The Best Protection You Can Give Your Pickup Truck
When you think about adding aftermarket items to your pickup truck, the last thing on your mind might be mud flaps. Your truck may already have the basic flimsy OEM flaps and you may think they are enough.
If you have none at all, you will want to seriously consider getting some quality flaps or replacing the ones you have. You may also assume you don’t need them if you are not going off road with your truck. Either way, your pickup truck will absolutely benefit from a really good set of mud flaps, period. When you are driving on the road or highway, your tires are constantly picking up particles of stone, mud, road-work tar and other forms of debris naturally found on the pavement. In winter, your tires encounter lots of road slush, ice, salt and snow. Without mud flaps, the splatter will eventually corrode the metal and your paint, which we all know leads to rust. Rust is never a vehicles’ friend because you can end up with frame deterioration.
If you use your truck for off-road recreation, mud flaps are even more vital, especially if you upgrade your rims and tires to larger and wider types. Most factory installed mud flaps are inadequate as far as protection from potential damage caused by loose gravel and mud spray which naturally occurs when you take your truck off road. The more tires you have equates to more responsibility, so if you have a Dually, you’re going to need better coverage.
Typically, mud flaps along with your pickup’s fender, are designed to protect your truck, other vehicles and pedestrians against flying debris, dirt or stones that propel into the air from the rotation of your tires. Most flaps are made of a flexible rubber composite material. However, stainless steel, diamond plate and aluminum mud flaps are becoming more popular these days and are actually preferred by many truck owners.
So how do you choose between metal or rubber mud flaps? That decision should be based on the preferred consistent usage of your pickup truck. If you are the adventure seeker who loves rock crawling and rough terrain, you will need the flexibility of rubber flaps behind your tires. A metal or steel flap could bend or crack on a large boulder. Rubber flaps are also much easier to clean and do not require special maintenance.
If you are set on the awesome look of metal flaps, you should realize that they are better suited for soft dirt, sand or wet mud. This is where the how you use your truck application comes in. I am particularly impressed with DeeZee stainless steel flaps. I think they make your truck look really sharp plus the rubber liner that frames them helps the flap from bending and causing potential damage. Whichever brand you prefer, quality is key every time to protect the investment you have in your truck.
Fortunately, just about anyone can install their own set of mud flaps. I am always happy to help out a fellow truck enthusiast if you have questions about what type or instructions regarding mud flaps. Get in touch with me at truckworldaccessories.com any time. Feel free to share this information with your friends who also love their pickup truck.
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I am a NYS licensed Auto Damage Appraiser, CSE certified, I-Car Certified, and have worked in the automotive industry for decades. I've had the opportunity to teach auto body repair to misled kids in a classroom setting, giving them a chance to have a trade for a viable income. I found this very rewarding. Previously, I was all about the American muscle cars of the 60's. Now, I find pickup trucks and the way they have evolved to be my fascination and focus. I truly enjoy hearing from fellow pickup truck enthusiasts, so stop in to www.truckworldaccessories.com and leave a comment on my website or any of my truck blogs or articles.