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Aftermarket fenders and Exo-Top questions.

Hi guys, I'm looking for a thin, black plastic fenders that are stock width. Does any such thing exist?

Any experience with the Ruggedridge Exo-Top?

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I cut mine. They are still stock width. If you don't like how it comes out, buy some flat ones.
Fender Mod Thread: https://www.jkowners.com/forum/write-...flare-mod.html

There are 7 pages of examples on that thread. Mine is on page 5. You can find how-to videos on Youtube as well.

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I kinda like it but they should give a weight capacity for the rack. Otherwise, it's just another frame for a soft top.

I do like that the tub rails are protected...I've been thinking about putting something there.
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I cut mine. They are still stock width. If you don't like how it comes out, buy some flat ones.
Fender Mod Thread: https://www.jkowners.com/forum/write-...flare-mod.html

There are 7 pages of examples on that thread. Mine is on page 5. You can find how-to videos on Youtube as well.

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I kinda like it but they should give a weight capacity for the rack. Otherwise, it's just another frame for a soft top.

I do like that the tub rails are protected...I've been thinking about putting something there.
IIRC the capacity is 350lbs.

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I cut mine. They are still stock width. If you don't like how it comes out, buy some flat ones.
Fender Mod Thread: https://www.jkowners.com/forum/write-...flare-mod.html

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I'm not opposed to this, but I have limited time, tools, and skills.

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IIRC the capacity is 350lbs.
That's respectable. Not that I would ever put that much up there, but you never know...could work as a rooftop tent platform base.
All the 4drs get the love, I was pleased to see a 2dr offering.
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I like the look of the fenders in the link for the Exo-top. I don't know who made them.
Bushwhacker offers a "pocket-style" like the one in the link. It only has one fastener where the pic shows two. They also offer a flat style. I know the flat style does not require drilling into the body of your Jeep but I don't know about the pocket-style. For the amount of installation work, and the price, I'd just buy a Dremel and go to town on the OEM fenders.
Either way, plastic fenders can get ripped off on the trail.

IMO, for the amount of work involved, and few tools required, bolt-on steel or aluminum fenders are well worth the money when considering, at least, the laborious installation process for plastic aftermarket fenders. There's still drillin' to do with plastic fenders, but it's into the OEM inner fender component...and a bunch of fiddly clips, etc. to play with when puttin' it together after all your prep work.

All the work doesn't seem much different to me than doin' metal fenders, tho' I'm sure there's a whole lot more due diligence involved before and while one drills into their Jeep.

Save your money, Dremel (or other) your OEM fenders with finesse, rip them off on the trail, then decide what to do.
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I checked the capacity for a 2dr Exo-Top, 300lbs. Still respectable...and I'm likin' it more and more.

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I like the look of the fenders in the link for the Exo-top. I don't know who made them.
Bushwhacker offers a "pocket-style" like the one in the link. It only has one fastener where the pic shows two. They also offer a flat style. I know the flat style does not require drilling into the body of your Jeep but I don't know about the pocket-style. For the amount of installation work, and the price, I'd just buy a Dremel and go to town on the OEM fenders.
Either way, plastic fenders can get ripped off on the trail.

IMO, for the amount of work involved, and few tools required, bolt-on steel or aluminum fenders are well worth the money when considering, at least, the laborious installation process for plastic aftermarket fenders. There's still drillin' to do with plastic fenders, but it's into the OEM inner fender component...and a bunch of fiddly clips, etc. to play with when puttin' it together after all your prep work.

All the work doesn't seem much different to me than doin' metal fenders, tho' I'm sure there's a whole lot more due diligence involved before and while one drills into their Jeep.

Save your money, Dremel (or other) your OEM fenders with finesse, rip them off on the trail, then decide what to do.
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I checked the capacity for a 2dr Exo-Top, 300lbs. Still respectable...and I'm likin' it more and more.
All very good points.

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I think MCE has a plastic fender that is close to stock width.

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I'm not opposed to this, but I have limited time, tools, and skills.
I use an exacto knife and a heat gun... it comes out super clean.

The hardest bit is cutting the inner fender liner.
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