What do kids and adults love to play in (besides those giant ball pits)? Mud. While whippersnappers are stuck making mud pies and chucking mud clods at each other, their parents have the freedom to drive their cars, trucks and SUVs off the beaten path into mud bogs. For that, you need protection. You need mud flaps. And, you need to know how to install mud flaps.
If you've never actually mounted a set before, the whole mud flaps installation process might seem a bit tricky. Lucky for you, these accessories are made for a straightforward DIY fit. Whether you need to install Dodge Ram mud flaps or Ford F150 mud flaps, the steps are basically the same. Check it out:
Simple Steps to Install Mud Flaps
- The first step in mounting your new mud flaps is to test-fit the flaps to make sure there's enough clearance in your wheel wells and that they follow your rig's contours.
- Once you know that the flaps will fit, give the mounting surface on your wheel well a thorough cleaning with degreaser to clear away any built-up muck.
- If your vehicle already has factory-drilled mud flap mounting holes, connect the mud flaps but don't tighten the mounting screws all the way. If your vehicle doesn't have factory-drilled mounting holes, use the mud flap as a template to drill the necessary holes. Then, connect the mud flaps in place but don't tighten the screws all the way.
- Double check that the mud flaps are parallel to the ground, then snug up the screws.
It's that Easy
Now, you can always head down to your dealership and pay through the nose for a set of custom mud flaps. Or, you can save yourself a bundle of moolah by ordering right here at AutoAnything. Not only do you get free shipping with your order (no minimum purchase required), but you also get a 1-year lower price guarantee. Pretty easy stuff. Of course, there will be some slight variations to these general installation steps, but these instructions should be the same whether you're mounting mud flaps for the Chevy Silverado or H3 mud flaps. And, the steps for installing dually mud flaps are virtually identical. All you really need to do extra is tighten up a few more bolts to support the added flap length.
Finding the Right Mud Flaps for Your Vehicle
If the idea of drilling into your rig is about as appealing as eating raw pork gizzards, then you'll want to check out WeatherTech mud flaps. They have an ingenious new line of no-drill splash guards for trucks and SUVs that clamp securely into place without needing a single hole drilled. Unfortunately, these drill-less mud guards only fit a limited range of vehicles. If your rig isn't on the list, you're not out of luck. You can score a set of Husky mud flaps or Dee Zee mud flaps instead—you'll just have to do a bit of drilling. We also have a mud guards tech center on our site, be sure to check it out.