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post #1 of 7 Old 02-09-2020, 12:08 PM Thread Starter
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Rear Fender Gap Filler

Im not sure whats suppose to fill the gap (if anything?) between the rear wheel well and back fender. Ive looked in the frequently asked questions but nothing there.

Is there something youd recommend to put in the gap preventing mud from caking in there?





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post #2 of 7 Old 02-09-2020, 01:54 PM
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Fender well inner liner, which you don't appear have installed, meets up with a flat plastic cover that lays horizontal, even with the bottom of the tub body in that space. No inner liner, no blocking off that area, conventionally, anyway.

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Those flaps are what keep the dirt and mud in there... not to mention moisture.

I recently ripped mine out when I did some trimming of my rear fenders.. I simply bombed it all blindly with rocker guard... urethane based hard forming rust inhibiting coating.

That said, I try to stay away from mud. But it's fairly easy to angle the hose nozzle up there and blast anything out

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There are splash shields in there from the factory which are made out of material much like 18 wheeler mud flaps. I tried to find them in the Factory parts manuals. No luck so far. I agree with @bruinjeeper that although they keep some crud out of there, the stuff that they let in just festers and holds moisture, furthers rot and prevents a good blast with a power washer to get the stuff out.

If you cannot fix it with a hammer then it has to be an electrical problem.
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Ok, thanks guys. I do have the fender well liner installed. I guess through the years the flap for the area mentioned has been removed. I'll probably just fabricate something removable so as to flush the cavity when needed.


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Those flaps lay horizontal, but they are only connected on 1 side, or maybe a side and a corner. So you can push your hand past them and reach up in there for wiring or whatever. They aren't really a hindrance to cleaning out that hollow rear corner, and if you don't have them at all, your rear tire will constantly throw mud up into that corner.

So for my opinion, I would not tear them out.

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Those flaps lay horizontal, but they are only connected on 1 side, or maybe a side and a corner. So you can push your hand past them and reach up in there for wiring or whatever. They aren't really a hindrance to cleaning out that hollow rear corner, and if you don't have them at all, your rear tire will constantly throw mud up into that corner.

So for my opinion, I would not tear them out.
I agree.

For years I’ve seen people tearing out various plastic guards from trucks to cars to jeeps because at one point they saw a bunch of rust behind one of these plastic guards and drew the conclusion that they actually promote rust.

That conclusion may be accurate for plastic rocker guards but mud caked on plastic wheel wheel liners doesn’t cause rust. However I’m convinced constant bombardment of steel surfaces and mud caked on steel DOES cause rust.

The factory plastic liners are a benefit imho. When I first joined here, several prolific posters had me convinced these plastic parts were merely a pain in the neck and should be discarded. I regret throwing away a number of these.

That’s my opinion. Take it or leave it.

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