Mud Flaps On A Truck

Published: 10th December 2009
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Because of laws set forth by the Department Of Motor Vehicles, mud flaps are legally required on all commercial vehicles. As a result of constant abuse due to road conditions, weather, and travel, these mud flaps gradually wear out and have to be periodically changed. To get the most out of a set of mud flaps, replace stock mud flaps with a hanging weight and stabilizer bar. Once you have an hour or so to spare, follow the instructions below to appropriately install a set of mud flaps.

Above all, replace the stock hangers on the mud flaps. Factory mud flaps are rather flimsy and give easily, resulting in them being easily broken. Replace the factory flaps with a heavy duty custom mud flap setup. Mud flaps come in various sizes, shapes, etc., so shop around a bit a pick a set of flaps that appears to be of top quality, and consider the different elements and road conditions that these flaps may face. To insert the new stock hangers, pull them out of their bracket housing, and remove the bolts from the bracket housing that attach to the frame.

Now the hanger's individual height should be determined, by looking at the securing holes. If these holes do not match up, mark the location of the studs on the new hanger frame. Drill out the holes as needed. Be certain to mist the contact point of the bit with penetrating oil as the drilling is being performed, to avoid damaging the bit. Now the mud flap hanger can be bolted into place.

Push down onto the hanger to reveal the safety plate inside the used Ford truck. Remove the safety place, set it aside, and slowly release the hanger by into its original position. By doing so, the spring is released into the proper position. Now the stabilizer bars may be bolted into place, and are necessary, as they keep the weighted mud flap from catching on the rear axle tires, which in the long run could cause possible damages to the truck. Bolt the mud flap weight to the bottom of each individual mud flap.

Slide the mud flaps into place, mark the position of the installation holes, and remove the flaps. Drill installation holes, slide the mud flaps into place once again, and bolt securely, making sure that the nut of the bolt is face the tire.

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