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Anif S.
posted November 19, 1999 08:35 PM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
Just wondering if any engineers or someone with similar knowledge knows whether flaps benefit or not.

They seem to keep water close to the car and concentrated (especially off the front wheel) and then deposit the water in the path of the rear wheel.

Are these things for show or is there a function?

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posted November 22, 1999 11:43 AM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
I don't have any data on mud flaps. You are directionally right that it might concentrate the water for the rear tires. I doubt if most people would be able to find the difference if there is one.

I have always assumed that the purpose of the mud flaps was to help protect your car from tar and rocks hitting the lower panels. The additional benefit is to the guy behind you who can see better and might see you stopping/slowing and thus avoid an accident.

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