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      05-03-2019, 02:38 PM   #45
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These are the ones I've been tempted to get but I haven't been able to get past the fact that shipping to the US is more expensive than the product itself.
As a person that's owned cars like EVO X, STI, Golf R in the past I'm used to outfitting my vehicles with the Rally Armor flaps and even with the shipping these are still pretty cheap in comparison.
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Might stop some, but I doubt they stop most. I have larger PPF applications on the rear hips and have rockers covered, and that seems to be doiing the job so far.
If I could do it again, I'd skip these relatively-tiny mud flaps and just get the rockers and hips covered with PPF. I have more marks in the paint then I would like for 15,000 miles.
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If I could do it again, I'd skip these relatively-tiny mud flaps and just get the rockers and hips covered with PPF. I have more marks in the paint then I would like for 15,000 miles.
do you have the mud flaps currently?
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do you have the mud flaps currently?
I do. Been through one season of about a hand full of track days and one MN winter.
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If I could do it again, I'd skip these relatively-tiny mud flaps and just get the rockers and hips covered with PPF. I have more marks in the paint then I would like for 15,000 miles.
Can you post a pic, so we can see exactly where the marks hit the car? I'm especially curious as I will do some trackdays this year.
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On this last one, there is some reflection of the water I used to make sure the fender was clean of everything but the nicks. The reflection is on the lower rocker way to the left.
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On this last one, there is some reflection of the water I used to make sure the fender was clean of everything but the nicks. The reflection is on the lower rocker way to the left.
Wow that is pretty bad. So all the little white specs are chips? If so why are there white specs on the OEM film, did it penetrate the film?
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Wow that is pretty bad. So all the little white specs are chips? If so why are there white specs on the OEM film, did it penetrate the film?
Yes. It doesn't really look that bad in average/normal light. I tried to get the worst possible lighting so you can see. The white specs are chips - probably in the clear coat only. The specs on the film did not penetrate.

I am using the car (road, winter, track, etc...), but doing my best to keep it maintained, clean and protected. In the case of the mud flaps, I'd personally like more protection than what these offer.
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Yes. It doesn't really look that bad in average/normal light. I tried to get the worst possible lighting so you can see. The white specs are chips - probably in the clear coat only. The specs on the film did not penetrate.

I am using the car (road, winter, track, etc...), but doing my best to keep it maintained, clean and protected. In the case of the mud flaps, I'd personally like more protection than what these offer.
Picture say a thousand words... even though i bought the guards, im def gonna replace the OE piece with a larger one. Thanks for sharing.
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Just as another data point, here are a few snaps of my left side in front of the rear wheel. Car has about 29,000 miles, has not been tracked, but has seen a couple of trips where it got trapped in snow conditions.

I had the OEM PPF replaced in that area with XPel Ultimate shortly after I got the car because it was obvious the factory piece was too small. Very glad I did! Also, I outlined the coverage of my replacements on the last picture just so you can see our approach, bringing it forward all the way to the door jamb. The rockers are also covered, but not the doors (I did the hood, full nose, front fenders and mirrors, plus these replacements in front of the rear wheels, as well as a custom dog leg behind the rear wheels).

It's hard to really capture what I see when I look at the car, it's in really good shape. The first picture in the set is sort of what you see, you don't notice a lot of the nicks in that area when the lighting isn't highlighting them, etc. And all the pictures show a lot of extra reflection and swirling that isn't there when you really look at the car, that's just the nature of taking pictures of shiny objects. And the course surface of my asphalt driveway didn't help at all, but what can I say.

Anyway, the first picture sort of gives you an idea of what you normally see in just looking at the car. But then I got it in direct sunlight for the second and third picture to highlight the small nicks that have occurred in the film. It's the small white "specs" you want to notice there, not all the reflections from the ground, etc. Interestingly a better test is actually running your hand over the film, you can feel it better than you can see it, it's earning it's money in protecting the paint.

Hope this helps a little, sorry it's so hard to capture in pictures...

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Appreciate the write up and it just confirms to me to get this area better protected.
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Anyone have more pics of these from further away? trying to decide if I can tolerate them aesthetically. With recent lowering+spacers I could use a tad more coverage, although fenders look mint after 7500 miles so far.
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at first looked a little out of place but not to bad aesthetically
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Anyone have more pics of these from further away? trying to decide if I can tolerate them aesthetically. With recent lowering+spacers I could use a tad more coverage, although fenders look mint after 7500 miles so far.
Further you get the less you see them.

They aren't an eyesore. Best thing is hearing all the rocks hitting them and knowing they aren't hitting the fender and side panels.
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