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A set of fender flares is a popular upgrade among Jeep owners. These body accessories provide great styling, protect your Jeep from flying rocks and add tire coverage to keep you legal. State law typically defines how far your tire rubber can extend from the body of your Jeep. If you install wider aftermarket tires — a common upgrade for off-roaders — you may need a set of fender flares to stay legal. Note that your state probably also defines how big your fender flares can be, so research that point before you start shopping.
Ideally, fender flares for an off-road Jeep are strong enough to withstand impacts, but flexible enough to bend without breaking. As well, they should resist warping and cracking even if regularly exposed to sun and other harsh elements.
Fender flare manufacturers have identified different materials that meet these requirements. Bushwacker, for example, uses two exclusive materials for its fender flares: Dura-Flex 2000 ABS or Dura-Flex 2000 TPO. Materials used by other manufacturers include powdercoated steel, ABS plastic, urethane and polyurethane.
Shopping for Jeep fender flares can be confusing, because the options are so varied. A list of key features like the one below can help you get organized and find the fender flare that’s right for you:
Reputable manufacturers of Jeep fender flares include Bushwacker, Smittybilt, Bestop, Warrior Products, Xenon and Rugged Ridge. Each brand has its own advantages. Bushwacker, for example, has been making fender flares for trucks and Jeeps for more than 40 years. Bestop has a loyal following among Jeep owners for many different products, including fender flares. Smittybilt delivers a great value with its affordable, all-steel XRC fender flares.
4Wheel Drive Hardware carries these and other brands of Jeep fender flares. Start shopping now to get the tire coverage and body protection your Jeep needs.