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Published Nov. 27, 2018

The open road can take its toll on your vehicle’s exterior. If you like off-roading (and mud doughnuts are your idea of fun), your vehicle’s paint job will take even more punishment. Debris and mud from the road can coat the exterior of your SUV or truck and can cause corrosion. Small and large stones can be hurled from the tread of the tires against the paintwork and cause small chips. In no time, these will develop into larger areas of corrosion. This both reduces the value of your vehicle and detracts from its appearance. With no mudguard, your paintwork is very vulnerable.

Mud flaps for cars are a great way of protecting your precious paint finish. They can be fitted to perfectly cover the tread of the tire and afford maximum protection. Most mud flaps can be fitted in minutes. Some require you to drill holes in the mud flaps, but others snap on. You can cut many of them to size. If you have decided that you want to invest in some mud flaps for your truck or SUV, here is a guide to the best mud flaps available.

The Best Mud Flap

Here’s a reasonably priced set of two mud flaps that are durable and stylish.  They are made from specially formulated PVC to withstand the rigors of the open road. The mud flaps are also coated on the reverse with a patented reinforced fiberglass material that prevents them from cracking or splitting even in extreme temperatures. This means that they can withstand all sorts of weather conditions and still look great.

The mats have a memory mehanism that helps them keep their shape. They have an ‘Easy Fit’ design, so you will have no problems fitting them yourself. The pack includes all the hardware that is needed for correct fitting and full instructions.

Key Features
  • Stylish all-black mud guards
  • Made from specially formulated PVC
  • Coated with reinforced fiberglass
  • Will return to their original shape if knocked
Specification
  • Brand Plasticolor
  • Model 000331R01
  • Weight 25 lbs

This is a set of four (front and rear) truck mud flaps that are designed and made in the United States and fit certain Dodge Ram pickup trucks without OEM fender flares. They precisely match the fenders with no gaps. Because they have been made to the maximum width, they offer full tread coverage.  

Husky Liners are made from a thermoplastic, which is a tough and hardwearing material. It is strong enough to withstand all weather conditions and all road (and off-road) conditions. They are easy to install, and installation takes just a few minutes. They are also easy to remove.

Key Features
  • For vehicles without fender flares
  • Tailor fitted to match your fenders
  • Full tire tread coverage
  • Easy to fit yourself
Specification
  • Brand Husky Liners
  • Model 58176
  • Weight 4.3 lbs

Fans of the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons produced by Warner Bros. Animation lovers will fall in love with these mud flaps featuring none other than Yosemite Sam. He brandishes his trademark two pistols, and the slogan ‘Back Off’ is written in large letters beneath him. They are a fun and colorful addition to your vehicle.

This set of two truck mud flaps is made of a PVC material that has been specifically formulated to withstand extreme temperatures. They will not crack in the summer heat or in the winter frost. They have a patented fiberglass material on the back that stops them from losing their shape. The material manages to ‘remember’ the original shape. These universal mud flaps are very easy to install and are provided with self-drill screws and other hardware that you need. It only takes about 20 minutes to put them on, and you’ll be ready to hit the highway again.  

Key Features
  • Set of two mud flaps
  • Yosemite Sam cartoon character printed on the flaps
  • Made from PVC and fiberglass for flexibility
  • Will withstand extremes of temperature
Specification
  • Brand Plasticolor
  • Model 000502R01
  • Weight 3 lbs

This set of two black heavy-duty mud flaps will help to prevent mud or small rocks from being thrown onto the body of your vehicle and damaging your paintwork. They will also prevent debris from being thrown at vehicles following behind you!

The mud flaps are manufactured from heavy-duty rubber that is durable and gives your vehicle maximum protection. They are eight inches long and 12 inches wide so you can fit them to just about any vehicle including vans, minivans, pickup trucks, light trucks, RVs and SUVs. They don’t just protect your vehicle, they look stylish as well.

The kit comes with all the mounting hardware that you need to install them quickly and easily.

Key Features
  • Set of 2 mud flaps
  • Made from heavy duty rubber for durability
  • Suitable for many vehicles including small trucks
  • Supplied with mounting hardware
Specification
  • Brand Highland
  • Model 1007300
  • Weight 8 oz

These are a set of two universal fit mud flaps that are 12 ¾ inches in height. They are predominantly black but have an attractive red prism design across the bottom. The mud flaps are made from a durable and heavy-duty material that will retain its flexibility at temperatures as low as -40 degrees F. This means that you do not have to worry about them cracking, splitting or discoloring in the depths of winter, wherever you live.

