Fabricated entirely of CNC laser-cut, brake-formed 3/16" 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" thick (just under 1/8") tubing as the outer edge rub rail, with 1/8" thick sheetmetal top plates. Compare that to the 3/16" (.188") 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" wall tubing as your outer "rub rail", the DeFender has a brake-formed outer edge made entirely of 3/16" 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" 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" wider than the stock Jeep fenders, and about 3" 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" 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.
Poison Spyder Customs has a heritage in hardcore off-road accessories that started when founder Larry McRae was little. McrRae's daddy use to load him up in the Ford Bronco to explore the off-road trails of the southwest. McRae became a professional rock crawler who raced for Nelson & Nelson Racing in the early 2000s. McRae purchased PSC from the Slay family and kept the vision of developing and fabricating high end quality off-road accessories right in the Pomona, California headquarters . McCrae and his wife are members of the Inland Empire 4 Wheel Drive club. McCrae himself is a Past President and Mrs. McCrae is a past Treasurer. Every product produced by PSC starts as a prototype tested on real trails by members of the club. Shop Poison Spyder Customs Now