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I have researched many old threads on this site regarding Mud Guards, some of which I started. I have also searched the Web, and watched videos on WeatherTech installations, etc. There are many opinions on the WeatherTech Guards, ranging from excellent to fair. A few things that are mentioned:

1. They are held on by only 2 screws (the optional 3rd having no real support as it is in the flimsy wheel well liner) and have excessive movement.

2. Some mention excessive "fluttering" and vibration in the floor boards when driving, along with wind noise.

3. Some mention they are not wide / long enough to provide adaquate protection to the lower body; especially on the Sport model.

I need to install something on my 14 Sport with w2w side steps, and know for a fact that these will work for my application having seen pictures. However, I am not sold on them just yet due to what I am reading / seeing.

For those who have the WeatherTech Guards on their trucks (without flares); what are your experiences, and how long have you had them installed.

As of now, I am relying on the spats, steps and brackets for lower body protection. After 1700 miles, the only few chips are on the very fronts of the rocker panels directly behind where the spats end.(the spats are doing a great job of protecting the front fenders / doors, etc.) Yesterday, I applied some clear protective film on the fronts of the rocker panels until I decide what to do. Any and all input is greatly appreciated.
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I have researched many old threads on this site regarding Mud Guards, some of which I started. I have also searched the Web, and watched videos on WeatherTech installations, etc. There are many opinions on the WeatherTech Guards, ranging from excellent to fair. A few things that are mentioned:

1. They are held on by only 2 screws (the optional 3rd having no real support as it is in the flimsy wheel well liner) and have excessive movement.

2. Some mention excessive "fluttering" and vibration in the floor boards when driving, along with wind noise.

3. Some mention they are not wide / long enough to provide adaquate protection to the lower body; especially on the Sport model.

I need to install something on my 14 Sport with w2w side steps, and know for a fact that these will work for my application having seen pictures. However, I am not sold on them just yet due to what I am reading / seeing.

For those who have the WeatherTech Guards on their trucks (without flares); what are your experiences, and how long have you had them installed.

As of now, I am relying on the spats, steps and brackets for lower body protection. After 1700 miles, the only few chips are on the very fronts of the rocker panels directly behind where the spats end.(the spats are doing a great job of protecting the front fenders / doors, etc.) Yesterday, I applied some clear protective film on the fronts of the rocker panels until I decide what to do. Any and all input is greatly appreciated.
2013: I was getting so much snow and ice wedged in the w2w side steps I need to get flaps. Mine are holding up so far and protecting the side of the truck. You have to remove the spats to apply the flaps, but it leaves a small gap where the spats used to be. I only used the 2 screws to apply the flaps. I don't know if the are causing any rubbing of the paint as of yet. I may take them off this summer to check that out. The front one are definitely not wide enough. I have read that if you loosen the bolts to the wsw side steps you are able to shift the side steps back a little to increase clearance between the flap and the step. I have not tried it, but the increase space may allow the wider Huskys to fit?????
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jbr - I did go ahead and install the WeatherTech mud flaps. Check out the post I wrote about it in this section titled "Installed WeatherTech Mud Flaps With Modifications". So far, so good: no wind noise or vibrations, and they are very secure to the truck. I drove in the rain tonight, and the sides stayed much cleaner than with just the spats.
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