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View Poll Results: Fenders?
Wait & get Genright Aluminum fenders 5 18.52%
Wait & get PSC Aluminum defenders (hood line) 8 29.63%
Ccfabs hood line fenders 5 18.52%
Other: mces, mc, etc... 9 33.33%
Voters: 27. You may not vote on this poll

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Unread 10-31-2013, 08:40 PM   #1
jeepwrangler97
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Yes I've researched, but I still have a few questions & thought a poll wouldn't hurt.

Right now I have some cheapo Taiwanese or something oem style fenders that I figure came off eBay. The PO had bought them to fix the jeep after a tree had fallen on it.

Anyways, one fender has crack in it, & both fenders are getting some rust on the underside.
I was thinking about changing my fenders sooner than planned

I had originally planned on either:
1. Mce flatties with a flare
2. Genright Aluminum w/4" flare
3. PSC defender hood line w/3" flare

I'd like to get something with a flare because I hate throwing all that water/mud/debris in the jeep, & I don't know which state I'm going to end up in yet & would like to have the tires fairly covered.

I like aluminum because of the weight & I don't like the idea of steel just transferring all the energy down the line into the body tub.

That being said...some of steel options out there look pretty good & are much more affordable.

I try to do it right the first time, but I also need to be realistic...I just graduated college & the jeep needs other stuff too.

Would going with something like CCfabs hood line w/3" flare really be a bad idea? I can fix the current setup & hold out for genrights or psc, but I don't know if it's worth double the cost (when I have so many other mods/maint on the list)

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Unread 11-01-2013, 01:29 AM   #2
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I have ccfabs negative flare fenders on mine. They were surprisingly well built and make my jeep look mean. You do have to cut up your current fenders, and reuse the inner fender so if your current fenders are toast that may be a problem for you since all the fenders you listed except genright have to have the stock inner fender. I love my CCFABS ones and the price was fantastic. I wanted the hood line with 3 inch flare until my buddy bought some of the negative flare ones and and I knew they were what I wanted. My jeep is not my DD so the fact that it doesn't have any front flares doesn't bother me. The install on them was a breeze and only took about 6 hours total doing it by myself. I probably could have been done much faster, but you have to have a few beer breaks.

Out of all the ones you listed, the only fender I wouldn't recommend is the MCE. It may just be me, but I cannot figure out why anyone would spend 400 dollars on what is essentially just a plastic fender flare.
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Unread 11-01-2013, 09:59 AM   #3
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I have ccfabs negative flare fenders on mine. They were surprisingly well built and make my jeep look mean. You do have to cut up your current fenders, and reuse the inner fender so if your current fenders are toast that may be a problem for you since all the fenders you listed except genright have to have the stock inner fender. I love my CCFABS ones and the price was fantastic. I wanted the hood line with 3 inch flare until my buddy bought some of the negative flare ones and and I knew they were what I wanted. My jeep is not my DD so the fact that it doesn't have any front flares doesn't bother me. The install on them was a breeze and only took about 6 hours total doing it by myself. I probably could have been done much faster, but you have to have a few beer breaks.

Out of all the ones you listed, the only fender I wouldn't recommend is the MCE. It may just be me, but I cannot figure out why anyone would spend 400 dollars on what is essentially just a plastic fender flare.
Right now, my fenders aren't too bad. The crack, for now, is towards the outside of the fender. Most of the bad parts of mine are on the outer fender

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Unread 11-01-2013, 10:12 AM   #4
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Ill probably be getting some ccfabs 3" hoodline whenever I cross that bridge.
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Unread 11-01-2013, 10:25 AM   #5
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I did the aluminum Gen Rights w/ 4 in flare. Awesome quality and great looks.

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Unread 11-01-2013, 02:04 PM   #6
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I'd like to get something with a flare because I hate throwing all that water/mud/debris in the jeep, & I don't know which state I'm going to end up in yet & would like to have the tires fairly covered.

I like aluminum because of the weight & I don't like the idea of steel just transferring all the energy down the line into the body tub.

That being said...some of steel options out there look pretty good & are much more affordable.

I try to do it right the first time, but I also need to be realistic...I just graduated college & the jeep needs other stuff too.
Aluminum is going to transfer impact almost as well as steel. If you look at any mfg, alminum is about $100 more than steel and when you are talking about an item that const $500+ who cares about that small difference. I would offer an option but I have nothing nice to say about any of your choices.

All I can say is buy quality and cry once or buy sh*t and cry a few times.
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Unread 11-01-2013, 02:11 PM   #7
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I voted other: Metalcloaks. I have the CCFABS hoodline negative flare fenders and I love them, couldn't be happier with them. It is kinda hard to beat $190 shipped too. I DD my TJ and live in Texas so tire coverage doesn't matter here, however, you said you want flares so I'd save up and get the MCs.



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Unread 11-01-2013, 02:20 PM   #8
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I did the aluminum Gen Rights w/ 4 in flare. Awesome quality and great looks.

Could we get a front view of these fenders? I would like to see how much the tire gets covered by the 4" flare. Sorry for the highjack.
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Unread 11-01-2013, 02:33 PM   #9
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I'd only go with full replacements. I believe that means Genright, TNT Customs, or Metalcloak. Any that I'm missing?? You chop off half of your fender and have problems with the inner part that is retained it will just create more headache down the road. Whereas full replacement fenders give you all new, fresh metal to work with. I went with Metalcloaks that are at the painters right now.
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Unread 11-01-2013, 03:31 PM   #10
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Don't forget about Poison Spyder. I really like their aluminum fenders.
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Unread 11-01-2013, 06:03 PM   #11
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I love my new metalcloak arched fenders with 6" flares.


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Unread 11-01-2013, 07:29 PM   #12
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Take a look at the Poison Spyder fenders. Probably my favorite. I just don't like the look of those Metalcloaks.
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Unread 11-01-2013, 07:55 PM   #13
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Metalcloaks are pricey but when my inner fender exploded in a cloud of rust when I was putting on mine it made it worth every cent. I am not a fan of the arched fenders which is why I bought the ones I did.
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Unread 11-01-2013, 07:56 PM   #14
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I am in the same boat. i'm leaning towards the CCfab ones. MCE wants $383 for plastic. I like the metal cloaks but not the $800 price tag.
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Unread 11-01-2013, 08:36 PM   #15
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While the price of MCEs is high there are some pros. They offer weight savings over both steel and aluminum. The flares bend which can be beneficial. Won't have to worry about rust. The cons are pretty obvious. MCE has great customer service too! You can't really go wrong with any of the choices mentioned.
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