It’s winter and its damp and muddy out there. Your Model 3 will be dusty and muddy no matter what, but there is a way to minimize this.
A set of Mud Guards for the Tesla Model 3 can be installed on each wheel well to help trap water, rocks or debris that the tires constantly throw at the lower portion of the car.
It can make a big difference if you live in a particularly rainy or snowy climate. Although users in drier climates will also appreciate how it reduces little rocks hitting the side of the Model 3.
Mud Flaps for the Tesla Model 3 – At a glance
BASENOR Model 3 Mud Flaps
TOPlight Model 3 Mud Guards
TACHICO Mud Flaps for Model 3
Tesla Model 3 Mud Flaps Splash Guards (Set of Four)
This set of mud flaps/guards by Basenor has been custom-designed specifically for the Model 3. It includes four pieces to install in all four wheel wells of the car for all-around protection.
Installation is simple. The mudguards are pre-drilled for a hassle-free install following the included instructions. A small drill bit will be needed to make a hole on the wheel plastic cover of the vehicle. The mud flaps can be installed in around 30 minutes in your garage or driveway.
High-density polyethylene construction makes these durable enough to withstand and protect against road debris and water.
TOPlight Tesla Model 3 Mud Flaps Splash Guards (4Pcs)
The TOPlight Tesla Model 3 Mud Flap Set is another set of four splash guards to protect your vehicle from muddy water or road debris that the tires can pick up and damage your paint.
The mudflaps are made from strong ABS plastic to ensure durability and reduce color fading season after season.
Installation is also relatively simple with these and can be done at home. The set includes detailed installation instructions and it should take around 20 to 30 minutes to install all four sides.
TACHICO Mud Flaps Splash Guards for Tesla Model 3
Another set of Model 3 Mud Flaps is the TACHICO Splash Guard set. It includes four mud flaps (2 pieces for the front, 2 pieces for the rear), and every item required to install these.
According to the manufacturer, no drilling is required to put these in place as they can be fixed to the car only with the screws.
Made of high-quality ABS plastic, the mudflaps are resistant enough to not break easily and withstand impact from small rocks and other road elements.
Considerations when having Mud Flaps in your Model 3
Is the range affected?
A complete set of Mud Flaps installed in all the four wheels of your Tesla Model 3 will slightly diminish the aerodynamic efficiency of your car, increasing drag especially at high speeds such as cruising on the highway.
This slight increase in drag is unlikely to affect range a significant way according to what Model 3 owners with Mud Flaps installed report.
Effectiveness of Mud Flaps
Mud Flaps won’t block all of the dirt or debris that the tires pick up. They won’t guarantee that your vehicle will stay pristine but will block the majority of water that would have touched your vehicle.
The biggest advantage of splash guards are guarding your paint against small rocks smashing against the lower section of your vehicle. If you tend to drive in less-transited rural roads it can significantly reduce paint damage.
Can they be removed?
Yes. These can easily be removed; they’re not permanent. However, if your kit required drilling on the wheel wells you might need a set of auto body plugs to not leave any orifices open to the elements.
Model 3 Mud Flap Installation
The accessories mentioned above are usually installed in around half an hour and don’t require you to take your Tesla to a body shop. Some minor drilling will be required to secure the mud flaps to the wheel wells of the car but most users report it is a straightforward process. All the accessories needed are included in the mudguard set, along with detailed instructions.
Mud Guards help keep the sides of your Tesla clean from mud and dust if you live in rainy climates and also protect it from small rocks or road debris that could impact the body of the vehicle without the additional protection that Splash guards provide. The BASENOR Tesla Model 3 Mud Flap Kit is an excellent mudguard set with an easy installation process and great build quality.
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