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How To: Trimming Front Mud Flaps

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by NetMonkey, Nov 21, 2009.

  1. Nov 21, 2009 at 7:07 PM
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    NetMonkey

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    i know, trimming your mud flaps is a simple process, but i dont think i have ever seen it documented with pictures. so here is the way i did it:

    Here is the stock mudflap (right side). it hangs down about 12 inches below the truck.
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    I cut out a template of the mud flap from a piece cardboard and then trimmed the template 5 inches shorter.
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    I then took a marker and traced the edge of the template.
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    then i used some masking tape to define the line to cut.
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    i used a dremel with a cut off wheel to make the cut. it may not be the best attachment to use (because it heats up and melts the plastic mud flap), but it worked for me. here is the mud flap mid-cut.
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    here is the complete cut.
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    i used a sander attachment on the dremel to clean up the cut.
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    here is the 5 inches that was cut off.
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    here is the completed cut on the left side.
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    amount removed from the left mud flap.
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    i should now be able to go over a speed bump without rubbing the mud flaps :p

    the whole process took about 30 minutes.

    enjoy :)
     
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  2. Nov 21, 2009 at 7:15 PM
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    TurfTaco

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    Nice wrightup. I was wondering when someone would do a wrightup on the flaps. I am suprised no one has ever marketed shorter mudflaps for the toyotas. I bet they would sell.
     
  3. Nov 21, 2009 at 7:25 PM
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  4. Nov 21, 2009 at 7:40 PM
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    Dane-Taco

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    Great DIY write up!!

    That is the reason is took the front flaps off. ...They sold with in 20 mins on Ebay!!
     
  5. Nov 21, 2009 at 9:04 PM
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    I used a pair of tin snips to cut mine.
    Still need to do a final sanding on them.
    What grit did you use on the sanding?
     
  6. Nov 21, 2009 at 9:25 PM
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    blackhawke88

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    Great write up!! Definitely needs to be stickied :thumbsup:
     
  7. Nov 21, 2009 at 9:47 PM
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    I got did the same thing today because of EAmonkey....If it's too difficult I would not have done it. Installed my CB at mod day too.

    Thanks man. Awesome truck too.

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  8. Nov 21, 2009 at 11:23 PM
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    ilovetacos

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    Nice write up. I tried the dremel at first but I found it easier to heat the flaps up with a heat gun then use a razor blade to cut them. They cut very easily once their soft from the heat. Leaves a nice smooth cut too.
     
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  9. Nov 22, 2009 at 5:23 AM
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    Capita

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    Great Writeup and pictures. I believe Skistoy did a similar writeup a few months ago about this. It convinced me to do it and I am very pleased with the result. I'd recommend it to everyone.
     
  10. Nov 22, 2009 at 6:20 AM
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  11. Nov 22, 2009 at 6:25 AM
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    Nice write up!! now I might want to do it on my first gen
     
  12. Nov 22, 2009 at 6:27 AM
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    I bascially did this but removed the flaps from the truck and used a razor to cut. No sanding needed afterward. I also went short than the op, leaving just enough flap to hang down to mid-tire on 265/75/R16s.
     
  13. Nov 22, 2009 at 1:09 PM
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    Just did mine. Easy to do. Now I don't have to worry about the flap tearing off. I may add the removed piece as a stiffner edger on the bottom edge. Any thoughts on that idea??
     
  14. Nov 22, 2009 at 1:24 PM
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    not to many, love it the way it is
    I used tin snips for the cut and matched the distance off the ground on the back flap to determine the cut off amount on the front. looks much better cut, no doubt
     
  15. Nov 22, 2009 at 1:56 PM
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    Tin snips to cut will save you a ton of time. Leaves a decently smooth edge. A little sand paper to finish it up and it's done.

    All in all took about 2 minutes to do both sides.
     
  16. Nov 22, 2009 at 3:40 PM
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    Found the tin snips much easier, the dremmel not great for cutting plastic
    I also did a tread a while back, but cant find the damn thread at all ( yes i did the search )
    I'll have to start writing down the names of the threads - hahaha
     
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  17. Nov 22, 2009 at 3:48 PM
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  19. Nov 29, 2009 at 2:45 PM
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    Regarding the dremel melting the plastic, you need to use a slower speed and take your time. If you don't have an adjustable speed on the dremel, then not much you can do.
     
  20. Nov 29, 2009 at 4:33 PM
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    4x4x4trd

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    Used the tin snip version and only removed 2.5" of material. Worked great with a little finish sanding around the edge in about 10 minutes.

    Before:
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    After:
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    Drivers side after sanding:
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    The rear flaps stock hang 10" below the truck. The front with the 2.5" removed now hang 9" below the truck. Notice the custom high dollar $$$$ wheel stops!!!!
     
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