A few Ford Bronco owners have complained about rocks and debris hitting the sides of their Ford Bronco and damaging its paint or, in some cases, their tires kicking up stones from the road, which hit and damage other cars. The basis of these complaints is that these incidents occurred even though the owners had mud flaps installed on their Ford Broncos; so, what was the problem? The problem was that the splash guards installed on their vehicles were not wide enough to cover their Ford Bronco’s wide tires adequately.
Does Your Ford Bronco Need Mud Flaps?
Mud flaps, also called splash guards by some people, are a simple, albeit essential, accessory to have with your Ford Bronco. Splash guards are installed behind your car tires, and when you install the perfect mud flaps for your Ford Bronco, you will find that they are a worthy investment that would save you lots of money.
A mud protector on the body prevents dirt, rocks, and other debris from the road from kicking up when your tires drive over them and hitting sensitive parts of your car. This debris can destroy your Ford Bronco’s fender and even hit other vehicles on the road, especially if you are driving fast. What are some of the benefits that good splash guards would offer you and your car?
If you live in an area with lots of untarred roads, or if you regularly use your Ford Bronco for off-road activities, it is an excellent choice to install splash guards to protect your car’s finish from scratches. Frequent off-road driving with your Ford Bronco means that rocks, dirt, mud, etc., can get stuck in the wheel well of your Ford Bronco and cause damage over time, but using mud flaps can prevent the dirt from getting there in the first place.
When you use mud flaps that are the perfect fit for your car, they can prevent mud or dirt from dirtying up the sides of your car. Caked-on mud on the sides of your vehicle is a pain to wash off, and it will mean an expensive trip to the car wash–but using splash guards that fit your car could mean that you take fewer trips to the car wash.
The Best Mud Flaps for Your Ford Bronco
You must only use mud flaps that fit your car’s make and model because if you use mud flaps that are not made for your Ford Bronco, there would be downsides. Some splash guards are universal fitting, but it is best to get the ones that are the right fit for your car. The right fit does not have to be from your car’s manufacturer, i.e., Ford, but many third-party manufacturers make specific splash guards for particular vehicle models.
The best mud flaps for your Ford Bronco should be large enough to cover the vehicle’s entire wheel, but they should not be so large that they stick out past the Bronco’s fender. The mud guard’s material should be durable enough to withstand the wear and tear it would encounter on the road; the material should be flexible enough to curve against the tire without breaking or falling off.
You should install the splash guards properly so that they do not flap in the wind and make noise when driving; this way, they do not create drag and reduce fuel efficiency. If you plan on installing splashers by yourself, ensure that they are easy to install (this usually means splash guards that do not require drilling for installation).
Manufacturers of Mud Flaps
Aside from Ford, many trusted mud flap manufacturers exist, especially since Ford does not make mud flaps for some Ford Bronco models.
REK GEN Mesh Mud Flaps
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- Sold as a pair. ( 2 mud flaps)
- Aggressive Off-Road Styling
- Stainless Steel Construction
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Husky Liners Universal Mud Flaps
Husky Liners makes many necessary and helpful vehicle accessories, and these splashers are one of their products. These Husky Liners mud flaps are universal and made to fit most trucks and SUVs, and they are available in two sizes: 12-inch wide and 14-inch wide mudguards. The mud flaps are made of stainless steel and are 3/8 inches thick.
OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) Front Mud Flaps
These OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) front mud flaps are manufactured by Ford but are sold by the brand Blue Oval Industries. They are the mud plugs for the driver and passenger’s side of the 2021 and 2022 For Bronco, and they do not fit the Ford Bronco sport. The mud protector on the body is made of heavy-duty plastic and is not compatible with rock rails, side steps, or any other appearance package. These mud flaps come with hardware for installation and instructions to aid installation.
WeatherTech Custom Mud Flaps for Ford Bronco
WeatherTech’s custom mud flaps are precisely cut with lasers, so they are a custom fit for select Bronco models. These mud protectors on the body fit Ford Bronco models with the optional 315-width-sized tires, and they also fit Broncos that have the factory Tube Step and Rock Rails. The mudguards are made from thermoplastic resin, offering your Ford Bronco lasting protection. The best part about these mud flaps from WeatherTech is that you do not need to drill into your vehicle to install them.
REK GEN ‘Merica Mud Flaps
These REK GEN mud flaps are 3/8 inches thick and made from a blend of thermoplastic resin and rubber; these mud flaps retain their shape but can bend without breaking when needed. Stainless steel plates on the surface of the mudguards improve its strength and durability, adding to your car’s style and aggressive beauty. The mud protector on the body has stylized, debossed prints of the American flag.
REK GEN’s ‘Merica mud flaps are 12 inches wide and universally fit most trucks and SUVs. But they require drilling, and the hardware and installation instructions come with the purchase.
Vehicles with large tires or tires with deep treads, such as large SUVs like the Ford Bronco and pickup trucks, are more likely to kick up dirt. You should look into getting products that fit your Ford Bronco if you have to repaint your Ford Bronco or if your Bronco’s large tires kick up dirt and debris through your vehicle’s wheel wells and into the engine.