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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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Do these have anything around the edges to protect the paint where they touch the bumper?
I had some on my black eco and tore one off by accident, so I took them all off so the car looked the same all the way around till I got more.
Found out that they left a line all the way around the outside edge of them where they wore through the paint down to the sealer.
Anybody else have this issue?
If I get them for the new cruze I will be putting 3M clear protective film under them.
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