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Old 29-09-2016, 05:06 PM   #1
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Mud Flaps to a E Class W212 2013 (Facelift) with AMG Body Kit

Fitting Mud Flaps to a E Class W212 2013 (Facelift) with AMG Body Kit.

I live and drive predominantly in a rural environment and in winter, with mud and grit on the roads, keeping a car clean and free from gravel rash is a nightmare.

I know that mud flaps can be a contentious issue for the purists among us but needs must etc when you need to protect the lower bodywork and sills.

As many have already posted on various forums, MB don't make mud flaps for the E class 2013 (Facelift) model that has the AMG body kit so the only way is a third party supplier.

I could find no UK supplier for suitable mud flaps and eventually found what I was looking for in China. For anyone interested the link to the web site is - For Mercedes Benz E Class Sport W212 2014 2015 Molded Splash Guards Mud Flaps | eBay

The supplier was very helpful and, when provided with a tracing of the wheel arch profiles, he confirmed that the mud flaps fitted my vehicle. Despatch was prompt and the quality was good.

The mud flaps are supplied with additional self tapping screws and clips but no fitting instructions although fitting is self evident when the mud flaps are held in place. The wheels will need to be removed to provide decent access for fitting and the usual caveats of adequate vehicle support apply.

Before fitting each mud flap I applied clear vinyl wrap to the area of the wheel arch flare that was covered by the mud flap. This was to prevent the mud flap scuffing the paint. If for any reason in the future the mud flaps are removed, the vinyl wrap can be taken off and the paint should be undamaged.

Now for the fitting :-

Pictures: Front Mud Flap 1 and Front Mud Flap 2. Each front mud flap is fitted using the two existing push fit plastic rivets that secure the end of the side skirt. The rivets are removed using a flat blade to prise out the centre expansion pin and the main rivet body is then pulled out. With the mud flap held in place the push fit rivets are reinserted through the holes already in the mud flap and into the holes in the end of the side skirt. The expansion pin is then refitted (hammer required).

I felt that the top and the inner edge of the mud flaps needed a little extra support so I fitted two additional self tapping screws. The supplied screws were black varnish finish so I changed these for 4.8mm dia x 20mm long stainless steel screws and washers for long term corrosion resistance. The mud flaps were drilled 5mm dia for clearance and the wheel arch liner was drilled 3mm dia to receive the screws.

Picture: Rear Mud Flap 1. The rear mud flaps each use three existing fittings. The push fit plastic rivet and a hex head screw (used to secure the wheel arch liner) need to be removed together with the self tapping screw that secures the lower edge of the rear bumper adjacent to the wheel arch liner. Hold the mud flap in position and it will be obvious where these fixings are located. Remove the fixings, hold the mud flap in position and replace the fixings through the holes already in the mud flaps.

On the inside edge of the mud flap is a vertical tab which requires a self tapping screw to fix it to the wheel arch liner. Drill the wheel arch liner 3mm dia to receive the screw.

Clear up and go and have a cup of tea.

I hope that this may be of interest to someone.
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Old 30-09-2016, 09:45 AM   #2
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Nice work on finding the part for the members but I have got to say it's not to my taste nor does it quite suit the Merc.
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Old 30-09-2016, 09:54 AM   #3
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Can you post some full car photos please - I'd like to see if your bodykit is the same as mine.
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Old 30-09-2016, 11:17 AM   #4
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As I said in the original post, I know mud flaps can be a contentious issue with some and any accessories are always a personal choice. However, if it comes to a choice between fitting mud flaps or constantly removing mud and other filth and having the sills and lower body panels marred by gravel rash then the mud flaps win hands down for me.

As requested developer, I've attached photos of the front and back bumpers and the front of the side skirt. Hope these are of help.
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Old 30-09-2016, 03:23 PM   #5
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Great work and superb write up - will certainly help out some others who want to do this. I for one will be looking into this. Thanks
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Hi, any chance of seeing pics of the full car with the flaps on please.

Great write up.

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Picture as requested.

Not the best weather for a picture so I had to play with brightness and contrast to get the mud flaps to show up.

Hopefully it will give you an idea of the overall look.
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Very neat.
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I like those, though think they'd be less noticeable on a black car. Obvious I suppose.

Wondering how they'd look on mine in Grey (Palladium), though I fear the damage you're trying to prevent on yours has already been done to mine...
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Thanks. Those are great. i think i will order some for my black car.

Have they made a difference on your car?
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Since fitting the mud flaps I can confirm that there is definitely less dirt and mud accumulation immediately behind the wheel arches. The sides of the car still get dirty in wet weather but that is to be expected.

My main concern was for the cills and lower door panels immediately behind the front wheel arches and the rear bumper ends behind the rear wheel arches. Because the tyres are wider than the bodywork at these points the paintwork is subject to a continual spray of grit and dirt and the leading ends of my cills quickly acquired the texture of sandpaper.

With the mudflaps fitted, there is no direct line for grit impact to the areas mentioned above and although grit could still impact toward the rear half of the cills it's affect would be radically reduced by distance and I've noticed no gravel rash or paintwork damage in these areas.

With the application of some polish before fitting, the mud flaps have a reasonably glossy black finish which blends in with the black trim elsewhere on the car. I don't find their appearance offensive and I've not met anyone who has had a detrimental comment to say about them.

I would definitely recommend fitting them but in the end it always comes down to personal choice.
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