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post #11 of 25 (permalink) Old 02-05-2017, 09:47 AM
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Because the holes leftover are rectangular, not round
But what size? Are they long? I've never looked. There may actually be something you could fit, even if you had to drill out the hole a bit for it. Still cheaper/easier than buying new trim.

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But what size? Are they long? I've never looked. There may actually be something you could fit, even if you had to drill out the hole a bit for it. Still cheaper/easier than buying new trim.
If memory serves they're about 3/4" long. After years of being in the modding business, I've adopted the moniker "do it right the first time or don't do it at all." I've never found plugging a hole to be an acceptable alternative, this is the exact reason I didn't upgrade the spoiler on my '16 Charger from the three piece to the 1 piece Scat Pack spoiler. The only thing I would try before I replaced the trim (assuming the mud flaps will be in the way) is to take a dremmel and trim out a notch to make the sliders fit inside the mud flaps. Outside of that solution I would replace the trim. It's neither expensive nor hard to remove.
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So I had a few minutes to browse Mopars parts for the different wheel flare trim. There are three versions: FWD/AD-1, AD-2, and Trailhawk. ONLY AD-2 comes with mud flaps (for some reason) and leave rather large holes when removed. I finally found a picture online of the flares and the holes are larger than I remembered. If the mud flaps need to be removed for fitment (and I believe they will), I will definitely be replacing the trim to eliminate the holes.


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Or I might be able to cut a notch in the existing mud flaps to allow fitment of the rock rails. Only time will tell.

Hurry up RRO!
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Or I might be able to cut a notch in the existing mud flaps to allow fitment of the rock rails. Only time will tell.

Hurry up RRO!
Following this thread to see how the rails work out. I have been on the fence about them for various reasons but am really interested to see how they look on a non-TH and you brought up a great point I was not aware of with the wheel trim.

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Well fellow jeepers, I have good news and bad news. The bad news is that during the final stages of the install of my sliders, I discovered that the mud flaps do NOT fit as-is once the rails are installed. The rails sit too far forward, making it impossible to get the mud flaps into position. However, the good news is that a few minutes with a dremmel, taking my time (you can always remove material, but it's very hard to put it back!), I was able to cut a small notch in the side of the mud flap to allow proper fitment! And might I say that I did a mighty fine job, because the fitment is VERY tight with no gaps between the rail and the flap. Taking a second look, it might be too tight, I may need to trim it a smidge more to allow it to rest a bit more, one of the mounting holes is showing a bit. Pics below show the notch I made in the mud flap and the final product.




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Nice job! It looks nice with the mud flap back on.
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For the record, these are the holes you would be left with if you removed the AD-2 mud flaps and did nothing to treat the area.

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I forwarded my pictures and fitment concerns to Charlie at RRO as constructive feedback. He said that he was surprised that with as many of these as they have sold, this issue hasn't come up. My guess was that the percentage of people with AD-2 is very low, and those with that package who are willing to off-road it to the point they need rock rails is lower still, so either I really do have the first set on AD-2 (which I sincerely doubt), or other people have discovered this problem and simply never reported back to RRO with it. I'm just glad I was able to get the flaps to fit and I didn't have to buy $200 in trim!
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How long did it take you to install your set of sliders? Looks like you did a great job.

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