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Old 05-05-2011, 11:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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micro "mud" flaps spotted

what are they

aero? mini mud flaps?

just like dams in front of the tires started appearing a few years ago and now all cars seem to have them, i recently spotted somethig interesting in several cars

it's a small tab on the rear wheel arc behind the wheel... it looks mostely like a mini mud flap, but it's location and size makes it a little suspect

even the new mercedes C class coupe has it, as does the new ford fiesta and the Citroen C3 and C4

they're basically very little bulges that sit high on the wheel arch, sometimes molded as a part of the plastic bumper or as part of the inner wheel well liner.

so their place and size make me wonder if they're really there to stop rocks or whatever but perhaps they have something to do with watter spray, wich can be really annoying.

any ideas on what they are for?

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