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Old 06-28-2010, 10:07 PM   #1
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Default Mud Flaps

So I have a 2010 outback sport and I live up here in maine. Our roads aren't the best and we do have some awful winter weather at times. I have been looking at getting some RA UR flaps to protect the car year round.
The question is, I have heard that the new models have more of a fender lining and I was wondering if I would need to cut drill or alter them in any way. I really don't feel like altering a brand new car and was just wondering if anyone had any experience with this.
Thanks for the help everyone.
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Old 06-28-2010, 10:17 PM   #2
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No impact on the fronts, just drill through the rears. Pretty simple and not a very big alteration.
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Old 06-29-2010, 05:38 PM   #3
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The fronts you don't have to do anything, but the rears you CAN drill for a more secure install, although you can use the clip method if you don't want to drill.
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Old 06-29-2010, 09:07 PM   #4
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I did the clip install, but you still have to drill through the plastic fender liners. They come down far enough to cover the clip. It was pretty easy, take off the wheel, install the clip, line up the drill through the clip for a pilot hole, drill the pilot hole through the liner, enlarge to fit the bolt, install mudflap, repeat on other side.
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Old 06-30-2010, 10:07 AM   #5
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Default So with that in mind . . .

Excuse the newbness of this question, but is it feasible to install the flaps without removing the wheels? I have read that it is, the fronts being easier because I can turn the wheels mostly out of the way. Just want to make sure before I start and end up creating more problems for myself than I really want to have. Again thanks for the advice and sorry about the dumb questions; hopefully it will help someone else in the future.
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Old 06-30-2010, 03:43 PM   #6
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The fronts are fine with the wheels still in, but I have to be honest - you will be much happier removing the rear wheels. They really are easy to take on/off and you will not be able to drill through the fender lining without doing it.
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Old 06-30-2010, 10:33 PM   #7
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I didn't take mine off, but after going through that, I definitely should have.

So yes, you can, but it is FAR, FAR, FAR more difficult to do it with the wheels on, than it is with the wheels off. If you don't have much grip strength and a bunch of tools you can futz with to find some combination that will let you turn a screw inside the wheel well, forget it.

Actually, just forget it. Take the wheels off.
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