Wrangler Flares on a CJ questions
So I'm doing all this bodywork/repair to the CJ, and I figured now's the time to put on Wrangler fender flares for the rear. I had the stock round jobs, and they're all mangled, plus I had to whack some off of the lower rear area of the rear wheel well to fit 33's under full axle compression.
The Wrangler ones always looked alot bigger, and I figured I could cut out all of that metal with them, so I ordered some up from 4wd Hardware because they were cheap enough new.
Well, imagine my surprise when I discover that the backing of these just fits the same round hole! What's up with that? That's not really doing a whole lot for me as far as metal trimming of the body...
Do you guys just bolt these on as is and figure you get extra clearance on the outer area of the flare? This really isn't my issue as I have narrow track axles so the outer edge of my wheel is within that. OR - do you trim the rubber/plastic flare on the inner side so that you can cut alot of sheet-metal away.
Does anyone have any idea what I'm talking about - I sound like a lunatic but I'll bet that other CJ owner's have pondered this when going to a Wrangler flair - I was all psyched up for this, but in their stock form, I don't see where I'm really gaining anything...