Jeep Wrangler JL Custom Molded Front Mud Guards Review & Install

These custom molded front mudguards are for
those of you that have a non-Rubicon 2018 and up JL that are looking for a mudguard
that’s going to help and keep a little bit of the mess from your front tire off of the
rest of the side of your Jeep. It’s going to be a pretty easy one out of
three wrench installation, the fronts do require you drill one hole in either side, but it’s
just in the plastic inner fender liner, not a huge deal for most of you. And that’s why we’re sticking with a one out
of three instead of stepping up to a two but we will show you how to get these installed
in just a second. So, in general, a mudguard, a mudflap whatever
you wanna call it is there to keep the tire from throwing stuff up on the side of the
Jeep. So, as you can see down toward the bottom
here, the fender is a little bit narrower. There is a little bit of a gap down here where
stuff can still get thrown from that tire up on the side of the vehicle that can cause
scratching, can just look dirty, and some people actually just like the look of a mudguard. So, whether you’re looking to get this as
an ascetic modification or as a functional one, these are gonna do a really nice job. The reason that I like these is that as it
says in the name, these are custom-molded. So, these are designed specifically for your
JL. Again, the non-Rubicon fenders these are molded
directly to them, they are going to use most of the factory mounting locations again, you
do have to drill one hole per side. So, it’s not as though you’re just buying
something that’s universal fit and sticking it on the Jeep, these actually flow really
well, they look really nice, in my opinion as far as a mudguard goes. And because it is going to be a little bit
wider down towards the bottom here and extend a lot lower than your fender flare does it
is also going to be functional. So, overall, I think you are gonna get a pretty
solid product here. These are gonna come in and right around that
$55 mark. If you’re looking to get both for the front
and the rear because they do make these for the backside as well you’re gonna be in it
for about the same. So, around $100 for all four but again, we’re
just talking about the front here for $55 and I do think that is a pretty fair deal. So, we said before this is a pretty straightforward
installation, let me show you how to do it. For this installation, we needed a drill with
a one 1/16-inch drill bit, a small Phillips head screwdriver or a punch would work fine
as well, and also a number two Phillips head screwdriver and a trim removal tool. So, we’re gonna get started with the installation
of our mudflaps, we are gonna stick with a one out of three wrenches for this install
even though you do have to drill one very small hole. If you ever decide to remove the mudflaps
and go back to a stock look that hole would just be on the inside of this fender liner
here, not really bothering anything, you’re not really gonna see it. So, pretty easy to go backward. You’re only drilling through plastic. So, again sticking with one out of three wrenches. So, the first step in the installation is
removing a couple of plastic clips. So, you have two plastic rivets right here
and then two plastic push pins on the inside of the fender liner. We’re gonna remove those and we can set those
aside. We’re not going to be re-using those for the
installation of the mudflaps. So, with these clips on the outside here,
they actually have a little bit of almost a button on the inside of them that you’re
going to push in. We’re gonna use a small Phillips head screwdriver,
that’s just what I grabbed first, you can use a punch or a nail set, really anything
that is smaller than the diameter of that hole. They are a little bit tough at first, you
have to give them a little bit of a push, but once you push them in then we can use
a regular forked trim removal tool to remove the rest of the clip. With those plastic pushpins removed, we can
pull the inner fender liner out of the way, which gives us access to the area where those
pushpins were. And we can clip these metal U-clips that come
in the kit in place. So, I use my trim removal tool just to bend
this open a little bit, make it a little bit easier for me to get it over the plastic where
it’s designed to go. We might have to pry it open just a little
bit more just to get it to fit properly. And we have one more plastic U-clip that’s
gonna go right here where that other plastic pin went, same thing I’ll just use my trim
tool to bend it open a little bit. Now, I’ll take the other two metal U-clips,
and we’ll put them over the fender. [They’re going to snap in place like this
over top of the hole where those plastic clips came out of. I’m using a trim removal tool here to open
it up a little bit, makes it a little easier for us to get over. Next step in the installation is to loosely
install the mudflap using the included hardware into the clips that we just installed. We’re gonna leave it loose because all we’re
doing in this step is using the mudguard as a template so that we know where to drill
our single hole. So, as you can see there are five holes in
the mudflap, we installed four U-clips. So, that fifth mudflap hole is what we’re
gonna use as our template in order to know where to drill. At this point, we can get our drill with a
1/16 drill bit in here, line it up in the hole in the mud flap, so we know exactly where
to drill our hole and go ahead and drill. With our hole drilled we can insert our last
screw through the mudflap through the hole we drilled in the inner fender liner. And then in this last hole, we’re also going
to use one of these U-clips, but this one’s not going to have anything to clip onto, it
really just gets used more as a nut than anything else to hold on the backside of this last
screw. Once that’s tight we can go back and tighten
up all the other screws. Then we can move to the other side and the
process is the same for the installation over here. So, if you’re looking for high quality and
custom fit set of mudflaps specifically for your JL, I would recommend taking a look at
this option and you can find them right here at

4 thoughts on “Jeep Wrangler JL Custom Molded Front Mud Guards Review & Install

  1. I just installed the weathertech front mud flaps on my JL. Badass and no drilling. Custom molded around the Rubicon rock guards.

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