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Metal or Plastic Flatfenders-Which do you prefer?

Metal or Plastic Flatfenders-Which do you prefer and why?

I have heard good arguments about either. I run Metalcloak fronts and Sniper Fab Comp Cuts on my TJ, but as I am not so sure when it comes to my JKU build. It is a whole different animal...
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I use the OEM plastic, cut down for tire clearance. They're cheap and just bend if you rub 'em on trees. If one gets ripped off, just pop it back on. There are better looking fenders out there, but they cost real money and perform no better.

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I prefer metal for my rigs.


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I prefer metal for my rigs.
Which metal flare is your flare of choice?
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Which metal flare is your flare of choice?
I really like the Crawler Conceptz flares as far as the latest and greatest.

Poison Spyder also makes a beautiful flare and that is what I'm running currently. These are the narrow version on the front in steel.





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I really like the Crawler Conceptz flares as far as the latest and greatest.

Poison Spyder also makes a beautiful flare and that is what I'm running currently. These are the narrow version on the front in steel.
Why steel?

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Why steel?
Just personal preference. I've always thought they fit a little better than the aluminum.


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IMHO plastic (stock cut) for stock axle and 4.5 and greater BS due to I have pushed in my tub with metal fenders. With tons; stick out more and keep you away from shit, use what's pretty.

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My vote is for metal! Aluminum... Plastic looks cheap.

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Is nothing a choice as well. I like the look of no flare in the rear and narrows up front. I'm to cheap to do it though.

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I have the MCE plastic flares that look like carbon fiber. It took one trip to the Hammers to see a direct comparison. The metal flares damaged the body more than the plastic ones did. These are trails that really punish everything and the plastic flare guys would throw them in the Jeep or pop them back on if they scraped against rocks. Metal...not so lucky.
One guy ran painted plastic. He said it was because they are much easier to scuff the scratches out and repaint than it was to fix metal flares/body panels and looked good longer than bare plastic.
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It's a little dirty but here is my cuts !

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Currently metal flats in front and none in rear...May install flats in rear after new tires...


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Plastic felt and looked cheap, so I went to steel River Raiders.
They were great wife wanted a set so she got mine and I went with XRC armour. Love it now
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I've got Poison Spyder steel fronts and rear. I've bashed them and beat them with no damage to my tub. My Jeep as been to JV, Moab, Parker and everywhere in between without any issues.

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I've got Poison Spyder steel fronts and rear. I've bashed them and beat them with no damage to my tub. My Jeep as been to JV, Moab, Parker and everywhere in between without any issues.

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Yep...I was watching a video from Poison Spyder and they were going over plastic and metal flares and showing how their flares mount to the frame and not the sheet metal only in order so there is no issues with benign the tub. They look great too.
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Yep...I was watching a video from Poison Spyder and they were going over plastic and metal flares and showing how their flares mount to the frame and not the sheet metal only in order so there is no issues with benign the tub. They look great too.
Mine have been drama free other than I keep dragging them across rocks and have to keep painting them.

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I'm a believer in looks are secondary to function. I still have the stock plastic fenders. They cover the tires pretty well, I have ripped two off on trees and they pop back on. They work just fine on my 2 dr with 4" lift and 37's. If I ever do break one I bet I can find some cheap ones for sale. Downside, it is difficult (not impossible) to set a beer on them.
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Cut stocks. To my eye they don't look any worse than any other flat fender and better than some. Ive torn them off and had them fold under and always popped back into shape and easy to reinstall if they come off.

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A boulder took out my rear cut stocker this weekend and tagged the body panel above the fender pretty good. A metal flare would have kept the body off the rocks.

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I have a sweetspot for the Nemesis fenders ( odyssey, I think?) but have never been able to justify the cost when I only wanted clearance & the aesthetics of that old JT Truck concept Jeep JK that Mopar Underground built a few years back; thus, trimming my painted fenders was the first approach / most affordable & between them being tear-off-able ( as designed to do) , lightweight and ( IMHO) looking just as I wanted them to and close to the concept trucks fenders , I am pleased with my self trimming job. 37s stuff up without any rub whatsoever....I have ripped one off and just clipped it back on , no issue other than some paint damage that I don't care about....<edit: I am, however, most definately acquiring rear corner/quarter-panel armor in the next 6 months - likely the TNT Customs - to protect against the scenario sprockwell just mentioned!>


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Ive got garbage Barricade fenders given to me because the reviewer did not like the fit up. they took them
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Size:  87.4 KB. A little work and a couple new holes should do the trick. They look ok but trust them for a 2nd to protect the thin sheetmetal.
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Ive got garbage Barricade fenders given to me because the reviewer did not like the fit up. they took them
Off the Market but i believe DV8 and E-Auto offer the same fendersAttachment 258978Attachment 258986Attachment 258994. A little work and a couple new holes should do the trick. They look ok but trust them for a 2nd to protect the thin sheetmetal.
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For the $ though you can't beat them. They look good.

I went with the really cheap shittybuilt.

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Metal or Plastic Flatfenders-Which do you prefer?

I'm on my fourth set of flares if you count the stockers. I wanted the Nemesis flares , but decided they were too expensive. First I opted for the Xenon narrows, which have a superb profile but are utter junk. I the went with the Bushwackers flats, which are superb quality but I didn't like the look. So, I went with .... Nemesis.... Shut up!


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