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Unread 03-20-2013, 10:00 AM   #1
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downside to running fenderless

Will it hurt anything to drive my jeep around for a couple weeks without the fenders? I know it's a stupid question but I couldn't find anything through searching.

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Unread 03-20-2013, 10:12 AM   #2
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Are you talking about the front sheet metal fenders? If so, you've got several items that mount on the fenders. That could make it a bit hard to drive with those things swing around unattached.

If you are talking about the plastic flares, front or rear, it would cause no problem to run without them unless your local law addresses tire coverage in a way that would make it illegal.
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Unread 03-20-2013, 11:22 AM   #3
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I'm talking about the sheet metal itself not the flares sorry. I understand it would require remointing everything mounted to the inner fender. My question was more ment for the rigidity of the body. Like if I pull my fenders off is my grill and hood going to fall off while I drive.
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Unread 03-20-2013, 11:26 AM   #4
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How are you going to keep the hood closed?
Yes, the inner fenders are kind of required for front end support and holding things like your battery and washer fluid reservoir and the pdc..
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Unread 03-20-2013, 11:33 AM   #5
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As long as you fabricate mounting brackets for everything, it won't be a problem. But the battery, the fuse/relay panel, the airbox, and numerous electrical parts mount to the inner fenders. Mounting the battery requires a stout bracket.

As for the hood/grille, you will have to retain the two rod braces, then fab some place to mount the lower hood catches, and replace the rubber "snubbers" between grille and chassis with mounting brackets.

Honestly it's gonna be a lot of trouble. If you have new flat fenders coming, I would wait until I got them.
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Unread 03-20-2013, 12:01 PM   #7
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The plan was just to dismount them and get rid of the fender part and just run the inners highlined but with my work schedule it would take a couple weeks for me to Finnish the project so I was going to pull the fenders off and modify them and reinstall when I have time but maybe I'll just hold off until work slows down
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Unread 03-20-2013, 01:24 PM   #8
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Something like this? If so as long as you leave spot for everything to mount then you are fine. Also check local laws as well.



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Unread 03-20-2013, 01:34 PM   #9
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Yea something to that effect but eliminated the latches for hood pins, leaving the side of the fender alone and highlineing just the inner fender. The end goal is 35s on 2.5" of lift without bump stop ext.
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Unread 03-20-2013, 01:44 PM   #10
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If removing hood latches you will need hood pins.

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Unread 03-20-2013, 01:56 PM   #11
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Read my post again hoop pins are in the plan
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Unread 03-20-2013, 02:02 PM   #12
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Something like this? If so as long as you leave spot for everything to mount then you are fine. Also check local laws as well.
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I've done something similar to what you did. I stopped my cut on top at the rear of the fender well and kept most of the rear vertical sheet metal. I opened up the rear of the fender well which required me to raise the battery and move it closer to the engine. I welded 1/2" tubing on to finish the edge.
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Unread 03-20-2013, 02:49 PM   #13
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I have fenders on there now. That was durring install

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Unread 03-20-2013, 06:17 PM   #14
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Inners are not required. Take a look at anyone running a Campbell hood as an example. Is it a fair amount of work to relocate the things otherwise mounted to the inners? Of course. But can it work, definitely
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Unread 03-20-2013, 10:36 PM   #15
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I'm going to look at It more this weekend and make the decision from that
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