Jeep Wrangler YJ Rugged Ridge All Terrain Fender Flares (1987-1995) Review & Install

Jeep Wrangler YJ Rugged Ridge All Terrain Fender Flares (1987-1995) Review & Install

Hey, what’s up, guys? Ryan here from ExtremeTerrain and today I’ll
be reviewing and installing the Rugged Ridge All-Terrain Fender Flares fitting your 1987
to 1995 Jeep Wrangler YJ. This is gonna be for the YJ owner that is
looking to upgrade or replace those old worn-out faded or broken fender flares. This is a great upgrade for those of you that
have aftermarket mods such as wider offset wheels and wider tires because it’s gonna
provide more coverage. These are eight inches wide versus your stock
ones, giving you a ton of more coverage. That’s gonna keep you street-legal on the
road and keep you from kicking out rocks, stones and mud, anything that could damage
your body. These are made of durable ABS plastic and
they’re very flexible. They’re also UV treated which is gonna keep
them from any sun-related fading or cracking issues. These come painted in black but you’re able
to color match these and paint them any color that you would like. And with these, there is some joining required
but I show you exactly how to do that in the video. These fender flares will fit up to a 33-inch
tire, but if you do go any higher than 33 inches, you may have to trim these flares
a little bit. Now these comes with all brand new hardware
to install and it is stainless steel hardware so it’s gonna stay rustproof, and with this
kit, you get all four fenders flares. Now these are incredibly priced and very reasonable
for a full set of aftermarket fender flares. At just around $270, this a great option to
go with and Rugged Ridge even backs these up with a 5-year warranty. Now as far as installation goes I’m gonna
give this a pretty tough one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. Expect this to take about a half a day to
install and you will need some specialty tools such as a drill and a drill bit. Now, with that being said, let’s hop into
the install. Tools that we used for this install: a drill,
quarter-inch drill bit, 8-millimeter socket, quarter-inch drive ratchet, 8-millimeter wrench,
an 11-millimeter wrench, 6-millimeter Allen key, Phillips head screwdriver, and a pry
tool So the first thing we got to do to get these
new flares installed is take off our factory ones. So we’re gonna start here up at the front. The first thing we’re gonna do is take our
light out, so you’ll need a Phillips head screwdriver to get both those screws out,
then we’ll work on pulling this thing off. So once you get this light, you’re gonna get
the socket on the back and you’re gonna turn it a quarter of a turn, that’s gonna unlock
it, then you pull this light out. Then we’re gonna set this aside because were
gonna reuse it with our new flares. So I got one of these out just to show you
exactly what were dealing with. We have this little plastic block and then
we also have this little screw. This little screw takes an 8-millimeter socket
and what I’m gonna do with these little plastic pieces right here is you can just hold them
with a pair of pliers or you can use vice-grips, but these are on the outside, they’re on the
inside of the fender and the screws are in the inside of the middle fender, so you’ll
need to go from the back side with a socket and then grab one of these little blocks. So that’s basically going to be all of these,
so we’re just gonna go around and get all of these out and then we’ll take this fender
off. Gonna take our vise-grips, we’ll clip on to
the block, hold that in place, pulling your 8-millimeter, get these screws out. Now they are a little rusty and it really
doesn’t matter if you destroy them because we have brand new hardware to install our
new flares and we have to drill holes in the new spots anyway. And this one here, pretty much in the middle,
is going to be up through and there’s this little angular plate as well, knock some of
this rust off. Make sure that we get a good seat on the socket. So you’re gonna want to spray them with some
kind of PB B’laster or creeping oil, that way that they will actually have a chance
to come out. So we’re gonna use an 11-millimeter wrench
to get these out, and hopefully they come out for us. Now the third bolt is gonna be way back in
here so I’m gonna use that same 11-millimeter, get this bolt out. So we’ll get this last screw out that we missed
and then we can pull this whole section off. So now that we have our front disassembled,
the next thing we’re gonna do is disassemble our rear. Now the rear is gonna be all of those little
screws and little plastic blocks, so wanna use our vise-grips and our 8-millimeter socket,
just go around, get this whole thing off. Now for this back one here, you’re gonna need
to pull this flap down that way you can access the screw head from the back side. It’s gonna be the last one that we need to
get out and then we can pull this flare off. After you get all the screws out, we can pull
the fender off and ditch it. So at this point in time, we’re just about
ready to install our new fender flares, we’re gonna start here on the rear. And just to point out, the rear is side specific,
