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Old 04-24-2017, 10:33 PM
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Would any and everyone who has Fender Flares please tell me how you like/dislike them, any thing you would do different. Thank You all in advance.
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Originally Posted by rustysuor View Post
Would any and everyone who has Fender Flares please tell me how you like/dislike them, any thing you would do different. Thank You all in advance.
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uhh like what kind of flares?
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I have a set of Precision flares. In fact, I think they were one of the first sets Doug made as a prototype, so they are 6 years old at least. They have been great.

I like them because they are a smaller profile than BWs, but have the same coverage and are very tough.

I have managed to break them from bashing them on trees, but I have repaired them pretty easily with fiberglass on the inside and bondo on the outside, then paint em.

I do have to replace the 3M gasket edging material at some point and I also bought all new SS screws (larger diameter) and finish washers to hold them on better.

Once I finally get to the point where I will need something else, I'll probably have a friend of mine build some steel tube flares.
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I have the stock flares and they do not have a large enough opening for a set of 33s. They have held up for 27 years though, so they are rugged enough.
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I had a set of rugged ridge pocket flairs and know i have rustys metal fenders and i like them a lot more. Which fenders depends a lot on what look and tire size you want.

Same jeep, same tires, and same lift.



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Notch Customs flares FTW! They are great and you'd be hard pressed to find a rear flare that makes as much room. The down side is the amount of work it takes to install the rear flares. You basically need to cut and weld (or just completely weld in new inner fender metal like I did) the entire inner fender. I also added some weather stripping to the rear and built some splash shields for the front out of aluminium.

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Well worth the work though! They stuff 35's and I'd think 37's should fit without issue.

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Bushwacker flat flares are another good option. You lose some uptravel when compared to other flares on the market but they are simple to install and the fit and finish are top notch. I ran 34's on the orange XJ and 35's on the blue XJ without issue but definitely extended my bumpstops to keep the tires away from the flares.

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wow I really like those Notch Customs flares ....
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Originally Posted by USN_JeepXJ View Post
Notch Customs flares FTW! They are great and you'd be hard pressed to find a rear flare that makes as much room. The down side is the amount of work it takes to install the rear flares. You basically need to cut and weld (or just completely weld in new inner fender metal like I did) the entire inner fender. I also added some weather stripping to the rear and built some splash shields for the front out of aluminium.







Why is it that almost all aftermarket flares look like the rear ones are angled down too much in the back ??

And I'm loving them rims....are they a new model from Hutchinson ??
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Why is it that almost all aftermarket flares look like the rear ones are angled down too much in the back ??

And I'm loving them rims....are they a new model from Hutchinson ??
Yeah, they do drop a little bit in the rear. Its only a few mm but its noticeable due to the body line. The Hutchinsons are actually an older model that was sold through Mopar during the first few years of the JK. They are the same design as other Hutchinsons and they use an inner rubber ring and 2 piece wheel to form a dual beadlock. I lucked into a new set that had never been installed before!
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I like those more than the ones I've seen (and was gonna buy)
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I like those more than the ones I've seen (and was gonna buy)
Me too! The only downside is the 6.25" of backspacing. I'm running 1.5" spacers on my JK axles to compensate.
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Mine will be going on some 44 axles out of an LJ......so I'll have the same issue for the most part.....I'll still probably have to run spacers, unless i go with 17" rims to clear the brakes
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TJ (rear) Flares forever & ever. The front pair are from a Rubicon as they are wider. Cheap, stock looking, very durable. Cut, painted & installed them myself. They are still on the Jeep today, been on there for maybe 8 years ... and survived the accident unscathed (wish I could say that about the rest of the Jeep). I plan to transfer them to my new XJ. Tires are 33x12.50.






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I prefer the bobbed look in the rear. But those notch flares are sweet! Dude your XJs look good enough to eat!
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