The wheeler was missing the right side front of rear fender flap since I’ve had it.
Here is the factory left side one;
To get a factory one for the right side is a $40 or $50 proposition, plus almost that to ship it to AK. uhuh. Have you ever known me to buy anything I can possibly make? Lol.
I replaced it… or Macgyvered it once before, but the plastic I used, an old Chevy floor mat, while flexible, was too stiff. It wouldn’t flex, and buckled into the tire, got tore out when the fenders flexed. And I’d only used zip ties to hold it in anyway.
Nice soft flexible, but thick rubber this time. What was the rubber you ask? A fancy aftermarket truck floor mat!
Actually the second thing these mats have been used for other than floor mats… I forget where I got them but they were cheap or free, with Built Ford Tough molded in the center. I used them as rear wheel mud flaps on my 78 Bronco for a year till they got tore off…
Cutting to size;
Fitted and bolted;
Large washers under the bolt heads, and larger on the back side to prevent tear outs. Even had some rubber backed washers I’d saved when taken off some fancy self tapping screws a while back.
Used them to run a zip tie through to spread out the pull, also to prevent tear through(had to splice on a smaller piece to go all the way up the fender edge as far as the stock flap does).
The spliced on piece is also held under the upper most bolt for the main piece.
Looks good even if I do say so myself! And more importantly my right foot shouldn’t be covered with mud all the time now!
Now, I finished it, and left it, but wasn’t sure about the attachment to the floor boards. The stock ones are only held with the two centered screws, but…. 5 minutes later I decided I Really didn’t like it, and added another further outward hole to the floorboard corner.
If I can find the other floor mat, I want to add extensions to both sides, to fill this gap between where these front flaps stop and the rear most flaps.