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Hey, guys. So today, I'm here with the Iron Cross Fender Flares in texture black, fitting all 2007 to 2018 JK Wranglers. So if you're looking to change up the aesthetic of your Wrangler while also gaining some protection for the trail, these Iron Cross fender flares are gonna be a great pick to look at. These are gonna be very durable, being able to take the heat if you do take a hit on the trail protecting your body while also changing up the look of your Jeep, giving you a very aggressive stance as well as a really off-road look to your Wrangler. So these are also gonna offer you a ton of room for up travel in comparison to your stock fender flares, perfect for those larger wheels and tires and perfect to reflect off road. However, they still are gonna keep that three inches of width over the tire, so you are covered there.So these are gonna be offered in a set of four or you can just buy the front or just the back. So just the front or just the back individually those are gonna cost you around $325, and for a set of four it's gonna be about double that. And in my personal opinion compared to other options on the page that's gonna be pretty averagely priced. What I do really like about these in comparison to others that are offered, these are really different. They have a boxy kind of feel giving a little bit of personality to your Wrangler. And these are gonna be for somebody who's looking for something different. What this does have on the other competitors is the fact that there is no drilling required for the front, everything is completely bolt on. You will have to do a little bit of drilling in the back, but everything's pretty basic. So I'm gonna call it a two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter just because of that minor drilling. However, speaking of the install, let's jump into that now.Tools that I used for my insight today were a trim removal tool, a rivnut tool, a 3/8-inch drive ratchet, a 10-millimeter wrench, a pair of snips, a 10-millimeter socket, a 3-inch extension, a drill and 3/8-inch drill bit. So the first step to our install is just to unplug our marker light. There is gonna be a connector back here, all you have to do is to press that clip, so the tab that you have to depress is facing the rear of the vehicle. We can just wiggle that out. You'll see that here, we can just put that aside, it is going to be attached by a clip up here at the top of our fender. But once we get our inner fender liner out, we can go ahead and remove that so we're not damaging our wiring harness.Now, you wanna grab a 10-millimeter socket and a ratchet, we can start to remove our inner fender. There's gonna be a series of 10-millimeter bolts. The next one is going to be under here. I also just added an extension, this is just gonna give me a little bit of room to work with and it's also gonna make it easier to release those bolts. Now, your next one is actually gonna be up on your fender support, and our next one is just going to be farther back in the wheel well. We're going to have a little access hole here, there's gonna be another one through there and the extension is gonna be really handy for that one, and your last one is gonna be right below that. Then what we're gonna do is take your trim removal tool and start removing all of our clips. So what we're gonna do is just remove these two front clips, so there's gonna be one up top and one on the bottom. This is just gonna make sure that we can pull this liner back so we can take off our harness from our fender. You wanna make sure that is protected. And then we'll be able to kind of wedge the inner liner out so we can remove this clip that's holding on to the inner fender support.So once that's off, we can remove the fender as a whole. So now that we have the necessary hardware out in order to remove the fender, we can actually remove it. So what you're gonna do is just give it a little bit of a tug, and you should be able to pop that off. Now, we can fully remove our fender. What I'm gonna do now is just depress this clip. We're not gonna be reusing this harness, so we can just take that out, we can just set this aside. And then what we can do is just remove the remaining clips and clean up our body here. So I'm just going to use that same trim removal tool. These clips are okay if they break. They're not meant really to reuse and we won't need them for our new fenders.All right, now we can go ahead and remove the rear. So you're gonna have a couple of clips in the rear, so first we're gonna take off our top clips. We're using that same trim removal tool, so you're gonna have two up top, one is going to be in the first indent, and then the other is gonna be in the third indent. So we'll go ahead and remove that one. Well, then we have four on the bottom. We're gonna start over here. And then we can move to the back ones. Now, we can just do the same thing as we did with the front and just pop off the whole fender. Now we just do the same thing that we did in the front, take your trim removal tool and get off these clips.So before we go ahead and install our flares, I do wanna set them side by side next to your stock ones just to tell you a couple of differences and benefits that you're getting out of the new Iron Cross ones. So first off, right off the bat, these are going to be a lot more durable than your plastic factory flare. So if you're out on the trail you take a hit with one of these, it's either gonna break or it's going to fly off. Now, with this this is gonna be able to take that flow protecting your body and protecting your flare considering it is made of 12 gauge steel with a tuxedo black powder coat finish on it. So that finish is gonna resist any rust or corrosion underneath on the actual metal, but what it's also gonna do is add a really nice contrast to your Wrangler and really give an aggressive look overall. You are getting a couple of different benefits from this that you're not gonna see out of your factory flare.First off, it's going to be a little bit of a style bonus, you do get a boxy feature that's gonna be a little bit different than these smooth body lines on your factory ones, and it's also gonna be a lot different than a lot of other options on the page that do have those smooth body lines. I really think it's gonna make your Jeep stand out. Nonetheless, you are