Click for Coverage
Exclusive Content
Original Shows, Motorsports and Live Events
Try it free for 14 days
Due to the EU’s Global Data Protection Regulation, our website is currently unavailable to visitors from most European countries. We apologize for this inconvenience and encourage you to visit for the latest on new cars, car reviews and news, concept cars and auto show coverage, awards and much more.MOTORTREND.COM
  • JP Magazine
  • Dirt Sports + Off-Road
  • 4-Wheel & Off-Road
  • Four Wheeler

Cheap Jeep Cherokee XJ Tire Clearance - TJ Flares on an XJ

Posted in How To: Wheels Tires on July 1, 2008
Share this

Our first trip wheeling after putting a set of 30x9.50R15 GoodyearMT/Rs on our '98 Cherokee sure taught us a lesson. After completely losing two rear flares and having one front flare knocked half off from the tires hitting them, we were kind of peeved. While the Cherokee isn't known for generous wheelwell openings, the '97-and-up flares really got to us. They are basically clamped on and one good hit from below can knock them completely off the Jeep.

Sure, we could have just lifted the Jeep, but with all that plastic and sheetmetal above the tire that just doesn't need to be there, why not take out the angle grinder and make some noise? We wanted to stay low-budget, so we went to Quadratec and got four rear TJ flares (two driver-side [PN 52449.0160], and two passenger-side [PN 52449.0159]) for our project. For $120 plus shipping, we got an additional 21/4 inches of clearance over the front tires and 3 inches of clearance over the rear tires, without having to mess with shocks, brake lines, or driveline vibrations.

PhotosView Slideshow


West Chester, PA 19380

Connect With Us

Newsletter Sign Up

Subscribe to the Magazine

Browse Articles By Vehicle

See Results