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Whatever they're called, I need a set. In searching the forums, all I find are old posts so I thought it might be time for a new thread. I need something that's able to keep the rocks and mud spray off the sides of the truck and retractable running boards. My truck is bone stock so wide tires are not part of the equation. Please share your good and bad experiences with various brands and if possible, give width, length and pictures. Some of the manufacturers I am considering are:
  • Husky - Very inexpensive ($83 for set of 4) but it appears they are narrower than others and don't protrude outside the fender at the top. This might let debris hit the door panels.
  • Weather Tech - Inexpensive ($100 for set of 4) Size the same as the Husky's, but I can't find a picture mounted on a F-150.
  • Ford OEM - Also inexpensive ($103 for all 4). These appear to be wider on the top with roughly 1/2" protruding outside the fender at the top.
  • RokBlokz - Probably near my personal cost limit at $165 for the set. They look like quality material and are wider. They come in 2 sizes with the XL being 1" wider and 2" longer. The standard size is what I'm leaning towards but what do you think?
  • Duraflap - At $210-240 it's probably the most I want to spend but they are customizable. They have 12" and 14" widths and 10" and 12" lengths.
I know there's a ton of experience on this forum so I'm looking forward to your comments and recommendations.
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I got the Ford OEM ones using points, I have not gone through snow yet but happy with them so far on my stock 22 Limited.
 

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I have the Ford OEM and I like the coverage for these. I wish they were a little "stiffer" and not as bendable but perhaps that will help if something hits them. I like that they are formed to the shape of the wheel well and do not look like a piece of flat plastic that was just added on.
 

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I had the Husky flaps for a while but I didn’t think they worked very well at keeping the mud off the running boards in the front and lower quarter panels behind the wheels in the rear.

I changed to the Ford OEM flaps and those do a much better job. They hang lower than the Husky flaps which definitely made a difference. I also like the way the Ford flaps install. The clips and hardware make it a little more robust of an install compared to the Husky flaps.
 

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I had Duraflap on my F-350 dually, loved them! The flap is flexible but heavy enough that it doesn't sale in the wind. These should last the life of the truck. Now I have to decide if I want to put flaps on the F-150. Decisions, decisions ...

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I love these. They're beefy, hang low but can move out of the way of rocks, seem to actually obstruct flying debris from my tires and actually look nice. I haven't tried fender flares, but looking at them installed, I don't see how you could fit fender flares with these installed.

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I have the RokBlokz standard size and they work well for my purpose. No issues dragging them on rocks off-roading etc.
 

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I like the Ford factory ones as they hold up well in the carwash and look well... factory! YMMV.
 

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Have been pretty happy with gatorback, went with front and back. Stay flexible in the winter and have had no issues cutting through the deeper snow. The flaps have definitely helped reduce the crap on the front of our trailer in the summer too. 

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I think this is really a personal decision and other than quality concerns, you probably know which one you want.

I don't easy that to be mean or cocky, just saying you probably have a favorite in mind already.

I have a tremor so my running boards are stationary, I have the factory oem mud flaps and they prevent anything from getting on the running boards, I've been super happy with them and I did buy them after I purchased the truck . I also love in snow for more than have the year.


For context though, when I was looking for mud flaps aesthetics was just as important as functionality to me. So although it's clear the duraflaps are likely the best on that list in terms of protection, I personally don't like how industrial they look so I would have never got those, it's all personal taste.
 

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I think this is really a personal decision and other than quality concerns, you probably know which one you want.

I don't easy that to be mean or cocky, just saying you probably have a favorite in mind already.

I have a tremor so my running boards are stationary, I have the factory oem mud flaps and they prevent anything from getting on the running boards, I've been super happy with them and I did buy them after I purchased the truck . I also love in snow for more than have the year.


For context though, when I was looking for mud flaps aesthetics was just as important as functionality to me. So although it's clear the duraflaps are likely the best on that list in terms of protection, I personally don't like how industrial they look so I would have never got those, it's all personal taste.
Agree that the OEM flaps do a great job of keeping snow/mud, etc, off the vehicle.
 

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I'm very happy with the OEM Ford flaps. The front ones really help keep the snow off the running boards. Didn't have them last winter, and couldn't believe how much snow piled up on them. Weird since my 2010 had similar running boards, and I never had snow buildup like I do on the 2021. Only complaint I have is with the support bar Ford uses for the rear flaps. Doesn't look great. I wish they had done something a bit cleaner and hidden.
 
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It's looking like the Ford flaps are the overwhelming favorites. The Duraflaps and RockBlokz look like they would give better protection but, since I'm driving a limited, mud bogs and serious off road use probably won't be encountered. All considered, I've decided to go with the OEM units. Fit, function, inexpensive, practical and like Viper said, I can use points to purchase from a dealer.

Thanks for the advice and opinions.
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