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What do you get when you add a lift kit to a Jeep's short wheel base? You get rollovers. A low lift used to be crucial to maintaining stability. However, rubbing was in issue if you tried fitting rock crawlers on a stock frame which limited wheel travel and performance. Today, replacing stock tires with something beefier doesn't mean bolting on a lift kit.
This body modification increases fender height by at least three inches and requires cutting into the hood and modifying the inner fender wells. On the upside, ground clearance increases without adding height. The downside is that the battery, fuse box and windshield wiper fluid reservoir will need to be relocated or modified. Jeep Wrangler tube fenders are stronger and more durable than the original equipment. If you are going through rough terrain, parting trees and straddling gullies, it's worth it to upgrade. Stock fenders bend easily and rip off, leaving sharp edges. If you've got steel doors, they may need to be tweaked to fit the door opening, which smaller after the enhancement. Tube flares protect against debris and give the Jeep a factory finished professional look.
Jeep Flat Fenders
If you're not going to be too extreme and the budget doesn't include a lift, Jeep TJ flat fenders, might do the trick. Sold in pairs, they add clearance for bigger tires and include a built-in, full fender liner. Most flat fenders are designed specifically for off-road use. Modifications may be required in some states if they need to be road compliant. Flat fender flares are virtually indestructible, but require you to cut into the Jeep, which means relocating the turn signals.
Replacing stock fenders with the aftermarket tube or flat option is an inexpensive alternative n to a suspension lift, and can protect against trees and debris. Go to 4WD.com for our complete selection of in stock fenders and flares from quality vendors such as Rugged Ridge, Poison Spyder, Bushwacker and Smittybilt.
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