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Will no mud flaps fuc* up my truck?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by toy02ota, Apr 6, 2010.

  1. Apr 6, 2010 at 9:39 PM
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    toy02ota

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    I took off my mud flaps bc...well I just really didn't like them. My "all-knowing" father says that my truck will get really scarred up w/o them. True or just bullshit? I don't think it will be a major deal bc i don;t wheel much, and my old truck didnt have them. She looked good, and i did wheel alot in her.
     
  2. Apr 6, 2010 at 9:45 PM
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    tacomakid96

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    All depends on where your driving I got my truck from a old man who took the flaps off the day he bought the truck new from the dealership drove it for 14 years now and hardly anything. Also Toyota puts rock guard along the bottom of the panels so you should be fine.
     
  3. Apr 6, 2010 at 10:48 PM
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    Janster

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    Keep an eye on your rocker guards for stone chips......

    Get some rock sliders!
     
  4. Apr 6, 2010 at 10:49 PM
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    Yes you will f your truck up. When I had my 98 the guy who owned it before me took them off and the side was kinda jacked. Also, the mud and road grime will end up all over your truck. Just my .02
     
  5. Apr 6, 2010 at 10:50 PM
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    i just got a ticket for no mud flaps on my truck
     
  6. Apr 6, 2010 at 10:50 PM
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    4WD

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    X2 ,& tire size has something to do with excessive rock chipping & other shit bigger tires will kick up, your Dad is half right.....:cool:
     
  7. Apr 6, 2010 at 10:55 PM
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    it's not really enforced though, i've only ever known one person whose actually gotten a fix-it ticket for have no mud flaps. everyone in my family has lifted trucks and no mud flaps
     
  8. Apr 6, 2010 at 10:56 PM
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    JESSMAN

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    :cool:True!!! if you drive in a lot of dirt,rocks,mud or snow!! but on a road i dont think so! The first mod i did to my new2008 DC was take mine off and put them in the trash can!! if you go off road they will hit uneven ground/ bumps!:smack:
     
  9. Apr 6, 2010 at 10:59 PM
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    its a possibility afterall you have less of a shield protection flying debris now.. i personally dont notice any damage on my truck but its beat to shyt anyways. my rocker panel isnt chipped or dinged up its caved in hardcore
     
  10. Apr 6, 2010 at 11:01 PM
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    have they been pulled over specifically for it, or gotten it while being pulled over for something else?.. i'm just curious(now kinda worried) btw
     
  11. Apr 6, 2010 at 11:04 PM
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    i took min off the day i got it. i think i have 1 or 2 tiny chips on the sides. the mudflaps dont protect everything anyways. Taking them off makes the truck look cleaner IMO.
     
  12. Apr 6, 2010 at 11:46 PM
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    +1 and not only that, but they're just looking to get broken off when doing any serious off roading.
     
  13. Apr 7, 2010 at 5:42 AM
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    One of mine ripped off so I pulled the other off. Idk about laws in VT, but they didnt make much difference in the first place because I have 1" spacers and 11.50" wide tires, so they stick out pretty far anyways.
     
  14. Apr 7, 2010 at 6:08 AM
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    if you are worried about paint chipping, you can buy some clear 3M protection film. Mine will be coming off in the next couple weeks.
     
  15. Apr 7, 2010 at 7:35 AM
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    VirginiaBound

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    I havent had problems with mine off.
     
  16. Apr 7, 2010 at 7:40 AM
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    I had some of the clear plastic stone guard added to the bedsides behind the rear wheels. Cost me $35 I think. It is the same product they put across the hoods of sports cars. Works like a charm!
     
  17. Apr 7, 2010 at 4:23 PM
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    Dude, its all what you want. Its your truck and not your dads. I took mine off and my truck looks brand new. If you do alot of off road and you kick up rocks. you might chip paint on the rockers but you cant see under that anyway. so I say fuck it and do what you want. Its your truck.
     
  18. Apr 7, 2010 at 4:41 PM
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    come on guys, its a truck not a lexus. lol well I have 35s on my truck and i dont have much or any damage on my truck when i drive on the road, it looks better with out.
     
  19. Apr 8, 2010 at 3:27 AM
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    dustinuhls

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    YES. Taking off the mud flaps will contribute to more rock damage on your truck. My Tacoma had no front mud flaps when I bought it, but did have the running boards and rear mud flaps. I switched the running boards for some nerf bars and did notice that I started to get some small rock chips along the rocker panels. They do have a protective coat, but any little rocks that are being thrown against it are gonna eventually make some chips (doesn't matter if you only drive in the city, there are still rocks/pebbles in the road). The more "aggressive tread" tire you have will throw more rocks. If you've got some MTs or aggressive ATs you'll be throwing rocks against your truck. The mud flaps are there for a reason.
     
  20. Apr 8, 2010 at 3:55 AM
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    just hit the chips with some touch up paint. ...you'll be fine.
     
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