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Take all the flaps off and deal with mud and chips 2 40.00%
Lift the truck to an appropriate height to accommodate mud flaps 2 40.00%
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post #1 of 2 Old 07-10-2013, 10:42 PM Thread Starter
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2005-07 MUD FLAPS...??? "vs" 35s with level

hey guys,
so after trying tonnes of different things, tieing back fender liner, cutting up my factory add on flaps, buying bulletproof mud flaps. nothing will work with my 35s and leveling kit. the back is fine but the front is where the problem here in lies.

i have noticed all over these boards you americans do not run any mud flaps... how do you get away with this?? i live up in northern alberta and constantly drive through thick sticky mud in the summer/ fall mixed with rocky gravel roads when its dry and snow/salt/ice roads in the winter/spring. a definite no win situation.

is their a solution to running mud flaps with just a levelling kit?
or am i going to have to go to smaller tires?
or since i love the look of 35s so much am i going to have to lift my truck to be able to use my bulletproof step back mud flaps? (if so what size lift enables these tires to work?

im sick and tired of spraying out my rear bumper for 20 minutes every wash or having to clean off my amp research power steps like no other. and the rock chips are really getting to me.

heres a few pics so you guys know what im working with,
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Mud stoppage

When you say your fronts are not working, do you mean that they do not catch much of the mud, or that they are getting caught/rubbed by the tires when turning or something? The devil is in the details they say.

Generally speaking, your conditions are probably muddier and uglier than most US folks are going to see on a regular basis, regrettably, we have relatively little dirt road left.... le' sigh ... and salt contamination is simply a fact of life in the areas that use it (if only people would learn to drive we could probably just use sand, but alas...). Generally speaking, salt comes with water which becomes a spray mist that swirls with the air and hits everything with or without flaps, especially if you like to pass people and that means you drive through their heavy salt mist wake. The best thing for this is regular waxing and a good undercoating, so that when it sits on the surfaces a while (which it inevitably does), it doesn't corrode so quickly.

That said, you might consider some bigger fender flairs. This can not only catch some of the debris and rocks those wide tires are going to throw especially when you're turning the fronts, but they will also give you better cover-up for doing a creative mud flap install in front without it looking tacky. The basic is that you need to get tire clearance from them and low enough to catch the stuff that gets slung off lower. As a rule of thumb, if you can draw a line from where your tire leaves the pavement to the back of your cab, you'd probably like your flap to interfere with that line of "attack" I would recommend you look at some big rig flaps, or like the heavy rubber ones ranchers or big motor homes will run off their back bumper, and then custom cut those to sit where you like, and mount them with appropriate hardware to hold them where they wont get sucked up into the wheels. (sometimes a rearward cable tie off on the inside a a good solution to help allow the flap to flex but not go forward under braking and get sucked up.

BTW are your power steps aftermarket or stock? how well do they work?

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