Massive Tire Clearance
Standard DeFender™ provide much better tire clearance than stock or some competitors' tube fenders, but DeFender™ XC's provide eXtreme Clearance!.
Like with the standard DeFenders™, the back of the wheel opening is
approximately 2½" further back compared to typical tube fenders, and
about 4" further back than the stock Jeep flares. But the wheel opening
on the XC's is 3" higher than standard DeFenders, providing Massive Tire Clearance
with minimal lift! While there are specific considerations to address
with any particular Jeep, in most cases you should be able to run 37"
tires with no suspension lift, and 40's with just couple inches of lift! See the FAQ section below for a more detailed discussion of tire clearance.
Solid Plate, "Tubeless" Construction
Poison Spyder raises the bar for Jeep fender armor—DeFenders™
are the next evolutionary step beyond "tube fenders". DeFenders™ are
fabricated entirely from 3/16" plate, either heavy duty P&O steel or
lightweight 6061-T6 aluminum. CNC laser cutting and precision
brake-forming yield a stronger, more functional, better-looking fender
than the tired, out-dated tube fender design. Only one competitor
manufactures a fender that's anything like the DeFender™>—fabricated
entirely of plate with no tubing—but their design leaves a vertical edge
of the metal pointed downward, right at the tire. The DeFender™ has an
extra "return", or lip along the underside of the fender, which
provides better protection from cutting into a fully stuffed tire, while
also lending extra strength to the outer edge of the fender, where it
is most likely to come in contact with rocks, canyon walls, trees, etc.
DeFenders™ vs. "tube fenders"
DeFenders™ are not "tube fenders"—they're better! Much of the
Jeep armor industry was built upon Poison Spyder's original Tube Fender
design, which has been borrowed, copied, and in some cases even improved
upon, by many of our competitors. But now the state of the art in Jeep
fender armor takes a giant leap forward with the DeFender™ product
line. Rather than tube, the outer edges of the DeFender™ are
brake-formed into a rugged 3-sided rub rail. 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 material of the DeFender™ which is
carried throughout its structure, from the outer rub rail surface to the
top plates to the mounting structure. The DeFender™ is not only much
stronger than a tube fender, it looks much better as well, with smooth
flat surfaces that blend better with your Jeep's exterior appearance.
DeFender™ XC Inner Fenders
DeFender™ XC Inner Fenders
are easy to install and look great. They provide splash protection to
the engine compartment as well as a place to mount under-hood
accessories. Each inner fender is a 3-piece bolt-together assembly,
made of CNC laser cut aluminum sheet. Please note that no accessory
mounting holes or brackets are provided, as each installation is left to
the discretion of the installer to decide where to mount components.
Most stock inner fender-mounted components can be re-mounted to the
DeFender™ XC Inner Fenders by simply drilling a hole and/or fabricating a
simple bracket. Unfortunately, we have not yet found an elegant
solution for retaining the stock air box, so an aftermarket air intake
or open air filter element (such as a K&N conical filter) is
recommended. It may be possible to retain and re-use the stock inner
fenders, for those who wish to do so and save some money. That's why
the Inner Fender kit is sold separately. However we do not provide
instructions for retaining the stock inner fenders—it would be up to the
installer to figure out how best to do that.
The DeFender™ XC 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. DeFender™ XC's
are also available in 3" Tapered Flare and Zero Flare versions.
Side Port For Easy Access
ports in the side of the DeFender™ make it easy to access the area
between the wheel well and the firewall during installation. After
installation, these holes are covered with included solid fill plates or
with the optional "Spyder" Side Inserts or Full Length Side Plates
DeFender™ XC "Spyder" Side Inserts
To add a little extra Spyder flare to your install, opt for the DeFender™ XC "Spyder" Side Inserts,
which are CNC laser cut from 1/8" aluminum plate. The Spyder logo
cut-out acts as an air vent to promote airflow through the engine bay.
The Side Inserts are designed to bolt to the inside surface of the
DeFender™, using the supplied stainless steel button head hardware. The
Spyder inserts may also be used with the included solid inserts
by stacking the solid plate behind the Spyder plate—paint the solid
plate a contrasting color to make the spyder "pop"!. DeFender™ XC "Spyder" Side Inserts are sold separately.
