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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.
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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 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK models.
Fitment: 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Details
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October 15, 2019
Looks great but ....
I had purchased front and back fenders about 3 years ago and they later rusted, bolts and all. I sent SB videos of the rust and they sent me new rear fenders. I had them powder coated on my own and the bolts powder coated to match the color of my Jeep. I simply just had the front powder coated (as they weren’t rusted at bad). The new rear fenders are beginning to rust again. If you live near the beach, do not buy them. They do not hold up to the salt air.Helpful (1)
June 26, 2019
Excellent product, one small flaw.
Fronts are pretty easy to install, nutcerts aren't that bad once you figure out how to set them with an impact. Only complaint is that you can't buy the piece that sits between the rear corner guards and the front fenders separately, you have to buy the "cladding" for $160 and not use 4 of the 6 pieces. Other than that this is a great product and looks very good.Helpful (1)
March 18, 2019
Looks great, a lot heavier duty than imagined. Note: when you take the cowl off, leave it on until you remove the factory fender, than drill out from underneath, and when you reinstall do it before you place the xrc fender on the Jeep frame. No problems other than that. If you do upgrade the rear and side cladding definitely purchase a nut sert tool.Helpful (2)
February 25, 2019
Loved the fenders the holes on the back ones need ti be rethought they are hard to markHelpful (4)
January 25, 2019
Nice fit, easy install
Fenders went as planned, very easy install. Just a little time consumingHelpful (4)
November 23, 2018
Good but buy the cert tool
Good product but make sure you buy the nut cert tool because the tool they ship with the fenders is almost impossible to use. With the proper tool install was smooth. Needed help holding rear fenders for marking for the certs.Helpful (5)
November 22, 2018
Fenders look great. I recommend getting a professional to installHelpful (6)
June 13, 2018
These fenders are durable and give a great look to your Jeep. I brought mine to local shop and had them color matched, sanded down and painted so it will cost a little more to change color. It took me a day and half to install these as u have to take off the whole quarter panel and saw off the oem fender reenforcement, hood panel, window wipers, wiper panel and then drill into the body. I suggest taking to shop unless u know what your doing, the rear is all drilling as well. As for inner fenders I can use oem inner fenders, I have the rough country inner fenders and if u want or have the same I suggest putting on xrc fender first then put on the provided small liner Smittybilt provides and then putting on the after market inner fenders so u can adjust everything and attach everything togather as no after market inner fenders fit theseHelpful (6)
May 04, 2018
Straight forward install. Looks great. No fitment issues. Love these last.Helpful (6)
April 13, 2018
My favorite fenders on a jeep even though I had to remove the factory front fendersHelpful (7)
Do you sell the Fender lip guards seperstly? Mine hsve rust on them.
We do not sell the fender lip guards separately.
Which set of back fenders go with these ?
Where could i find the matching rear fenders?
The Smittybilt XRC Rear Corner Guards would be a good pair with these front fenders 2-door version:https://www.extremeterrain.com/smittybilt-xrc-rear-corner-jk-76881.html 4-door version: https://www.extremeterrain.com/smittybilt-xrc-rear-corner-jk-76882.html#
How do you get the curved corner cowlings back on? I know you have to separate them from the factory fender but it doesn’t give you info on how to get them back on.
You would use the 3/16th self taping screws provided with the finders to install the side cowls.
What snorkel would work with these?
We are not able to speak to these being legal in each state. We would recommend reaching out to local Department or Motor Vehicles in regards to local regulations.
This is the body cladding designed to work with the XRC fender flares. https://www.extremeterrain.com/smittybilt-xrc-body-cladding-jk-76887.html
These items weigh about 45 lbs each for a combined weight of about 90 lbs.
The Injen deep water snorkel would not mount up with this fender flare, as it would require modification.
This would be a difficult install we would advise mechanical expertise or professional installation for the fenders. There would be cutting and drilling required. Here is a link to an install guide for further reference. https://www.extremeterrain.com/smittybilt-xrc-front-fenders-jk-76880-manu-install.html
Yes, the Smittybilt XRC Front Fenders can be paint matched.
At this time we are unaware of any inner fenders that are compatible with the Smittybilt XRC Front Fenders without major modifications.
The Smittybilt XRC Front Fenders will allow reuse of the factory inner fenders. Smittybilt has not made an inner fender specifically to fit with these fenders at this time.
No, the Smittybilt XRC Front Fenders are not compatible with fender flares.
Yes! These Smittybilt XRC Front Fenders are designed to fit all '07-'17 JK models.
Mechanical expertise or professional installation required.
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