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Need help picking out fenders

Im looking at ordering some fenders in the next few day and would like to see some pics and thought on whats out there. Im looking at Poison spyder narrow aluminum. But also like genright but they dont offer a narrow that I know of.

What are the pros and cons of going aluminum over steel? I know they are lighter and wont rust but how do they handle hits?

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I have the standard width PS fenders.

- The install was stupid easy (did all the nutcerts in probably 15 minutes).
- The fit was pretty good (there's a few gaps that most people wouldn't even notice).
- As for strength... My fat ass has stood on them and they didn't even budge.
I've scraped them on some small trees, nothing they couldn't handle.




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Poison Spyder Brawler Lite / Poison Spyder Rocker Knockers
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Do you have Aluminum or steel?

2011 Wrangler Sport,RK 2.5 X Factor with RRD 2.0 shocks, Synergy steering, Poison Spyder bumpers narrow alum fenders diff covers, LOD sliders, Rockridge 4wd tail lights, trucklites, TF higned tire carrier, Cooper discover STT 37x13.50, 4.56 gears

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Do you have Aluminum or steel?
I have the steel ones.


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3.5" Rock Krawler X Factor
40x13.5 Nitto Mud Grapplers / 17" Fuel Hostage
Poison Spyder Brawler Lite / Poison Spyder Rocker Knockers
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Crawler Conceptz. Another option from a Vendor.

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Both PS and Genright are top notch. I have PS but really like Genright. IMHO steel it the only option if you wheel even somewhat hard stuff. I regretted buying steel after I realized the added weight. After I wheeled it, I can without doute see the steel has scratches where the alum would be gouged deep. Buy what you want end use it often so you get your money's worth
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the flat fender style is becoming huge...


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Crawler Conceptz. Another option from a Vendor.
Another vote for Crawler Concepts and Shad's an awesome guy to work with.
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I have standard PSC aluminum and I am very happy.. However if at the time of that purchase the Crawler concepts were available I would probably have purchased those instead.
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I have had a number of sets of the Poison Spyder flares and I've found that the steel fits better than the aluminum versions. I prefer the narrow over the standard width if they are legal in your area or you just don't care.

Crawler Conceptz new flares are pretty gnarly looking too. Looking forward to seeing his narrow version.

Here's a couple of pics of mine over the years for your viewing pleasure.

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I run standard width Poison Spyder Aluminum.

I like the weight reduction over Steel. (I run steel skids and rock rails, so any savings helps with these heavy JKU's) I had them powder coated black, and when I get into the rocks, I just hit the scraped area with some rattle can black. Aluminum does gouge more than steel, and that's one of the reasons I have steel skids and PS rock brawlers - they are in the rocks a LOT more than the fenders are. In fact, I've only hit the fenders once, and I do a lot of rock crawling here in AZ.

I like the look of the narrow, but there are a couple things to consider. Depending on how wide of a stance you have, you will have a good portion of the tire outside of the fender. This can be a problem with mud (yes, we have the occasional rain/mud here in AZ) being thrown onto, and if you have your doors and top of, into the jeep. The 2nd thing to consider is how your law enforcement folks are with the fender-coverage laws in your state. Some states are sticklers on that - so just something to consider.

The PS are a pain to install - all the nut inserts take time - but they are very strong.
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Another vote for PS. Very well-made stuff. Other good options out there, but the PS just appeal to me visually more than the others.

Hmmm, just realized I don't have any good pics after the install of the Crusher Corners and Brawler Rockers. I'll have to remedy that. Here's a crappy one though:

I have the Aluminum and they took a bit of a hit on Fordyce Creek a few weeks ago at Sierra Trek, as did the Aluminum Brawler Rockers.

Great thing about aluminum though, is when they get scratched, gouged, or whatever (as they all will, even steel) they don't rust like steel. That gives you time and options on what to do after the damage occurs.

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I went with the xrc flat fenders by smittybilt, I was being a cheap ass but if I could do it again I would have spent the money and got metalcloak fender flares!
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I personally have PS and I do like their products, my only piece of advice would be to stay away from the plastic, bushwacker type for two reasons. The first reason is that I can stand on my steel fenders and I am sure that you could stand on aluminum, you can't stand on plastic ones. Even though I have only had to stand on them once or twice I can do it. The second reason is if you hit a tree with a bushwacker it looks like a grenade goes off. I have seen two or three pairs just disintegrate and they are not a cheap fender flare.

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Poison Spyder ftw

I've got 9/10ths of my weight on the flare in this pic. I weigh about 215.





I Do wish the rear flares were a bit wider. The tires fling everything up & it just sits on the flares like they are a shelf for mud. Kinda sucks, but otherwise I like em. I'd get em again in a heartbeat.

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Poison Spyder ftw

I've got 9/10ths of my weight on the flare in this pic. I weigh about 215.





I Do wish the rear flares were a bit wider. The tires fling everything up & it just sits on the flares like they are a shelf for mud. Kinda sucks, but otherwise I like em. I'd get em again in a heartbeat.
i like your rig. how the 37" IROKs on pavement? I am drivin to work abbout 100 miles per week total and 3X per year visit my family in BlueRidge GA that is about 500 miles round trip from nashville; I have few options on 37"s for my 16" wheels and this is one option I am looking into. Yours is trail only? I would like 17" for the ease of tire selection but like the amount of rubber between the 16" rim and terrafirma . Cooper STT loyalist currently running 35x12.50x16s and they ceased to make the 325/80r16s i was gonna upgrade to. seems i am limited to weak walled bfg km2s in 345/75r16 or creepy crawlers or some Interco ND or move to bias......those look badassed but im betting my DD use would have them worn within two seasons.....opinion welcomed!

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oh, and my vote's for MCE flexibles for weight saving win


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