Fabricated entirely of CNC laser-cut, brake-formed 3/16 inch plate, DeFenders are the next evolutionary step beyond tube fenders, raising the bar for armored Jeep fenders. Most tube fenders use a piece of .120 inch thick (just under 1/8 inch) tubing as the outer edge rub rail, with 1/8 inch thick sheetmetal top plates.
Compare that to the 3/16 inch (.188 inch) thick plate that is used throughout the entire DeFender. This includes the outer edge, which is most likely to see impacts with the rocks. Instead of a piece of .120 inch wall tubing as your outer rub rail, the DeFender has a brake-formed outer edge made entirely of 3/16 inch thick plate! The DeFender is not only much stronger than a tube fender, it also looks better, with smooth flat surfaces that blend better with your Jeep's exterior appearance.
These DeFenders are fabricated entirely of heavy duty 3/16 inch plate steel, which is recommended for core rock crawling and situations where the DeFenders are likely to come in frequent contact with boulders, canyon walls, etc. (aluminum versions are also available). The DeFender's wheel opening is approximately 4 inches wider than the stock Jeep fenders, and about 3 inches wider than old school tube fenders, providing more room for larger tires, more suspension articulation and increased turning radius.
The DeFender with Negative Flare provides the maximum clearance for tire articulation and tight trails. We call it the Negative flare because it actually subtracts from the stock fender width, tapering inward to closely hug the edge of the Jeep's hood, leaving just enough of a fender edge to mount the hood latch and provide a beefy steel rub rail to protect the side of the hood.
For those looking to maintain a low center of gravity by running big tires with minimal lift, the Negative Flare is a great way to allow full suspension articulation while still having a beefy, armored non-highline fender. YJ DeFenders are designed to work with your Jeep's OE inner fenders (which are retained, while the outer fenders are trimmed away), saving cost as well as the hassle of removal/installation/relocation of all of your under-hood gear.
The DeFender design includes a convenient access hole in the side plate, to make it easier to reach inner fasteners during installation. This hole may be filled with the included solid side plate, or the optional Spyder side plate (sold separately). DeFenders come with provisions for mounting a small 3/4 inch high intensity LED marker lamp/turn signal (sold separately). This product ships as bare steel. It will need to be painted or powder coated prior to final installation.
- 1987-1995 Jeep YJ Wrangler
- Fabricated entirely of heavy duty 3/16 inch plate steel, CNC laser cut and brake-formed
- Larger wheel opening compared to stock flares and most aftermarket tube fenders
- Negative Flare hugs hood line for the best clearance possible
- Bolt-in insert plate makes installation easy
- Installs by re-using stock inner fenders (outer fenders are cut away)
- Sold As A Pair
- Poison Spyder Customs Part Number: 13-02-050
- Position: Front
- Fitment: Direct Fit
- Finish: Bare Steel
- Type: Tube Fender
- Installation Type: Cutting or Drilling Required