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Unread 12-05-2013, 09:36 AM   #1
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TJ flares question

Hello everybody
I know that TJ front and rear stock flares on Rubicon and Sahara are one inch wider than SE and Sport editions ones. I need to know if the small extension right under the JEEP lettering is also wider or just the same on Rubicon and Sahara models

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Unread 12-05-2013, 10:35 AM   #2
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Well the rubicon doesn't have that I don't think. They have rocker protection. the Sahara ones are entire running boards which I think are the same width as the flares themselves
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I need to know if the small extension right under the JEEP lettering is also wider
Nope.
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Nope.
Well there you go
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ok guys thanks !
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I put Rubicon flares on mine, and that extra small extension piece on the front looked stupid being narrower. I took it off and used a set of Rubicon rocker guards. You'll see mounting holes if you just take it off and use nothing there.

Like was mentioned, Rubicons don't have that piece they have the black diamond plate rocker guard, and Sahara's have a totally different piece there. Only regular TJ's with the narrow flares have the extension.
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Unread 12-05-2013, 07:48 PM   #7
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They do make the extensions for the wider flares...or they used to. I bought my wider flares a few years ago from a seller on eBay & they had flare extensions with them..I think I ended up throwing them out

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They do make the extensions for the wider flares...or they used to. I bought my wider flares a few years ago from a seller on eBay & they had flare extensions with them..I think I ended up throwing them out
Note that in 2003, the Sahara package switched from the wider full rocker covers to ungrained extensions that were similar to a standard TJ but just a bit wider to match the 1" wider flares that are used for the Sahara, Rubicon and various special editions with color matched (or contrasted, like a Rocky Mountain Edition) flares.

The Mopar Rubicon Flare kit does include extensions, and they are the wider ungrained extensions from the 2003+ Sahara and special editions noted above so that they could paint them with the special low-gloss black paint used on the flares and not have a weird texture under the paint. They only include them so that the paint finish matches the flares and so that you have something to fill the holes where the old extensions come off.

Just be aware that without the extensions, you will get a lot more rock chips on the front of your rear flares. This is something Rubicons suffer from. The nice thing about the full rocker extension on the 2002 and prior Saharas is that it does a pretty good job of protecting the rear flares from rock chips.
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Note that in 2003, the Sahara package switched from the wider full rocker covers to ungrained extensions that were similar to a standard TJ but just a bit wider to match the 1" wider flares that are used for the Sahara, Rubicon and various special editions with color matched (or contrasted, like a Rocky Mountain Edition) flares.

The Mopar Rubicon Flare kit does include extensions, and they are the wider ungrained extensions from the 2003+ Sahara and special editions noted above so that they could paint them with the special low-gloss black paint used on the flares and not have a weird texture under the paint. They only include them so that the paint finish matches the flares and so that you have something to fill the holes where the old extensions come off.

Just be aware that without the extensions, you will get a lot more rock chips on the front of your rear flares. This is something Rubicons suffer from. The nice thing about the full rocker extension on the 2002 and prior Saharas is that it does a pretty good job of protecting the rear flares from rock chips.
My jeep doesn't have the holes for extensions (not anymore) & I don't have any bad rock chips on the rear flares, after 45k miles...I bet the extensions do catch some stuff, but I plan on rocker guards anyways.

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