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Mud flaps

How many of you Guys opted for this option. How do they look? Think it’ll mess up the paint where if you take them off later the paint will be warn through?
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I have mud flaps on my Niro PHEV EX. I really don't notice them with the aurora black color of the car. I still own a 1999 Hyundai Elantra with mud flaps and to date have never had a problem with any of them.
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Thanks. I’m just worried that if down the road if I decide to take them off how much wear damage there’ll be
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It seems the mud flaps install on top of the plastic cladding and not directly on the painted surfaces. However, if you did decide to take them off after a few years, you’d definitely see a difference in the color of the cladding and there might be some signs of wear.
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The splash guards do not come in contact with painted part at all, and are attached with several pins to the black plastic. They are not very large and barely noticeable.
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It seems the mud flaps install on top of the plastic cladding and not directly on the painted surfaces. However, if you did decide to take them off after a few years, you’d definitely see a difference in the color of the cladding and there might be some signs of wear.
I changed my backup lights a couple days ago and noted in the rear, there does not appear to be sheet metal outlining the wheel well. It seems to be a plastic fibrous sheet instead - flimsy and flexible, sort of a curved mudguard. I feel kind of foolish now for particular attention to the wheel wells trying to flush away winter salt.

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I drove about 14 miles on a potholed gravel mountain road yesterday. There is quite a bit of dirt on the lower rocker panel and front door, but very little behind the rear wheels.

Two Question for anyone with mud flaps:

1. Do you still get lots of dirt and debris on the above areas or do the front MFs do a good job of reducing that?

2. If you got them as aftermarket, can they be installed without wheel removal? Did they impact your mpg?

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Probably very little behind the rear wheels compared to the front is because these are front wheel drive, so all the back wheels do is keep the bumper from dragging on the ground. .

Yeah, I know. They do a tad more than that. But that's likely the explanation.

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Salesman I worked with bought me mud flaps and sent them to me. After I put them on I knew they would never come off. You will like them.
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