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Re: mud flaps on GC ?

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Didn't want to install them initially but did it anyways. They are actually looking ok on my black vehicle with 18' wheels. Installed both front and back in ~75minutes and had no trouble with the instructions but overall the install is a bit tricky (rough on your hands). Didn't remove rear tires, used a small cordless drill (you only drill in plastic) and a wrench set to tighten the screws.
I'm happy now because didn't like the dirt thrown up on the sides before...
Can you post a picture of the Jeep? I want to see how they look in the rear installed. thanks...
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Can you post a picture of the Jeep? I want to see how they look in the rear installed. thanks...
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Old 04-20-2012, 10:29 PM
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Re: mud flaps on GC ?

Nice, snug fit -- better than ours the dealer did, leaving gaps.
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Re: mud flaps on GC ?

agree... very nice fit. and a shiny Jeep too.

thanks for the pictures... I might end up installing the rear flaps on my Jeep.
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Re: mud flaps on GC ?

Yes, you really have to work at keep the gaps tight while you install them. Also, on mine I took extra effor to keep the bottom of the rear flaps parallel to the ground so the embossed Jeep logo was straight when viewing from the back. I have seen quite a few 2011-12 GC's with flaps that are installed gapped and crooked on the rears. Thanks for the photos. My photos are in this and a few other threads showing how to install the flaps. Best luck.
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Re: mud flaps on GC ?

To people who have had these on during the winter. Do you still get stone chips on the lower side of the jeep at all? I ask because I drove 1k miles with my brand new Tacoma in the winter with the biggest flaps known to man and had some really bad stone chips on my rear fender flare lower area. Had to buy running boards so it wouldn't happen anymore. And the Tacoma flaps are friggin massive...
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Re: mud flaps on GC ?

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To people who have had these on during the winter. Do you still get stone chips on the lower side of the jeep at all? I ask because I drove 1k miles with my brand new Tacoma in the winter with the biggest flaps known to man and had some really bad stone chips on my rear fender flare lower area. Had to buy running boards so it wouldn't happen anymore. And the Tacoma flaps are friggin massive...
Nary a chip on ours after nearly 10k miles in various seasons. But we also have some 3M bra material in front of the rear wheels and the front of the hood.
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Re: mud flaps on GC ?

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Nary a chip on ours after nearly 10k miles in various seasons. But we also have some 3M bra material in front of the rear wheels and the front of the hood.
Evidence of stones hitting the 3m??
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Re: mud flaps on GC ?

No chips after 5500 miles and 1 winter. That's why I put on the flaps the day I picked up my GC.
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Re: mud flaps on GC ?

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Evidence of stones hitting the 3m??
Can't be certain, even though we have a long gravel driveway. On the road we hear the occasional smack of a colliding rock, and the windshield already has four or five itsy stone chips. However, no tears in the 3M plastic, even tiny ones. It seems as if the bra material is pliable enough to recover its shape after being hit so long as there has been no tear. It appears to be pretty tough stuff.

So it's hard to tell the extent to which the mud flaps deflect damage as compared with the 3M bra-type plastic. Bottom line, using both types of protection the vehicle's paint is exactly what it was when we drove it off the dealer's lot.

BTW, I had the 3M installer remove the clunky factory stock clear plastic protection in front of the lower-rear wheel wells. Once that was taken off (aided by a heat gun), a significantly larger swath of 3M bra plastic was applied in front of the rear wheel wells.

(Had the headlights covered with 3M film while we were at it to prevent haze, cracks and dings. Everywhere else the 3M film adheres perfectly, but there is slight wrinkling on the 3/4" outer wraparound of each headlight -- not enough that I wouldn't have it done again, but those considering it should at least be aware of this.)
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Re: mud flaps on GC ?

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No chips after 5500 miles and 1 winter. That's why I put on the flaps the day I picked up my GC.
Same here! Installed the mudguards when I bought the Jeep in Feb 2011. I've gone through 1.5 winters and no stone chips. The 3M protective tape still looks brand new.
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Anyone have suggestions for other brands of flaps or us everyone going with stock ones? Pros and cons for the different aftermarket ones vs the oem ones?
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