Many drivers debate whether they want mud flaps on their new trucks. You can check different forums and there are several different threads about if they improve the look of the different vehicles. If you do buy mud flaps, you want to make sure that you are getting the most out of your investment. We offer some tips to make you are achieving the look that you want for your 2017 Ram 1500.
Buy flaps for your specific vehicle
I know that sounds stupid, but it isn’t. There are different types of mud flaps offered for different Ram models. It is probably most important to check and see if the flaps are for vehicles with fender flares or without. That makes a huge difference in the sizing.
Ask about installation
Duke, from Ohio, asks members of a popular forum. “I just bought my 2017 Crew Cab Ram 1500 BigHorn 4x4. I am trying to get mudflaps for it, but the Weathertech, which are supposed to be the right ones, don't fit due to a change Ram made ( the plastic add ons around the wheel well). Can anyone steer me in the right direction on getting mudflaps to fit?”
This is particularly important because most trucks vary slightly from year to year. In this case, Ram changed the trim and it makes a big difference. Jared offers Duke the answer. “You take the plastic things off then put the flaps on.”
It is easy to see how Duke would be confused. No one wants to take something off their brand new 2017 Ram 1500 (review) truck for fear it will never go back on correctly. There are videos out there that can help make your installation go more smoothly. How would anyone know that you are supposed to take the plastic pieces off to make the mud flaps fit, unless someone offered assistance. Ask or check around to see what the experts tell you.
Protect your paint from damage from the mud flaps
This can quickly turn into a debate over what types of mud flaps to buy. Some like Husky flaps. WeatherTech accessories are very popular. Some like the details usually included on official Mopar parts.
Hunter, from New Jersey, says with all of the different types offered, it is important to protect your brand new paint from any problems caused by friction. “No matter what you use, make sure you put HD 3M tape between the paint and flap. It will protect your paint.” Some different mud flaps come with the tape included and instructions of where to put it, others obviously do not. The important thing is to ask so that your installation goes smoothly and your paint isn't damaged so that if you change your mind later, you can take the flaps off.
You may also watch this Husky Liners mud flap, Ram installation video for more information.