I prefer mine...
This is a good point for discussion. On the T100 forum that I belong to, it seems like guys consider mudflap removal just another part of lifting their rig. They seem to be the primary point of rubbing contact and hence are "ganked" without much thought.
On the other hand, as I look toward increasing ground clearance on my T100, I'm bound and determined to maintain the mudflaps. I think they serve a valuable function, especially in the world of winter road salt. They protect the lower body panels from rocks, mud, and debris just as Wil pointed out. I also like not having mud splashed up the sides of my doors in the front.
For my purposes, I see no need to remove them. If I lose one on the trail, oh well. But as long as they stay on of their own strength, I'm not removing them.
Just my thoughts...
- 1997 Toyota FZJ80 (Abu Dhabi)
- 2001 Land Rover Discovery (Abu Dhabi)
- 1998 Toyota T100 (underground giant humidor vault somewhere in Kansas)
So keep'em coming these lines on the road
And keep me responsible be it a light or heavy load
And keep me guessing with these blessings in disguise
And I'll walk with grace my feet and faith my eyes