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So today I decided to remove the mud guards and step bars and couldn't believe how much more I like the truck without them. Just curious what other were doing.I will post pic tomorrow of the before and after.
 

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I removed mine. It makes a huge difference in the look of the truck to me. I'm not a fan of splashing all the road grime up the sides of my truck but I got over it.


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Lots of debate and threads over whether or not to remove mud guards. If you off road it is a must.
 

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I recently took a trip off road that included about 60 miles of gravel/rock roadway. After washing the truck I found all kinds of rock chips behind the tires and front edge of the back bumper.

It seems like the mud flaps are not doing much in the way of protecting the body so I now plan on removing them.
 

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The flaps did a little to protect from rock chips, I'm noticing them more often now that I've removed the flaps.
On a related note does anyone know where to get those color-matched patches? I'd like to cover those spots that are prone to rock chips.
 

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The flaps did a little to protect from rock chips, I'm noticing them more often now that I've removed the flaps.
On a related note does anyone know where to get those color-matched patches? I'd like to cover those spots that are prone to rock chips.
The stuff I've seen is clear, made by 3M. Locally I get it from an industrial plastic shop. I'd imagine you can get it at an auto body shop.
 

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I didn't have step bars, but I did have factory mud flaps. I removed the front valance (air dam) the first week after I bought the truck, I immediately liked the change in appearance. I removed the factory mud flaps and replaced the back ones with Rally Armor flaps, none in the front. At first, I didn't like the somewhat "flappy" look because they are a thin material and are pretty flexible, but after putting them through the paces on some washed out roads recently, I LOVE them. I went through a washout with standing, muddy water and the front tires sprayed the side of the truck, but the back mud flaps didn't let a drop of muddy water get on the rear bumper or rear side. The rear of the truck was perfectly clean. Quite impressed.

It's pretty easy washing mud off the side of your truck. It is completely different scraping globs of mud out of the underneath, concave side of your rear bumper.
 

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^^ THIS!!!! the concave side of the bumper!!!!! the frontier car wash struggle IS real..... I thought about doing the same but I believe in the good ol state of CA that trucks are required to have them.. I could be wrong to
 
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