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Old 09-29-2013, 09:01 PM
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I bought some Mopar hard plastic mud flaps when I bought the truck back in May. I took them off about a month ago to reveal rub marks in the paint where the flaps touch the paint. I had the marks touched up and now I am trying to figure out what to do before the snow starts flyin.

First option - Put some 3M clear paint protection film on and reinstall the Mopar flaps and hope it doesn't rub through the film

2nd option - Get some duraflap mud flaps

3rd option - Bushwacker flares. Never had a truck with them on nor do I know of anyone with a set so I don't know how well they protect from flying debris off the tires. Are they a viable option to mud flaps? I've got a mineral gray truck with stock tires at stock height (and no plans to go any bigger) so not sure if having bushwackers (street or pocket) will look odd. I've been searching for some pics but it seem everyone that has aftermarket flares has aftermarket wheels and tires.

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Old 09-29-2013, 10:56 PM
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I put 3M under my moulded flaps. So far its good.
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Old 09-29-2013, 11:31 PM
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Your best option is to use a product made by TRIMBRITE. It's called BODYGUARD PAINT PROTECTION FILM (part# T-9020); comes in a 5 7/8" x 12 ft roll and is very durable compared to 3M film which is quite thin. It's available at Autobarn; I just ordered another roll from Amazon. When I installed my OEM guards the other day, I mounted them and taped along the outlines about 1/16" out. I then removed the guards and applied the protection film (precut using a template) and them re-installed the guards. You would think that someone would make guards with a built in silicone strip or something like that to prevent the paint rub through. I almost went with the Weathertech guards but due to the rock guards having left deep marks in the paint, decided on the OEM's which covered up the marks.
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Old 09-30-2013, 06:37 PM
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3m makes several grades of this protect. I found this out the hard way--after really liking what is on a 7 year old car we picked up last spring, I decided to spring for adding it to my truck. Turns out the car--good stuff. New RAM--much thinner, edges are much more visible.
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