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Bushwacker cut out fender flares.

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 1976Blazer76, Jun 9, 2006.

  1. 1976Blazer76

    1976Blazer76 1/2 ton status

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    Anyone running these? What do you guys think of them and what kind of tires and lifts do you have with them?
     
  2. Avery4jc

    Avery4jc 1 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    RootBreaker runs em'....he can tell you what he thinks but there's some info. on his site that's linked in his sig, oh the old one, he has two.


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  3. RootBreaker

    RootBreaker 3/4 ton status Premium Member

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    yuppers im running them... the reason I have them is to keep my tires in the wells.... hence legal... other than that I wouldnt have them.. although they do add a look to the truck....

    One problem I have is the fronts... they call them cutouts... well only 1" in front of tire and 1" in back of tire.. you can move the flare forward or backwards and cutout 2" of the opposite direction.. to me that is not a "CUTOUT" flare....

    on the back though is a different story... you can cutout a total of 4"... instead of doing 2" in front and 2" in back I just moved the flare to cutout 4" and give the illusion that I re-centered my axle.....:haha:


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  4. 3rdshiftdesign

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    They're okay if you're not going through tight trails.. last I checked, they were a few hundred bucks for some plastic that will get smashed very easily.

    There are rubber solutions, or even plastic (landscaping trim) which works quite well, and it's very easy to replace.

    Bottom line: if you're going for the look, and dont mind breaking them on a tree if you wheel, go for it. Otherwise, get the rubber ones or the landscaping trim as it's cheap and easily replaceable.
     
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    I had an idiot put mine one b/c I couldnt bring myself to cut the truck. Pulled one off a year or so later and rust was building around the holes where you screw them in...I pulled all of them off, same problem. Ended up having new sheet metal welded in, and had the wheel openings enlarged at a body shop (traded some work). This was on a really clean body though, so if you dont mind the above on yours, disregard. And they crack on trees, and hang up on branches once they have cracked...I did like the look though.
     
  6. RootBreaker

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    one guy filled his with expandable window foam.... he laid his truck on its side and they did not crack or break..... so you can get them to be tougher...


    also yeah I dont do tight trails.... havent broke them yet :wink1:

    this is as tight of a trail I get into...
    took my flares off as I needed to cut more of the sheet metal out.... finally got them back on.. even cut some of the fender flare too... will try and get pics this weekend...

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    I got them with 8 inchs oh lift and 38's, they help alot to keep the truck clean, i dont know how imporntant that is around here but driving in the rain will trash my truck without these, there made out of a good plastic and dont crack very easy, havnt had a problem with rusting behind them, I seam sealed the crease where i cut. Other then that i think that look bad ass painted in, and keep it some what legel even if it is way over bumper law, hehe. The only one i seen cracked was on a tahoe with 9.5 inches lift with 38 boggers, cut a little air in the dunes and tire rubbed when it landed took like a inch chunk out of the wheelwell part.
     
  8. 1976Blazer76

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    Looks good with the "re centering of your axle". Yeah, I'm not going for looks just going for the street legalish so I can get where I'm going. I'm running 42's with an 8 inch lift and no body if I can avoid it. That sucks you only cut out an inch from either side of the fender, you're right that doesn't sound like a cut out at all. So not sure what to do now because sounds like I've got to be pretty carefull wheelin with them on and thats never fun.
     
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    well you can try buying the backs and put them on the front... allows more cutting..... :wink1:


    wheel easy with them? they aint crystal or anything.... I wheel hard.. but not tight trail riding and they are holding up... mud flingin and hitting them hard.. hell i even rubbed 1 tire on them pretty hard when I flexed going up over a hill that it actually cut a V into my tire....... I cut my fender and bushwacker under my turnsignal so that dont happen again..... :haha:
     
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    So, using a rear cut out fender flare up front will work fine? Keeps innfer fender in and everything?
     
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    yes... I could have used a back in the front.. however... my front bumper stops me.. trust me I tried fittin the rears on the front.... maybe if I cut the fronts then they definitely will fit :bow:
     
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    I love the look of fender flares, they would be a great way to conseal the rust starting to form on the lips of my front fenders.
     
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    Haven't broken mine but I wheel kinda lightly
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    What size tires and lift you running?
     
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    :haha: :bow: :haha: I have used a set that I'm going to put on sooner or later. Nice to see them on the trail.
     
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    I would love to get the cut out style like you guys have, but I don't need to cut my fenders because I have the exact same suspention/lift setup as Storm Trooper and run 35s. So that leaves me with the more sissy looking style Bushwacker offers and I don't want that on my truck. Are there any other solutions other than cutting the fenders?
     
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    Could I actually see some more fender flare pictures?
     
  19. DieselDan

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    I run the 'wackers too, to keep my Jimmy "quasi" legal. I wouldn't run them if I didn't have too cause they are kinda flimsy (I filled mine with foam FWIW) and they didn't "Cut Out" enough. Mine are getting a slight trimming soon.

    I've heard that you can use the later style ('92- Tahoe) Cut-Outs on the front and they give more clearance. 'Can't remember seeing anybody accomplish this but, maybe someone else has heard of this swapping trick.
     
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    How much are these flares worth

    What is a brand new set of bushwacker cut outs worth I have them brand new never installed but was wondering what they sell for from bushwacker
     

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