(approx) 4 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
I'm Ryan from extremeterrain.com, and this is my review and installation of the Rugged Ridge A/T flat fender flare kit, available for all 2007 and up JKs. This kit is available just as you see it here with only the flares, it's also available with the hardware to reinstall your flares, and with a set of inner fender liners if you choose to go that direction. Today, we're gonna talk through the installation which is a bolt-on installation, however, it does take a little bit of time, so I will give it a strong one out of three wrenches, while we'll also discuss the construction and some of the features of these flares.Depending on the tire size that you're running and your suspension setup, your up-travel may be limited by your fender flares. Being that the factory fender flares do come down on the side of the Jeep a little bit, your tire could contact the fender flare, possibly causing it to be damaged or even popping it off, leaving it on the side of the trail. Now, having that interference between the fender and the tire isn't really going to hurt anything except cause a little bit of noise and some inconvenience, but if you'd rather not have that, a set of flat fender flares is a great way to go. Another benefit to a flat fender flare is the look of it. It'll definitely open up the fender flares and actually make it look like you have more lift than you actually have.Now, when you're talking about flat flares, there are a of couple different schools of thought. One is that a metal flare is much tougher and will hold up a lot better off-road. The other is that a metal flare won't bend or break like a plastic flare will, which will transfer any impacts off-road from the flare itself into the body, causing a much more expensive repair. So, if you would prefer to have a set of plastic flat fender flares, this is a really nice option.These flares are very, very simple. In fact, they almost look like a factory flare that's been trimmed. These are no frills, there are no pockets, no rivets, nothing flashy about these flares. They are all function. In fact, these even include the set of marker light holders so that you can use your factory marker lights with all of that factory wiring without the need to purchase any additional lights or cut and solder any lighting.Finally, I really like the fact that these are available with the inner fender liners. Generally, you can modify your factory inners to work with an aftermarket set of the fender flares, but you're cutting, you're testing, you're re-cutting, and it takes a long time to get the fitment just right. With these, you're able to purchase a set of inner fender liners, even though they are a little bit expensive, that will bolt right on, keeping your engine bay clean and making your Jeep look very finished.These flares are made of a UV-treated thermoplastic, while the inner fender liner is made of a high-density polyethylene. As I mentioned before, these flares will provide you with some more up-travel before the tire would contact the flare, and they do provide you with a good bit of width. They are similar in width to your factory fender flares. These are a completely bolt-on set of fender flares, so you won't have to drill any holes in the body, which I think is a really nice touch.As I said, this is a one-out-of-three-wrench install, although the installation is a little bit lengthy, so be prepared to take your time. I would set aside a good three hours to get these installed, and if you're installing the inner fender liners as well, probably an additional hour.So, to get started, all you'll need to do are remove your factory flares by removing all of the bolts and hardware that connect them to the Jeep, and then really just giving them a good pull. You are going to break a lot of the factory plastic clips that are holding them onto the body, but don't worry, none of those are reused in your new installation. Of course, you will want to be careful of your marker lights up front. You'll wanna give them a quarter-turn and remove them from the housings, and make sure that you don't rip the wiring harness because it is clipped to the inner fender liner.Once you have everything removed, you can take the marker light out of your factory flare and install it in your new marker light holders, and then you get to installing your new fender flares. All you'll need to do is use the included hardware to bolt the flares to the fenders of the Jeep in all of the factory locations. In order to get the remnants of the factory plastic clips off of the fenders, you will wanna have a plastic trimmer removal tool handy. Other than that, all you'll need is a good set of hand tools.These fender flares are similar in cost to a lot of the other fender flares on the market, however, these ones have the ability to purchase a set of inner fender liners that are designed to work specifically with them, where some of the other ones require you to cut up your factory fender flares. Cutting up the factory flares isn't a huge deal if you don't plan on going back and running factory flares ever, although it does take a lot more time than installing the inners that come with these flares, that are designed to work directly with them. All in all, based on the quality of these flares and all of the features, from having the light mounts to the ability to purchase inner fender liners, I think that these are really good deal.So, if you're looking to run a set of plastic flat fender flares on your JK to provide a little bit of additional up-travel before the tire hits the flare, and you want something that's really simple and no frills without any pockets or rivets, this is a great set. You combine that with the fact that it has a spot for your factory marker lights so you don't have to purchase an additional light or do any wiring, and this has inner fender liners available for it that will bolt right in without the need to trim, make this a really great set.So, that's my review of the Rugged Ridge A/T flat fender flare kit, fitting all 2007 and up JKs, that you can find right here at extremeterrain.com.
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Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation
Construction. Rugged Ridge's all terrain fender flare kit is made from tough plastics that are ready for the trails. The flares are a UV treated high impact thermoplastic, and the liners are made from high-density polyethylene for excellent tensile strength. The UV treatment helps the flare resist sun damage, so they don't fade into the white-gray color of aged plastics. These flares will continue looking great in intense sun or brush filled trails.