DeFender™ XC Full Length Side Plates
For those who want more substantial armor protection, the DeFender™ XC Full Length Side Plates
extend from the fender flare rearward to the door opening, and from the
top of the Rocker Knockers™ up to the hood line. These Full Length
Side Plates also provide extra bracing for the DeFender™ against frontal
impacts, helping to prevent buckling of the weaker, stock tub
sheetmetal just rearward of the armored fender. DeFender™ Full Length
Side Plates are CNC laser cut from 3/16" 6061-T6 aluminum plate. Bolt
holes are countersunk so that the supplied flat head stainless steel
hardware lies flush with the plate's surface. The forward edge is cut
to fit the enlarged wheel opening of Poison Spyder DeFenders™, while the
lower edge is is cut to nest against Poison Spyder Rocker Knockers™ or
Ricochet Rockers™ (NOTE: the angle of the forward edge of the Full
Length Side Plates may not precisely align with the forward edge of
older versions of Rocker Knockers™ and Ricochet Rockers™—newer,
DeFender™-specific Rocker Knockers™ or Ricochet Rockers™ are designed to
match the angle of this forward edge more closely). DeFender™ XC Full Length Side Plates are sold separately
Steel or Aluminum?
DeFenders™ are available in either heavy duty P&O steel plate or
light weight 6061-T6 aluminum plate (both 3/16" thick). We recommend
steel for those Jeeps whose fenders are frequently in contact with the
rocks. For those looking to save weight but are willing to drive with
more finesse (not using the DeFenders™ as a battering ram), the aluminum
DeFenders™ may be just the ticket.
TJ Battery Lift Bracket
All TJ/LJ versions of the DeFenders™ come with a custom bracket for lifting the stock battery tray higher, to provide the extra clearance necessary for the DeFender's™larger wheel opening. This bracket is CNC laser cut brake-formed and fixture-welded for an easy, clean installation.
THIS IS NOT A SIMPLE BOLT-ON PART! Installing DeFender™ XC's or any
highline fender set is a major undertaking, requiring mechanical skills
and tools. Because of this we DO NOT recommend this installaiton for
novice mechanics or those who have to have a written, detailed procedure
for every contingency that may come up. So you know what you are
getting in to, here are a few notes on the installation process. Please
be aware that installation of the DeFender™ XC's REQUIRES either
cutting the bottom 3" off either side of your hood. We plan to offer
our own fiberglass "XC" hood at some point in the future, to be a
companion product to work with the DeFender™ XC's (as of this writing
there is no estimated date of availability for it). Cutting the stock
hood is done along the existing horizontal ridge in the side of the
hood, so careful cutting will provide good results and a "factory"
appearance. The stock hood latches may be retained, or the installer
may wish to use hood pins instead. If retaining the stock hood latches,
simply drill the mounting holes on the hood higher up. You will also
need to drill holes in the DeFender™ XC to mount the lower part of the
hood latch. We left these holes out of the XC version so that
installers could opt for different hood latching methods without leaving
un-used holes. Likewise, we also left the 3/4" LED marker lamp hole
out, as many Jeeps running the XC's will not be subject to DOT
regulations, so it is up to the installer's discretion to drill the 3/4"
hole in the front corner to mount an LED marker lamp, if that is
desired. Note that it is also up to the installer to figure out how to
mount or re-mount any under-hood accessories. Most items will mount by
simply drilling a hole and using the OE bracket or mounting screw.
Other components may require more ingenuity to mount. Chief among these
will be the stock air box, for which we have not yet devised an elegant
solution for its mounting. Keep in mind that installing these or any
brand of "highline" fenders can be a big job, entailing major surgery on
your Jeep. Because of this, it is assumed that the installer will have
above average installation, fabrication and problem solving skills, and
can work through any specific issues without the need of detailed,
step-by-step instructions for every little aspect of the install.
This product ships as bare steel—it will need to be painted or powder
coated prior to final installation. We do not offer a powder coat
option for this item.