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Rubbing- heat and bend or remove

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by Tinycow, Jul 13, 2018.

  1. Jul 13, 2018 at 8:38 AM
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    Tinycow

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    Recently did RC lift 3/2 and tires, at full lock tire are rubbing the front mud flap. Is it possible to heat and re-shape where the flap comes out to a point towards the tire? Or just remove and be done with it? Was hoping to keep them but will remove to stop rubbing.

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  2. Jul 13, 2018 at 8:43 AM
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    Remove it and be done. It really serves no purpose.
     
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  3. Jul 13, 2018 at 9:07 AM
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    When you say front mud lap you mean the front tire mud lap that is behind the tire, correct? The small mud flap in front of the front tires for sure get rid of with no worries. The back front tire mud laps just take a heat gun and shape them flatter where the rub is. I found just pulling the flap from the bottom and heating worked well.
     
  4. Jul 13, 2018 at 9:18 AM
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    Correct. The one behind front tire, the front little flap is removed. I tried heating with gun and pushed in with hammer for few seconds, but it came back out. Thx
     
  5. Jul 13, 2018 at 9:30 AM
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    That is what I thought. It will work. The key is to get it hot enough to almost melt and then pull down and back from the bottom of the flap and then use a dollar or something to push on the problem spot. Need to hold the new shape while the flap cools to help hold.
     
  6. Jul 13, 2018 at 9:37 AM
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    Without the larger front mud flap and if your tires stick out, gravel/rocks will chip and scratch the lower front doors, further if I didn’t have steps, don’t ask me how I know.

    I have color matched flares now to prevent it.

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    Try to keep the flaps
     
  7. Jul 13, 2018 at 9:47 AM
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    If you like your paint. Try to keep the flaps. Shave them, bend them, whatever. I wish I could have made mine work. Just the other day I touched up a bunch of deep ass rock scratches on my rockers. Oh well.
     
  8. Jul 13, 2018 at 10:07 AM
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    Thx guys! I know the flap isn't much but still wanting to keep as many rocks off paint as possible. Hoping to see what everyone else did to fix cause my first attempt was a fail. :frusty:
     
  9. Jul 13, 2018 at 10:35 AM
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    Keep trying...took me about 3 tries over a week or so before I finally got it. I really got the flap warm and then held it in the shape I wanted until it cooled and then I was good. I’m running 295/70 with 3/1.5 lift.
     
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  10. Jul 13, 2018 at 3:42 PM
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    Sounded like you were talking about the one in front of the tire.
     

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