2005 - Volume #29, Issue #6, Page #35[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Mud Guard Mounting Bracket For Ford Super Duty Pickups
The mounting bracket extends the width of the pickup and is designed to mount a mud guard on both rear wheels. It consists of a metal rod with a flange at each end which the guards bolt onto. Kanten recommends using the black plastic guards sold at many heavy truck/tractor-trailer parts stores and cutting them to size. The flanges have pre-drilled holes to match existing holes in the guards.
To install the mud guard system on a pickup with dual rear wheels, the pickup's spare tire first has to be removed to make room to work under the pickup. Then, you slide the rod in through the wheel well on the driver's side. The bracket fits between the pickup's chassis and bed.
"It's a cost effective solution to a common problem, and you don't have to drill any holes in the pickup body at all," says Kanten. "I came up with the idea because I wasn't happy with the other aftermarket mud guards available for my 2005 Ford super duty pickup. What I could find for rear mud guards were nothing more than a thin sheet of aluminum with a rubber fringe at the bottom. If I would back the pickup into deep snow or in a field with thick cover, the aluminum guards would easily get wrecked.
"You can buy plastic aftermarket mud guards designed for Ford super duty pickups with single wheels. They're designed to attach to the outer edge of the wheel well, by drilling a hole and screwing them to the body. The problem is that there isn't much area to mount to, and there's no place to support the inner edge of the guard. So I decided I'd make the bracket available for single wheel pickups, too."
Sells for $57.50.
Kanten says he plans to offer mud guard mounting brackets to fit other pickup brands.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, East River Machine Corp., 16705 û 480 Ave., Revillo, S. Dak. 57259 (ph 605 623-4506; email@example.com; www.labolt.net).
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