Removable Mud Flaps of on road use, and easy removal of off road driving.
In Utah once you modify the suspension of a stock rig, meaning put on a lift kit, you are required to
have the top of the tire covered and required to have mud flaps that cover the full width of the
tire from the top down to the center of the axle. So basically full coverage of the rear top one
half of the tire. This is the law, and it's also an easy way for a cop to find a reason to pull
you over, etc. Well with this being said, just add some mud flaps and be done with it. The top
half of the tire being covered is basically a way of saying they want the tire to be be part of the
vehicle not sticking out a foot or 2 on each side. Rock Buggies are an example of this with tires really
wide and bodies as small as possible. But a Stock vehicle can easily meet this criteria by installing
an set of 6 or 7 inch wide flares. There are a number of companies that have these available.
BUT Mud flaps get in the way and continually get ripped off a rig when backing up into rocks. So the
solution is a set of CPLMA mud flaps. Detachable, Cops Please Leave Me Alone (CPLMA) mud flaps.
The idea is basically easy. I took at 1/2 inch rod and welded a section of 1/8 Steel 1 inch wide
and about 6 inches long to the 1/2 round stock. This round bar was about 18 inches long. Long
enough to cover the top of the mud flap and have about 6 inches left to attach to the bumper.
For this I got a piece of 1/2 inch square box about 4 inches long and welded it to the top on my
custom built bumper.
The final product is a mud flap with a round bar across the top that sticks out about 6 inches on
the inside. This slides into the box on the top on my bumper and is held in with a spring clip.
The round bar is able to swivel in the square box tube so if you leave them on when you shouldn't
there is some amount of forgiveness. The mud flap is then bolted to the piece of 1/8 flat steel that
you welded to the round bar.
In this picture you can almost see the flat steel weled to the round bar and you can almost see the slide in on the bumper. I will get some more detailed pictures soon.