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97xjcrawler
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2007 3:18 pm    Post subject: Fender Flares? or not... Reply with quote

Hey all, im looking for some opinions. I have a four inch lift with 31's on my '97 XJ... Every time I flex my rear tires into the wheel well, I rip my flares off. I have been looking around for aftermarket flares but havnt found anything that looks good for a '97 since the body style has changed that year. But I did notice that the fender well has nice style if I were to cut the lip off that holds the factory flares on. I included a couple pics to show what I'm talking about(i have already started the cut just up to the old flare line). Flares work well to keep mud and crap off the windows... but who really cares right, that is what the car wash is for!!!(I also plan to put some meatier lookin 31's on in the near future)





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quadna71
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2007 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i like the look without them. if i were the one doing the cutting, i would go down another 3/8" or so and attempt to make a curled-in lip to keep less of a sharp edge for the tire to maybe bump into. roll in the 3/8" for the lip and be right where you marked it but with a smooth edge. worse that could happen is the it won't roll in and you can then just cut it off where you were planning originally. maybe play around with the first fender opening and see how it works out before cutting the other three?
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97xjcrawler
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2007 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like your idea about curling the lip. I would have to cut under my mark just a tad anyway to keep from separating where the metal meets and bonds together...otherwise i will have hella rust in the future
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2007 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmmm, why not extend your bump stops?............
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97xjcrawler
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2007 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

would that mean less axle flex or not???
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2007 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

you would have slightly less but just extend them till your wheels don't foul the arches under full articulation, if you remove the plastic arches and cut back the metal you may still have a problem if you don't modify the stops.....hope this helps..........Just looking at your pics are the tyres 31.10.50 ? are you going any wider and have you removed the rear anti roll bar. if yes do the bump stops
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97xjcrawler
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2007 10:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yup 31.10.50...I dont know what I want to go with yet, i do lots of interstate driving but like to take a challenge when i see one...so they cant be too aggressive but needs to have sidewall tread. as for the anti-roll bar...i hear you can get use to high speed interstate driving w/o it but i leave mine in.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2007 3:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you decide to go the bump stop method look at this web sight.
Home Made Bumpstop spacers By GoJeep
http://go.jeep-xj.info/HowtoBumpstops.htm
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djgrayxj
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2007 4:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you want to modify your flairs look at this web sight.
Fender Flairs By Bushwacker
http://www.bushwacker.com/fender.asp?make2=5&cat2=87&search=Search
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DavidXJ
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2007 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you don't extend your bumpstops, you will still mash your fenders at full flex. My brother's '95 has stock tires with rims that stick out a bit more thatn stock at full flex, and we have cut his fenders out as far as the seam will allow, and he still rubs the tires sometimes when we are flexing hard on the rocks.
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lakeland713xj
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2007 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thought about limiting straps???
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