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Mud Flaps / Splash Guards / DIY Pics

Discussion in 'Modified 2011- 2019 Explorers - Tuning & Mods' started by JDraper, March 3, 2011.

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    1. cyaford

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      What mudflaps to get? '16 Explorer Sport

      Hello. I used the search feature and didn't really see anything to answer my question, other than the mudflaps may or may not be a bitch to put on. What is the consensus on the best fitting/functioning mudflaps for a 2016 Explorer Sport? I've read that the Ford mudflaps usually result in 1 or both front flaps having a small noticeable gap after installation, although some owners didn't have that issue. As much as I think Ford should have the best fitting mudflaps, what about the Weathertechs? I've only read a few posts about them, as most of my search results were related to the Ford mudflaps. Since basically all of the threads were regarding how to install them, what about the performance? Anyone have mudflaps and aren't happy with them? I was washing our Explorer the other day and noticed quite a bit of road grime that the tires had slung on the lower body. So now I'd like to hopefully reduce it, if possible.

      Thanks!!
       
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    3. need-a-cage

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      I almost posted this same question yesterday. I am sure that any will keep the body cleaner, but how do they look on the 2016 Sport? Does anybody have pictures of the different brands on the Sport. My wife says that she wants NO MUDFLAPS, but she is not the one that spends hours washing it just to see the side get all dirty the next day when she drives through a puddle. I said, okay, no mudflaps, I'll just get splash guards. LOL.
       
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      After reading your post, I chose the wrong wording. I'm sure most people think of mudflaps as the monster thick rubber sheets found on 18 wheelers and dump trucks. lol I want the hard ABS plastic splash guards. :) Pics would be great!!
       
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      Made these from the ones the dealer installed and they work great at keeping mud and road grime off the rear. Grinded off the rivets to separate the aluminium plate, sanded, painted and then clear coated. Reinstalled plate with small plastic bolts and then reinstalled on Ford with original screws. small can of paint and clear coat $15 and screws $2.50.
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      Get the big, honking mudflaps with the naked women on them!
       
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      Not sure what you searched on but there is a 3 page thread on the topic. I have merged yours with it (this one).

      BTW, as I've posted before, I had no problem getting the dealer to throw these in for free plus free installation on my 2011 Explorer.

      Peter
       
    8. cyaford

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      Thanks Peter. I read this thread in it's entirety before starting a new thread since this one seems to be 3 pages on how to install the OEM flaps. There aren't any comparisons in this thread to the weathtech or other aftermarket flaps, which may be due to nobody using anything else. Hopefully someone will chime in before I order, and talk about their experience with other flaps. Great advice on getting the dealer to throw the flaps in for free as a deal sweetener. I didn't even think of adding flaps when we purchased it.
       
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      I have a full set of the Huskylners splash guards for sale in the classifieds if you're interested.
       
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      How come you don't except PM's?

       
    11. peterk9

      peterk9 Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      FYI his last post was June 26, 2014. The member may no longer be active on the Forum.

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      His 'green light' was on last night, that's why I posted the question.

      frank

       
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      Splashguard (mud flap) Install on 14 Sport

      Hi Guys,
      I just picked up a 14' sport last weekend and wanted to take care of a few items to get the vehicle how I liked it. I live in Seattle, so it rains, a lot, with the rain comes a lot of mess from the water and much on the roads being thrown up on the rear quarter panels, under the front doors, and in the lower door channel.

      This is what it looks like after driving every time it's wet
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      To keep the mess down I picked up a set of OEM smash guards from Amazon ( Here) and installed them today, pretty easy overall, just a few frustrating plastic fasteners. Plan on an hour and a half to complete the front and back guards.

      Tools you'll need:
      Drill & 1/4" Drill bit
      5.5mm socket and socket wrench
      phillips head screw driver

      Starting with the rear, here's what you get in the Kit, 2 Splashguards and 2 plastic fasteners:

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      Jack up the truck and slide in some jack stands for safety. Next, remove the rear wheel.

      This is what you'll see:
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      Clean off the area where you'll be working, should look like this now.

