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Chinese Mud Flaps Installed and Jacking Up Your Cruze

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Finally had some time to install the $16.00 Mud Flaps today. This thread will cover 2 items.


1.Installation of the flaps
2.Jacking up the car and having it on stands for all 4 wheels.




First thing. When I ordered them, I really couldn't tell from the pictures how big they were. I had concerns that they may be too big and look like something from a 18 wheeler. Luckily that thought went by the wayside. They aren't too big or too small. The finished product looks great


Overall I'm very happy with the fitment and quality of the parts. For $16.00 you really can't go wrong.


















To make things as easy as possible. I decided to remove all 4 wheels since i was going to rotate them anyway.


What makes the ECO a great gas saver is also kinda of a PIA when it comes to jacking the car up. Since most of the unibody structure is covered up by the Aero panels. After looking at it for about 15 minutes I came up with a pretty good solution to getting it up in the air.


I didn't use any area of the pinch welds as a jacking or support point. I also had zero derformation of any body structure as well.


Front of car.


Place your jack under the bolt and plate that holds the front cross member. Makes sure it's centered on the bolt and not on any part of the corresponding plate that goes off to the body of the car.





Jack the wheel up so it leaves the ground. Put your jack stand under the unibody structure closest to the pinch weld. This part of the unibody is very strong. Locate the jack away from the center and the hole in the assembly.





Rear of the car


Put your jack under the torsion bar assemnly were it meets the spring perch and jack up the car.





Put the stand on the inside of the pinch weld. This section is very strong as well.





Repeat the steps on the other side of the car unti the car is in the air and on the stands










Time to install the flaps.


Overall it was pretty straight foward. The rear flaps use one of the exising body screws to fasten. I also used a sheet metal screw in the lower sections to add some additional lateral support.


Some tips. Make sure you predrill everything and take your time especially when doing the front. The landing area for the fronts goes into the fender lip is very narrow and you could easily do something bad if you're not paying attention.


Once I was done, I took some plastip dip and coated all of the fasteners to prevent rust.


Drivers Rear





Front Driver





Front Passenger - Used a plastic zip fastener





Rear Passenger - Used a plastic zip fastener and a sheet metal screw as well.





Drivers Side













Passenger Side








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Did you change the screws from the packaged screws that come with your mud guards ?
 

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Did you change the screws from the packaged screws that come with your mud guards ?

Honestly I thought about it. The ones that came with the kit were 1" long and not the 1/2" others that have received. The only place that I actually drilled into any metal, were for the 2 points for the front fender locations.

Since both plastic panels that I went through were only 1/8" thick for a total thickness of 1/4". The ones that were sent were adequate. Since I pre-drilled and hand tightened everything. I didn't have to worry about stripping anything out.
 

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I worried fanatically the first winter here with them on , always concerned with em falling off . not any more . 2 winters and all is secure .
 

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I worried fanatically the first winter here with them on , always concerned with em falling off . not any more . 2 winters and all is secure .
Good to know.

I knew I had to do something. In the 2 months I've had it. I already accumulated a couple of scratches on the rockers on the passenger side from stones being kicked up.

One is so bad, it even went through the plastic tape covering the passenger door leg. I was shocked to see that. I must have picked up some kryptonite or something.
 

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Same quality as what Dealers offer . Going on my 3 rd winter with mine .
Thanks to Vetterin and his uncanny insight .
 

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I got mine from Amazon .com 2011 Chevy Cruze Mud Guards .
 

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these wouldn't work on the RS package would they?
 

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Is this the same set?

2009 10 11 12 Chevrolet Cruze Mudguard Splash Guards Mud Flaps 4pcs Set | eBay

Seems like the best price I have found thus far. Says they are in the US as well. There was another set for like 40 cents cheaper but they were in China. FYI - the link that the OP provided was like $21 something.
It looks like the same, but it's hard to say by the pictures. And I paid 16.88 for mine from the OP's link 2 weeks ago. So the price just went up.

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