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UPDATE: 1 month later I've gone through 2 drive through car washes and offroading through brambles and the mudflaps are holding firm. And so is my paint job!

Eventually someone will come out with a proper mudflap for an SAS with factory side step bars. But my paintjob won't wait that long. Someone else had posted a pic of modifying the factory mudflaps so I purchased them. Ford part #M2DZ16A550AA. Here's how easy it is to mount them. I'm just a garage mechanice:

1. Turn the wheel to get it out of the way. For right side flap turn it left. For left side flap turn it right.
2. Remove the 2 screw plugs from the bottom of the inner fender lining and either remove the fender flare or at least the first 2 latches:
PXL_20211126_163851057.jpg

2. Line the holes in the flap with the 2 holes in the inner fender. I put a screwdriver in each hole to keep them aligned.
3. Using a pencil, trace the area you'll need to cut to clear the step. Remove from the car and then use a sharpie of the pencil so you can see the line better:
PXL_20211126_163313901.jpg

4. Using a Dremel tool or your favorite cutting device, cut the hole. Better to cut small and then have to go back and cut more:
PXL_20211126_163342317.jpg

I used a side cutter to make neat corners:
PXL_20211126_163739231.jpg

Test fit. You'll find that the the further you slide the flap onto the step the larger the hole will need to be. You'll want the flap to rest against the inner fender without flexing it. Once you're done you can clean up the edges of your hole with a file or sandpaper.
5. You'll need to trim the top of the flap off in order to clear the fender flare. Put the fender flare back in place, line the flap up with the 2 holes again, and now you can trace out the cut to the flap:
PXL_20211126_165132355.jpg

That's it. Put it all together now. The mudflap kit comes with some extra bolts if you want to secure it in place with more then the 2 screws. I did a test drive at 85mph and they didn't loosen. And there's no rub on the tires lock to lock. Easy peasy!
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Note that the rear mudflaps part #M2DZ16A550BB have 3 screwholes that you'd think would line up with the 3 screwholes in the rear bumper but they don't. So you'll need to drill new holes to mount those. Should be easy peasy with no cutting but I haven't done so yet.
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Very clever, I expect others to follow as this is a cheap fix!
 

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Eventually someone will come out with a proper mudflap for an SAS with factory side step bars. But my paintjob won't wait that long. Someone else had posted a pic of modifying the factory mudflaps so I purchased them. Ford part #M2DZ16A550AA. Here's how easy it is to mount them. I'm just a garage mechanice:

1. Turn the wheel to get it out of the way. For right side flap turn it left. For left side flap turn it right.
2. Remove the 2 screw plugs from the bottom of the inner fender lining and either remove the fender flare or at least the first 2 latches:
PXL_20211126_163851057.jpg

2. Line the holes in the flap with the 2 holes in the inner fender. I put a screwdriver in each hole to keep them aligned.
3. Using a pencil, trace the area you'll need to cut to clear the step. Remove from the car and then use a sharpie of the pencil so you can see the line better:
PXL_20211126_163313901.jpg

4. Using a Dremel tool or your favorite cutting device, cut the hole. Better to cut small and then have to go back and cut more:
PXL_20211126_163342317.jpg

I used a side cutter to make neat corners:
PXL_20211126_163739231.jpg

Test fit. You'll find that the the further you slide the flap onto the step the larger the hole will need to be. You'll want the flap to rest against the inner fender without flexing it. Once you're done you can clean up the edges of your hole with a file or sandpaper.
5. You'll need to trim the top of the flap off in order to clear the fender flare. Put the fender flare back in place, line the flap up with the 2 holes again, and now you can trace out the cut to the flap:
PXL_20211126_165132355.jpg

That's it. Put it all together now. The mudflap kit comes with some extra bolts if you want to secure it in place with more then the 2 screws. I did a test drive at 85mph and they didn't loosen. And there's no rub on the tires lock to lock. Easy peasy!
PXL_20211126_171123205.jpg

PXL_20211126_171001057.MP.jpg

PXL_20211126_171001057.MP.jpg


PXL_20211126_165318837.jpg


PXL_20211126_163313901.jpg


Note that the rear mudflaps part #M2DZ16A550BB have 3 screwholes that you'd think would line up with the 3 screwholes in the rear bumper but they don't. So you'll need to drill new holes to mount those. Should be easy peasy with no cutting but I haven't done so yet.


Thank you Alan..... and the rear set M2DZ16A550BB. I appreciate your post as I just went on line and ordered . I'm still always surprised at how different the prices are when searching .
 
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Thanks for the details. This great.
 

