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removing mudflaps

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by ilovemytaco, Feb 28, 2009.

  1. Apr 1, 2009 at 7:56 PM
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    JAG

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    It is funny you say that because I just took off my step bars to paint them. I had them off for a day and everytime I looked at the truck it made it seem like it was lifted.
     
  2. Apr 2, 2009 at 8:13 AM
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    Barry J

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    Does your tires rub on those "JcWhitney" flaps
     
  3. Apr 2, 2009 at 9:40 AM
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    Veccster

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    Lift your truck and you won't have to worry about ripping them off on a speed bump.

    I removed the front only but I also have side rails. I like the 4x4 on the back ones.

    The plastic rivets do suck. I use a small screwdriver to pry the top out. Once it extends, it releases the inner part and just falls out. If you don't extend it and release the inner part, it will come out with a yank but is likely to break. I wanted to put them back in so I tried to keep them in tact. Only broke the first one until I saw how they work.

    Also, they do not fit tight when put back in. I guess you could find a washer or something but I just left them loose.

    You also have to remove a few screws but that is obvious...for most.

    [​IMG]
     
  4. Apr 2, 2009 at 10:15 AM
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    Armyballer

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    Went off roading in Germany and they both came/tore off pretty easy. :D
     
  5. Dec 26, 2009 at 12:30 PM
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    07TacoRidah

    07TacoRidah SHHHH, this is interesting

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    I know this is an old thread, but my little cousin has a Pre-Runner and on the drivers side front mudflap, it's broken, I think he cracked it somehow and just ripped it off manually thinking it would make things better for the time being. Yesterday he took the broken mudflap off, although the passenger side (which wasn't damaged) isn't coming off as it should. I am not really sure, but below and a bit behind the wheel well and fender flair he put in one of the plastic rivets to hold the inner well. I have to snap shots of it, but hopefully I am explaining it right, if not it will be explained from the pictures.

    Now from what he tells me, there is supposed to be a bolt that goes there, not the rivet, but when he tried to put in the bolt, it kept turning, and just fell off when he stopped. I am thinking to put in a retaining tab (the ones that aftermarket speakers have Alpine/Pioneer/etc.) I have the base model access cab and I'm not really sure what is supposed to be there. I only have the mudflaps in the back.

    "The plastic rivets do suck. I use a small screwdriver to pry the top out. Once it extends, it releases the inner part and just falls out. If you don't extend it and release the inner part, it will come out with a yank but is likely to break. I wanted to put them back in so I tried to keep them in tact. Only broke the first one until I saw how they work.

    Also, they do not fit tight when put back in. I guess you could find a washer or something but I just left them loose."

    quote - Veccster

    on his (my little cousins taco), it's loose like Veccster stated, is that okay? I was there at his house last night and could jiggle the well some. The well isn't sagging into the tire or anything, but it's bothering my little cousin to the point where I know he will most likely end up breaking something trying to fix it.
     
  6. Dec 26, 2009 at 3:39 PM
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    Take em off, it looks better
    sell those mofos right here on TW, and get something nice, I got some of those little side mirrors that help you see in your blind spot, a california brush being that my truck is black, and some husky weather mats
     
  7. Dec 26, 2009 at 5:00 PM
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    07TacoRidah

    07TacoRidah SHHHH, this is interesting

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    He told me about the shorter ones, I am not sure where he is going to be getting them from but I know he still wants flaps, just not flimsy OEM's. Hopefully he can sell the back ones, and maybe someone that just needs the passenger front side so he can get some cash for the new ones. I hit him up about it, he sucks at forums and such. Closest to a forum he's really been on is Facebook.
     
  8. Dec 27, 2009 at 4:56 AM
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    I accidentally ripped off the rear, driver-side mudflap on my 05 Pre-Runner, so if you or anyone else has a unwanted spare I can buy, please let me know. I definitely would consider purchasing an after-market pair, if anyone has a recommendation. Thank you. mousecreek at gmail dot com
     
  9. Dec 27, 2009 at 8:19 PM
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    skistoy

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  10. Dec 30, 2009 at 3:40 AM
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    Thanks for the reference pics. Unfortunately I need to replace the one that got damaged prior to doing any trimming. Maybe I need to look at after-market mud flaps, rather than pay an exorbitant price for OEM replacement(s).
     
  11. Mar 7, 2010 at 10:49 PM
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    Removed Step Bars, Hood Visor, OEM Bed Mat, Window Tint, Fog Lights Anytime, General Grabber AT2s, Removed Mud Flaps, Squeaky Spring Fix, Color-Matched Grill and Bumper!

    Thanks for the tip Netman! Also, as pointed out in a diff mud flap thread, if they have as much dirt in them as mine did, they're very stiff to remove, and had rather break, lol.

    But those removal and replacement fears subsided, I went on to remove my mud flaps, as suggested by my Off Roadin' cousin Akira.


    My 10mm and flat head screwdriver tip in my Leatherman worked great just like you guys have said, and soon the mud flaps were off leaving areas that looked something like this:
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    First I washed and rinsed the area and was left with this:

    [​IMG]

    Ha-Haaa! Time to break out the not-so-secret weapon!

    [​IMG]

    And these are the results here:

    [​IMG]

    And here...

    [​IMG]

    Now I just to need to order some of that swell pinstripe tape that Longbow was talking about, in something at least akin to Rad Red...

    [​IMG]

    Its not pictured, but I did go ahead and put all the screws back, as suggested and I even put the only 4 good pin/clips back in the most upper outboard holes for each well. I think someone suggested a washer to make the pins fit tight and so I used some I had laying around, just need to paint them black and they'll look like they were born there! Will look for some replacements at AutoZone next time I'm there to fill the rest of the holes.

    :popcorn: Now for the comparison of the Before and After Photos! :popcorn:

    BEFORE
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    Ta-Dah!

    [​IMG]

    Thanks for being here guys n gals! I love moddin my Truck, and I love this Forum! You Guys Rock! :headbang:
     
  12. Mar 8, 2010 at 6:54 AM
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    I wouldn't do it, it may void your warranty.
     
  13. Mar 8, 2010 at 6:59 AM
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    I dont think so..........
     
  14. Mar 22, 2011 at 10:31 AM
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    fltacoma

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    I just took mine off a couple minutes ago, and it looks much cleaner!
     
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