Thanks to John Grounds for these photos of his build, with 3" DeFenders up front with Full Length Side Plates, and Crusher Corners with 3" DeFender Flares in the rear. John's rig is also sporting our Rocker Knockers with sliders and BFH Front Bumper with Trail Stinger.
So how much weaker is the Aluminum vs. Steel?
I'm leaning on the side of weight savings, but still want a bit of the armor effect.
While I think you will still get "a bit of the armor effect" from the aluminum ones, we can't give you any hard data on just how strong or weak they are versus the steel ones. We think its just going to be one of those questions that works itself out after a few of these get out into the real world and get tested. Yes its an expensive product to purchase to use as armor without some sort of guarantee on their effectiveness as armor. Because of that we are simply not making any claims as to the suitability of the aluminum ones for hard core use in the rocks yet. At 3/16" thick, its not like they're made out of Reynolds Wrap. They DO seem stout. But when you lean a 5000+ lbs. Jeep into the side of a granite canyon wall, will the aluminum ones hold up? The best we can say is, probably not as well as the steel ones. But how much abuse they can take, we just can't say at this point.
I think the best testimony will come from the Savvy KOH team, who will be running aluminum DeFenders on their rig. We're all anxious to see how well they hold up on that rig. Can't get much more hard core than that.
Just received my 3" flare steel defenders via ups today. Look solid. Will post pics after assembly. Trevor
Cool, look forward to it!
Originally Posted by 141
Sorry if it's already been asked... but can you get a LED trun indicator like the ones used on the T&T fenders? I think the triangle shape looks alot better than the little dot style.
I don't believe it has been asked but the answer is no, we use the 3/4" round LED. Despite its small size it is very bright and it is DOT approved. But you're welcome to try to graft in the triangular light if you want. I believe Jerry Bransford is working on doing the rectangular ones on the outer edge of his, like he did with his plastic flares. You can do just about anything you want with them if you can do a little bit of cutting yourself.
We've decided to extend the Introductory Pricing for DeFenders through December 23rd, to help out with your Christmas shopping. So you can still SAVE $100 if you want to give your favorite TJ or LJ owner an awesome Christmas gift But even if you want them for yourself, pull the trigger before Christmas because on the night of the 23rd they assume their regular price.
do all of your rear fenders sit ~4in back from the wheelwell? it looks kinda weird. also what size tires and lift is on your white jeep
No, those corners were an early prototype that we sent to John before the rear DeFender Flares were in their final design and in production. That set of DeFender Flares was a tad too long from front to rear, so it could not be centered because the front cut on the TJ Corner limits how far forward the flare can be. That's why we didn't use that photo in this thread.
Below is a shot of the production version. The DeFender Flare is a tad shorter now and not quite as biased toward the rear, while still leaving a some room for those who would like to open up the wheel opening a little further.