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Old June 10th, 2016, 01:36 AM   #1
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Lowered, now mud guards scraping

Hey All,

I just put in a set of Tein Street Advance coilovers and even with the base recommended height for the V6 coupe, I'm finding the stock mud guards scrape on speed bumps.

I'm happy with the height and am thinking of just removing the mud guards but I'm anticipating this will make for a great place for rust to form (living in pacific north-west).

Does anyone have any experience with rust prevention as a substitute for the stock mud guards? I'm wondering if there are flush aftermarket mud guards or a sealant spray someone's used that's worked for warding off rust.

Thanks
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Old June 10th, 2016, 09:58 AM   #2
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You are actually better off removing them in regards to rust prevention. They trap all sorts of nasty **** in them. I just recently lowered my 05 coupe and ended up taking mine off. IMO it actually looks better once you clean the outline of gunk off that they leave behind. As far as the rusting, Honda did a pretty good job on these cars with rust prevention. If you are THAT concerned about it, remove the fender liners and splash guard. Buy a bottle of rust converter for the spots that have already started to rust, just sand lightly and brush it on. The stuff is amazing, it bonds to oxidized metals and becomes a very hard and durable enamel like substance, it dries glossy black so keep that in mind unless you plan to prime and paint the spots as well. As far as prevention just about anything on the market labeled rust inhibitor will work ok, but nothing is permanent. Honda used a kind of Rhino-Liner coating on the chassis but if you apply that to an area that has already gone around the bend it wont do much good until you take it back to a totally rust free surface (see rust converter lol) Of course, if your car has already got the cancer you MUST cut those pieces out and weld in replacement tabs/sheets to prevent further erosion. Nothing on the market will fix rot holes. Most importantly, keep your car clean, especially the underside.
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Old June 10th, 2016, 09:37 PM   #3
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Thanks Stevil. I've taken off the mud guards and seems there's no rust yet. Once I get the surface clean I'll take a closer look and see if rust converter is necessary. Black is fine since it matches my paint.
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Old June 11th, 2016, 02:13 PM   #4
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If you want to get really fancy/protective you could try to make some fiberglass wheel well liners.

Could also simply cut the mudguards down if you have something like a belt sander, or a hack saw and a lot of patience afterwards to act as a belt sander to make them flat.
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Old June 12th, 2016, 01:04 PM   #5
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just take em off. I did and have no rust issues (Live in new england)
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