Originally Posted by not_too_shabby
I just installed the fronts and missed the small diagram that shows that plastic spacer between the mudflap and the fender. I put it on front side of the mudflap next to the washer on the bolt. Anybody know why that spacer is there? I'm afraid to unscrew the bolt and move the spacer, because that clip might drop down and then I would have to pull the whole flap off and start over.
If you mashed the clips like you said in your other post with channel locks (that's exactly what I did) the clip should not move. I had to move the washer after the install too. But I caught it on the 2nd flap install, maybe this should go behind
I did the same thing and asked the same question about the washer. I think it's just to make the flap mount flush. There is a slight gap behind the flap between the flap and the liner and the washer fills that gap, rather than "bend" the flap (slightly) to conform.