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Old 05-27-2014, 09:04 PM
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As many of you know, mud guard options are limited if you have wheel to wheel side steps. Why Ram could not shorten the steps ever so slightly to allow for both options was frustratingly beyond me, so I took matters into my own hands

Since the steps are made from stainless steel, cutting them is not an issue. If they were steel or chromed aluminum, rust/corrosion and chipped chrome would be a concern but in this case I simply unbolted the steps, popped off the end caps, dropped the steps in the band saw and trimmed 1 1/4" off the ends.

This gave me just enough clearance to fit any brand/type mud guards (I went with Husky because they supply the 3M protection tape).

Before and after, plus the guards installed:
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Hmmm...I have the 2014 ram 1500 crew with the wheel to wheel side steps and I just put on the husky mud flaps. Mine fit perfect, didn't have to do a thing..weird
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Old 05-27-2014, 09:56 PM
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Either you don't have the OEM wheel to wheel steps, or your guards are being pushed forward by the steps. As you can see, I only have 3/8" of an inch between the step and the guard after removing 1 1/4" of material from the steps.
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My Weathertechs fit with my w2w steps, but I admit it'd look a little better with a bit more of a gap like you have there... My wheels are the 20x9" wide ones and it seems like I get quite a bit of fling-off which ends up all over the truck sides even with the mud flaps. I can definitely see the appeal of having fender flares.
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Either you don't have the OEM wheel to wheel steps, or your guards are being pushed forward by the steps. As you can see, I only have 3/8" of an inch between the step and the guard after removing 1 1/4" of material from the steps.
Nope, have the ram w2w side steps, but mine do appear to be bigger than the ones in your photo. I did read in the husky manual that sometimes the side step need to be flip from one side to the other in-order for the mud flap to fit better.

Oh well, enjoy having less mud on the side of your truck.
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You can remove the 4 screws holding each perch, and move the running board back a little then redrill and mount them back up.
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Kamine, they look good. I too have the w2w oem step and I installed weathertech mud flaps no problem. Go figure.
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I got the Huskyliner mudflaps too and aftermarket w2w steps, lot cheaper than OEM and lots of room for the mudflaps.
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As many of you know, mud guard options are limited if you have wheel to wheel side steps. Why Ram could not shorten the steps ever so slightly to allow for both options was frustratingly beyond me, so I took matters into my own hands

Since the steps are made from stainless steel, cutting them is not an issue. If they were steel or chromed aluminum, rust/corrosion and chipped chrome would be a concern but in this case I simply unbolted the steps, popped off the end caps, dropped the steps in the band saw and trimmed 1 1/4" off the ends.

This gave me just enough clearance to fit any brand/type mud guards (I went with Husky because they supply the 3M protection tape).

Before and after, plus the guards installed:
I have purchased the Husky after comparing to Weathertech. I was sold on the protector tape which is included with the Husky. I have not installed them, but if I have a fit problem I will use your idea. Thanks.
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Don't know what steps I bought, something cheap aftermarket, 4" oval. They were too far forward, put a rope around the rear support, hooked the ATV up and bent them back a couple inches. All is good now
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