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thoughts on bushwhacker flares

thinking about fender flares this year. was looking at:
smittybilt - must be a reason they are so cheap
Bushwhacker - like the look, and keeping a marker light, plus full coverage of tires
cruzer concepts - Ouch $$, looks good, do they cover well?

is installation the same for all of them?

I noticed RCO has the Bushwhackers on sale.


Jeep is not a daily driver but does get driven on street. not a lot of hard trail use.

thinking 3.5" lift with 35's in the next few months. I know I don't really need the flares but they won't hurt to have them.
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The Smittybilts flares are very thin metal, if you hit anything with them they will bend and they won't pop back. Not worth paying anything for these.

Personally I prefer trimmed stock flares. Very Easy to do, free, light, flexible, you don't have to loose the marker light you can add one very easy, high clearance...

Bushwacker flares are a looks thing. If you like them, do it. Some love them, others hate them.

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thinking about fender flares this year. was looking at:
smittybilt - must be a reason they are so cheap
Bushwhacker - like the look, and keeping a marker light, plus full coverage of tires
cruzer concepts - Ouch $$, looks good, do they cover well?

is installation the same for all of them?

I noticed RCO has the Bushwhackers on sale.


Jeep is not a daily driver but does get driven on street. not a lot of hard trail use.

thinking 3.5" lift with 35's in the next few months. I know I don't really need the flares but they won't hurt to have them.
just an FYI.....the bushwackers don't fully cover the tire.....mine stick out about an inch or so on each side. Tires are 315mm wide and wheels are 4.5" backspace.......the bushbacker flats are basically the same width as stock.

if you are talking about the pocket flares, well then those do cover the whole tire.

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looks nice. yeah I figured they would come up a little shy. I hate to trim the stock ones, althought the price is great and they look good done. WI is known to get a bug up their butt now and than and start enforcing things like tires sticking out. we are only allowed 2" past fender.
if I put flares on I could keep stock fenders just in case I get tagged, I could put stock back on to get inspected.
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I looked at MCE, Bushwacker, Xenon, and Rugged Ridge. Went with the MCE because they literally weight nothing, look nice, and install easy.

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you can always pick up stock fenders on craigslist for $100 and try cutting them yourself -- if that doesnt work out id go with bushwacker
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I like my BW they are rock solid and have been offroad many times with them I have had them smack trees and rocks and no issues. Some people think they are held on with double sided tape but that is just the trim piece between the body and fender for a cleaner look. Two of my good buddies have stock trimmed flares and I just don't like the look. They both say they flap at 75mph too. If money is not an issue I would get Metal Cloaks but for me money was an issue.
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I'm running BW flares. If I had it to do again, I would cut the OEM flares.

The BW are solidly mounted and look great. So solidly mounted that if you rub a flare against an obstacle, it's likely to produce body damage.

Watched two different JKs move through a tight spot. The one with the OEM flares that were cut went through with the flairs flexing and then going back into position. The fellow with the BW flares had one tear off and it creased the rear quarter panel.
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I'm running BW flares. If I had it to do again, I would cut the OEM flares.

The BW are solidly mounted and look great. So solidly mounted that if you rub a flare against an obstacle, it's likely to produce body damage.

Watched two different JKs move through a tight spot. The one with the OEM flares that were cut went through with the flairs flexing and then going back into position. The fellow with the BW flares had one tear off and it creased the rear quarter panel.

One of the reasons I chose the MCE's... They flex like cut factory flares, but, look way better! I have seen what steel and stiff plastic flares can do to the tin can sheetmetal.

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I've got the Bushwackers, I love the look.

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bw look hideous, and why spend money on something you already have for for free?
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bw look hideous, and why spend money on something you already have for for free?
I have yet to see a set of stock flares cut that I like, some look better then others but still not the look I want.. We all have different tastes. If I could turn my stock flares into a set of Bushwackers that would be cool
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lots of good opinions here, thanks. haven't made the final decision yet
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I have smittybilt flares, Like TCdawg they are thin metal, and if you bang them probably wont be able fix it. for the $$ they are not too bad. Ive had them for about year 1/2

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So I was thinking of getting the Metal Cloak fend flares...well built and very strong. However I got to thinking that flexible flares would be better if I run a tree or something as they would not cause body damage.

Am I thinking correctly?
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So I was thinking of getting the Metal Cloak fend flares...well built and very strong. However I got to thinking that flexible flares would be better if I run a tree or something as they would not cause body damage.

Am I thinking correctly?
You're thinking correctly to about half the people here.

Look at it this way:
*Plastic fenders have some give, so in a light hit, you'll be ok.

*Metal fenders add some strength, so in a light hit, you'll be ok.

*With a big hit, you're fucked.

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^^^^ That!

Plastic fenders eventually fade. Painted aluminum fenders don't! I have the plastic ones still.


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