They are designed to fit all of the most popular models of vehicle and are supplied with full instructions and hardware for mounting. You will be able to fit them to your vehicle in minutes.

Key Features
  • Two universal fit mud flaps
  • Attractive red prism design
  • Made from heavy-duty material
  • Remain flexible at temperatures below freezing
Specification
  • Brand RoadSport
  • Model 4649
  • Weight 8.5 oz

These bright red mud flaps will certainly get you and your vehicle noticed. They will prevent road debris and dirt from being flung against your paintwork where it looks unsightly and can cause damage to your vehicle. You get a set of two rally-style mud flaps in this pack and each features the prominent ‘Sparco’ logo in bold white lettering on a black background. The logo is supplied as a sticker that you can fix yourself.

The mud flaps are made from polyethylene and can be cut to size if needed. They are also available in blue, black and white. They take just minutes to fit and are good value if you are on a tight budget.

Key Features
  • Bright red design to fit most cars
  • Stickers with ‘Sparco’ logo
  • Fix them on yourself in minutes
  • Prevent debris hitting your paintwork
Specification
  • Brand Sparco
  • Model 03791RS
  • Weight 13.6 oz

At 14-inches tall, these mud flaps fit the front and rear fenders of most pick-up trucks, vans, and SUVs. If you need to, you can trim them into the desired shape. They come as a set of two and are made from heavy-duty rubber that is hardwearing. They protect your paintwork from chips and scratches caused by road debris.

The material can withstand extreme heat and freezing temperatures, so they will not crack and split and start to look scruffy. There is hardware (three black sheet metal screws per side) included to install them, and instructions are provided. You need to center punch and drill holes in the mud flaps once you have marked their position. You will also need a screwdriver. The mud flaps come with a limited lifetime guarantee.

Key Features
  • Each mudguard is 14 inches in height but can be trimmed
  • Made from hard-wearing heavy-duty rubber
  • Easy to fit them yourself
  • Fitting screws are provided with the mud flaps
Specification
  • Brand Highland
  • Model 1058000
  • Weight 9.6 oz

Husky Liners custom molded mud guards are tailored to exactly fit your vehicle and look like they have always been there. The matte black mud flaps have a sleek style that will perfectly complement your vehicle. You can even paint them if you wish. These mud flaps are for the front wheels and are designed to completely cover the tread width of your tires.

They are made in the US from a material called thermoplastic. This hard-wearing material is impact- resistant and able to withstand everything that the road can throw at it. Your mudguards will be able to stand up to all weather conditions and still look great. The exclusive Husky mud flaps have a special shield material that acts as an invisible barrier between the mud flap and your vehicle’s paintwork. They are very easy to install and will conform perfectly to your fenders for a neat fit. They come with a no-hassle lifetime warranty.

Key Features
  • Custom molded mud guards
  • Full tread coverage for your tires
  • Can be painted to match your car
  • Easy to install
Specification
  • Brand Husky Liners
  • Model KSAO66305
  • Weight 2 lbs

For car owners who cannot be bothered with drilling and screwing mud flaps into place, these are the product for you. There’s no hassle and no fuss – you just fix them into place. You don’t need to take off the wheels or tires to fit these mud flaps. It takes just minutes to fix them and get back on the road.

These WeatherTech mud flaps come with a revolutionary ‘QuickTurnTM’ fastening system which is made out of stainless steel. The no-drill mud flaps are perfectly contoured to your vehicle to give maximum protection to your paintwork.

The mud flaps are manufactured from a molded proprietary thermoplastic resin that is durable in all sorts of weather and road conditions. They offer unrivaled protection for your precious paintwork.

Key Features
  • No drilling or screwing is required to fit the mud flaps
  • Gives maximum protection to your paintwork
  • Durable mudguard for all road and weather conditions
  • ‘QuickTurnTM’ stainless steel fastening system
Specification
  • Brand WeatherTech
  • Model 120011
  • Weight 2.65 lbs

Sources:

  1. Five Things You Should Never Do in a Four-Wheel-Drive Vehicle, Road and Track

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