Jeeps are notorious for having mud tires and flares that make them look pretty cool, but how do you get that look for yourself? When you’re looking to install Jeep fender flares, you’ll run into a ton of information on the different model Jeeps and different brands of fender flares.
There are many brands of aftermarket Jeep fender flares that will fit perfectly on your Jeep Wrangler, Cherokee, Rubicon, etc. These are just some of our favorite brands that have quality Jeep flares ready to install on your particular model: Bushwacker, Lund, Rugged Ridge, Xenon, and SmittyBilt. You’ll find a range of flares out there from factory-like flares to huge flares wide enough to cover your tires and keep you compliant with the law.
Here are some of our favorite links to detailed instructions on how to get the job done right. There are also a few troubleshooting tips for when you get stuck on a particular problem with the install.
Remove Factory Fender Flares
First up, you’ve got to remove the factory flares (if your Jeep has any). Depending on whether or not the bolts are stuck, this can be really easy or really hard. Also, some bolts are hard to reach with a regular wrench or socket, and some fenders might need to be cut in places to fully remove them.
Here’s a few quick reviews of how to remove those factory flares so you can move to bigger and better flares:
Install Jeep Fender Flares
Once you get the factory fender flares off of your Jeep, you can begin the installation process with your new flares. The general installation idea is the same, but each particular brand of flare will have its own specific instructions, including possible problems and tips to get around those problems.
How to Install Warn 6-inch Fender Flares
These fender flares are fairly simple to install. You’ll only need regular hand tools and a few hours of time to get them fully installed. Having these step-by-step pictures to follow can really help out a lot if you aren’t sure what part is what.
Bushwacker Fender Flares for an XJ Cherokee
This write-up is very detailed with pictures every step of the way. There are a few very advanced steps, like cutting and bending sheet metal around the fender. The good thing is you’ll have a lot more room for large wheels and tires with this kind of fender installation.
Installing Tube Fender Flares
Jeep tube fender flares are a little different than the flat flares. The installation requires a sawzall and a lot of patience. This step-by-step also includes a bonus tutorial for installing some Jeep CJ turn signals along with the tube fenders.
Smittybilt Rear Tube Fender Install
Another tube fender install tutorial that includes all needed tools and detailed instructions.
Bushwacker JK Flat Fender Flare install
Fender flares come in all different brands and designs, but these flares are very popular for many Jeep owners. This particular set of instructions is complete with both a list of tools and a list of safety equipment needed. The front and rear fender flares aren’t installed the same way, so this break-down includes two separate sections, one devoted to the front and one to the rear. This install is a little more detailed than most, but if you want an install that gives you professional results, this is it.
Xenon Fender Flare Install
These instructions are pretty thorough for installing Xenon fender flares. There are a few tools needed on this list that may not be in every tool box, but at least you know what you’ll need before you run into problems.
Jeep TJ Fender Flare Install
This is a hard to find fender flare install write-up. TJ fender flares aren’t the most popular, but if you’ve got a Jeep TJ, you’ll want to pay attention. This write-up gives you lots of pictures and step-by-step information on how to get the perfect install. The only down-side here is the install calls for using zip ties in place of bolts in some areas. Some people would rather use zip ties since the ties will rip themselves rather than part of the flare or body if you rub the fenders on a tree. If you’d rather use bolts, just make sure you measure twice and cut once to get the bolts in just the right place.
Installing TJ Flares on a YJ
If you’re looking for a wide set of factory looking flares for your YJ, try out some factory TJ flares. They will fit with some modifications. This link gives you clear instructions and pictures on how to modify and install wider factory looking flares on your Jeep YJ.
XJ Fender Flare Install:
This install is full of great details including pictures and a lot of information in each step. This Jeep fender flare install is several pages long and gives you more than what you’ll need to get a perfect install for your Jeep XJ fenders.
If you know enough to install Jeep fender flares on your own, or if you’re following the paper instructions from the box, you may come across the need for some troubleshooting tips. These are links to a few common problems encountered while installing Jeep fender flares.
When the Flare Nuts Just Spin in Place
Trouble with “Nutserts”
Make Your Own Jeep Fender Flares
If you don’t like the look of aftermarket Jeep flares and want to make your own from scratch, here’s a good tutorial to follow. These instructions are very detailed so you’ll see exactly what you need to make your own, but this process isn’t recommended for everyone. It’s very difficult even for the above average Jeep enthusiast. Unless you’ve got some metal shop skills, you might want to stay away from this one.
No matter what kind of Jeep you’ve got, if you want help installing your fender flares, we’ve got everything you need right here. From installation to troubleshooting to building your own, there isn’t a set of flares out there that we can’t help you with.