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Who is interested in an aftermarket fender flare alternative?

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I was just talking to Chad at Black Ops Autoworks. I feel like a lot of people here have the same mind set as me. WK2s have currently 1 option for aftermarket fender flares - Bushwackers. While I know many guys on here run them, I will not knock them, they simply are not for me. I am seeking something that follows the body lines of the WK2 a little better. More and more WK2s on here, and "the other forum" are getting lifts... running bigger wheels and tire combos, etc.

Jeep produced 3 WK2 offroad concept vehicles. The Overlander Concept, The Trailhawk Concept, and the Trail Warrior Concept. All 3 of those vehicles used a prototype fender flare made special for those vehicles by Jeep. Unfortunately they are not available for public purchase. I even asked a designer at Jeep if we could get our hands on the prototypes, the answer was no. But these are the style I personally prefer. I believe many would agree.

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Let's use this thread to show interest - Chad at Black Ops is considering making these if there is enough interest. He would need a donor WK2 in the Los Angeles CA area for about a week as well.

Maybe we can make this happen

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Re: Who is interested in an aftermarket fender flare alternative?

I'd definitely be interested if these get made.
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Re: Who is interested in an aftermarket fender flare alternative?

If the execution is done correctly, and pricing is in line - I would also entertain the idea of a set of mine.


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Re: Who is interested in an aftermarket fender flare alternative?

I'm with everyone else, if the price is reasonable and quality is right.

Though I'd be curious to see flares on a lowered one instead of a lifted one.
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Re: Who is interested in an aftermarket fender flare alternative?

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If the execution is done correctly, and pricing is in line - I would also entertain the idea of a set of mine.
Ditto.

But, there are a few obstacles they will run into.

We know the Trailhawk fender wells were trimmed about an inch to fit the 35's in it and this allowed the concept flares to follow the fender line seen here.



If they want to replicate the concepts exactly, then that means owners will have to cut their wells, right? Not sure how many will want to do this, but I'd guess it's a small percentage.

Now if they use the stock attachment points and follow that fender line we'll end up with something similar to Bushwackers and Summits to a lesser degree. The difference could be that the angle it shoots out from the body could be more aggressive - similar to the concepts - than the soft angle of the Bushwackers. Something I'd like though.
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Ditto.

But, there are a few obstacles they will run into.

We know the Trailhawk fender wells were trimmed about an inch to fit the 35's in it and this allowed the concept flares to follow the fender line seen here.



If they want to replicate the concepts exactly, then that means owners will have to cut their wells, right? Not sure how many will want to do this, but I'd guess it's a small percentage.

Now if they use the stock attachment points and follow that fender line we'll end up with something similar to Bushwackers and Summits to a lesser degree. The difference could be that the angle it shoots out from the body could be more aggressive - similar to the concepts - than the soft angle of the Bushwackers. Something I'd like though.
My thought was that it would not require trimming, it would bolt on just like a factory piece and then maybe adhere on the top portion using a strong adhesive?

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My thought was that it would not require trimming, it would bolt on just like a factory piece and then maybe adhere on the top portion using a strong adhesive?
A rubber seal similar to the Bushwackers would probably be best to save the paint surface and if everything is plastic, including replacement rivets, you won't need to worry about water/rust.
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A rubber seal similar to the Bushwackers would probably be best to save the paint surface and if everything is plastic, including replacement rivets, you won't need to worry about water/rust.
I agree with you.

I would expect this thread to blow up over the next month or so. Hopefully someone will volunteer their vehicle to the cause as well.

This would be very cool if we could make this happen.

I wish we could capture members from others forums to chime in here too, especially ausoffroad those guys are very serious about WK2s offroad
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Re: Who is interested in an aftermarket fender flare alternative?

I like the concept flares they have a trimmed down JK appeal, and having it climb to the upper flare line would provide the appearance of a larger opening and shoulder up the look... But other than maybe 1" additional lateral clearance you are saying you want them to be purely decorative? Without a minor trim at the ends there's no benefit other than tiny bit more coverage for guys with a wider tire, we can fit wider now it's taller within lift constraints we need flares for. At some point the grinder comes out, go big. I'd like a small enough trim that's useful but no loss of fit and finish. Having a company put the effort in to make something like this I'd think some multipurpose or function built in might give the sales a better shot and justify the price I'm sure they will warrant. Bringing something like this to market is far bigger task than people think. I'll take a black set with or without trimming
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Re: Who is interested in an aftermarket fender flare alternative?

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If the execution is done correctly, and pricing is in line - I would also entertain the idea of a set of mine.


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Ditto, well said. Would be interested as well.
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Re: Who is interested in an aftermarket fender flare alternative?

Id be in if execution is correct
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I would expect this thread to blow up over the next month or so. Hopefully someone will volunteer their vehicle to the cause as well.
If they were able to put a very small pinch in the overall design, say 1 or 2 degrees, it might create enough tension when installed that only a rubber seal might be needed to secure the flare in place. Thus reducing materials needed.

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This would be very cool if we could make this happen.
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I wish we could capture members from others forums to chime in here too, especially ausoffroad those guys are very serious about WK2s offroad
I don't know the issues with this forum vs the other, but this would be to the benefit of everyone involved. I don't see why there'd be an issue starting a thread over there and/or linking to this one.
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