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Old Apr 16th, 2014, 12:38 PM
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Anyone ever tried to fit genuine Mini front and read mud flaps before. I've seen them for a good price from a dealer and would love to do this myself rather than incur high labour costs.

I've got a 2014 roadster (R59 I think)

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Just a point to note, the mudflap kit is NOT suitable if you have the sports body kit fitted, ie like the JCW model has.
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Fitting these is fairly easy, if potentially a bit mucky. It's much easier if each wheel is removed to provide easy access, though it's only really essential for the rear wheels.

If buying from a dealer, ask them to print out the fitting instructions - that's part of the service you are paying for, even if just buying them.

At the rear particularly, you must scrupulously clean the back plastic where you will be sticking on the edge of the mud flaps. I use meths to get them spotlessly clean - plus you can take a swig or two if it all gets a bit too much.... I didn't clean my previous Mini's trim quite well enough and the rear flaps began to lift a bit. It should now be warm enough for the sticky tape to stick, but if the cold returns, use a hot air gun (or even a hair-dryer) to get the black trim and mud flap toasty warm before sticking them together.

There is a trick to fitting the inner fastener on the rear mud flaps. Fit this as the first fastener, so that you can peel back the wheel arch liner and hold the backing plate in place - once the mud flap is in place, this isn't accessible unless you have three wrist joints on one arm (and eyes on your knuckles to see where it goes)....
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I fitted the front ones to keep the doors cleaner in the rain, as the tires fling all kinds of water all over the place when turning. I think it does keep it a bit cleaner, if only because I find rocks and dirt on the front part that would have otherwise been on my bodywork.

Fitting was quite easy. Not sure how Angib did it, but there was absolutely no reason to remove the wheels, just turn them to get them out of the way and it's easy to clip them in and adhere them to the plastic wheel surrounds. Angib is right about cleaning it though.

Mine have been on for a few years now and they're not loose or anything. I'm not sure if the rear ones are worth it or not, i never fitted those, so they may be a bit harder to fit. Maybe jack the car up so the wheels are out of your way.
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