MCE (Modern Classic Enterprises, LLC) is the vision of Co-CEOs Jason Robson and Mike Waclawski. Jason and Mike are Jeep fanatics, and live the Jeep lifestyle. Their vision is to create and produce parts for Jeep vehicles that push the edge of technology and enhance off-road capability, as well as provide OE-style aesthetics. They met in 2005 while attending Central Washington University, in of all places, an elective welding class. After college, Jason became a project manager for his family’s commercial mechanical contracting firm. Mike worked at his college job for a while assisting a general contractor building high-end custom homes. He also worked as a mechanic on high dollar offshore performance boats before becoming a project manager at a custom marine crane manufacturer. They spent the next few years Jeeping around their local area (Manastash Ridge/Naches) and building Jeep parts on the side. One of their in-house projects was cutting Jason’s 1998 TJ in half and stretching it 15 inches, to LJ length. That TJ (dubbed the “TJ-6”) has since put on thousands of daily driven miles, including 3 round trips to Moab (~1,000 miles each way), and is still ready for more.
It is this time on the local tight, twisty trails that Mike and Jason discovered the idea of high-end plastic as the material for a front fender. Some Jeeps in the area were getting tweaked and dented tubs from rigid tube and steel fenders just transferring impact and leverage to the surrounding sheet metal. Not to mention, in the at-the-time fad of adding tons of steel and weight, Jeeps were becoming slow and top-heavy. Mike and Jason knew that with their ideas and backgrounds, there was an opportunity to be had, so in 2009, MCE was formed.
The next 2 years were spent perfecting the design from feedback from the market, as well as, starting from scratch, setting up and streamlining production both in-house, and from sub contractors from various areas of the USA. Today, MCE has a number of products in development or on the drawing board, and Mike and Jason still get out into the local mountains for R&D as often as possible. After all, it is the real world experience in which new ideas are founded.
MCE Flexible Fenders specs:
-MCE – spec TPO plastic (black in color, light textured finish)
-UV stable (although paintable)
-Durable in extreme cold temperatures
-Lifetime Warranty against cracking for the original buyer
-1 piece design fits onto a trimmed OE fender (CY/YJ/TJ), (no cutting needed for upcoming JK model)
-Rubber grommet mount (ATV-style) on flare portion behind tire (“pops” off the grommet if impacted hard enough, can be “popped” right back on)
-Exact fit die-stamped 6061 aluminum grille brackets when required
-Will not transfer energy to the Jeep body if impacted on the trail