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Raider
12-06-2013, 05:57 PM
Bushwacker Flat Style Flares (http://www.quadratec.com/products/12506_4442_07.htm)
Smittybilt XRC Fender Flares in Black (http://www.quadratec.com/products/12508_4000_07.htm)
Rugged Ridge All Terrain Flat Fender Flares (http://www.quadratec.com/products/12510_5200_07.htm)
Rugged Ridge Hurricane Flat Fender Flares (http://www.quadratec.com/products/12510_5210_07.htm)

I like all of these. I would like some extra clearance and all of these seem to do that. But I still want that rugged broad-shouldered look.

anyone have reviews or thoughts on these?

ECHO
12-06-2013, 06:22 PM
All good choices! I went with the wackers, just because they are light and bendable.. I do some tight trails.. Tough choice I know.. good luck

http://www.jkfreaks.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=25289&d=1354055933

Stepsride
12-06-2013, 06:24 PM
I go back and forth with this! So I figured I would ask? Why would you or wouldn't you consider the ACE flares. They have both wide and narrow? Price is pretty much the same.

ECHO
12-06-2013, 06:27 PM
I go back and forth with this! So I figured I would ask? Why would you or wouldn't you consider the ACE flares. They have both wide and narrow? Price is pretty much the same.

They were just is design stages when I bought my wackers. that's all. From what I know about Ace product owners they say they are top notch products

SheWheels
12-06-2013, 07:21 PM
We have the ACE narrows x2 and LOVE them. Have been on some super tight trails at Redbird and Badlands and they were no problem.

Stepsride
12-07-2013, 08:53 AM
Just to clarify a bit more with the question. Any thoughts on Steel flares vs plastic?

JustJeepGear
12-07-2013, 09:30 AM
I have the bushwackers as well.. they 'fit' over a plastic block that you mount to the tub. They will hold up to side impact, but vertical, they will start to pop off the blocks. Amazon had a crazy sale when I go them, but I would prob go metal at this point. But that's an even harder decision..depending on how they mount to the tub, they will be good, or great. Poison spyder presents themselves as the benchmark for strength, but ACE, River Raider and others present just a goo of a product. I'm not posting my link to sell, just to give you an idea of what is out there..and there are probably more..

http://justjeepgear.3dcartstores.com/Fender-Flares_c_10.html

Let me know if I can help..thanks

halo216
12-07-2013, 10:24 AM
Bushwhackers look alot better in person then I thought they would. Plastic or metal depends what you plan to do with jeep. Plastic is light weight, flexible, and will only damage flare. Metal is strong but only as strong as what it attaches to, heavier, and usually higher price tag.

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TheDirtman
12-07-2013, 10:53 AM
Umm... bushwhackers can bend the fenders. The no damage thing is a myth. They are good looking and light. If you run tight trails and rub trees and such you will tear them off. I was always catching my front passenger fender in tight spots due to the fact I could no see it. Tore it off so many times it finally gave up on me and would not go back on. I am wider now with the axles and rarely will I catch a fender anymore.

bullcrew
12-07-2013, 11:39 AM
Umm... bushwhackers can bend the fenders. The no damage thing is a myth. They are good looking and light. If you run tight trails and rub trees and such you will tear them off. I was always catching my front passenger fender in tight spots due to the fact I could no see it. Tore it off so many times it finally gave up on me and would not go back on. I am wider now with the axles and rarely will I catch a fender anymore.


What he said....can't remember how many times I ripped mine off and left in canyons...xenon flares actually bent my corner panel up front, stock ones (there's a few left out there)))....!

I doved my fenders so its narrow up front ....I'm not donating anymore fenders.....

http://lp1.pinkbike.org/p4pb10392408/p4pb10392408.jpg


Any fender can be damaged or do damage, between the posted they are all decent get what you want and remember Skinner will avoid a not more damage, flexible can still bend the metal its mounted too there ISNT SQUAT for strength there.....

