X-Max Fender Flare Instructions


We recommend waiting to paint the X-Max Fender Flares until after they have all been fitted to the body, because the most accurate fit may require some sanding of the flares …so ignore the fact that the flares in these pictures are black.

We also recommend washing your vehicle thoroughly (including the wheel wells) before starting this installation.

Front Fender Flares

bracket1. Remove stock fender flares (10mm wrench), brackets, and rubber fender liners entirely, and wipe the fender areas clean with a rag



X-Max-Instructions (1)2. Hold the X-Max Fender Flare in place on the body—a buddy can usually be coaxed to help by offering pizza. If not, a few strips of masking tape should do the trick. …on the Jeep, not the buddy.


X-Max-Instructions (2)3. With the flare in place, use a right-angle pick or a permanent marker to mark on the body where the bolts will go. Again, the Jeep’s body, not your buddy’s body. Lay the flare to the side.

On the driver’s side, you may have noticed the bolt placement and bolt length on the X-Max Fender Flare is a little different. This is because the washer fluid box is just inside the engine compartment.

We recommend you remove the washer fluid box before you start drilling through the body, although it’s not necessary. If you leave the box there, just be careful not to drill too far, and put a hole in the box. Otherwise you’ll be yelling at your buddy to get a towel.

4. Drill 3/8” holes at each of the marks you made for the bolts. We recommend using a step-up drill bit. If you don’t have one, drill small pilot holes first.

5. Place the X-Max Fender Flare on the body again, inserting the bolts into the holes to check the fit.

If a bolt or two don’t match up perfectly and the flare won’t go on, don’t worry. Just drill that hole a little wider, until all the bolts fit at once.

6. Where the fender flare lays over any plastic trim on the body, use a pencil or marker to mark where the edge of the flare will go.

X-Max-Instructions (5)7. Use a box cutter to cut away the plastic, so the flare can sit flush against the body.

The flares should now fit completely on, and the flare will stay in place by itself. But maybe don’t let your buddy go home just yet. If nothing else, he can always grab you another piece of pizza.

Repeat on all flares

X-Max-Instructions (6)8. With the front fender flare on, use your right-angle pick or permanent marker to mark where the underside of the flare reaches on the body. Take the flare off again.


IMG_8964 (2)9. Mark a second line, 1” underneath the one you just made. This bottom line will be where you cut the body.



X-Max-Instructions (8)10. Put on your safety glasses, and tell your buddy to step back. Use your angle grinder or reciprocating saw to cut away the body, following the bottom line (1” below the underside of the flare).



IMG_8979 (2)11. At the top of the wheel well is a long metal tab that used to hold the rubber fender liner on. Cut that tab off.




898012. Keep those safety glasses on. Now cut a slit about every 1” to 2” along the edge, to create tabs that will later be bent up. These slits should extend up past your original upper line, by about ¼”. The slits may need to be closer together at the corners, so that they’re easier to bend up.

13. Use your pliers to bend each metal tab you just created, up and out at a 90°. The bend should be at the top of the slits, above the original upper line. This way, the tabs will sit just inside the fender flare. Is your buddy getting jealous of your flares yet?

X-Max-Instructions (10)14. To make the tabs bend at a clean 90° angle, place your wood or metal block on top of each tab, and use your hammer to pound the metal from the bottom.

15. Set the front X-Max fender flares in place, and fit them as close to the body as they’ll go. Make sure the tabs fit just inside the flare.

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