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Smittybilt XRC Front Fenders - Black Textured (07-17 Wrangler JK)

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  • Made of 3/16-Inch Cold Rolled Steel
  • Feature Two-Stage Matte Black Powder Coat Finish
  • Provide Maximum Protection and Ground Clearance
  • Designed For 07-17 Jeep Wrangler JK Models

Review & Installation Video

Review & Install Video

I'm Ryan from ExtremeTerrain.com and this is my review of the Smittybilt XRC Front Fenders fitting for all 2007 and up JKs. These will fit both the two-door and a four-door JK. However, the matching set of rear fenders are body-style specific. So, if you're looking to get all four fenders, make sure you get the right ones for your Jeep. Today, we are going to talk through the installation of these fenders, which I am going to give a three out of three wrenches that's easy and involved install. It requires some cutting. It requires some drilling. It requires you to install nutserts into the body. This is not something that's easily removable. So, if you're okay with doing some heavy modification to your Jeep in your driveway, then this is certainly something you can do. However, if you're not comfortable cutting into the body and doing these major modifications, I would recommend taking your Jeep to a shop to get this done. As you can see, these are not your traditional fender flares. These are also not your traditional metal fender flares or flat fender flares. These drastically change the look of the Jeep. They do provide some more up travel. They also provide some more protection, but they really, really change the look of your Jeep. And that look that they give you is very polarizing. Some of you think it looks rugged and hardcore, and really like the look, and others think that it takes away too much of that factory-Jeep look and that these almost give it a wide-body racy look and really just don't like it. So, if you fall into the category that like these, they're very well-built. It's an involved install, but it'll give you protection, it will give you clearance, and it will change up the look of your Jeep, as you might like. These are also going to be a fairly expensive modification. There's a lot of metal here. There's a lot going on, so these are costly, especially when you consider chances are you're not going to be just running front sets, you're also going to have to purchase a rear set. As for construction, these are made of three-sixteenths-inch cold rolled steel, which again, does provide a lot of protection. There's an argument when it comes to fender flares that a plastic flare is better because it might bend or break without transferring an impact into the body, where a metal fender flare, some would say, would transfer that impact into the body causing much more expensive repair. With these being at there three-sixteenths-inch steel, and that they're not just a flare, but they actually cover the entire fender, these are going to do a nice job of helping to protect your fender underneath of this and protect that factory body. Although, at the same time, you are going to be doing some cutting and some drilling to get these installed, so you're not going to be able to just pop these off and have your factory Jeep in pristine condition underneath. So that is something to consider. As I said before, I am going to give this a three out of three wrenches for installation. You're going to have to completely remove your fenders. You're going to have to do some cutting, some bending, install some nutserts. There is a lot that goes into this installation. The first step is, of course, removing those factory fenders, which you'll do by removing your factory fender flares, inner fender liners, hood catches, cowl pieces. You're also going to have to remove your windshield hinge covers, unplug your antenna wiring, and completely get those factory fenders out of the way. From there you'll have to do some additional cutting and trimming of those factory fender installation points to get these to fit. You are going to be reusing some of your factory hardware to get these bolted on, as well as some of the hardware that comes with your new fenders. The whole installation process is probably going to take you three to four hours to get the fronts installed, including all of the modification and cutting that you need to do to get these bolted up. You are going to need quite a few tools to get this done, from tools that can cut metal to bend metal. You're going to need a drill and drill bits, of course, some traditional hand tools to get everything bolted up. And there are some nutserts to install, so you can either purchase of rent a professional nutsert installation tool, or Smittybilt does give you instructions on how to build your own for this project. As I mentioned before, this isn't something you're probably going to run on its own. You're probably going to be running this with a rear set as well. And when you consider that these are $500 for the front and a little bit more for the rear depending on your body style, you're gonna have quite a few dollars wrapped up in these fenders. However, there isn't much out there that's going to provide the protection that these will provide, but also the look. A lot of you guys are just after the look that these provide. There's nothing else on the market that completely changes the look of your Jeep like these do, in my opinion. So, if you like the look, and I know there are a lot of you out there that really don't like it, but if you like the look of these, and you have the budget for it, this is something that's going to change your Jeep like not many other products on the market will. So if you like the look of the Smittybilt XRC fenders, you have the budget for them, you're okay making some permanent modification and cuts to your body, then this is an item that's going to provide a lot of clearance, a lot of protection, and drastically change the look of your Jeep. So that's my review of the Smittybilt XRC front fenders, fitting all 2007 and up JKs that you can find right here at ExtremeTerrain.com.

Construction. Manufactured from 3/16-inch cold rolled steel, Smittybilt XRC Armor Front Fenders are durable enough for tough off-road use. They feature two-stage matte black powder coat finish to resist rust and corrosion. They come as a set of two.

Function. These Jeep Wrangler fenders provide maximum protection and ground clearance required for tough off-road rides.

Installation. Smittybilt jeep fenders offer easy, bolt-on installation as they come with stainless steel fasteners.

Fitment. They are designed for 07-17 Jeep Wrangler JK models.

