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Old 08-25-2009, 02:31 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Rokeby View Post
Interestingly, wheel skirts were originally called "wheel pants." I wonder why/when the male/female association about-face occurred.
I've wondered the same thing.

The distinction I'd noticed (and use - whether "right" or not) is that "pants" are coverings that fulle enclose both sides of a wheel/tire, a la Aptera, or some aircraft wheel fairings:

Whereas skirts are a cover across an existing wheel well opening.

I've also noticed that some people call them fender skirts (as opposed to wheel skirts). But I've never heard "fender pants"
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