Flare Fin­der

Jp Magazine - - Mail­bag -

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

Ea­gle, ID

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.

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