Solid, "Tubeless" Construction
DeFenders™ are fabricated entirely from CNC laser-cut, precision
brake-formed 3/16" plate, either heavy duty P&O steel or lightweight
6061-T6 aluminum. 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.
Increased Front Tire Clearance
Even on the non-highline version, the DeFender™ provides a much larger
wheel opening than stock or some competitors' tube fenders. The back of
the wheel opening, where larger tires tend to rub when the steering is
at full-lock, is approximately 2½" further back compared to typical tube
fenders, and about 4" further back than the stock Jeep flares.
3" Tapered Flare
The 3" Tapered Flare was designed for maximum performance in several
aspects. First, it provides the same splash protection of our regular
3" flare, keeping mud and debris from splashing up onto the side of the
Jeep. But rather than having a straight side, the edge of the flare
tapers inward toward the front of the Jeep, in a line parallel to the
tapered edge of the hood. In this manner it tapers from 3" at the back,
to about the same width as our "Zero Flare" at the front, providing the
same great clearance for articulating tires and tight trails that our
Zero Flare provides. DeFenders™ are also available in Zero Flare and Negative Flare versions, and a wider, tire coverage width to be released at a future date.
Optional Inner Fender Kit
DeFenders™ are designed to be able to re-use the stock inner fenders,
for those who would like to save some money and not hassle with
re-locating all of the fender-mounted accessories. For those who would
prefer to replace the entire fender/inner fender assembly, Poison Spyder
now offers the DeFender™ Inner Fender Kit.
This is a 3-piece (per side) 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™ Inner
Fenders by simply drilling a hole and/or fabricating a simple bracket.
Steel or Aluminum?
DeFenders™ are available in either heavy duty steel or light weight
aluminum (both 3/16" thick). We recommend steel for those Jeeps whose
fenders are frequently in contact with the rocks. For those needing a
great looking, light weight fender that's strong but not necessarily as
hard core as the steel ones, aluminum is a great alternative.
Easy Access & Side Plate Options
holes 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 a choice of different side
cover plates. For the simplest install, choose the DeFender™ Side
Inserts, which fill the access holes in the side panels of the
DeFender™. DeFender™ Side Inserts
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. For those who
want more substantial armor protection, the DeFender™ 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™ Side Inserts and DeFender™ Full Length Side Plates
are sold separately (must be added to your cart as a separate item), so
you may choose which one best matches your needs (select one or the
other, but not both).
Retains Factory Inner Fenders
Why deal with the cost or hassle of replacing your existing inner
fenders? DeFenders™ are designed to work with your Jeep's OE inner
fenders, saving cost as well as the hassle of
removal/installation/relocation of all of your under-hood gear.
Accepts Hi Intensity LED Marker Lamps
Replacing your Jeep's factory fenders also removes the factory side
marker light formerly mounted in the fender flare. DeFender™ are
designed with provisions for mounting a smaller, more discreet but high
intensity 3/4" LED Marker Lamp.
These lamps are available separately through Poison Spyder Customs,
and are DOT approved for automotive use. Note that these LED marker
lamps may be wired to function as either a marker/running lamp or as a
turn signal, but not as both.
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.