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Old 08-28-2015, 09:34 PM
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Is anyone running fender flares on their wk2? Does it help any with have A/T tires that are wider than the body. I hear some ppl talking of the tires throwing rocks up and chipping paint. Would this eliminate it? How much do the flares stick out, does it flow with the body?

Any pictures or input would be welcome.

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Re: Fender flares

I have Bushwackers with oversize Duratracs. I've never really had a problem with or without them with rock chips. I have a few nicks and scratches here and there but they're more from bushes or tree branches not rocks.

I have basically the same set up as BigCat on here. Don't have any picts of mine on here (should really do that soon) but I'll link one of his threads with some cool picts, or search his threads, very cool stuff

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Old 08-28-2015, 10:17 PM
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Here are a few pics of my bushwackers. Several of us have them. The last pic showing straight on from the front shows my 275/65/18 Duratracs still inside the fenders up top and I have 1.25" wheel spacers.
Rock throwing is very dependent on your tread pattern. The Goodyears aren't bad but the BFG KM2s on my JKU and the KO2s on my Ram 1500 tend to hold and then throw rocks more.
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Re: Fender flares

That makes sense about the tread holding rocks more. Tires are between. The duratracs and the KO2s. No sure which yet. But I do like the fender flares. I think they look great. And my jeep is black so they will blend in with the color.
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Re: Fender flares

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Is anyone running fender flares on their wk2? Does it help any with have A/T tires that are wider than the body. I hear some ppl talking of the tires throwing rocks up and chipping paint. Would this eliminate it? How much do the flares stick out, does it flow with the body?

Any pictures or input would be welcome.
I found that the worst stone strike damage occurred just in front of the rear wheels, and the protective film there is neither thick or large enough for "AT sized rocks". Mudflaps (splash guards) didn't help, and I doubt flares would make a difference in this area.

FWIW I have 275s on standard offset, so they are only out 5mm more plus the increased shoulder. The damage below was after only a small amount of dirt road travelling at 80-90km/h.

I think the most offroad suitable solution would be the Mopar sliders or similar, with any gaps between the tubular sections filled in.

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Re: Fender flares

I was planning on getting rock rails. I never thought about putting pieces between. The gaps to help with rock chips. Maybe there's no way around at least getting some chips.
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About the only way you're going to prevent rock chip damage (or hold it to a minimum) is to put on full running boards. Obviously, those don't appeal to everyone or make a helluva lot of sense if you're doing any serious offroading.
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