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Hi all,

I've been reading comments about the length of mud flaps and the 'problems' when reversing. I'm thinking about buying the Rally Armor mud flaps and wanted to get peoples opinion regarding concerns over reversing with longer flaps and snagging them - will they get pulled off or pull off a piece of body work?

Cheers - Steve
 

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I haven't had any problems, I thought they were a little long at first too but so far they've been great. And I've been backing into and driving threw some deep snow the last couple days too..
 

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I've had no problems at all with my URs;
It would take something pretty tall to back into to hold the flap to the tire.. like a parking barricade or a big snowbank.. I don't plan on going over either of those backwards :biggrin:

 

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The flaps I made are quite long. I guess if you do a lot of reversing and you think it could get pinched between the wheel and a rock then try it shorter.
Also, make your own. You can play with the length and design.
 

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all of you guys still have stock heights it looks like.. the problems usually occur with lowered vehicles.
 

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That's the best photo I've seen of them - there is quite a gap. I haven't lowered mine - if anything I'd be looking to raise it at some point.

Thanks a bunch.

Cheers - Steve

I've had no problems at all with my URs;
It would take something pretty tall to back into to hold the flap to the tire.. like a parking barricade or a big snowbank.. I don't plan on going over either of those backwards :biggrin:

 

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mine are 2" close to the ground. I did pulled one off when going into reverse and into a sidewalk...
 

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lol I did the same thing... a little embarrassing

I'm lowered and im good.... not for nothing mudflaps are made to be abused. i know mine are.
 

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Made my own. Went to the local heavy truck parts store and purchased stiff urathane flaps. Known as anti sail flaps in the big truck world. Made them 1.5" wider than stock , play with the length to you get the look u want. I started with a piece of cardboard then transfered the pattern to the flap and cut out with a jig saw. they work great. have not ripped one off yet.
 

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My UR's are pretty low to the ground too... but I have never had any problems with them... Theyve been beaten up through the last few winter months and such, but they really are worth it.



 

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I have pulled off a rear flap twice (my work does not allow head-in parking, FORWARD FIRST is a HUGE deal) on car-stops in parking lots but the lift-kit is going on today so I think those days are over. Keeping the flaps long GREATLY helps them do the job.

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I never had a problem running these... ran them into the ground a bunch. But they never got stuck!






I've since swapped to some rally armor custom flaps that don't hang so low because the car is lower.
 

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I think most curbs are 6-8 inches so keeping the rear flaps with this much clearance would ensure the flaps are not likely to scrape against the curb when doing a parallel parking. This is even more important when the added flaps are sticking out an inch or so. No?

However, most of the pictures posted here shows the rear flaps are in really good shape! So you guys never parallel park or you are that good?
 

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There's an easy fix for that. Just angle the door mirror downwords so you can see the rear wheel and whatever it may hit.
 

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Im kinda still on the fence, but Im leaning toward some good ol' rally armor basics... the other option is get some cheapies at pep boys...

theres no way Im making my own lol Im not equipt to do that lol
 

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While my car was stock height I never had a problem with running over the flaps (rallyarmor ones). Since its been lowered I've run them over twice and pulled them off while reversing up kerbs :icon_redface:

If you are staying stock height or higher then you won't have any issues unless you are trying to reverse up something ridiculous.
 
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