so you want to pick the correct side and you’ll know when you line it up there and you line
up both of these edges if there’s a slant or not, we get the right side. So the first thing we’re gonna do, before
we get this thing installed, is apply this weatherstripping. So we get this strip of weatherstripping and
it has a little bit of double sided tape on it. There’s a red piece to peel off of here and
that’s gonna adhere to here. So wanna take this whole edge right here,
gonna take an alcohol wipe, wipe it clean, get any contaminants off there, then we’re
gonna measure this out, stick it on there and apply it, then we’ll throw it up there,
tape it up, put it in position and start drilling our holes. So we got an alcohol wipe here, we’re gonna
open that up and wipe this thing down. After you wipe it down, you want to try not
to touch this edge because your fingers will leave a little bit of residue on there and
some oil and it might make that double sided tape not stick as properly. And do the edge nice and clean, toss that
to the side, and we’re gonna find the end of this weatherstripping. We’ll get this thing on here so I’m gonna
support that tire like that. You’re just gonna take this little piece right
here, you’re gonna peel that off. Now you’re gonna have a longer edge and a
shorter edge, we’re gonna place the longer edge up top. You wanna start down here, and when you’re
applying this you want to try not to stretch it out because it may cause it to shrink once
it’s been on there for a while. So we’re just gonna gently push this over
this edge, trying not to stretch it, and we’ll go all the way around and then we’ll cut the
excess off. Probably be a good idea to do all of these
first and that way you make sure that you have enough to go around. So we got it all the way around to the edge
so we’re gonna go right to this edge, we’re gonna cut this excess off so it’ll fit it
nice and neat. Now we’re ready to set this up and get our
holes drilled. So like I said, the next thing we’re gonna
do is hold this fender up against the body because we have some holes to drill. There’s a couple things that I want to mention. We want to make sure that this front edge
and this back edge are level with this body, and also since on the inside, we have a welded
seam right along here, we wanna make sure that we drill these holes low enough that
we don’t run into that, so that’s one thing that you want to make sure when you reach
up on the back side. Also, we’re gonna need to pull this wheel
tub out slightly because when we drill these holes higher, we’re gonna need to get above
that so we can put the nuts and the washers on the back side. So I’m gonna grab a friend, he’s gonna hold
one side, I’m gonna hold the other side, we’re gonna mark all these holes, we’ll pull back
off and then we’ll drill. We’re gonna get this back side close to this
body line right here and we want to make sure we’re level with the bottom. Hang it down some just like that, wanna make
sure that that edge is tucked down a good amount. And we’re gonna go around, you can use a paint
marker or a Sharpie. I’m gonna use a Sharpie, and we’re just gonna
mark all of these holes. So now that we have all of our holes marked,
we’re gonna around and drill all of them. We’re gonna use a quarter-inch drill bit. If you want to drill a couple of holes and
then line it back up, bolt that on, and make sure those other holes line up, that would
be a good idea. So after you drill all the holes, of course
you want to paint all of that bare metal so it doesn’t rust and the next thing we’re gonna
do is get this wheel tub out. Now, since some of our hardware in here is
really rusty, we don’t want to take the whole wheel tub out, so what I’m gonna do is just
get a…pry up underneath of this edge, we’re just gonna pull this edge down enough that
we can get our hand back there, that way we can get the washers and nuts off. We’ll just do that, just go all the way around,
get this whole edge out and then we go from there. So the way these things are gonna install,
we get this long Allen-headed bolts, these are gonna go through the flare into our tub. On the back side, we’re gonna put these rubber
spacers. These spacers, since there’s a gap in here,
are gonna take up that space there and allow that to seat properly. So we’re gonna go through our fender flare
and we’re gonna put a spacer on the back. Now you’re just gonna get two different size
spacers. You have a bag of slightly thicker spacers,
there’s only 10 of them, and then we have another bag that’s gonna be the smaller ones. We’re gonna use the smaller ones, the shorter
ones, for the back side. So we’re just gonna go around, put these spacers
on the back, you can do one at a time if you want, and then we’ll need to reach up in there,
do a flat washer and then one of those nuts. Now, for this very back one, we’re gonna need
to go up through the bottom, so we’ll leave that flap open. Now this one right here, this is actually
gonna go into the inside of the body, so you need to open your door and then access that
from there. So we’re gonna open our door, flip our seat
forward, and then same thing, flat washer and a nut. So after you get all that hardware installed,
