While whippersnappers like making mudpies and chucking mud-clods at each other, their parents have the freedom to drive their cars, trucks and SUVs off the beaten path—sometimes right through a bog. For that sort of thing, you need protection, something to keep your vehicle relatively clean. Automotive mud flaps are what’s called for, but how do you install them?
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 F-150 mud flaps, the steps are basically the same. Check it out:
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Double check that the mud flaps are parallel to the ground, then snug up the screws.
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 the instructions should be the same. Same if you want to mount dually mud flaps. All you really need to do extra is tighten up a few more bolts to support the additional flap length.
Finding the right mud flaps for your vehicle
If the idea of drilling into your rig is unappealing, you want the WeatherTech No Drill Mud Flaps pictured above. They have an ingenious new line of no-drill splash guards for trucks and SUVs that clamp securely into place. Unfortunately, these drill-free 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 still score a set, like these mud flaps from Dee Zee—you will have to do a bit of drilling, though. We also have a Mud Guards Tech Center on our site, so be sure to check that out.