DeFenders are fabricated entirely from CNC laser-cut, precision brake-formed 3/16" plate heavy-duty P&O steel. 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. For those who need to maintain tire coverage, the DeFenders with 3" Flares provide approximately the same tire coverage as the stock plastic flares. 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. 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 2-1/2" further back compared to typical tube fenders, and about 4" further back than the stock Jeep flares. Shipped unpainted and ready to install on your Jeep.