we’re gonna go around tighten everything up, you need a 6-millimeter Allen key for these
bolt heads and then for the nut, you can use an 8-millimeter wrench or a socket. You don’t want to tighten these too much,
that rubber is gonna give some sort of dampening, so we just want to snug them up a little bit,
make sure that they’re tight enough that they won’t come undone or fall off. That’s gonna do it for the back end, we’re
gonna go up to the front, we’re gonna do that same thing but we’re gonna start with the
flare extension, that’s gonna set the bottom of the back side of the front flare. So like I said, we’re gonna start up here
with the flare extension, this is the section that’s gonna section go right across here,
that’s actually gonna set this back side for when we drill the holes. Now, we did have an issue with our nuts here
so we wound up drilling them out, we’re just gonna nut and bolt them together. So we’re gonna crawl under here, get our hardware
ready, bolt this thing on. If you were able to reuse your factory bolts
to get this flare extension on, wanna tighten those back up with an 11-millimeter. So now we’re gonna work on the flare. So the same thing we did for the rear flare,
we’re gonna do for the front flare. We’re gonna start by wiping it down with isopropyl
alcohol, we have a wipe right here, we’re gonna apply that seal to the outside of that
gasket, then we’re gonna fit it up and mark our holes. So we’re gonna grab our flare, open this thing
up, then we’ll wipe it down. Now, remember, you don’t want to touch that
edge after you wiped it down. Pick up our seal, gonna start peeling some
of this layer off and then remember, we want that top edge to be on the top, the longer
edge. So we’re just gonna start it down here, get
it to wrap around, and same thing, we just want to peel little sections off at a time
and you want to try not to stretch it. Excess off, toss that aside, and then we can
mark this up. All right, so to get this front fender installed,
the way we’re gonna line it up is we’re just gonna take that light that we took out, the
market light, and we’re gonna install that back into our fender, that’s gonna allow us
to somewhat line it up for when we put this thing back on. So once we line this up, we want to make sure
that the back side of this plug is gonna poke through that hole in the fender and then we
could probably get one of these screws in here. So we’re gonna take a Phillips head screwdriver,
try to get one of these screws started and that should help us hold this fender up somehow. All right, so once you get this thing up there,
you’re gonna use the light to hold it in place. You want to line that that up. You might need longer screws, the stock screws
don’t seem to be long enough. So we got longer ones to hold that in place
and we went around and marked all these. So you want this to sit flush back here with
the bottom edge of the tub and up against this nice and tight. We marked all of our holes and we’re gonna
go ahead and drill them out. We’re gonna use that same quarter-inch drill
bit to drill all the holes and then we’ll get all that hardware installed. So another thing I’d like to mention is on
the back side of this fender, right in the middle of there, you’re gonna have this standing
seam, so you want to make sure that you drill below that and if you reach underneath of
the metal fender and feel that, you’ll feel that edge standing up. So just drill in between that section just
below that, that way you’ll be able to get the washer and the nut on there. Now most likely, you want to take this fender
back off when you drill these holes, that way you don’t mess up your new fender. And once you get all of those holes drilled
and you paint all of that bare metal, we’re gonna do the same thing we did for the rear
fenders, installing that hardware. Once you get all that hardware installed,
we’re gonna go around and tighten everything up, same thing we did for the rear, 6-millimeter
Allen key, 8-millimeter wrench. So last thing we’re gonna do on the front
end is install this light. So you want to tighten up these screws you
put in, you’re also gonna plug that bolt back in. So we’re gonna reach underneath of there,
just gonna put that bolt back in its socket and you’ll feel it set in and then we’ll turn
it about a quarter turn and then lock that in place. Make sure that these are nice and tight. Now, once you get this side installed, you
can do the same exact steps to get that other side installed. However, that’s gonna wrap up my review and
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  2. put a washer under the head of the allen bolt…the vibrating will wear the holes in the plastic out and the fender will fall off. This is a very poor design.

  3. Nice video for us who want to buy a pair.
    Watch out for your fingers though! Cutting like that is gambling with your fingers. Also, while you drilled your front fender, you can see how drilling the holes through the fender without bolting as you go is a bad idea. You tapped the fender and dropped it, drilled the next hole, then raised it back up for the following hole. My guess is you had a bolt that didn't quite fit or needed to be re-drilled.

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