You really do need the fenders, otherwise you'll be throwing rocks and crap in all directions, not just at the people behind you. If you are running without a top, you could conceivably put a rock into the back of your head, or a passenger's. That, and if you ever take it wheeling in a state with fender laws, I doubt that the po-po will be impressed by your out of state license plate.
Actually, even with fenders it's possible for your Jeep to bounce a rock off the front of your trailer, and back at the Jeep. That cost my insurance company the lift glass for my hard top a few years ago. Sounded like an explosion, for a few seconds I thought somebody was shooting at us. Every once in a while I still find a small piece of glass back there. After that happened I built a plywood shield for the back window that I can attach to the roof rack when pulling a trailer with the Jeep.
Here is drawing of some fender that would work great for an offroad trailer. By design the keep you from hooking a tire on a tree or something else and still protect you from flying objects.
A 89 yj with a 4.0 aw4 sye out of an 92xj. Now the hard part is done time to get it up in the air just a bit. Working on 8.8 with 3.73 and lsd for the rear. and new D30 hp with 3.73 .
For those who have not figured this out I'm old school but can handle the new too.
Yeah I think you guys might be right about the fenders. Ive got a set of square fenders but dont really how they look. I think Im going to try to find a set of round fenders. Anyway, got the tailgate finished and some random pics:
Im really happy with it so far. There were some flaws in it that I couldnt really fix since I didnt figure them out till it was all together. Basically, since '91, its got beat up a bit. The frame isnt perfectly square. Its pretty evident in the way the tailgate closes. I know Im my own worst critic but I really wish I would have noticed that earlier. Dont get me wrong, it closes and it closes TIGHT! There are just a few inconsistencies. But, all-in-all I think I turned out great. Ive still got a little tinkering to do but Im proud of it!
Thanks Dave, I appreciate the offer and yeah, those quick fists rock! Depending on whats going on with the house, we may have a camping/wheeling trip coming up in late March. If so, itll go on its maiden voyage then.