Specs. These flares allow for bigger tires without the need of a lift kit or cutting into the Jeep's body. Using larger tires without lifting your JK keeps the center of gravity lower for better stability on the highways. These flares provide 1.5 inches less tire coverage in the front and 1 inch less in the rear. Despite the narrower dimensions, these flares provide appropriate tire coverage while maintaining the aggressive look of a stock JK.
Accessories & More. This flare kit comes with brackets to relocate the OEM side marker lights. The liners which are included provide protection for your engine by keeping out mud and debris.
Application. This kit is a bolt on for 2007-2018 JK Wranglers. No drilling or fabricating required.
Fitment: 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Details
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November 13, 2019
They were very easy to install. They look great as well. The only thing to consider, is if you want fenders to lean on while talking with your buddies these are not for you:). Very functional, especially in tight quarters where a little rubbing may occur. I haven’t done this, but if you were to pop one off on an obstacle you could easily put it back on if you have extra trim fasteners with you.. or when you get home:). The longest part of the install was taking off the factory flares. The liners are great, they look sharp and protect your wheel wells from rock chips! Overall I’m really happy!Helpful (1)
October 21, 2019
Overall a good product, was easy to install. I like the look and the extra wheel clearance. The kit came with extra hardware incase of any problems. The blinker relocate kit is easy to install also.Helpful (1)
October 19, 2019
Good plastic fender. Like the light relocation to keep the Jeep legal. Warning, the instructions are horrible! Not to hart to figure everything out Babur don’t rely on the instructions. Overall a great fender for bigger tires.Helpful (1)
July 14, 2019
Nice Clean Look
First I would like to say that the reviews I read were not that complimentary to this product. That being said I took the chance knowing that many people only post when a produvt is sub standard. I am glad I did! This kit cost about 100.00 less than ordering seperatly and provided me with a lot of extra nuts and bolts as the two kits are combined. Simple install with minimal cussing! Do not take other posts for gospel. I would reorder- definatly! You will dig this product.Helpful (3)
June 06, 2019
Other than the first liner being a bit confusing per instructions, it went quickly and fit perfect!Helpful (2)
May 28, 2019
Look good ... VERY flimsy
For what these cost they are VERY flimsy. The rear fenders are good. The front fenders could bend with a strong wind. Never mind driving on the highway. I have only had them installed a few days but I worry about the front fenders coming off the car after highway driving to work. I would NOT recommend these fenders.Helpful (1)
May 13, 2019
Easy to install just a little trimming on liner. Love the lookHelpful (1)
November 15, 2017
Best look ever
I was going to trim the stock fenders but this is a way cleaner look and with the fender liners looks really clean after taking off the old fenders it was really easyHelpful (8)
July 11, 2017
Did not fit
I paid someone $85 per hour to install these, it took all afternoon. So on top of th $571 I paid for the kit, I paid a few hundred more attempting to have them installed. The holes do not line up, like other reviews have said. They are VERY flimsy. And look like I cut my stock flares. The liners look really cool but that's about it. I can't even sell them for half the price I paid for them! No one wants them because they look like cut stocks. Should've returned them when I had then chance, Now I'm stuck with them.Helpful (8)
April 20, 2017
Don't buy these the holes for the liners don't line up. Not even close. I will not spend 350 bucks to drill holes in what supposed to be a bolt on product. These are going back. The worst thing. Took my stock rear flare and liner off. Snapped all the push rivets taking it off. ,Now I will be driving around with one missing flare.Helpful (10)
A lot of buyers are complaining about the liners not fitting properly. Has RR addressed this issue.
We have not had any reports of fitment issues with our latest batch of the Rugged Ridge A/T Flat Fender Flare Kit.
Will these flares cover 35x12.5x17 rims and tires
The Rugged Ridge A/T Flat Fender Flare Kit will not fully cover 35x12.5x17 wheels and tires, these flares provide 1.5 inches less tire coverage in the front and 1 inch less in the rear.
All the reviews I have seen talk about the liners not fitting properly. Has the "fit issue" for the liners been corrected? Thank you
As per Rugged Ridge in regards to their Rugged Ridge A/T Flat Fender Flare Kit, w/ liners - "at this time there have been no modifications to the fender liners. Some modifications may need to be made."
Is the width of the fenders same as OEM or less?
Are these compatible with the Rugged Ridge Elite Locking Fuel Door and Cap Kit (Item J111716)? Just curious, as I have heard that some fender flares are not compatible with this fuel door due to its width.
These flares will work with the Rugged Ridge Fuel Door you are inquiring about.
(approx) 4 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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