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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old Apr 5th, 2010, 12:35 PM Thread Starter
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Mudflaps-Any good?

The back of my Clubman auto resprays tself in Mud Brown every 100 yards or so. Does fitting front and rear mudflaps actually manage to keep the mud off the car?

The back doors are really horrid to open. You get covered in dirt everytime you need access to the boot. Apart from the mudflaps, is there some sort of air-splitter that would redirect the airflow into the low pressure vortex at the back of the car? This would then blow clean air down from the roof and keep the muck on the road.


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Mud flaps do not seem to help. Neither does a roof spoiler.

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mud flaps help the front doors, though.

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Asked various dealers, who would have made a sale if they had been any good, but the constant line from BMW/Mini is, they are a waste of time.
I thought this was very honest of them, and obviously never bought any.
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Have to agree, my old Clubman came with mud flaps and the rears do nothing as far as I could tell - the back and sides were always plastered in mud!
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Its not just the clubmans that get caked in mud... its just all mini's in general. Its probably the one makor thing that naffs me off with them!
I bought some for the rear of the car and i can say that it did very little to keep the dirt off the back. Even more visible on a Yellow mini!
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Well I'm heartened by the reply that the front mudflaps help a bit. I think an extra problem I have is my clubman is fitted with winter tyres. They really do throw up the dirt. As I think its unlikely to snow (shouldn't have said that!), I'll be refitting the summer wheels and hopefully the dirt on the back doors will be less.

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The dirt doesn't really come from the tires. The flat back causes a vortex behind the car that picks up dirt from the road and applies it to the barn doors. Had the exact same issue with my old TDI Golf.
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Short rear overhang and a vertical rear bodywork....I reckon it's pretty much a given it'll get dirty - have you seen the back of a van???!
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