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Unread 12-11-2014, 12:39 PM   #1
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Flat fender flares, which ones, how wide?

Hi all. I know this has been asked a million times but couldn't find much by searching. I'd like to put plastic flat fender flares on my TJ. I currently have what measures to be 5" Bushwacker pocket style flares on it. They are a little beat up and also I put new wheels and tires on that stick out a little more than before. It would take 8" to come flush with the outside edge of the tire.

So, what brand do you like and why? Are there 8" flares and if so do you think they would look good or is that a ridiculous width? The Bushwackers were on the jeep when I bought it, do you think they were installed in the stock holes or did they require drilling new holes?

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Unread 12-11-2014, 01:19 PM   #2
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why plastic? what type of use do you use your jeep for? what are you state law on covering the width of the wheel/mudflaps?

A picture of your current flares would be nice but probably used mostly stock holes, maybe drilled a few extra but I couldn't tell you for sure. i would highly recommend getting some good metal flares if it's in your budget (honestly their not THAT pricy). I have metal cloaks 6" flares and love them (except don't get powder coat, it turned to crap after a year here in Mass. I run 33x12.5 or 15x10s, and the 6" flares don't quite cover the tires. 15x8's would probably tuck them in enough.
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why plastic? what type of use do you use your jeep for? what are you state law on covering the width of the wheel/mudflaps?

A picture of your current flares would be nice but probably used mostly stock holes, maybe drilled a few extra but I couldn't tell you for sure. i would highly recommend getting some good metal flares if it's in your budget (honestly their not THAT pricy). I have metal cloaks 6" flares and love them (except don't get powder coat, it turned to crap after a year here in Mass. I run 33x12.5 or 15x10s, and the 6" flares don't quite cover the tires. 15x8's would probably tuck them in enough.
I don't want to get into removing my fenders and inner fenders and all the messing around that replacement fenders would require. At least that's unless I'm missing something.

I'm not exactly sure what the fender/mud flap laws are here in Oregon but pretty sure the tire has to be completely covered by the fender/flare. Although it wasn't with the previous tires and wheels and neither are most of the other people's I wheel with and I've never been pulled over for it or heard of anyone being pulled over for it. That said I'm not against going the 8" if it's available and you all don't think it would look really stupid.

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Bushwackers use the stock holes. It would look funny with 8" flares in my opinion. Do a google search for tire coverage laws in your state.
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Rugged Ridge and Rough Country both make 7" factory style flares for the TJ. They look very similar so it's possible they're the same.

Metalcloak recently came out with 8" flares, but you need a little more equipment to run them than just bolt in the original flare holes.
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get them from here and be done with it!!!
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get them from here and be done with it!!!
Looks like you have to cut all the inner reinforcements from the fenders to install those flares. Would probably result in much more movement of the front clip.
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Unread 12-11-2014, 04:13 PM   #8
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There is some cutting, but its superficial. where the support connects to the fender/ hood latch you cut around that. I have it on my Tj. It looks harder than it really is. Took me about 6 hrs while messing around and watching some football on my lap top in the garage. These are also the toughest some of the fenders out there. They have some vids on their web page showing some testing.
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Bushwhacker flares have a nickname of Bush crackers for a reason.


If you reduce your fender flair coverage, every time you drive through something wet it ends up on your windshield... IMO
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Unread 12-12-2014, 11:13 AM   #10
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get them from here and be done with it!!!
I've looked at those before and and like the looks and flexibility but again I'm not ready to start hacking up my jeep.
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these look like the TAG ones that used to be on ebay. Used factory holes and work fine, 5.5" wide.
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Unread 12-16-2014, 04:57 PM   #12
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If you're dead set against replacing the stock fenders, I'd go with the Xenons. State Police used to be super anal about flares, but I think they are more focused on the idiots with the Honda's running burned out 6" mufflers. Some cops will crack down on the mud flaps if your running 35's or or bigger, but I haven't heard of too many guys getting hassled anymore. Gen Right and Teraflex make some removable mud flap kits also. Might be something you could run if you get hasseled. Here's a link to the Zenon. They come in black also.

http://www.quadratec.com/products/12511_616_07.htm
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