Fitment: 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Details

What's in the Box
  • Front Fenders
  • Fender Liners
  • Fender Lip Guards
  • Inner Ducts
  • Outer Duct
  • Nutcert Tool
  • Hardware
Installation Info
Will it fit my Wrangler?
  • JK - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
  • JK Unlimited - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
  • JK Rubicon - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17

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5/5
Awesome look, great protection!

This armor is an AWESOME mod!! I had very little difficulty with the installation, a few minor tweaks were necessary, but all in all its a bolt-on addition. The instructions called for bending the windshield ...

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5/5
XRC front fenders

Fenders went on with no issues what so ever. They are a direct replacement for the cheap, thin front fenders. Gives the JK a whole new look.

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Overall Rating 4.9 out of 5 stars
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I saw the guy said it was not legal in his state. Looking to add these but are they legal in Texas? Can they be painted?

BrookB

  • The Smittybilt XRC Front Fenders are have a powder coated matte black finish, they may be able to be painted but I would contact local body shop near you to confirm that they can. Unfortunately we would be unable to confirm legality in your state and I would recommend contacting your local Department of Motor Vehicles to see what the laws are in your state.

    TerriB

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Is there any way to add flares to these as they are not legal in my state because they will not cover the tires.

DavidB

  • Hello, unfortunately there isn't any Fender Flares that you would be able to add to these Fenders.

    XTNunoP

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Overall Rating 4.9

out of 5 stars

Installation Time:Afternoon

  • Protection 4.714286 4.7
  • Fit 3.857143 3.9
  • Appearance 4.714286 4.7
  • Bang For Your Buck 4.428571 4.4



  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    August 28, 2015

    Awesome look, great protection!

    This armor is an AWESOME mod!! I had very little difficulty with the installation, a few minor tweaks were necessary, but all in all its a bolt-on addition. The instructions called for bending the windshield cowl panel in order to drill out the spot welds, but if you completely remove the fenders with the cowl attached, you can easily accomplish the drilling. I trimmed the inner fender flares to fit the new armor, and while the supplied fender liners would work, they needed to be sandwiched between the outer lip and the armor, making it a chore to remove if needed. I opted to reinforce the factory liners and did not install the supplied liners. Quality of the armor is exceptional, fit and finish was outstanding, and I had no trouble installing them by myself with basic hand tools. I get approving looks all the time, kids LOVE the look of my Jeep, and I've now got genuine ARMOR protection, with 2 fewer fenders to wax and polish...I'd say it's a WIN, WIN, WIN!!

    Bgchzhd99

    Year: 2008Bellevue, OH

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    January 16, 2015

    XRC front fenders

    Fenders went on with no issues what so ever. They are a direct replacement for the cheap, thin front fenders. Gives the JK a whole new look.

    jwall

    Year: 2010Arkansas

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    March 22, 2013

    Has some fit issues

    With great looks and great protection comes some problems to overcome. These fenders do not like the smittybilt rock rails. They touch and vibrate together while driving. Modifications are necessary. The passenger side does not align itself well. It is about 1/2 inch off when it come time to bolt it to the kick panel area of the door. So you can either just not bolt it or do some cutting and welding to make it fit.

    vaultzer0

    Year: 2012Florida, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    August 08, 2017

    Great product with great appeal!

    The front fenders are much easier than the rear. Take you time and be detailed with the inner fenders. Turned out great and look tough! Can't wait to see how they hold up on the trail!

    BrianP

    Year: 2014Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    July 18, 2017

    Awesome Product!

    These made my jeep look like a tank! Won't have to worry about them getting damaged, very heavy duty!

    BigNasty

    Year: 2012Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    July 10, 2017

    Super easy!!

    Yes there is a lot of drilling probably about 40 holes. But to install the front fenders and the body cladding only took about two hours.

    AlexzandriaR

    Year: 2011Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    July 03, 2017

    read me

    these are my favorite fenders on the market, I love the look, the style, the protection. they are solid steel .....very strong but are heavy for a fender flare......steel so its a give and take. they give you tons of space for tire and flex. okay for the not so obvious information or what everyone "especially me" when I was thinking about buying these. installation "front" piece of cake when on very well, just have to cut of a bracket for the stock fender flares no big deal, fitment was "good" not perfect.....very minor for a after market jeep part...only the owner would notice especially if your picky like I am. The "backs" .....I cant say how more of a pain in the a** these were. three things when buying the rear set. (1) buy a nut cert tool of amazon!!!!!!! (2) have at least 2 other people help. (3) mark not twice but three times, you will be drilling straight into your sheet metal of the body of the jeep, and putting nut certs in it. The tool they give you is a ""JOKE"" and can cause you drill holes to warp learned from personnel experience. also before putting the side on drill out the fender flare bolt holes making them slightly bigger...this will save you tons of future headaches. would I buy these again, yes 100.......the worst thing was the lack of knowledge for installation, but with my review and the tips I have given it will make your life so much easier. Good luck and I love mine!

    DanielH

    Year: 2015Submodel: Rubicon

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