|This is everything
|This is a shot of what
things looked like before.
|Here you can see how
the mud flap mounting bar is sagging downward a bit.
|Mark off where you plan
to bend your mounting bracket.
excess mounting hanger and bolt on the mud flaps.
it looks like when done.
Quick Release Jeep Mud Flaps
as luck would have it, I got pulled over the other day and was given
a "fix-it" ticket for not having any mud flaps. Can you
believe it... mud flaps?! Anyway, appalled at the thought of ruining
the look of my CJ with permanent flaps, I started looking around for
a way to install something that could be easily removed. That's when
I came across Off-road
Innovations. These guys make what they call a Trail Flap
which can be quickly disconnected by a simple pull of a pin.
What You Will Need
• 10x14 Mud
• Hand Drill
• 9/32" and 1/4" Cobalt or Titanium Drill Bit
• Standard Socket Set & Ratchet
• Bench Vice
• Center Punch
Installing these mud flaps is not an exact science.
Depending on what kind of Jeep you have, tire size and/or if you have
a body lift like I do, the mounting location of the hanger bracket
will vary from Jeep to Jeep.
1. Clean your frame
rails where you plan on installing your mud flaps.
2. Hold the rubber mud
flap, hanger and mounting bracket up against the frame rail like it
would look once installed. Make sure there's enough room between your
tire and flap and then mark two of the holes with a Sharpie or Pencil.
3. Center punch the
marks on your frame rail and then drill a 9/32" hole. Make sure
there are no fuel lines or electrical wires in the way.
4. Mount the bracket
to your frame rail using the 5/16" self tappered bolts supplied.
5. Because of the slight
difference in tube sizes, your hanger will most likely sag a bit.
Draw a line on your bracket parallel to the top of your frame rail
and then remove it.
6. Place the bracket
in a bench vice up to the line you drew and then bend it back using
a small pry bar or long screw driver (DO NOT USE the aluminum square
tube for this job as you will damage it). It's okay to bend it more
than your need as it will be easy to bend it back down.
7. Re-install the bracket
onto your frame rail and then make subtle downward adjustments to
the bracket with your prying bar until your hanger is level when attached.
8. Hold your mud flap
up to the hanger where it will be attached and then center it to your
tire tread. Now mark the hanger on the outter edge where the flap
ends, remove it from the mounting bracket and then cut off the excess
aluminum square tube with a hacksaw.
9. Lay the flap template
on the hanger, mark off the points and then drill 1/4" holes
all the way through both sides of the square tube.
10. Install the mud
flap with the supplied bolts, washers and nylock nuts.
12. Attach the hanger
and flap back into the mounting bracket and then attach the quick
13. Repeat steps on
the other side of your Jeep.
That should be it. I really hate the look of mud flaps, but if I've
gotta have em, these don't look too bad. Plus, I can always detach
them with little effort. Please let me know if you have any questions.