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Old 07-23-2011, 04:52 PM   #1
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Wheel Well Lining Question

I was installing some MOPAR splash guards today, and noticed that the plastic lining in the front wheel wells seems to be kind of loose/flimsy, so when I install the splash guards per the instructions, they are secured well to the lip of the wheel well, but where the 3 clips that go inside the wheel well, its a bit flimsy. I don't see anywhere to attach to make more sturdy even if I wanted to. It was the same on both sides, and I tightened up any bolt that I could see to know avail.

Is this 'normal'? I was thinking that maybe it was by design so that they don't get ripped off so easily by being rigid, but the wheel lining in the rear wheel wells is pretty solid.

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Old 07-23-2011, 06:01 PM   #2
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Splash guards?

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Old 07-23-2011, 06:19 PM   #3
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The wheel wells are just flimsy period...
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No! This is not normal! Splash guards are for ships, not jeeps.
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Old 07-23-2011, 07:40 PM   #5
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I figured that I'd catch some hell from you guys for the splash guard install...lol. However, it's a wife request, so have to pick my battles.
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Old 07-24-2011, 09:40 AM   #6
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Yes I seen the same thing when I put mine on. Very bad design and build quality is worse then what the koreians and chinnise put out. If you look real close on the inside of the back part of the fender liner there is a plate to the rear (steel) which I plan to drill a hole through the edge of the liner and bolt on with a quarter inch by one inch stainless bolt with two stainless fender washers and a stainless locknut. you only have about a one inch sweet spot to hit and I plan on removing the tire and have somebody hold the liner Back tight against the metel so I can drill it in the correct position. This should help the situation a great deal I presume!
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This won't help you much, but

I useem as mud-flaps and since they don't stick down behind the tires--they can't be ripped off, off-road-course, you gotta have sliders, which ain't cheap anywho, but

With these air/mud flaps-there's no roostertail of mud or water on my doors/sides-





It's listed in the JK cheap mods thread !

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I was installing some MOPAR splash guards today, and noticed that the plastic lining in the front wheel wells seems to be kind of loose/flimsy, so when I install the splash guards per the instructions, they are secured well to the lip of the wheel well, but where the 3 clips that go inside the wheel well, its a bit flimsy. I don't see anywhere to attach to make more sturdy even if I wanted to. It was the same on both sides, and I tightened up any bolt that I could see to know avail.

Is this 'normal'? I was thinking that maybe it was by design so that they don't get ripped off so easily by being rigid, but the wheel lining in the rear wheel wells is pretty solid.

Thanks.
The looseness is just part of the design. I installed Mopar splash guards on the front based on advice from a member on here. They are flexible enough that they should fold up if they encountered an obstacle like a big rock and they do a damn good job of keeping crap off the doors.
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Old 07-25-2011, 12:23 AM   #9
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Yes I seen the same thing when I put mine on. Very bad design and build quality is worse then what the koreians and chinnise put out. If you look real close on the inside of the back part of the fender liner there is a plate to the rear (steel) which I plan to drill a hole through the edge of the liner and bolt on with a quarter inch by one inch stainless bolt with two stainless fender washers and a stainless locknut. you only have about a one inch sweet spot to hit and I plan on removing the tire and have somebody hold the liner Back tight against the metel so I can drill it in the correct position. This should help the situation a great deal I presume!
I know exactly what steel plate you are talking about, and thought the same thing myself. I have a vertical cordless driver that is able to fit in-between the wheel well and the tire if turned all the way, but I wasn't sure how long it would take me to drill through that steel piece. After pushing it back against it, it seems that it would shore it up quite a bit. I then though that I didn't want to cause any premature rusting by drilling through, so may just leave them alone to how they are originally intended.
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The JK has been around for roughly 5 years now. I haven't seen any threads about the wheel wells being ripped out on stock suspension/tire sizes. If the design had been poor as has been said earlier in the thread, I would have expected to see more posts about it coming apart and frustration with it. If it gets the job done, sometimes simplicity is a good thing. Simple can also translate to easily replaceable. If it wears out, and can be easily replaced, that would seem to add to the pleasure of ownership. The wells are certainly necessary to prevent sand blasting on important parts being shielded by them. I reserve judgement on them compared to other vehicles until hearing massive complaints about them.

I do see a lot of posts about new fender flairs that replace the stock ones. That seems to be more about style and function for a purpose than a statement about the design of the original.

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