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Old 02-25-2013, 07:42 AM   #1
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Gravel Road = FUN, FUN = damage :/

Yesterday was going on a gravel road for the first time in Evo. Decided to see what this car is made for Switched to gravel mode - gave it some gas and immediately the car went sideways - FUN! Tried a few turns sideways and damn this thing is easy to drive - it just is as controllable on gravel as it is on tarmac...

Now the bad part - my rear BBS stock wheels are all chipped from gravel that flew all over the car from my WOT side passes :/ Also, there is a number of scratches on the rear doors and fenders... not cool. Nothing that wasn't worth the fun, but honestly if I will keep doing this, my car will look like a beat up POS in a few runs...

So question, do mudflaps actually work? Is there any other way of protecting the paint and rear wheels?
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Old 02-25-2013, 01:47 PM   #2
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Ive done the the same too and I had mudflaps.... WHile i do not have rock chips on the car/door I got one on the rear fender and my +15 offset RPF1 wheels got chipped pretty bad. SO i guess it does help a bit but if your power sliding sideways theres only so much they can do.
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Old 02-25-2013, 01:51 PM   #3
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I would def get some if you plan on doing things like that in gravel. The mitsu paint isnt the best, so anything you can do to protect the paint is worth it in the long run, unless you want to spend 3k plus on some body work and a paint job.
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Old 02-25-2013, 01:52 PM   #4
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Rhino liner your entire car. It'd be awesome to use this car for what it was intended, but there's just no way around the damage that will ensue.
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I had Ziebart place the 3M clear protector all over the following:

Entire nose
Up the hood to the vent areas
Mirrors
Both rear door buldge areas (similar to factory protector on the STi just bigger!)
Both dog leg areas to match the door height
Rear rocker moldings to meet where the door covering ends for continuity.

THIS SEEMS TO HELP.

I live on a gravel road but never get over 10 mph LOL.

I had Rally Armor on the ol STI...Helped a lot!

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mudflaps do work. Is it 100% protection though? no

but you should definitely run them if you are going to fly down gravel roads. And it's an evo, that experience you had on the gravel road will stick with you for life, where-as you'll forget and not car about chips on the bbs wheels.

Get mudflaps, and then continue to actually drive the car and appreciate it for what it can do. Very few people ever in their lives could get the opportunity to enjoy the fun that is that.
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Re: Gravel Road = FUN, FUN = damage :/

Get your car plastidipped with a few layers of clear coat. When the plastidip gets banged up, just peel it off and respray as necessary
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Get your car plastidipped with a few layers of clear coat. When the plastidip gets banged up, just peel it off and respray as necessary
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They def work to an extent for your car sakes. But as for your wheels you're sol
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Yesterday was going on a gravel road for the first time in Evo. Decided to see what this car is made for Switched to gravel mode - gave it some gas and immediately the car went sideways - FUN! Tried a few turns sideways and damn this thing is easy to drive - it just is as controllable on gravel as it is on tarmac...

Now the bad part - my rear BBS stock wheels are all chipped from gravel that flew all over the car from my WOT side passes :/ Also, there is a number of scratches on the rear doors and fenders... not cool. Nothing that wasn't worth the fun, but honestly if I will keep doing this, my car will look like a beat up POS in a few runs...

So question, do mudflaps actually work? Is there any other way of protecting the paint and rear wheels?
Always wanted to do this, well thats why these cars were made!
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