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Add fenders while keeping stock inner liners?

Discussion in 'Wrangler JK (2007-2017)' started by jeepavalanche, Jun 30, 2018.

  1. Jun 30, 2018 at 3:08 PM
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    jeepavalanche

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    I looked on you tube and found there are many instructions on how to keep stock fenders and remove inner fender liners. I'm looking to keep my stock inner liners and get aftermarket flares. I couldn't find one online instruction for that.

    Does anyone know if there is a way to add fenders and keep stock inner liners?

    Thank you!!
     
  2. Jun 30, 2018 at 3:31 PM
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    Welcome! After installing aftermarket flares retaining the OEM inner liners may require trim+modify to fit and a way to secure them. Selecting aftermarket inner liners may be simpler and give a different look but like everything else J.E.E.P.
     
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  3. Jun 30, 2018 at 3:57 PM
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  4. Jun 30, 2018 at 8:13 PM
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    I appreciate the welcome!!! I don't mind forking out the money for suspension, bumbers, wheels, tires, etc. But I'd hate to have to fork out the kind of dough it takes for inner liners. Certainly there is are flares out there that can allow for bigger tires and still have the same existing stock drill-hole that the fender/liner have...If not that is a disgrace. LOL
     
  5. Jul 1, 2018 at 3:42 AM
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    The issue is that the stock liners get their rigidity from the fender flare. When the flare is removed there is nothing to hold in the top part of the flare. You are correct it isn’t ideal. Here are the aftermarket flares and liners I have...545A86F0-21A8-4CDB-8243-A76D14150435.jpg
     
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  6. Jul 1, 2018 at 2:54 PM
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    Yea even if you do get new fenders and keep the liners like I did. It's almost impossible to get them to fit perfectly. I for one... jacked mine all to hell when I trimmed them. They're still on there and they do their job but the look gaudy lol. If I was gonna do it again I'd just shell out the cash for some nice new aluminum liners and be done with it
     
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    I suppose I could look it up, but how bad was the price tag on them bad boys
     
  8. Jul 1, 2018 at 6:41 PM
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    Welcome to the forum @jeepavalanche.
    I have Xenon fender flares. And they came with instructions on how to keep stock inners. And they did have to be trimmed down to fit.
    If I'm not mistaken. Most if not all after market flares require you to cut the stock inners down. Good luck.
     
  9. Jul 1, 2018 at 11:03 PM
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    I think they were around $200
     
  10. Jul 8, 2018 at 8:06 PM
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    I appreciate all the responses. Guess I will have to settle for my stock fenders or buy aftermarket fenders and liners. Can you switch out fender flares and liners and still keep your stock wheel well liner?

    Also, thanks for the forum welcome!!!
     
  11. Jul 18, 2018 at 4:03 PM
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    20180321_220837.jpg 20171223_135926.jpg 20171228_132855.jpg I cut mine and left the inner liner.
     
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    That looks like a pretty clean cut on the fenders. I've just decided to find fender flares and do away with the liners. Id like to find flares that have the signal lights and that will let me keep my wheel well liners. Just can't find any that anyone doesn't give bad reviews about.

    My budget limit is 600 bucks.
     
  13. Jul 29, 2018 at 2:37 PM
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    My bushwackers have a running lights same as the stock fender flare. They aren't a signal light. But I got no complaints from mine. I did them myself in a few hours. That's only cuz i had to keep running back and forth from my shop to my house to get tools that I needed lol. If you got all your tools close by you should have no issues getting them slapped on in an hour and a half. Just dont short yourself on cutting the factory wheel well liner like I did. That might take a test run for every time you cut them. Just cut a little at a time and test fit in between.

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    Your gonna have to cut your factory wheel well liners if you get new fender flares. Doesn't matter what brand you go with. Just a heads up. Unless you trim your factory fender flares then you dont have to do anything with the liners.
     
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  14. Jul 29, 2018 at 5:27 PM
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    If my local shop can cut them, I don't care, just as long as they can snap back or screw onto the existing holes. I just don't want to go through a lot of work for it, or have to pay another 200 plus on top of what my fender flares already cost me.
     
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  15. Jul 30, 2018 at 6:33 AM
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    If you do hard off roading where there is potential of hitting the flares on trees or rocks I would suggest to cut the stock instead or get mce. If you go with metal the force that drives into the flare will crush the corner panel if hit hard enough. The plastic flares just rip off and save the body.
     
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  16. Jul 30, 2018 at 6:41 AM
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    Gospel!! Lol
     
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  17. Jul 30, 2018 at 7:05 AM
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    Great point as the metal fenders are super nice looking but can transfer impacts to the thin sheet metal. Not convinced we need them strong enough to stand on. Cut oem flares have a nice purpose look.
     
  18. Aug 1, 2018 at 7:50 PM
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    I've saved and done a lot of work myself, including the fenders, by renting equipment at home depot. A sawzall is a jeepers best friend.
     
  19. Aug 1, 2018 at 7:52 PM
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    And use door edge trim to smooth out a relatively straight or slightly crooked cut making for a nice finished edge....LOL
     
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    For myself I believe it to be too much of a hassle to do it that way. So waiting to change mine when I have enough to do both inner liners and fender flares.
     

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