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Unread 10-06-2013, 03:03 PM   #1
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Pics of Flareless Bare Aluminum Savvy Corners

I am on the fence as to weather I want to order the version for running flares or the clean look of the ones without the holes for flares. Considering my state doesn't have tire coverage laws, I have a choice in the matter so I'd like to see some pics of the no flare corners, please.

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Unread 10-06-2013, 03:28 PM   #2
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I am on the fence as to weather I want to order the version for running flares or the clean look of the ones without the holes for flares. Considering my state doesn't have tire coverage laws, I have a choice in the matter so I'd like to see some pics of the no flare corners, please.
I bought the corners, mine came bare (no flare mounting holes) I do believe. Now you have to drill your own holes for flares, which I did. I did run my Jeep a week or so without the flares and I hate to tell you this, it was terribly annoying. I live down a dirt and gravel road and mud, rocks, gravel were flung everywhere, inside and out. If that is your thing, go right ahead. I realize for extreme suspension travel, huge tires and serious off road it makes sense, for a DD Jeep, it does not. I drilled my corners, powder coated them and installed fresh Rubicon OEM flares. My tires, being as they are 12.5 inches wide, still stick out and throw crap but it is acceptable now as it mostly misses me and my Jeep. This makes my Jeep very happy and it loves me. When my Jeep is happy, I am happy .

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Unread 10-06-2013, 03:32 PM   #3
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I bought the corners, mine came bare (no flare mounting holes) I do believe. Now you have to drill your own holes for flares, which I did. I did run my Jeep a week or so without the flares and I hate to tell you this, it was terribly annoying. I live down a dirt and gravel road and mud, rocks, gravel were flung everywhere, inside and out. If that is your thing, go right ahead. I realize for extreme suspension travel, huge tires and serious off road it makes sense, for a DD Jeep, it does not. I drilled my corners, powder coated them and installed fresh Rubicon OEM flares. My tires, being as they are 12.5 inches wide, still stick out and throw crap but it is acceptable now as it mostly misses me and my Jeep. This makes my Jeep very happy and it loves me. When my Jeep is happy, I am happy . J
They still have the option of ones with the flare holes and one without on their website. Maybe Gerald will chime in.
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Unread 10-06-2013, 05:23 PM   #4
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They still have the option of ones with the flare holes and one without on their website. Maybe Gerald will chime in.
Yes, but, I was told they no longer come with flare holes. I wanted them with, they came without.

To get the holes I mounted up the corners, after they had been fitted and then I "back drilled" through the tub panels using an appropriate sized bit and through the corners. I did this using my pneumatic 90 degree angle drill. I had to remove the wheels and liners. The holes that are not accessible from the backside I made a template from Lexan, located those holes by eye with the Lexan template drilled to a few of the body holes and then transferred them to my corners. I used Clecos to hold the Lexan template to the corners. I then then deburred the holes and then located the holes for the flare locating tabs and used a Unibit to get those up to size. This took quite a bit of time and it would have been nice not to have spent the afternoon doing it, but, what if the corners came with holes that did not line up perfectly? In the end, I think I got a better result doing them myself, even if it took time and effort. So, it all worked out.

Here is how they came:



Here is after I drilled in the flare holes:



Flares on:



I am an A&P and over the years have done quite a bit of aircraft sheet metal (not my favorite thing to do). This is baby stuff compared to replacing the forward cabin/cockpit of a Citation jet, but a PITA nonetheless.

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Unread 10-06-2013, 05:27 PM   #5
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Yes, but, I was told they no longer come with flare holes. I wanted them with, they came without. To get the holes I mounted up the corners, after they had been fitted and then I "back drilled" through the tub panels using an appropriate sized bit and through the corners. I did this using my pneumatic 90 degree angle drill. I had to remove the wheels and liners. The holes that are not accessible from the backside I made a template from Lexan, located those holes by eye with the Lexan template drilled to a few of the body holes and then transferred them to my corners. I used Clecos to hold the Lexan template to the corners. I then then deburred the holes and then located the holes for the flare locating tabs and used a Unibit to get those up to size. This took quite a bit of time and it would have been nice not to have spent the afternoon doing it, but, what if the corners came with holes that did not line up perfectly? In the end, I think I got a better result doing them myself, even if it took time and effort. So, it all worked out. Here is how they came: Here is after I drilled in the flare holes: Flares on: J
After seeing the pics, I seem to remember you having a this in a thread.

What'd I'd most likely do is just mark through the fenders' holes and remove the corners to drill. I used that method when drilling the under tub holes for my sliders.

They look very nice, btw.
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