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Unread 01-27-2014, 12:13 PM   #1
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Custom Tube Fenders

So I've been thinking about buying a welder and trying to fab some tube fenders and maybe even a bumper or two. I have been looking around for a while and have found some decent writes and pictures and I think I have a pretty design for the tube fenders.

My question is, how easy would it be to build front and rear tube fenders and tie them together with some rock sliders in the middle? Does anybody think this would be cool or would it just be too much?

I will most likely try to make this happen over the summer, at least when I get out of school. Just trying to make sense of the designs I have in my head.

Any advice would be great. pictures would be even better

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Unread 01-27-2014, 10:56 PM   #2
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I'm about to make a rear bumper for my tj. I bought a flux core mig last summer and haven't used it a ton but I'm starting to get the hang of it. I don't have any pics of the design now but I may post some when I do and I'll make a thread when I build it. I think it would be a cool idea to tie in fenders to the rock sliders though I've never seen it done.
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Unread 01-28-2014, 04:51 AM   #3
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Cool thanks. Yeah I thought the fenders and rock slider would be a different look. Maybe I'm the only one out there weird enough to think of it though.
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Unread 01-28-2014, 09:56 AM   #4
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So were you thinking of tying the tube on the rock sliders into the tube at the back of the fender? Or just tying the flat steel together?
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Unread 01-28-2014, 11:01 AM   #5
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Yeah I was thinking of tying the tubing together. Like build 3" flares and connect that to the sliders and then all the way back to the rear fenders
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Unread 01-28-2014, 01:27 PM   #6
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I think that would look really good. You could have front and rear bumpers that tie in too and have a partial exo-cage like
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Unread 01-28-2014, 01:30 PM   #7
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Yeah its starting to come together in my head now. I just need a tube bender but they're so damn expensive.
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Unread 01-28-2014, 02:54 PM   #8
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I think that would look good. You could tie in front and rear bumpers and have a partial exo-cage like
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Unread 01-28-2014, 02:55 PM   #9
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Didn't mean to send that twice
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Unread 01-28-2014, 02:56 PM   #10
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Ya I wish I had one
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Unread 01-29-2014, 02:54 PM   #11
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I planned on doing this. Instead of welding it all together, think of making your joints bolt together with plates that butt together. This will help in case you need to take it apart. Good luck!
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Unread 01-29-2014, 05:19 PM   #12
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Thanks. Yeah that's what I was thinking too actually. How much actual clearance do you get out of going to tube fenders? I've read that you can get an inch or two in the back/ inner fender and about the same on the top but I've also heard that you dont really gain anything.
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Unread 01-29-2014, 05:42 PM   #13
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Well what the tube fender does is essentially remove the lip that hangs down behind the stock fender flare on the OEM fenders. So depending on which style you prefer hood line or the flat style, you can gain an inch or more above and behind the tire. That is however if your suspension can flex that far or if your tires are big enough to even reach the fender. I just prefer the ruggedness of them and they provide a good place to stand so that you can brush up against trees and limbs without destroying your original fenders. I wish there was a way to keep the factory fender look as I prefer that more. The added clearance around the tire is just a bonus
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Unread 01-29-2014, 06:08 PM   #14
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That makes sense. I dont really need more than an inch or so because I'm only going from 235/75s to 31x10.5 with 3.75" backspace. I'm doing more for the reason that I want to build something and I think they'll look cool.
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