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YJ Fender Flares - which ones are best?

Hi guys, I'm looking for some fender flare advice.

I have a 95 YJ with 33's on 10" wide pacer wheels. It looks like I'll need at least 7" wide flares to come close to getting the coverage I need. I'm wondering what the best flare kit is out there that will meet my needs. Going to TJ flares seems to be the most cost-effective (the same kit for the YJ seems to be twice the cost), though I"m wondering what headaches I would be in store for going the TJ route. There doesn't seem to be anything out there for YJ's that will use the existing bolt holes AND give me the coverage I need. Looks like drilling and cutting are in my future. Obviously cost, quality & ease of installation are the main issues I'm concerned with. Does such a unicorn exist?

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Entirely subjective on terms of looks. I know busshwacker (or the cheaper TAGS) make their pocket style flares that wide.

Or get OEM stylized extended versions from OMIX.

Below is an ooooold pic of my jeep with pocket style flares from tag. Those are 33 x12.5 r15 on a 15x8 rim

They make them longer as well to stick out further... the benefit of these are easy install, cheap, flexy and not brittle, and they cover your entire tire, freshen up the look of the jeep, and provide much more wheel well room (higher profile of flare that is, no cutting required)
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You can install the TJ flares without cutting anything. You will have to drill holes.

The front edge of the front flare looks a little funny because the angles don't match, but it works ok.

You can get a full set of Rugged Ridge TJ flares for a couple hundred bucks. It's a pretty good deal. I was thinking about installing the take-off flares from my mom's TJ, but the Rugged Ridge ones look pretty nice and come in a few different sizes.

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TJ flares will also require cutting and new holes. Well to take advantage of the larger openings you'll need to cut, but yes they can be installed without.

Personally I'd look for something other than plastic flares.

These look pretty budget friendly, I've never seen them before just throwing some options out there.

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Not dissing you Tim, but dang those are ugly.

Also, metal flares would get bent really quickly on my Jeep. Plastic ones last a long longer when they are rubbing against things.

Tube flares are a different story. Isn't there a company that makes decently priced tube flares? Bruin has them on the rear I think.
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I personally would do tubes, but based on his cheap requirement I stumbled on those (not the look I'd go for). There are also some flexible plastic tube like fenders out there too but don't remember who made them.

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Not dissing you Tim, but dang those are ugly.

Also, metal flares would get bent really quickly on my Jeep. Plastic ones last a long longer when they are rubbing against things.

Tube flares are a different story. Isn't there a company that makes decently priced tube flares? Bruin has them on the rear I think.
My current PS crusher corners with welded flare? not cheap lol. Well i gotta good deal off craigs, but they wont give them OP any coverage. I used to have smitty tubes on the rear, but they also don't provide any additional coverage over oem.

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https://www.quadratec.com/products/12510_00_07.htm

another option to keep them OEM style and get additional coverage. but ridiculously priced IMHO. Can get cheap tube fenders for half price.

more coverage and more wheel well? ---> https://www.quadratec.com/products/12501_611_07.htm

again not cheap for some plastic derivative. Is what it is.

FWIW i would go with the TAG pocket flares if ease of install, no cutting, cheap, plastic with more wheel well room and more tire coverage is what you're after.

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If you go with TJ flares make sure they are off a Sahara for an extra 1" of coverage. I painted mine to match, to keep with the sahara theme but yeah its a little funky at the front. It bothered me at first but then I guess I got used to it

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I did have these back in the day. I really do not remember paying that much for them. Wow!
Look they even used my Jeep as a model.
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Wow, that's a blast from the past.

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I already posted those lol.

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Also OP... it's only the first inch or so of cutting that hurts. After that, you actually start looking for things to cut lol
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I run the Bushwacker flat fender flares and they cover most of my 35x12.50's.
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I run the Bushwacker flat fender flares and they cover most of my 35x12.50's.
See your post count is at 51.

I anticipate seeing your YJOTM entry this month.

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See your post count is at 51.

I anticipate seeing your YJOTM entry this month.
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