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Front mud flaps...need advice

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Clay2078, Feb 9, 2015.

  1. Feb 9, 2015 at 5:25 PM
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    OZ-T

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    Tin snips work too
     
  2. Feb 9, 2015 at 5:26 PM
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  3. Feb 9, 2015 at 5:33 PM
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    Tin snips are what I used. Cut 3.5-4" off and used the bottom of the cut off piece as a template for the profile of the 'new' bottom edge. A little sanding with a foam drywall block & voila. Done.

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  4. Feb 9, 2015 at 5:37 PM
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    darkfader Will this fit without rubbing?

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    That looks perfect Qball. I'm doing this ASAP. No sense in dropping 70$ on the husky's.
     
  5. Feb 9, 2015 at 5:38 PM
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    This is the best pic I have. Sorry, I dont remember how the stocks fit, since I took them off shortly after I got it home.
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  6. Feb 10, 2015 at 5:04 AM
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    This is what I did too. I am experiencing some mud spray, but haven't noticed any rocks hitting yet. I only trimmed the fronts because those are the ones I was dragging on the ground.
     
  7. Feb 10, 2015 at 5:34 AM
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    It looks like the new '16 Tacoma's don't even come with mud flaps, just take them off.

    I just took my front off and I have my backs trimmed up, but I have been thinking about removing my rears. I had the front trimmed up nice and short, but it just looks better with them off.
     
  8. Feb 10, 2015 at 7:01 AM
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    I did the same thing as above. However I took off 5 inches. I used a band saw to cut mine and a fine file to smooth them out. Took all of 10 minutes and good to go.
     
  9. Feb 10, 2015 at 7:11 AM
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    nothing cool
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    Tin snips and sand paper. Didnt even take them off my truck.
     
  10. Feb 10, 2015 at 8:52 AM
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    I did mine like cmurder except I took mine off. Painters tape and traced stock shape. Cut with Pruning shears and finished with a sanding block. It looks like stock just 6" shorter. I'm gonna replace the clips with bolts when I get around to it.
     
  11. Feb 10, 2015 at 9:50 AM
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    I have the Huskys installed in the front because the stock ones rubbed with a larger tire. Fixed the problem (mostly). Otherwise, they're shorter, but still provide most of the coverage. They come with a piece of 3M adhesive plastic that goes under the flap to avoid rubbing more of the paint off. Also the flaps cover up any rubbed off paint already.
     
  12. Feb 19, 2015 at 9:35 AM
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    I did this, too.
    I was lucky to have a set of panel fastener removal tools lying around.
    Incorporated the use of some blue painters tape.
    Used kitchen shears instead of tin snips for the cuts.
    Took my time (30 minutes from start to finish) - and it came out looking great!
    Easy.
     
  13. Feb 19, 2015 at 10:01 AM
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    darkfader Will this fit without rubbing?

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    Did mine yesterday.

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  14. Feb 19, 2015 at 10:19 AM
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  15. Feb 19, 2015 at 10:39 AM
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    I just took my OEM ones off and ordered some Husky mud flaps. If you plan on going with a 32" tire or bigger you will have rubbing issues with the OEM flaps on the front ones on the inside because the OEM ones "bulge out" right there and catch the tire. The Husky flaps are made where they stay inward away from the wheel. Even with a level your tires will rub where the OEM ones bulge out on the inside part of the mud flap.
     
  16. Feb 19, 2015 at 10:57 AM
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    To those that trimmed, do the flaps still serve a purpose when it comes to stopping splatter and rock kickup?

    Reason I ask is. I took all my flaps off, no rock chips ( not yet alteast). But I am dealing with water (salt, mud water) kick back from the front tires.
     
  17. Feb 27, 2015 at 9:02 AM
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    to me it seems the only real but imperfect solution is plasticolor type universal flaps. I say imperfect because of the fitment to the flares. The husky's provide more coverage than none, but not as much as the stock. Stock will break off unless your 100% on pavement your whole life, but even then... I have the husky's and until i put on nerf's i got a lot of spray on the door, and spray includes all kinds of non paint friendly stuff.
     
  18. Mar 7, 2015 at 8:03 PM
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    Here we go again!
    @Darkfader how much did you cut off? Tia
     
  19. Aug 10, 2015 at 12:30 PM
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    I cut mine this weekend (while on the truck). Not sure how much I cut off. I came down 4.5" from the top. I let the truck sit in the direct sun while I made a cardboard template from bottom of the flap. I then penciled and cut with Tin Snips. The cut edge came out almost perfect. Just a very light sanding on the bottom edge. From 5 feet away, they look OE. Total job took less than 30 minutes. Oh yea, I hit that tail pipe with some black spray paint while I was at it...
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  20. Aug 10, 2015 at 12:58 PM
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    I did mine this weekend as well. I took 5in. off the fronts and 4in. off the rears. I took mine off the truck and measured up from the bottom. I used sheet metal scissors and it worked great.
     
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