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VW MKVI-A6 Golf family including Jetta SportWagen (~ 2010+) Discussions area for A6/MkVI (2010+) Golf and Golf Wagons (Jetta Sportwagon in the USA).

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Old February 1st, 2013, 10:37   #1
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Default Splash Guards, Mud Flaps ???

Whatever you call them, I'm thinking of getting splash guards (aka, mud flaps) for my 2013 JSW.
The main reason I'm thinking is to help the rear window not get so hard-to-see filthy. That has happened a lot so far this winter.
So, a few questions:
  • Will splash guards help keep the rear window a bit cleaner?
  • Are they easy to install?
  • What's involved with an install?
  • Are the VW brand splash guards a good choice?
All opinions from those who have used these rubber items are greatly welcomed.
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Old February 1st, 2013, 11:06   #2
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No
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A few screws
I have the oem

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Old February 1st, 2013, 11:08   #3
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Whatever you call them, I'm thinking of getting splash guards (aka, mud flaps) for my 2013 JSW.
The main reason I'm thinking is to help the rear window not get so hard-to-see filthy. That has happened a lot so far this winter.
So, a few questions:
  • Will splash guards help keep the rear window a bit cleaner?
  • Are they easy to install?
  • What's involved with an install?
  • Are the VW brand splash guards a good choice?
All opinions from those who have used these rubber items are greatly welcomed.
Dave, who also sees two different part numbers for this item for the JSW on a VW dealer's site
I have them on my '12 JSW. I don't see them helping much with the dirty rear window, but then I don't have that problem. Not a lot of winter road grime down here in Texas. I mainly got them because I thought they looked cool. I guess they keep rocks from chipping the paint around the wheel wells....maybe. I bought the VW guards from an online dealership. I think Kefflers (sp?) in North Carolina.

I paid a shop a few bucks to install mine since I didn't have ramps and it seemed like more trouble than it was worth to me. If you're used to working on your car, I don't think there's much to installing them.
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Old February 1st, 2013, 12:49   #4
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Will splash guards help keep the rear window a bit cleaner?
No.


Got mine new with the car so can't address installing them.
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Old February 1st, 2013, 13:36   #5
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Got mine new with the car so can't address installing them.
If you've had them since new, how would you know if they help with the rear window or not?
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Old February 1st, 2013, 14:58   #6
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The don't help with rear window dirt. The dirt on the rear window is due to turbulent air and is from dirt picked up with the air not sprayed up from the tires. It's due to the design of the car. Every bus, van, wagon and hatch has this problem due to the large area on the back of the car being relatively flat. The only OEM I've ever seen that cared about this was Subaru. They had a top spoiler that deflected air down, the airstream keeps the dirt off you window by maintaining a high speed airflow over it.
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Old February 1st, 2013, 16:59   #7
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For splash gaurds they could be easier.
I had to trim mine a bit.
OEM. My car is lowered and I've scraped them many, many times and they are holding up great.
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Old February 1st, 2013, 20:22   #8
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No idead about rear window

I have 2013 jsw with OEM front and rear mud guards.

Saw the oem install instruction and thought it showed taking the wheels off to install them. Dealer installed them for me
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Old February 2nd, 2013, 04:52   #9
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From past experience with other vehicles, taking the wheels off gives more room to use a drill-driver to fasten the splashguards with stainless self tapping screws. But, I am sure on some vehicles it is possible to do the job without removing the wheels.
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Old February 2nd, 2013, 09:34   #10
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If you've had them since new, how would you know if they help with the rear window or not?
Ha, well probably because I can't see out of the back if I don't use the washer and wiper frequently ....
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Old February 2nd, 2013, 22:27   #11
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i got them for my wife's jsw. even if they don't help with the rear window it's a great product. helps save your paint from road debris.
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Old February 4th, 2013, 08:57   #12
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I would recommend the flaps to help keep debri off the lower body panels. The OEM's are the way to go but in VW fashion they are not as easy to install as they should be.

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Old February 6th, 2013, 03:35   #13
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I installed them on my 2011 JSW (VW OEM units) to keep salt, sand, etc. from blasting the lower body behind the wheel wells. They do seem to help in that regard. No effect on rear window as others have mentioned. Install was fairly easy... wheels need to come off.
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Old February 6th, 2013, 09:55   #14
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I would install the fronts, but leave the rear off.

The rears seem to get pinched if you back up to a curb in reverse or drive off a curb. I have one that is nearly ripped off.

The fronts help with rocks. The rear are marginally helpful...
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Old February 6th, 2013, 10:10   #15
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does anyone offer a flexible version? or has anyone installed something like the rally armor setup?

im not a fan of fixed mudflaps, as if they ever get hung up on something they typically cause damage to other components as they break/flex...
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