Plastic flare guards

Submitted: Saturday, May 08, 2004 at 16:56
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Hi all
Must say that the new designs all have plastic flare guards in one form or another and are prone to traping mud/dirt in the cavities which encourages rust formation. Any clever idea out there to overcome it apart from permanent removal?
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Reply By: Rosco - Bris. - Saturday, May 08, 2004 at 18:31

Saturday, May 08, 2004 at 18:31
Apart from aluminium guards ... wink wink, the only immediately obvious thing I can think of is to remove them (if that's possible) and give the metal surface a good hit with a quality rust inhibitor. Wack em back on and clean up the excess with a bit of turps. Probably not that easy though I would suspect, in which case trying to work some into the join is about all you can do ..... then keep a very close eye on them.
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Reply By: rolande- Saturday, May 08, 2004 at 21:51

Saturday, May 08, 2004 at 21:51
Wil,
What vehicle do you have? This will help us provide better advice regarding your situation, although rust is not something Rosco has to deal with :)
Rolande
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Follow Up By: Wil - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 18:17

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 18:17
rolande
I have an 80 series & a Jimny. They both have plastic guards which traps mud in the cavities. Really hard to clean them out. A real worry if you go off road regularly & cannot keep up with the cleaning effort. :(
Guess the Patrols are much the same aye?
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Follow Up By: rolande- Monday, May 10, 2004 at 19:45

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 19:45
Wil,
The Patrol has plastic flares and inner guards, the plastic guards are easier to clean than the old steel ones and no worries about rust, the flares are sealed with a rubber pin strip and don't seem to catch too much crap, I would think the 80 series would be similar, and knowing Suzuki, just take the drain plugs out of the floor and hose it out :). Only kidding, just find the plastic less worry long term than steel
rolande
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Reply By: Member Eric - Sunday, May 09, 2004 at 11:15

Sunday, May 09, 2004 at 11:15
The idea is to spend time sealing them up , depending on the vehicle , they be a pain to remove and replace . After a insident in Toolangi were i lost a couple of flares , i realised how much crap gets caught under there . In the next couple of weeks , i will remove them again and seal them with Silicone and glue a foam weather strip on the bottom edge .
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Follow Up By: Wil - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 18:33

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 18:33
Eric
I have had the inside trim off on the 80 series and the guards are all held in with bolts around the back. Not sure about the front. Must be a pain to remove in any case.
I liked the new Tourag & Range Rover design whereby they have a plastic moulded wheel arch lining. If only we could mould something like that with a lip that could be foam taped & screwed against the plastic guards. Even better if someone presses it from aluminium sheets.
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Follow Up By: Member Eric - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 19:03

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 19:03
The rear are easy to get to . The front are a pin , since the bolts are past the inner guard , you also need to remove the fuse box to bet to one of the bolts
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Reply By: Baz (NSW) - Sunday, May 09, 2004 at 17:48

Sunday, May 09, 2004 at 17:48
Better plastic and replacible and put up with a little work cleaning them than metal and going to the panel beaters to get them fixed if you bump into something, as above bit of time and seal them with silicon. Or buy a defender they are aluminium !!

Baz.
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