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    Exclamation New to Jeeps, need help

    Ok so I know that this will probably be a dumb question to most, but I recently bought my first jeep(07 JK YEA!). it has a stock suspension and I think I hit the tire on the bottom of the flare and broke 4 of the black plastic clips. Where is the most cost efficient place to buy new ones and hoiw the heck do I fix it? I looked all underneath and dont see how to get behind the fender to replace them. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Also looking for tips on a 4" lift. What is the best way to go? Not looking to rock crawl but am looking for some serious mud throwing and off roading. Currently have Toyo Open Country MT's on it but I know I will need to go bigger with the lift. Like I said Im new and look forward to all the help and modifying my little beast.

    PS the 5.7 Ltr Hemi gets put in around Aug time frame.
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    First off, welcome to the site! Always glad to see more people signing on. As far as your clips, you should be able to find them at Schuck's in Fairbanks. I was stationed at Wainwright for 2 years and there is a great group of people with a 4wd club up there. They are mostly military and love to wheel. Check out www.frozenaxles.com. Shoot NaturalBornMudder a PM and tell him I sent you. He will probably laugh and call me names. His name is Nate and he lives out near Eielson AFB.

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    just take em off & throw the mud!!! lol.
    on a serious note... yeah get in touch with nate & i'm sure he can help ya.
    i love my country , but scared to death of its government!

    Back in the Jeep life! no more small cars here!

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    Welcome to the MJ site. You mention that you have an '07 JK, short wheelbase two door or a long wheel base four door? What model is it, "X", "Sahara" or a "Rubicon"? The reason I ask is that you mention adding a 4" lift and putting in a HEMI later this summer so you can do some serious mudding. I agree that HP and mudding tend to go hand and hand, but so do snapping axles and other factory stock components when you mix big tires with horsepower and mud. With 4" of lift on a JK you can easily run 35" tires and even 37", but I would look at taking the fenders off when you go wheeling with 37" rubber to avoid another repair like the one you are doing now. I don't own a JK, but the plastic fenders are designed to be easy to take on and off according to Jeep There are lots of good 4" lift kits on the market. I would lean towards one you can buy or get serviced locally if you can. Also, rock crawlers tend to like lots of flexibility that comes with long arm kits, but they are more expensive and the factory control arms on the JK are better than the ones they used to put on the TJs, so a basic lift may suit your purposes if you are just looking to clear some bigger tires.
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    SGM O thanks for the help. I have an 07 "X" 2 door. I love it. The guy that will do all the work on the HEMI also stated the other things thast I need done to it to prevent any damages from the change in power. I cant wait for all the things to get done to it. I see how people get addicted to the jeeps!!!!!! Ill never own anything else!
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    good luck with the power plant transfer when ya do it.

    you need to tell my girl that! lol (actualy the only reasaon she lookin for another vehicle is for lack of money to fix the jeep). yes i know what i spend on another vehicle i can fix the jeep.
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    Honestly With it being that new I would just take it to a jeep dealership.

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    duct tape solves everything


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    cshepard: It's worth seeing if the dealer will hook you up for FREEEEE. If you order those PITA clips that connect the flare to the body, I think they are $5-8 each!! I found it was a lot cheaper to get a handfull of push in plastic fasteners from the auto hardware drawers in the Lowe's fastener section. A friend of mine also put his fender back on with those steel clips/self tapping screws: they hold on a little stronger, but it not all bad that they pop off when the fenders rub rock!

    As you up the tires, you might want to replace stock flares with something low profile like the Xenons, or a pocket-style flare.

    Or you could be cheap like me and just take a sawzall and trim off most of the flare.



    As for lift, I got a 4" procomp short arm lift pretty cheap and I can get through most moderate trails. I got 35's, but it should fit 37's without too much rub.

    Welcome to Jeep. This '07 is my first too, and I can't believe it took me this long to get here.

    Enjoy the fishing up there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccoppola View Post


    As for lift, I got a 4" procomp short arm lift pretty cheap and I can get through most moderate trails. I got 35's...................



    C
    Moderate trails? You just need more wheel time, not 37's

    The biggest tires in my club are 34's, most of us run 33's/31's, and we run Moab!! Well, except for Pritchett Canyon, but thats due more to the fact that some guys aren't locked and/or have winches

    Just ribbin ya! Great looking Jeep!


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