodbye stock flares. Both sides are marked and ready to be cut. I'll pick it back up tomorrow.
Trim factory bumper cap if you desire, I made a lot of measurements and a lot of small cuts to get it as close as I could.
Driver's side is done too, I did both sides at the same time so that I would know exactly what to do and wouldn't skip any steps.
All finished with the rear.
Back on all four!
The flares look great I really like them, however I do not like the tufflocks that hold the corners of the flares on, they are just little plastic studs that are already bending outward away from the Jeep. I didn't use the included adhesive with the flares because I plan on going back, taking them off, and redoing the corners with some self tapping screws or something similar to make it a little more solid, I don't like plastic connectors.
Overall the rear was a very straightforward install, I had no problems doing it alone with basic tools.
Finished the front flares today. I REALLY like the way the fronts mount, there are no stupid plastic "tufflocks" or screws, it's just 6 bolts with washers and flange nuts. They are very sturdy compared to the rears.
Pulled into the garage, last picture with the stock flares.
Mocking up bolt holes.
Marking cut lines.
Inner flares on.
Outer flares with splash shield and bumper end cap trimmed.
Cut and folded the pinch weld, also sprayed all exposed metal with Rustoleum.
Oh and I also came to the conclusion that Rough Country sent me their 4.5" springs instead of their 3", which is why even with 1" longer shackles the front is still a little higher than the rear. Oh well, it worked out for me in the long run since I decided to go with 33s.
Why did you go with the Bushwackers instead of the Xenons? How hard was the cutting? Did you just use a cutoff wheel with a 4-1/2 angle grinder? Did you use a flap disk or anything to clean it up after the cutting? I wanna buy a 99xj and put flat flares and 2-3in lift and 32 all terrains and aluminum wheels and DD it.