(approx) 1 Hour
Simple installation for anyone.
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
Ground Clearance and Safety. The Rugged Ridge All Terrain 4-piece Flat Flare Kit comes with new flares, mounting brackets, and other hardware necessary to replace your factory flares.
These All-Terrain Flat Fender Flares can work with or without a suspension lift. They help increase tire clearance allowing you to easily fit larges tires. With the ability to work without suspension lifts, these flares offer better stability and improved control to your vehicle while you are blazing the trails. Conversely, these flat style fender flares can also be used along with suspension kits to obtain maximum off-road performance.
Make and Installation. The flare kit comes with hardware and is simple to install. These fender flares fit right into the factory mounting points and do not require drilling or cutting. These durable flat style fender flares are made of UV-treated thermoplastic for improved longevity. They are flexible and can also be painted to complement your jeep's styling. The included brackets let you relocate your jeep's factory side marker lights.
Compatibility. It is designed to fit 2007-2018 Jeep JK Wranglers.
Fitment: 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Details
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August 26, 2019
Super easy to install, took about 2 hours to remove old and replace all 4 fenders on my 2010 JK Rubicon.Helpful (1)
August 24, 2019
Comes with plastic screws - very cheap and won't hold up at all. Returning them, as my jeep mechanic told me that he recommended I didn't put something this cheesy on my beautiful jeep.Helpful (1)
July 18, 2019
These were easy to install and look great! Very clean and great clearance for my 35" tires with a 2.5" lift! The majority of the install time was removing the stock flairs... These only took about 1.5-2 hours to install.Helpful (2)
July 11, 2019
Super easy install coming from someone who has to YouTube everything. Took roughly an hour and half to take of the old and put on the new (front only) by myself. Enjoy the look way more than the stockHelpful (1)
May 15, 2019
really easy to put on and looks great only took me 30 minutes once i got the old ones offHelpful (1)
March 20, 2019
Much better than factory
I was worried they would be flimsy at first since they are plastic type material. But they are sturdy even at highway speeds in strongwinds they held up no problem very easy to put on. I suggest getting the inserts for inside the wheel well. But i really like these new fenders!Helpful (1)
March 08, 2019
Great fit! Really nice!
Easy installation, really made my Jeep stand out! I recommend them to anyone needing fenders for their Jeep!Helpful (4)
January 26, 2019
Easy install, directions were spot on. Package was damaged upon delivery but did not impact product.....Helpful (5)
June 05, 2018
Easy to install and very nice looking. Quality exceeded my expectations!Helpful (7)
May 08, 2018
The flares went on easily, I didn't have a problem installing them by myself. They look great also, a lot smaller and slimmer than the stock ones.Helpful (6)
How wide are these fenders?
Hello, these fender flares will be the same width as the stock ones.
Can the stock inner fender liner be used with flat fender flare kit?
No, the stock liners interfere with installation of these flares. Rugged Ridge specifically designed liners for this fender flare kit, see item J10789.
Are these paintable? Do they have a slight texture to them?
They can be painted, and are lightly textured.
What all tools are required for removal of stock fenders and installation of these fenders?
This job would require basic hand tools and we have a guide that details the process of installation for you here to review: https://www.extremeterrain.com/rugged-ridge-all-terrain-kit-jk-116201-manu-install.html
Will these fenders fade like the stock fenders do or do they stay black?
These are UV treated for longevity, however, they can fade a bit from years of direct sunlight.
The bumper pictured with the Rugged Ridge A/T Flat Fender Flare Kit is the ACE Engineering Stubby bumper. Unfortunately we no longer carry this bumper.
The Rugged Ridge Flat fender flares are fully paintable, so you can have them painted to match your Jeeps factory paint color.
Maximum tire size that can be used on the Rugged Ridge A/T Flat Fender Flare Kit will depend on a number of variables, such as wheel offset/backspace, lift amount, and amount of suspension articulation that you will see ( full articulation w/ swaybar disconnects vs street driving jeep)
Hello, these fender flares can be installed without the liners.
(approx) 1 Hour
Simple installation for anyone.
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