Looks like its a toss up between Husky and OEM but the 2-way tape to save the paint rub is the tie breaker in Husky's favor! Now if we can just get Husky to stamp the Ram head logo on them....!
Thanks for everyone's opinions.
Thank you so much for this heads up!! I have the oem molded flaps on my brand new 14 Sport. I thought I had them tight enough where this wasn't going to be an issue, but after reading these posts I figured I better check now before it's too late. Sure enough, I had the scuff marks from where it was wearing down my paint! That is totally ridiculous! Mopar should not be selling these if they're going to damage 100% of the trucks they're installed on. I bet 90% of the poor Ram owners, that have the oem flaps installed, have no idea the damage being caused. So, I wasted about 4 hrs of my life this weekend taking them all off and cutting out clear body guard film to extend just about 1/4 inch beyond the mud flap. I'm OCD about my truck so I was very careful to get it perfect. I bought the film from Pep Boys for those interested. The film dried much clearer (used soapy water to install) then the pics I've attached here. I think it will hold up....it better hold up...kind of committed now.
I just installed the Weathertechs. I have WTW Steps and no fender flares. The install and fit seems great so far. I opted not to install the extra 3rd screw. Now after reading all the issues it makes me worry about the wear and tear on the paint. I may opt to go back and add the clear protective paper like CrazyPete did.
I was next to another ram at a stop light the other day. He must of had the factory mudflaps on his truck. Once he took off and was over 40 mph, they started shaking like crazy. I am still on the fence about putting anything on my truck.
I chose the huskys because they come with precut protective tape. The Ram ones get sand behind them and then the vibration driving down the road wears the paint off the fenders underneath and BOOM Rust! The thing you where trying to stop! Just my 2C as I caught on with my 07 Ram before all the paint was gone, but through clear coat in a year. I also skipped the one additional mounting screw, not needed like others stated.
I had the same thing happen on my 2012 ram 1500. 6 months from new the dirt and small gravel got trapped behind the flaps and wore the paint of through the primer. My dealer had to repaint my front quarter panels. They do not fit good enough to seal grime out and I believe the dealer didn't install them right either. Got a new 2014 and asked the dealer if they would install over the factory guards that come on the trucks now and they said yes. Had them put on again and they installed them just like they did before without the factory protectors. apparently they do not work with them. Had them take them off. But a pair of weather tech to see how well they will fit.
Husky`s on all 4 corners. (OEM flaps ruin the paint, hold ALOT of snow/slush within them, due to a deep dish design at the bottom) I completely siliconed all the way around the mud flaps. No water or dirt can ever get between the mud flap and the body panels. Did not add the extra screw in each flap either, never had to on any of the other rams i`ve owned. Once siliconed, no damage to paint or wear factors, no flapping in the breeze going down the highway, not one issue using this install method. I even sealed up the whole wheel well(s) where the plastic inner fender protectors attach to the metal body panels, with black permatex silicone. All the mounting screws got siliconed to protect them from rusting as well. I`ve installed the factory stainless wheel to wheel step boards, almost touch the husky flaps on the front, i`m confident they`ll be just fine. Another thing i liked about the Husky`s, is the fact that they are wider, which is perfect for the sport trucks with the 20" tires. Having drove in crappy weather the last few days, the Husky`s have done a remarkable job keeping road debris off the side of the truck... something i cant say for the OEM flaps. Fit & finish of the Husky`s was very good, actually fit better than the OEM flaps on past rams i`ve had.
Mopar has rubber mudflaps that work on the wheel-to-wheel steps. Look good, block more mud, easy to install.
I`ve had the ones you`re talking about in the past, they like to hold water, snow, slush, salt, in between the flap and the body, causing rust issues, mainly because they shake badly at higher speeds, which in turn, rubs the paint off. At least thats what i experienced with them. Had to have my 2010 sport fixed twice due to rusting out (where they were mounted) by using those big rubber OEM flaps. I have switched to Husky`s and i also seal them up with silicone... no water/road salt gets in, no rusting issues anymore. Maybe others will have better luck with them, i didnt. I would never recommend them to anyone that wants to preserve their truck.