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    Default What is the benefit to rear tube fenders?

    In a flop, wouldn't rear tube fenders cause more damage to the side of the Jeep? I thought that the whole purpose of the rubber flares was to minimize tub damage.

    Other than a few pictures, I've never seen them. How are they attached. If any of you have them and wouldn't mind posting some detailed photos, I'd surely appreciate it.
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    Attach rear fenders to "corner plating" and it'll help spread the load during a flop or hard scrape.. helps keep from concentrating the force on one area resulting in a dent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BESRK View Post
    Attach rear fenders to "corner plating" and it'll help spread the load during a flop or hard scrape.. helps keep from concentrating the force on one area resulting in a dent.
    Ah, so you wouldn't want to attach them to the stock metal of a tub?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeepfever View Post
    Ah, so you wouldn't want to attach them to the stock metal of a tub?
    They're usually attached to a steal corner armor, same thickness as any other skid. That corner armor gets attached to the tub by drilling a large number of holes and bolting it on all the way around. You can reinforce by placing small pieces of steel on the inside of the tub where you bolt through.

    Different benefits depending on the tube fenders you get. The main reason for going to tube fenders is to gain more clearance to stuff larger tires w/o any more lift.

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    When we build rear tube fenders, we plate from the edge of the tailgate opening to the edge of the door opening with 1/4" plate. We then weld the tube fenders and 1/8" plate top to that 1/4" plate. Like Besrk said, it will spread the load during a tree/rock scrape or during a rollover. They also help to keep objet away from your tire. (ie. you are grinding the tube fender on a rock instead of your tire's sidewall)
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    Quote Originally Posted by crazy4ink View Post
    When we build rear tube fenders, we plate from the edge of the tailgate opening to the edge of the door opening with 1/4" plate. We then weld the tube fenders and 1/8" plate top to that 1/4" plate. Like Besrk said, it will spread the load during a tree/rock scrape or during a rollover. They also help to keep objet away from your tire. (ie. you are grinding the tube fender on a rock instead of your tire's sidewall)
    Great explanation - thank you.
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    It's also harder to rip a tube flare off on a rock or tree!


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