Since I removed the sidesteps I’ve been ‘flap-less’ due to the fact that the mudflaps are built into the sidesteps so when they went, the ‘flaps went, not good!
As mentioned in a previous post I’d ordered the mudflaps a few weeks ago and was waiting for the opportunity to fit them, trouble was either the weather or circumstance seemed to conspire against me.
I finally got the chance today with a day off and good weather as a bonus. I bought the complete front set and fitting kit (part number STC50067) from Duckworth Land Rover in Lincolnshire which contained all the brackets and fixings as well as the ‘flaps themselves.
Fitting is pretty straightforward if you follow the instructions carefully, the first thing to do is locate the three threaded studs that protrude from the front floor pan on each side, if you had sidesteps fitted from new they’ll most likely have plastic ‘sleeves’ over them to protect the threads. The sleeves should easily be removed with a pair of pliers, just a twist and a sharp tug and they should come away cleanly.
I noticed a bit of light rust while I was underneath so I also took the opportunity to wire-brush and waxoyl the area while I had the chance, I also run a spare M8 nut up and down the threaded studs to clean them up.
The rubber part of the mudflap is fixed to the body mounted bracket by simple clamp-type affair, the fitting kit comes with two large rivets for each side but I chose to use stainless steel fixings instead, this was mainly down to the fact that my rivet gun wasn’t big enough!
At this point you need to offer up the mudflap to enable you to mark up the plastic sill finisher which needs two 8mm holes drilled in it to accept a sprung steel clip that is fixed with two self-tapping screws. Take your time a measure out the holes to be drilled accurately as this will make life a lot easier when you come to fit the screws.
Next offer up the mudflap and bracket once more and when you’re happy everything is aligned use the three flanged nuts to fix the top bracket to the threaded studs, don’t forget to use a bit of copper grease to aid any future removal.
Now use the two self-tappers to screw through the mudflap into the plastic sill finisher.
That is pretty much it, job done, I just need to wash the whole car now to make it look nice!