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Eventually someone will come out with a proper mudflap for an SAS with factory side step bars. But my paintjob won't wait that long. Someone else had posted a pic of modifying the factory mudflaps so I purchased them. Ford part #M2DZ16A550AA. Here's how easy it is to mount them. I'm just a garage mechanice:

1. Turn the wheel to get it out of the way. For right side flap turn it left. For left side flap turn it right.
2. Remove the 2 screw plugs from the bottom of the inner fender lining and either remove the fender flare or at least the first 2 latches:
PXL_20211126_163851057.jpg

2. Line the holes in the flap with the 2 holes in the inner fender. I put a screwdriver in each hole to keep them aligned.
3. Using a pencil, trace the area you'll need to cut to clear the step. Remove from the car and then use a sharpie of the pencil so you can see the line better:
PXL_20211126_163313901.jpg

4. Using a Dremel tool or your favorite cutting device, cut the hole. Better to cut small and then have to go back and cut more:
PXL_20211126_163342317.jpg

I used a side cutter to make neat corners:
PXL_20211126_163739231.jpg

Test fit. You'll find that the the further you slide the flap onto the step the larger the hole will need to be. You'll want the flap to rest against the inner fender without flexing it. Once you're done you can clean up the edges of your hole with a file or sandpaper.
5. You'll need to trim the top of the flap off in order to clear the fender flare. Put the fender flare back in place, line the flap up with the 2 holes again, and now you can trace out the cut to the flap:
PXL_20211126_165132355.jpg

That's it. Put it all together now. The mudflap kit comes with some extra bolts if you want to secure it in place with more then the 2 screws. I did a test drive at 85mph and they didn't loosen. And there's no rub on the tires lock to lock. Easy peasy!
PXL_20211126_171123205.jpg

PXL_20211126_171001057.MP.jpg

PXL_20211126_171001057.MP.jpg


PXL_20211126_165318837.jpg


PXL_20211126_163313901.jpg


Note that the rear mudflaps part #M2DZ16A550BB have 3 screwholes that you'd think would line up with the 3 screwholes in the rear bumper but they don't. So you'll need to drill new holes to mount those. Should be easy peasy with no cutting but I haven't done so yet.
Omg...your adorable. Thank you.
 
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Mud flaps are nearly as pervasive as scripts on four doors.

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i'm surprised somebody hasnt made a template that the community can download and use to cut out the flaps.. :)

<hint hint>

LOL
 

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Cool, adding a dremel tool to my Christmas wish list
 

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AGAIN, I'm surprised at Ford .... how can they sell these mud flaps without the cutouts being pre-cut, when they know there is interference!
 

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Eventually someone will come out with a proper mudflap for an SAS with factory side step bars. But my paintjob won't wait that long. Someone else had posted a pic of modifying the factory mudflaps so I purchased them. Ford part #M2DZ16A550AA. Here's how easy it is to mount them. I'm just a garage mechanice:

1. Turn the wheel to get it out of the way. For right side flap turn it left. For left side flap turn it right.
2. Remove the 2 screw plugs from the bottom of the inner fender lining and either remove the fender flare or at least the first 2 latches:
PXL_20211126_163851057.jpg

2. Line the holes in the flap with the 2 holes in the inner fender. I put a screwdriver in each hole to keep them aligned.
3. Using a pencil, trace the area you'll need to cut to clear the step. Remove from the car and then use a sharpie of the pencil so you can see the line better:
PXL_20211126_163313901.jpg

4. Using a Dremel tool or your favorite cutting device, cut the hole. Better to cut small and then have to go back and cut more:
PXL_20211126_163342317.jpg

I used a side cutter to make neat corners:
PXL_20211126_163739231.jpg

Test fit. You'll find that the the further you slide the flap onto the step the larger the hole will need to be. You'll want the flap to rest against the inner fender without flexing it. Once you're done you can clean up the edges of your hole with a file or sandpaper.
5. You'll need to trim the top of the flap off in order to clear the fender flare. Put the fender flare back in place, line the flap up with the 2 holes again, and now you can trace out the cut to the flap:
PXL_20211126_165132355.jpg

That's it. Put it all together now. The mudflap kit comes with some extra bolts if you want to secure it in place with more then the 2 screws. I did a test drive at 85mph and they didn't loosen. And there's no rub on the tires lock to lock. Easy peasy!
PXL_20211126_171123205.jpg

PXL_20211126_171001057.MP.jpg

PXL_20211126_171001057.MP.jpg


PXL_20211126_165318837.jpg


PXL_20211126_163313901.jpg


Note that the rear mudflaps part #M2DZ16A550BB have 3 screwholes that you'd think would line up with the 3 screwholes in the rear bumper but they don't. So you'll need to drill new holes to mount those. Should be easy peasy with no cutting but I haven't done so yet.
How noisey are those Territory tires at 75-80 mph? Do they handle well?
 
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How noisey are those Territory tires at 75-80 mph? Do they handle well?
Compared to my soft top JK the Bronco 2dr hardtop is quieter. Bir I will go to a quieter BF Goodrich all terrain when these wear out.
 
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AGAIN, I'm surprised at Ford .... how can they sell these mud flaps without the cutouts being pre-cut, when they know there is interference!
Judging by how different the alignment was from the left to the right, I wouldn't trust Ford to have each vehicle built identical enough lol
 

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I'm glad I ran into this thread. I just got my FE on Friday and had to get the step bars put on for my wife's mobility issues. I've already picked a few rocks out of the tires and am concerned about the paint.
 
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