Posted On: 2012-07-26
Jeep Grand Cherokee WJ Cut-Out Fender Flares
The 99-04 Jeep Grand Cherokee WJ doesn’t share much with its predecessor the 93-98 ZJ. It’s as if the WJ bridged the gap between old and new. It’s the last of the Cherokee’s to come with a solid front axle, and the first of them to feature a 5 x 5 bolt pattern. It’s also the first Chrysler vehicle to use the Power-Tech V8 engine and Quadra-Drive, which uses a NV247 transfercase. Quadra-Drive is a full time 4wd system that typically runs 100% in RWD, but through hydraulics it transfers power to the front if the rear spins at a faster rate. This system also uses the Vari-Lok that in essence acts like a limited slip for the differentials.
Once a premium priced luxury vehicle, the Grand Cherokee WJ is now an affordable SUV that leaves room to tinker. That’s why there’s been a surge of modified WJ’s making their way to the trail; who wouldn’t want to wheel in the lap of luxury?
Cut-Out Fender Flares
With the WJ’s new found popularity came countless requests for Bushwacker Fender Flares. Up until then the Grand Cherokee wasn’t on our production list, but the demand was too strong to ignore. So we collaborated with the WJ community (in particular JeepForum), and decided that a Cut-Out Fender Flare was the best option for the WJ. Bushwacker Cut-Outs provide the clearance needed for large tires while forming to the contour lines of the vehicle.
Naturally, Bushwacker Cut-Out Fender Flares require trimming of the the wheel well for the flares to fit. The WJ Cut-Out removes 2″ of sheet metal from the front and rear wheel wells, and 1″ from the rear door dogleg. This gives oversized wheels & tires the clearance they need to move.
Based on the responses from our WJ community survey, we chose to create 1.25″ of Tire coverage from top dead center on both the front and rear flare. We designed up to 9″ of coverage at the base of the mudflap as well. The mudflap is also detachable for aftermarket rear bumpers.
The WJ Cut-Outs are made from our heavy duty Dura-Flex® 2000 TPO Material. TPO has a high modulus of elasticity which allows the material to flex, this reduces the risk of cracking. TPO also has a superior resistance to UV and chemical solvents, which keeps our flares looking new day in and out.
The Bushwacker Grand Cherokee WJ
We went with a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited for our WJ build. This vehicle would include our first WJ Cut-Out prototype. The other components we installed were:
BDS Suspension 4″ suspension lift
Mickey Thompson 33 x 12.5″ Baja Claw tires
Mickey Thompson Classic Lock Black wheels
WARN VR-8000-s winch
Trail Ready Base Front Bumper