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Custom Splash Guard Solution.

I have a 15 SRT in Maximum Steel, and I started noting small rock chips on the rear quarter panel just in front of, and on the back wheel arch. There is factory installed film paint protection, however it's not a large enough area of protection to protect the back from the 3 season tires.

I say this because, I have two other friends with SRTs who have all season tires, and they can find no evidence of the chipping I'm describing.

I can hear the "sticky" tires throwing up small debris all the time.

So, on my Shelby GT500, the factory installed very "minimalistic" splash guards on the back to protect the the paint.

I realize "splash guards" on an SRT is a VERY polarizing topic, but I decided to go with some custom guards for my SRT.

I went to the local 4x4 mod shop and had them "mock" up some single thickness guards for me. Basically the tech just kept moving the guard in and up and down, until I found the "sight picture", or amount of "show", I could live with.

I realize many of you hate splash guards, I get that, and applaud you! However many who have sticky "summer tires" may want to try this option.

Here is the front close up.



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Re: Custom Splash Guard Solution.

LOL... splash guards can generate a lot of discussion on this forum. Yours actually look pretty good on your SRT.

The problem is that in order for a splash guard to be the most effective, it requires that they hang down far enough to catch the rocks and other debris flung by the tires. Your front guards aren't down far enough to really prevent all of the chipping in the area you're most concerned about.

That's the same issue that Summit owners have with the new aftermarket guards from Husky... they don't hang down as far as the OEM Mopar guards available for the other GC models.

I understand that your SRT sits lower than other GC's and you certainly don't want the guards appearing to be dragging on the ground, so it's a compromise and better than having nothing at all.

But as I said above, they look good on yours.
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Old 12-28-2014, 09:25 AM
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Re: Custom Splash Guard Solution.

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LOL... splash guards can generate a lot of discussion on this forum. Yours actually look pretty good on your SRT.

The problem is that in order for a splash guard to be the most effective, it requires that they hang down far enough to catch the rocks and other debris flung by the tires. Your front guards aren't down far enough to really prevent all of the chipping in the area you're most concerned about.

That's the same issue that Summit owners have with the new aftermarket guards from Husky... they don't hang down as far as the OEM Mopar guards available for the other GC models.

I understand that your SRT sits lower than other GC's and you certainly don't want the guards appearing to be dragging on the ground, so it's a compromise and better than having nothing at all.

But as I said above, they look good on yours.
LOL, yeah, I knew SGs are a hot button!

My spray pattern, and eyeballing the stock wide tires, IMO, indicated the "missiles" were coming from the side of the OE fender flares (if you will LOL). And also some are coming from just underneath as you suggested. I think just the slight lateral protection, along with the slight inferior "reveal" is gonna protect the back. I'll be able to tell more after I wash the car again.

Here is a shot of my rear factory Shelby guard.

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Re: Custom Splash Guard Solution.

And talk about a beast that needs some type of splash guard!! I got to check this baby out last week at my Jeep dealership!

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Re: Custom Splash Guard Solution.

Here is a pic of my wife's 14 diesel and the OE guards, and I just could not roll "Range Rover" style on the SRT!

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Re: Custom Splash Guard Solution.

Yes, those tires will fling some crap past the flares. The way you positioned the guards should help with that.

In lieu of splash guards about the only other thing that could be done would to be use clear film (like Xpel) on the sides. Don't know what visual effect that would have though.

Sweet Challenger. Yeah, with the way the Challenger's sides are rolled under they could take a real beating.
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Re: Custom Splash Guard Solution.

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Here is a pic of my wife's 14 diesel and the OE guards, and I just could not roll "Range Rover" style on the SRT!
LOL... I understand. I roll "Range Rover" style on my Overland.
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Yes, those tires will fling some crap past the flares. The way you positioned the guards should help with that.

In lieu of splash guards about the only other thing that could be done would to be use clear film (like Xpel) on the sides. Don't know what visual effect that would have though.

Sweet Challenger. Yeah, with the way the Challenger's sides are rolled under they could take a real beating.
+1 on the film. My wife's GC has a "clear bra", and it's definitely working, as she rolls up 25K per year, and a lot of that is on the interstate.

And the clear film is working on my SRT. I know people who wrap their entire cars!!!

Problem is the clear film starts looking awful as it gets beat up. True, that's better than the paint taking a beating, but my SRT film looks bad after 2700 miles!!!!!

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Re: Custom Splash Guard Solution.

I lease mine. Had I purchased it I definitely would've gone the clear bra route. The first week I had the Jeep an oncoming dump truck sent a rock into the leading edge of my hood, right below the Jeep emblem. I was pissed to say the least.
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I lease mine. Had I purchased it I definitely would've gone the clear bra route. The first week I had the Jeep an oncoming dump truck sent a rock into the leading edge of my hood, right below the Jeep emblem. I was pissed to say the least.
No doubt! It seems everytime I'm in the SRT, or Shelby, all I do is dodge 18 wheelers or friggin dump trucks!!!
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Re: Custom Splash Guard Solution.

Thanks to the new found frac sand mining industry around here every other vehicle on the road is a dump truck. So if a gravel truck doesn't get you the others will sand blast you.

Can't win...
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Thanks to the new found frac sand mining industry around here every other vehicle on the road is a dump truck. So if a gravel truck doesn't get you the others will sand blast you.

Can't win...
I agree. After getting my reigning garage queen, the GT500, with 5K miles after 3 years, I promised myself NO more garage queens!!!!!

So, I'm tackling the world with the SRT, and taking some "chips" along the way!
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