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post #1 of 28 Old 08-02-2008, 04:22 PM Thread Starter
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Metal Fusion tube fenders w/3.5" flare installed

Metal Fusion just came out with a 3.5" flare on their TJ tube fenders. I damaged my factory fender so a replacement was in order. Install was pretty easy as long as you have tools and a place to work.

I told John at Metal Fusion I would post pictures after I installed them so here they are.....

















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post #2 of 28 Old 08-02-2008, 04:25 PM
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Those look fantastic! Do you have a link to their website? Do you know if they make something like that for a JK?

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http://www.metalfusionfab.com/off_road.htm

looks great ive been thinking about these for awhile...
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I'm not a big fan of the no-fender-look but these look better than most; nice job....

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Are these street legal?? They look very cool.

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Are these street legal?? They look very cool.

They are in Georgia.
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I dont know.. I guess i am alone on this, but does anybody else think that those (and most tube fenders) would look a lot better if the "flare" portion continued all the way up to the very front so that it was just one curve, not two. I just think it look better if it curved around and went straight back, rather than curve around, go back, curve out again, and then go back.

I hope my post wasnt too terribly confusing, That probably is kinda hard to understand without a picture or diagram of some kind.
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I'm surprised they are not welded as well. I would think it would look a lot cleaner if welded up, rather than having all of those bolts/fasteners. Just my :2c:.

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I agree with Road Warrior and Trombino.
I've never liked the "add-a-flair" look and I was surprised they weren't welded. Gaps are waaayyy too big. I think I would have welded 'em up with a MIG and then ground smooth before paint. Should actually be done when they're made.

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I dont know.. I guess i am alone on this, but does anybody else think that those (and most tube fenders) would look a lot better if the "flare" portion continued all the way up to the very front so that it was just one curve, not two. I just think it look better if it curved around and went straight back, rather than curve around, go back, curve out again, and then go back.

I hope my post wasnt too terribly confusing, That probably is kinda hard to understand without a picture or diagram of some kind.
I agree. I whipped this up because I was bored.. just guessed on the proportions, but you get the idea. This is what I want in a tube fender:

- Flare size of your choice. Not 4, not 6.. I want 5.5 or so.
- Double bend at the back of the tire.
- Single bend up at the top near the hood latches. Not a bend outwards, then bend out again.



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I agree. I whipped this up because I was bored.. just guessed on the proportions, but you get the idea. This is what I want in a tube fender:

- Flare size of your choice. Not 4, not 6.. I want 5.5 or so.
- Double bend at the back of the tire.
- Single bend up at the top near the hood latches. Not a bend outwards, then bend out again.
That's what I would drop some $$$$ on. Just need to add some space for turn signals.

Good job.

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I agree. I whipped this up because I was bored.. just guessed on the proportions, but you get the idea. This is what I want in a tube fender:

- Flare size of your choice. Not 4, not 6.. I want 5.5 or so.
- Double bend at the back of the tire.
- Single bend up at the top near the hood latches. Not a bend outwards, then bend out again.


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I've been considering buying the TnT tubies for a while now. I think these Metal Fusion ones are cool and I kind of like how some parts still have the fasteners on it. makes me think i could change them out without cutting and rewelding when i inevitably damage them....

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I have the older style tube fenders from Metal fusion and they do sell them to where you can weld them up. I'm not sure if they still have it like that but the weld in kit is nice except for the lower portion of the fender well that shows the inside fender well when looking in from the side. Did they fix that with their new design? I think i have seen where there are no curves on the fender and to me when your looing at it from the front it looks like some really big wings. I do believe someone does sell them.
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You can certainly weld up all the panels if you like. I like the look of the removeable panels and the side ones give very easy access to the left and right tub attach bolts and battery areas on both side with the fenders installed.

John still offers a builders kit for all of you fabricators out there that want to save some money.

The gaps in the panels make for an easy wash-out after a fun day in the mud. That's part of the design and I love it.
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