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Old 12-07-2015, 02:56 PM
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fugly mud flaps

My white Altitude isn't even 2 weeks old and I went ahead and ordered the mopar splash guards to prevent rock chips. I've installed the fronts but haven't installed the rears yet. ugh... these are ugly.

Do you guys really get that bad of rock chips if you don't install the splash guards? I won't be doing much off roading, just mainly driving on the hwy.

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Old 12-07-2015, 03:31 PM
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Re: fugly mud flaps

I reluctantly put both front and rear mud flaps on my Grand Cherokee.

I switched the stock tires for Nitto Terra Grappler G2's, so i cant say the same about the stock tires but these things pick rocks up like crazy and shoot them out once at highway speeds.

I left the beach after a weekend of driving on the sand and in gravel parking lots and once i got on the highway i could hear the rocks hitting the under body and side panel. Luckily for me there was no permanent damage and the one rock that did hit the side panel was caught by that little plastic film on the rear door.

While they're not the most attractive mud flaps I've ever seen they've given me the peace of mind while driving that no rocks are going to be hitting the paint, and the look is growing on me. Another added benefit is that they do keep the car a lot cleaner.
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Re: fugly mud flaps

You can get paintable ones from a dealer (and possibly aftermarket) if you don't like the black.

I notice more benefit in keeping large quantities of muck or ice slush off the body than rocks, but yeah, they do keep a bit of rock rash off if you hit gravel a lot.
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Re: fugly mud flaps

I've got terra grapplers and no mud flaps to the fronts, no chips so far. Been off for a couple years now.

The only issue I had was they got caught when hitting objects when I went places.
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Re: fugly mud flaps

Yeah unfortunately the splash guards on the WK2 look terrible. 5800 miles on my 2014 Summit and no chips on the lower panels, doors, or rear quarter (in front of rear wheels).
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Re: fugly mud flaps

I hate mud guards on any and every car—it's an aesthetic thing.

Perhaps instead of preventing stones you could protect the panels at risk with some 3M clear bra covering or similar? If you were to cover the lowest side and rear trim pieces I wouldn't think that it would be visible at all.
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Re: fugly mud flaps

5 years of WK2 driving, mostly in suburbs. No rock chip issues to date and had Michelin LTX M/S 2's on MY11. They were stone collectors! Vehicle comes standard with a small piece of clear bra ahead of rear wheel wells.
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Re: fugly mud flaps

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I hate mud guards on any and every car—it's an aesthetic thing.

Perhaps instead of preventing stones you could protect the panels at risk with some 3M clear bra covering or similar? If you were to cover the lowest side and rear trim pieces I wouldn't think that it would be visible at all.
The current models come with a small factory clear plastic covering.
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Re: fugly mud flaps

I only installed the front flaps.

I thought the rear flaps were ugly and the rear end is plastic so even if the paint gets chipped (doubtful) it's not going to rust.

AND...

It's fun to drive in the section of the lane with the most moisture when it's raining/snowing to throw rain/snow up onto the ass-hat tailgating me (with my Goodyear A/T tires). Mudflaps would minimize the fun.
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Re: fugly mud flaps

I put them on, it is a mud flap how does one design a good looking mud flap?

Saves rear paint, and courteous to people behind you when driving.(except for ass hats tailgating as noted above LOL

Once they toss the sand er gravel down after snow storms up here I am sure I will be glad I have them.
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I only installed the front flaps.

I thought the rear flaps were ugly and the rear end is plastic so even if the paint gets chipped (doubtful) it's not going to rust.

AND...

It's fun to drive in the section of the lane with the most moisture when it's raining/snowing to throw rain/snow up onto the ass-hat tailgating me (with my Goodyear A/T tires). Mudflaps would minimize the fun.
Actually they don't block that much, if you "accidentally" drift over into the slush "to break it up for lesser vehicles".

I wonder if anyone makes a liquid form of butyl mercaptan that you could add to
an extra re-aimed rear window washer for the "dog sniffers" in traffic.
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