JustJeepGear
12-07-2013, 04:05 PM
Just be aware of any Tire Coverage laws in your area..

tsamptrail
12-07-2013, 06:13 PM
I had to go with the Xenon wide because of the state laws.

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myz28u
12-07-2013, 06:30 PM
Personally I like the trail mods concept. Full coverage on road if required but minimal fender on the trail.
Two problems that I have with them though.
1: they are expensive for plastic flares
2: IMO the full flare is ugly.
But I thought I'd mention it in case you were not aware of them.
http://www.trailmods.com/home

Ringer
12-07-2013, 06:34 PM
I ended up building mine narrower that factory(about 2") for better clearance. The narrow width helps on the trails. If it were me I would look at the width of each.
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ECHO
12-07-2013, 08:10 PM
I ended up building mine narrower that factory(about 2") for better clearance. The narrow width helps on the trails. If it were me I would look at the width of each.
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/12/08/e2a8ygu3.jpg
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/12/08/u6evu6y7.jpg

I really like those.. but; I would never pass inspection each year and get pulled by every trooper who had an itch to scratch

e-jeep
12-07-2013, 08:13 PM
Not selling the product, but this is a pretty good video:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKePKvZ7_w8

Stepsride
12-08-2013, 09:09 AM
Not selling the product, but this is a pretty good video:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKePKvZ7_w8

That explains the extra cost for PS flares! Classic, you get what you pay for applies here

GOON SQD
12-08-2013, 09:25 AM
If you live somewhere that the flares don't have to completely cover your tire, then it doesn't matter what you put on. Because the tire should be out further and make contact before the flare does. I run the Smittybuilts and love them.
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karls10jk
12-08-2013, 10:00 AM
Think about what you want out of a flare and go with what you like best. We've got retarded drivers here so a full metal flare with a rolled lip would make sense for me but obviously not you.

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GOON SQD
12-08-2013, 12:11 PM
I have had 3 different cars hit 3 different tires on the Jeep. All 3 with my cut factory flares and never touched a flare since I run 35's that stick out past the factory flares and now the aftermarket flares I run.

karls10jk
12-08-2013, 12:14 PM
Same boat here- been hit multiple times and I'm ready to dish out the pain the next time people don't pay attention. The black skid marks all down the side of a baby blue van just don't give me much satisfaction anymore.

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Raider
12-12-2013, 03:34 PM
This is a tough decision! So many options! I am starting to lean towards the hurricanes though.

Inigo Montoya
12-12-2013, 03:59 PM
If you live somewhere that the flares don't have to completely cover your tire, then it doesn't matter what you put on. Because the tire should be out further and make contact before the flare does. I run the Smittybuilts and love them.
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/12/08/6e2yvu4u.jpg
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/12/08/ezegyba4.jpg

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I'll echo this...

Obviously go with whatever you like the best and whatever complies with local and state laws. Living in Texas, coverage is something we don't have to be concerned with. And being on a strict budget, I went Goon's way and got the Smittybilt. Half the price of any other set out there and also the simplest install.

briaros6
12-12-2013, 04:40 PM
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I'll echo this...

Obviously go with whatever you like the best and whatever complies with local and state laws. Living in Texas, coverage is something we don't have to be concerned with. And being on a strict budget, I went Goon's way and got the Smittybilt. Half the price of any other set out there and also the simplest install.

x2 I went the same route and have been very happy with them. I've also been very careful around canyon walls too soooo we'll see how it goes when I get to that point...

jsears
12-12-2013, 05:05 PM
I have the Bushwackers as well! Great fender, the install can be a little tedious. But I haven't ripped them off on a tree yet.

I would also look into the MCE Flexible Fenders. I think they look really good!

http://modernclassicenterprises.com/jk/

li08rubi
12-12-2013, 06:42 PM
I've got ACE narrow fenders on my jeep and I love it, endless stream of compliments on the look of the truck