Things don't usually end up in my favor, but today they did. UPS delivered the flares around 1 o'clock, and Geoff texted me at 2 seeing if I wanted help with them. There were only two stubborn flare bolts (the ones into the pop rivet nuts) which we had to work around, but other than that they went on pretty smoothly. As with all things Smittybilt, the powdercoating left a lot to be desired. I'll undoubtedly be stripping them at some point and re-painting. I'll post a few pictures below of the weird spongy bubbling that occured with the powdercoat, luckily only on the top inside of the flare. Other than that they look GREAT on the Jeep and really even out the look. As mentioned recently, I think the appearance of the raking is entirely gone now.
Currie arms are here Monday! Can't wait to get rid of the squeak, and correct my pinion angle. I've developed a slight vibe at 28-low 30 MPH due to the rear axle slipping I believe.
Thanks again to Geoff for coming by! We had a great time, even installed the new roof rack on his JK!
WOW what a difference. They look great. I think they would look even better color matched. They match the front flares perfect.
Thanks Pat! I think that I'm going to keep them black just to offset the rear panels. That being said, when I do full corner armor the corners themselves will be color matched, and the flare will remain black. I love the body color, but I think that it'd be a little too much to match the whole thing.
I'm going to take her out for photos tonight if the weather is nice, so hopefully there will be a good shot or two from the front to get an idea of how she really looks!
Got them in tonight. Had to delay the install in order to go buy a 7/16" drill bit. They went in smoothly. I'll be dialing in the pinion angle tomorrow when I can put the rear end up on stands and rotate everything freely. It was literally pitch black by the time things got underway tonight and I was installing them with a headlamp on under the Jeep in the driveway.
Don't mind the fact that everything is covered in blotchy dried mud/dirt. Need to hose down the undercarriage in a serious way.