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    A while back Big Green posted a link and pic of the new plastic flat fenders from MCE. I sent them an email, asking how they hold up in the extreme cold (-15 to -20F) Mike, from MCE, siad he wasn't sure, and asked if I would be interested in testing a set

    I don't have a TJ, but my buddy Jeeperwilly does, so he sent him a set.

    Here's the install so far:

    Quote Originally Posted by jeeperwilly
    Well, thanks to HB I had a set of MCE "Flatty Fenders" show up at my door about a week ago. I was hoping to have them on before the ice races but that pesky rear main was killin' me.
    So I thought I'd do a write up on the install for these. That and I think HB needed something to show the boys over on the Military Jeepers board. So here goes nothin'.........


    Since my fenders were still in good shape, I found an extra set to cut up. I had to do a little painting in order to get them to match.



    Next was the removal of the original fenders that were to be replaced along with the install of the new.



    First off was to grind off the threaded rivets(circled in white) so the back piece of the "Flatty's" can be mounted flush. Just a note, the drivers side fender that I picked up was in pretty tuff shape, so to get that back piece to fit is going to be fun :banghead:


    Next, remove the 3 bolts that hold the fender to the grill


    After that, cut out the guide and place it on the fender with the holes for the hood latch lined up and the guide pushed against the lip that seperates the outer fender from the inner. For lining up the holes I put a flash light under the fender so I could see where the holes lined up.

    Last edited by HillBillE; 02-25-2010 at 23:12.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jeeperwilly


    After tracing the guide, take a straight line and connect the back leading edge of the fender to where the guide stopped.


    Next take a cutting tool (I used a cutting disk on an angle grinder for the straights and a sawzall for the corners, then cleaned it all up with a die grinder) and cut along the line.



    Once all the cutting is done, mark the holes on the top side of the fender and drill according to the directions.
    I spent last night painting and tonight I started on the passenger side. Unfortunately I won't be able to finish this project untill I get new hood latches in the mail. The ones on the original fenders were perma-rusted on, so I'll be ordering new ones tomorrow. Once I get them both on I'll post some more. Here's what it lookes like unpainted with out the rear section for the "Flatty".


    I plan on incorperating the side markers into the front bumper for turn signals. Hopefully I can get that welded up this weekend.
    More to follow


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    Damn it.....you just left us hanging with a to be continued......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fifthpro View Post
    Damn it.....you just left us hanging with a to be continued......
    Sorry, that's as far as he's gotten I'm waiting too!


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    Fenders installed, now for some testing! Just hope it get gets cold again!

    Quote Originally Posted by jeeperwilly
    Well all done, now to just beat the ....... out of them. We'll see how sturdy they are.





    He made a new front bumper, with the blinkers built in, to remain 'streetable'


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    sweet.

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    that looks pretty sharp
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    Doesn't do much for tire coverage I guess they (MCE) will be making some with flares built in.

    I think they look good, unfortunately, we're not getting our usual cold weather.

    Don't get me wrong, I love the 40* days!! (that's 60* warmer than usual for Feb/early March!)

    But, we're supposed to be doing some cold weather testing on these things!

    Paul's gonna run his stock fenders for our trip to Moab. Can't be getting stopped by the cops in every state for fender violations!


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    It will be interesting to see how well they hold up off road.
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    From the way one of the pics look, it appears as though they are held on by the strip of metal that goes along the side of the grill, the bolts holding the hood latch part and then one bolt in the back? It seems to me that they may get ripped off pretty easy or maybe tweaked pretty bad if he gets caught up on something. Looks good though.


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