Leave your mud flaps at home - otherwise you'll leave them on the trail

Soft mud flaps are not a good idea for any 4x4.

If you ever go off-road and the terrain gets rough to the point where you want to back up - you will most likely lose your mud flaps (if they are soft). I have found hundreds of mud flaps over the years on rough terrain (mostly Toyota). The soft mud flap might get pinched between an obstacle and the tire when reversing and since the tire rotates now backwards it will rip the mud flap off the body.

A stiff mud flap resists getting pinched between tire and obstacle somewhat better (newer Toyotas have stiff mud flaps).

This is one of the many mud flaps I found laying in the dirt.

More basic off-road driving tips coming soon

Topics so far:

tire safety

rocks on road I

rocks on road II

save your paint

rocker panel clearance

how to use automatics off-road

why to deflate tires for sand

who invented 4WD ?

most unique 4x4

future of 4WD?

easy trips

tough trips



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