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- How To Install Smittybilt XRC Fender Flares on your 2007-2016 Wrangler JK
I'm Ryan from ExtremeTerrain.com, and this is my review of the Smittybilt XRC Fender Flares, fitting all 2007 to 2016 JKs. The factory plastic fender flares on a JK hang down pretty low, and depending on the size tire, the size lift, and the amount of bump stop you're running, they may interfere with the tire at full flex or full articulation off-road. Adding a flat fender flare can add some additional clearance for more articulation and more performance in an off-road scenario. Now, there are really two schools of thought when it comes to aftermarket fender flares. One is that a metal fender flare, like these, will hold up better to rubbing on trees and other trail obstacles. The other is that a plastic fender flare, while it may break when you rub it against an obstacle, it won't transfer any impact into the body, which can cause a much more expensive repair. So it really comes down to what school of thought you subscribe to. But if you're looking for a flat fender flare to add clearance and open up your wheel wells, and you like the idea of a metal flare, these are an inexpensive and simple flare which will get the job done.As I said, these are really simple flares. There are a lot of different metal fender flares on the market, and these are, by far, the simplest, most stripped down flares that I've seen. And to be honest, I kind of like that. It gives the Jeep a really clean look, and there's no frills. These are very utilitarian. These steel flares are covered with a textured black powder coated finish, and the kit includes all the hardware that you need to get these installed on the Jeep. Now, you will be able to reuse your factory inner fender liners if you want to. However, you'll have to do some trimming, and those instructions are not included in the install instructions for the flares themselves. The front flares are going to be completely bolt-on, but you will have to drill a hole to get the rear flares installed. The first step is, of course, to remove your factory flares, and to do that, you'll have to first remove your factory inner flares. Then you can remove the bolt and hardware holding your factory flares in place. And then, really, just give them a good pull, and they'll come off the Jeep. You are going to break quite a few, if not all, of the plastic clips holding those factory flares on the vehicle, but don't worry about it, they won't be reused for this installation. Once you remove any remnants of those plastic clips from the holes, it's just a matter of holding the fender flare up to the Jeep and using the included hardware to bolt them in place. The whole installation process may take you up to four hours or a little bit more if you find yourself trimming the inner fender liners to reinstall those. However, you won't need any specialty tools to get the job done, just some traditional hand tools. I think these fender flares are priced really fairly for what they are. These are less expensive than a lot of the other metal flares on the market, but as we said before, they're also a lot simpler than those other flares. So it makes sense that these would be less expensive. I wouldn't take the lower price tag to mean lower quality, because these do seem like they're really well-built. So if you're looking for some flat fender flares to open up your wheel wells, are gonna give you a little more articulation while off-road, and you like the idea of a stronger metal flare, this is a really nice option, especially if you like something that's minimalistic and is no-frills. So that's my review of the Smittybilt XRC Fender Flares, fitting all 2007 to 2016 JKs, that you can find right here at ExtremeTerrain.com.
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Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation
Prevent Interference. The Smittybilt XRC Fender Flares work perfectly on the 2007-2016 JK Jeep model. The factory plastic fender flares often hang down too low on the Jeep and can stop you from being able to use your Jeep off road due to tire rubbing and poor articulation. The Smittybilt XRC Fender Flares allow you to head off road without your sway bar attached and articulate the way you need to while conquering the obstacles in front of you. You will experience better performance overall. Made from steel, you will find that these fender flares hold up better over time, as they do not bend or crack when you knock into an object. Your new flat fenders will add clearance where you need it and open up your wheel wells while keeping your Jeep street legal. These simple flares are stripped down, basic, and inexpensive for a clean and raw look on your Jeep. Covered in a textured black finish, you will find that the Smittybilt XRC Fender Flares are easy to install and make use of your inner fender flares for convenience.
Steel Construction. When you want solid protection and durability, the Smittybilt XRC Fender Flares deliver. Made from thick, solid steel and powder coated in black, you will be impressed at how smooth and strong these fender flares are. Each fender flare has been designed to hug your Jeep tight and provide you with the tire clearance needed to take on any obstacle in your path.
