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Hey guys, Adam here with americantrucks.com. And today, we're taking a really quick look at and installing the Weathertech No-Drill Mud Flaps for the Front in Black, available for the '09 to '18 RAM 1500. Very simply put, you should be checking this out if you're looking for a way to protect your paint from rocks, mud, and debris that would otherwise be kicked up by an aggressive or even stuck tire, especially when it sticks out a little bit further than the wheel well. Now, obviously, you wanna protect your investment, whether it's new off the lot or a used vehicle that's got 100,000-plus miles on it. You wanna make sure your paint is protected. And when you're hitting the worksite, if you're going off-road, or even if you're daily driving off the beaten path, you're more likely gonna kick up rocks than not. This Weathertech no-drill mud flap gives you a little bit of extra coverage, a couple of inches there from the corner to the body of the vehicle so that these more aggressive wheels and tires, or again, even your stock wheels and tires would kick up at the mud flap instead of hitting your paint. So, it gives you that added coverage for some peace of mind.Now, the nice thing about these compared to some of the other ones in the category is that these are the Weathertech no-drill mud flaps. In some cases, for aftermarket mud flaps, you have to drill additional holes into the wheel well, or even into the trim on the body of the vehicle here in order to get them installed. This one is gonna use your pre-existing factory hardware and factory mounting points to get really secured on there to make sure it doesn't require any permanent modifications. Now, there's a caveat to that. If you guys want more security and more stability there, there is an optional installation method that does involve some drilling and modifications with some of the added bolts included in the kit to make your work easier. But if you wanna take it farther and get more security, there is that option. I'm gonna show you guys the easy way to do it by using the two bolts already there from the factory. All we have to do is pop off the factory trim piece that's super small. It's about this wide that wraps around that doesn't really give you any extra coverage, and we're just gonna replace it with this.Now, the nice thing is we're doing both of the front, so the driver and passenger side front wheel wells comes in right around 50 bucks for both of them that are included in the kit. And then, of course, if you wanted to take it further, you can grab both rears as well to really complete the package, but they are sold separately. Keep in mind, guys, even if you have aggressive wheels and tires like we do here, there's absolutely no rubbing. So, if your wheels and tires don't rub on your factory trim piece, they're not gonna rub on this mud flap. Install-wise, I'm giving it one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. It'll take you about 30 minutes from start to finish if that. It's extremely simple. It's made from really high-quality thermoplastic resin, just a really heavy-duty plastic that's impact-resistant. So, they can take that beating from the rocks being kicked up at it. And it's got a nice textured black finish, so it looks like it belongs on there from the factory. Now, I'm gonna walk you through the entire process here. What do you say we get started?Tools used in the install include an impact gun or a ratchet, 7 and 8-millimeter deep sockets, and a panel removal tool.First things first here, we're gonna start on our front passenger side. Now, in order to get the mud flap installed, we have to remove this factory trim panel. Now, this may look a little bit different per your trim package. Ours looks just like this, but we're gonna get that off nonetheless. There are two bolts on the inner wheel well here. So, we've got the wheel turned all the way to the right so we have easy access, and then there's one push clip on the bottom there. So, let's get to it. Now, first things first, directly underneath here, there's that pushpin clip. It's more of a Christmas tree clip. Grab a panel removal tool and slide that right underneath, pry down on it.Now, for whatever reason, this one is an 8-millimeter and that's a 7. Yours may be a little bit different, so you just wanna grab the appropriate tool to get yours off. I'm gonna start with our 8-millimeter. And because I turned the wheel, we have enough room to get my gun on. Get this top one off first. Switch over to a 7 to get the bottom. Just like that. Now, this is loose, and you can pop it off and set it aside. Now, again, we're working on our passenger side, so you wanna grab the one labeled RH or right hand for the first install here. So, you're gonna make sure that the good side is facing the rear of the truck and it's gonna go flush up against that. Now, there are two different methods of install. I mentioned that earlier, of course. We're gonna use the method that reuses factory hardware, but if you want added security, there are some nuts and bolts included in the kit if you wanna get a little bit more custom and do some more permanent modification to the wheel well here. But they are no-drill mud flaps, so you can use the two bolts included from the factory, and that's what we're gonna do here. So, let's get to it.All right. So, now we're gonna put this flush up against the vehicle there. I'm gonna grab the factory bolts and I'm just gonna put them right back through because those holes line up pretty well there. Grab your same sockets and tighten them down. Now, before we get going, obviously, that's the end of the install and these are secure, but depending on your trim package or your year, you may have a small gap between the inside of the mud flap and the body of the vehicle, in which case, you can use the shims or the spacers, the plastic spacers included in the kit. There are three different sizes for the different gap sizes you may have. There's 1/16, 1/8, and 3/16. And those are in the kit, so you just put them in between the vehicle and the mud flap to close up that space and make sure it's tight and secure. But either way, from here, repeat on the other side and you're good to go.That's gonna wrap up my quick overview and install for the Weathertech No-Drill Mud Flaps for the Front in Black, for the '09 to '18 RAM 1500. Get yours right here at americantrucks.com.
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