I am a huge fan of Jp. I have a ’86 CJ-7. It has a 4.2L inline-six with a Hesco EFI kit and front and rear lockers installed by Kevin Mereness at American Vintage 4x4. Kevin also welded in a full-cage rollbar from GenRight.
I am writing in regards to the beautiful yellow CJ-7 on the front cover of the July ’18 issue. I once owned a ’48 CJ-2A and I love flatfenders, but I don’t like them on a CJ-7. I have seen various design modifications done to the front CJ-7 fenders, and I think the flares on this yellow CJ are the best I have seen. They almost look stock, but they add much more clearance than stock. Same with the rear.
I have read the article several times, but there is no mention about the body modifications. Would you please describe how
the owner modified the fenders and what fender flares he used? Eric R. Clark
The flares in question appear to be aftermarket flares for an ’81-’85 Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler. Of course, the front flares would be the same design as your CJ-7, and they will bolt right up to your Jeep. The rears, however, are trapezoidal instead of round like on the CJ-7. The CJ-7 rear fenders will need to be trimmed for fitment and new holes will need to be drilled to mount the CJ-8 flares. The flares pictured appear to be slightly wider than stock width. Unfortunately, many of the aftermarket flare options for the CJ-7 have dried up over the years. However, companies such as Crown Automotive (crownautomotive.net), Rugged Ridge (ruggedridge.com), and Omix ADA (omix-ada.com) offer stock-width CJ-8 flares. TJ Wrangler fender flares are also a popular swap for the CJ-7.