Hardware Is Included. All of the hardware needed to install these Smittybilt XRC Fender Flares is included in the kit. You will find that you do need to drill a bit to install these fender flares and the installation process is considered to be simple to moderate in complexity. With a bolt-on installation, you can expect modifications to be limited and you can expect installation to take about three hours to complete.
Warranty. The manufacturer offers a limited lifetime warranty so buyers can pick these up and know they're covered.
Application. These fender flares fit 2007 - 2017 JK Wranglers. All installation hardware is included in the kit.
Fitment: 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
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March 27, 2020
I purchased these fenders and am very happy. The hardest part of the install was getting the factory fenders off. Great product for a great price.Helpful (0)
February 27, 2020
Really easy to install front fenders back ones take some timeHelpful (0)
February 19, 2020
Very easy install that only took around 2 hours. These fenders give the jeep a much more aggressive look compared to the stock fenders.Helpful (0)
February 16, 2020
Smittybilt XRC fender flares
Easy to install and love the new look. Affordable price as well.Helpful (0)
February 07, 2020
Slick yet tough
These fenders are just what anyone needs. Streamlined yet tough as nails. And beats the bulky stock fenders into the dirt. Only "complaint is there are a couple of nut/ bolts on the top of the fronts that are a difficult to line up if you have big ole sausage fingers. Aside from that these are uber easy to installHelpful (0)
January 26, 2020
Loved these fenders. Was not expecting how sturdy they were. Fitment was awesome. Really gives the Jeep a more aggressive look. Only thing I didn’t like was the amount of set screws on the rear fenders but still hold amazing and no issues. Would highly recommend! I installed them on my 2008 Jeep Wrangler 4 door SaharaHelpful (0)
January 17, 2020
I purchased these about a year ago. Really love how they look. However, just notice rust bubbles on the inside of one of the fenders. Not surface rust, under the powder coat. Any info on warranty?Helpful (0)
January 13, 2020
These are the best fenders I have come past on this siteHelpful (1)
January 07, 2020
Bought these a few months ago and they went on easily and are exactly what I wanted. I would recommend these flares to any Jeep owner. I wanted to post a picture of them on, but can't find where to do that. If I figure it out I'll post a pic.Helpful (2)
December 25, 2019
Love the flares got all 4 on in about 1.5 hour looks good holding up wellHelpful (1)
For the front pair - is there an issue with them being street legal? ie. There's no turn signal light.
Smittybilt XRC Fender Flares are very small, and may make them not street legal based on your state. I would recommend checking the local authorizes or DMV to see what would make the vehicle not pass inspection.
Do these come with liners or do you have to buy separately? Can you reuse factory liners?
They do not come with fender liners,however you can install the factory liners back,just take your time trimming them to fit.
Are these strong enough to support being stepped on while reaching up to a roof rack?
These are very sturdy but are not recommended to put your full weight on them.
Will these fit with the Deegan 38 inner fender liners?
This will work with the Deegan 38 inners yes.
Can I use the polyethylene Smittybilt Inner Flares with this product without trimming them?
These will work with the Smittybilt Inner Liners.
We actually do not have any recommendations as you should find that it should not be necessary. If you take a look at either of the two installation guides we have attached to the product page here you should see exactly what kind of build, and everything that will be needed, for this installation.
Coating wear will depend on environment, use, etc.
You can reuse your factory fender liners with the Smittybilt XRC Fender Flares. You will need to trim and modify the stock liners slightly to fit.
The Smittybilt XRC Fender Flares will not interfere with a locking fuel door.
The fender flares approximately weight 11lbs. each, coming in at a total of 44lbs. altogether for all 4 fender flares.
Theses XRC fender flares are 8 inches wide.
I apologize for the inconvenience, we only carry these in a kit.
Yes, they will indeed work together as both these fender flares, and the DV8 inner fenders we offer are both designed to fit with their stock counterparts. So that being said, it would be completely safe to say that they would work together without any issues!
Yes, you can reuse your factory fender liners with the Smittybilt XRC Fender Flares. You will need to trim and modify the stock liners slightly to fit.
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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