getting a ton of up travel here. So with your factory flares, you're not getting a whole lot of room, but with these you're gonna have a lot of room in your wheel well for a little bit more flex while you're out on the trail. So even though you are getting more room here, this is still gonna cover over your tire about three inches. So you still are getting that wheel coverage that you're seeing from your factory flare. So the only thing that you're not carrying over from the factory flares is that marker lay. However, there are a lot of ways to accommodate for that and you don't necessarily need that there anyway. You can always mount one up underneath if you really do want that there. But overall, I think these are gonna add a really nice touch to the Wrangler and add a lot of durability. So enough about these two on the table. Let's go ahead and install our new ones.So what we have to do first is install our little rubber guard. This is gonna go on the inside of your fender flare to protect the body from any damage on metal the metal contact. So there is gonna be a little bit of 3M tape inside of here. You will wanna start that and then we can go ahead and place that on the edge of our fender flare. So what we can do now is mount up our fender. We can line it up with our fender support here and go ahead and position this where we need it to be. Once we line it up with all the holes, we can grab our hardware and start to attach it. I like to just put a couple of bolts through just to start with. So once you have two attached, it should be pretty easy to line the rest up. Those are just gonna hold it in place and we can go ahead and attach our bolt, flat washer, and our flange nut.So we're just gonna loosely attach all of our hardware to begin with, then we can go back and tighten everything down so we can align everything then. So for these upper ones you don't have a whole lot of room, so what I like to do is just put the nut behind the inside of the body and then put our bolts through so we can thread that along. Now, we can just continue down the line. I do really like how these are completely bolt on, a lot of other manufacturers usually have you drill down into body, with these you don't have to do that at all. And they are super easy to install.Now, we can grab a 10-millimeter socket and a 10-millimeter wrench, we can tighten all those down and we can just move our way around. So before we can install our fenders, we do have to install rivnuts in each of these holes to make sure that our fender is attached. Now, in order to install our rivnuts, we do have to widen our factory holes because the rivnuts that Iron Cross provided us are just a little bit too big for these factory holes. So you're gonna take a 3/8-inch drill bit and we're gonna drill these out and kind of widen up that hole so we can snug up our rivnut. As you can tell, I already drilled this one out and had tested it just to make sure everything was fitting. So we're just gonna jump down to this last hole. So what we're gonna do now is use our rivnut tool in order to install our rivnut, so you are just going to open this tool, screw the rivnut on, pop that in place, then we can clamp it down. So once that's in we can thread out our tool, move on to the next rivnut. So you should have 10 rivnuts and I did if you can tell, I made a mark in each of the holes just for personal reference.So after those are in, we can line up our fender and start bolting it in. So you're gonna have a couple of different sized bolts. For these top three you're gonna have long bolts, for the back three you'll have a medium-sized bolt, and for the front four you will have a shorter bolt. So what we're gonna do is put this up in place and try to bolt in one of the top ones. So like I said, we're gonna put the shorter ones towards the front, and the longer ones will be at the top. So these back two are being a little difficult, that's because they're just a little too far away. But we can fix that with tightening up these three top ones and pulling our fender in towards our body. I'm using a 10-millimeter socket in order to do that. Now, we can test to see if our back ones are a little bit closer. So after all of our bolts are in, we can take our 10-millimeter socket and our ratchet, and you go ahead and tighten those down. If you need to use an extension just to give yourself some room, you can. Now, we can repeat that process on the other side and you're all set to go.So that's gonna wrap it up for my review and install on the Iron Cross Fender Flares in textured black, fitting all 2007 to 2018 JK Wranglers. 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Aggressive Off-road Style Protection. The Iron Cross Black Fender Flares are the perfect installation when you are looking to replace your plastic factory fender flares with a more reliable upgrade. They particularly make a good installation for the avid off-roader who does not shy away from extreme adventures. They feature a classic rugged look that also provides unparalleled long-lasting protection with 3” tire coverage that accommodates even oversized tires.
Strong 12 Gauge Steel Construction. The Iron Cross Black Fender Flares are made from the incredibly strong and durable 12 gauge steel that is highly resistant to bending and cracking. This steel grade is the ideal material for off-road usage as it provides unmatched impact resistance. The construction adopts a factory width which allows for an optimal tire coverage and protection from debris and mud.
Tuxedo Black Powder Coat Finish. The Iron Cross Black Fender Flares are finished in a durable black powder coat finish and that is unique, stylish and aggressive. The finish matches the aggressiveness of your wrangler and protects the fender flares from corrosion and scratches.
Installation. The Iron Cross Black Fender Flares provide for an easy and direct installation with the use of simple hand tools and light mechanical skills in under 3 hours. Some wheel-well trimming may be required.
Warranty. Iron Cross provides a 3-year limited warranty against material and workmanship flaws as well as a 120-day warranty against the finish.
Application. Compatible with all 2007-2018 Wrangler JK Models
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(approx) 45 Minutes
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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