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I'm seeing the local dealers install mud guards as after market add ons. Does anyone know if they are drilling into metal when they do the install? I'm buying the car in Texas but plan on moving back to the northern states soon so I'm really hesitant to buy from the local dealers.
 

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1 thing I do find with mud guards , not just Honda but most contured OEM, is eventually they can rub on the clear coat. What I do , and its virtually invisable, is I trace a line around the guard with a colored pencil then remove the guard and apply a strip of black electrical tape about 1/16" over the line then put the guard back on. The guard then rubs on the tape not the paint.
 

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1 thing I do find with mud guards , not just Honda but most contured OEM, is eventually they can rub on the clear coat. What I do , and its virtually invisable, is I trace a line around the guard with a colored pencil then remove the guard and apply a strip of black electrical tape about 1/16" over the line then put the guard back on. The guard then rubs on the tape not the paint.
That's a smart thing to do, never thought about it. I was also thinking about getting clear vinyl as more of a permanent solution since the electrical tape might wear away after time being exposed to the elements. Harder and more time consuming but worth it.
 

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That's a smart thing to do, never thought about it. I was also thinking about getting clear vinyl as more of a permanent solution since the electrical tape might wear away after time being exposed to the elements. Harder and more time consuming but worth it.
Tape actually holds up very well, upwards of 4 winters/years on mine. Clear would be good too.
 

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That's a smart thing to do, never thought about it. I was also thinking about getting clear vinyl as more of a permanent solution since the electrical tape might wear away after time being exposed to the elements. Harder and more time consuming but worth it.
I did this very thing on my 2010. It's clear so even though it sticks out from the mudguard about 1/16" you can't see it.
 

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Splash guards are easy to install on this car. I had to take the back bumper off for the installation on my CRZ. I have splash guards coming from College Hills Honda and a few other accessories.
 

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I did this very thing on my 2010. It's clear so even though it sticks out from the mudguard about 1/16" you can't see it.
Glad to hear you did. Did you apply it yourself or did you end up paying a shop to do it?

Fortunately for those looking to do it themselves, it will be one of the most forgiving areas on the car to do so. Much unlike anywhere on the body anyone can easily see.
 

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Glad to hear you did. Did you apply it yourself or did you end up paying a shop to do it?

Fortunately for those looking to do it themselves, it will be one of the most forgiving areas on the car to do so. Much unlike anywhere on the body anyone can easily see.
I did it myself. Takes a little time but isn't hard. You don't need film under the entire mudflap, just the perimeter where it rests on the paint.
 

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Just installed them on my wife's 2016 Civic. None of the Honda instructions were accurate. One set said on the rear flaps to remove a piece of the inner liner when there is no piece to remove. Perhaps written for an older version? The other link I found said to remove a clip from the rear when again, there was no clip.
All I had to do was start a hole for the bottom screw, slide the clip on, and put the screws in.
On the front, the topmost screw on the driver's side stripped out with no pressure. On the passenger side the inner most screw did the same thing. Both appear to be holding but I applied no pressure, they simply kept turning. If the come loose I will apply some gorilla glue or such.
Having a 90 degree screwdriver helped greatly. (thanks dad for giving me all those odds and ends).

Oh, and on the front, the instructions said to do the left side, turn the wheels fully counter clockwise. It actually worked better to leave them that way and do the passenger side. Better access to the inner screw.
 

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those instructions sound like the 8th & 9th gen models. (i have both, and both have mudguards installed by yours truly)
 
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