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      This next step may vary by vehicle, some early tucks have all phillips head screw drivers, mine had 2 5.5 mm screws and a plastic expanding clip, you'll want to remove the fasteners that are on the lower side of the trim.

      You should now be able to pull the inner wheel trim out like this, take the time to clean behind here just cause.

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      Next you'll get the rear splash guard in place and reinstall the original fasteners in the same places you removed them from. You'll want to hold the splashguard firmly in place and tighten the 2 screws first to hold in in place. On my truck the plastic clip when in the middle hole.

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      Next we'll drill the hole for the plastic faster included in your rear parts bag. Use your 1/4" drill bit and use the 4th hole in the splash guard as a guide to punch a hole in the inner wheel liner.

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      After this, install the plastic clip into the hole.

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      Now, take the opportunity to check your tire, rim, brakes and suspension for any defects that need to be fixed. This is also a good time to clean the inside of your rim and behind the rim face.

      Reinstall your tire and repeat the steps on the other side.

      We'll move to the front in the next post.
       
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      The Fronts

      The fronts are easier ( You don't have to remove the wheels from the vehicle, just turn so you can get to the fasteners on the back of the wheel well.

      (It was starting to get dark, so a few of the images below aren't as brightly lit)

      Here's what you get in the front kit: 2 splash guards and a parts bag with 4 screws, 4 threaded clips,

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      First you'll turn the wheels all the way to lock, and go to the side you turned towards.

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      You will have 4 fasteners to remove, 2 plastic clips with plastic screws in them behind the tire, and 2 plastic trees at the bottom of the trim piece directly behind the wheel well.

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      The next step is to install the 2 plastic metal treaded clips. You'll pull the trim piece towards you and once that's clear pull forward the inner wheel well trim to slide these clips where the 2 plastic clips directly behind the wheel were located.

      Here is the clip, didn't grab a photo of where it installs, but it's very obvious, there are two holes on separate metal tabs where these will go, the flat part goes towards the front wheel.

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      It's all easy from here, push the wheel liner back into place and then pull the trim back into place. From the bottom, install the original fastener that was closest to the wheel.

      Next hold the splash guard in place and use the 2 screws included in the parts kit to secure it to the vehicle.

      Here is a picture of the screws you'll use
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      Next use your drill to make a 1/4" hole using the top hole in the splashguard as a guide.

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      Install one of the 2 plastic clips you removed from here earlier into the new hole. It should now look like this:

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      The instructions recommend installing the original fastener to the bottom of the trim piece, I thought it was too flimsily so I used the left over plastic clip from the wheel well and used it to secure the bottom of the splash guard.


      Once you have done this you're done. Repeat the steps on the opposite side to finish the project.
       
    15. cwescapexlt4x4

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      Nice, do you have a final photo (further away from EX) with them installed?
       
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      I had a little easier time. I had the dealer supply and install them free as part of the deal. ;)

      Peter
       
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      Check out posts 16 and 41 in this now merged thread.

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      Thank you Top Fuel Friday for the excellent pictorial on the install.

      Peter
       
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      It was dark when I finished for a good photo, I'll grab a few pics today.


      Thanks everyone.
       
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      Here you go,

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      There are 2 options on the "build" website... Splash Guards $205. and Molded Splash Guards $50... When I was ordering my car, the dealer couldn't tell me if the $205 splash guards fit with the $50 molded splash guards, or why one was 4 times as expensive as the other. Can anyone here answer the question. It appears that everyone is installing the molded splash guards. Thanks
       
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      On the Canadian site under Accessories it shows Splash Guards; Front $60.99, Rear $62.49.
      On Ford.com under Accessories it shows Splash Guards; Front $49.99, Rear $49.99.
      All are the molded type. Perhaps the $205 includes installation. I'd suggest buying them as an accessory rather than an option if you want to do the work yourself. Or better yet, do what I did and have them supplied and installed for free as part of the deal like I did. :)

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      I have Weathertech mud flaps and I didn't remove any wheels or have to drill anything.
       
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      Pics?

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      I've had a hard time posting pics. Using imgr and they weren't working in another post. They are $40 a set so $80 for the whole truck.
       
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      Did you read this thread?
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