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2007 Gap Guard missing?

I purchased a 2007 XLT 4x4 a little over a month ago and the first time I washed it I noticed that the rubber gap guard in the front drivers side wheel well was not there. The dealer told me that Ford omitted that part and that they were at one time replacing them under warranty as a missing part but then they were told to stop replacing them because that part was intentionally left out. Anybody know why? Would I risk voiding any part of my warranty if I made one and put it on there anyway?

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Not exactly sure why they stop putting the gap gaurds on the drivers side but think i heard something about it helps to keep the underhood temperature lower. I dont think making one and installing it would void your warrenty. But if needed you could always remove it before you took it in.
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i got an 04 reg cab edge and i dont have one... i dont have 4x4 so it doesnt really matter to me, nothing splashes up in there like it would if it was a 4x4... its sumthin with the starter and battery temp
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Me either on my 06 sport.
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Thanks for the info guys. I think I'll try making one and just keep an eye on my temp. gauge for a while.
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I took mine off.

Tires kept rubbing on the things.
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Thanks for the info guys. I think I'll try making one and just keep an eye on my temp. gauge for a while.
honestly, it doesn't make a different. it's in EXTREME conditions. Wherever you are.. it's probably not extreme enough
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Thanks for the info guys. I think I'll try making one and just keep an eye on my temp. gauge for a while.
You won't see it in your temp gauge. Rangers had the both the P/S and the D/S guard for years before Ford made its desert and fuels testing more stringent.

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The test is done in Arizona with zero wind, full sun load, at or above 100F, with out-of-season fuel. There are long periods of slow speed driving, then idling and engine off within an enclosed parking area. After the idle and after the hot soak, the vehicle is accelerated and rated for driveability. If it is unacceptable, something in the design must be changed to improve it.

It is important to understand that this test is not about overheating the engine; it is about overheating the fuel in the engine compartment which can cause driveability issues.

Quite frankly, it is an extreme test that you are not likely to duplicate often, if ever, regardless of where you live in the U.S. However, Ford sells vehicles for all conditions in the intended market and must react to worst-case scenarios and adjust accordingly.

If I had any problems such as mud in the engine compartment because of the lack of a splash shield, I would install it. I would gladly trade the tiny chance of a driveability problem in extreme conditions for a cleaner engine bay.
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I took mine off.

Tires kept rubbing on the things.
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It also helps to reverse the push pins and install both of the splash guards on the inside of the plastic inner fenders instead of the outside like they are from the factory. That way, they don't get ripped off by the tires as easily when offroading.

You will probably need to repunch the rear two holes in the rubber to get everything to line up - easy.

This simple mod gives extra clearance and, just as importantly, hides the prominent top edge that the tires like to grab hold of while turning.

Here is the remounted shield. At the top of the photo, you can see the "witness mark" on the inner fender where the splash shield used to be on the outside:





This view shows the inside of the inner fender with the reversed push pins and the repunched holes. (You don't need to pull the inner fenders to reverse the shields. I took this picture when I was installing headers and had the inner fenders off for access):

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Guess it's just a little look at things to come........Ford's gotta save $$$$$$ wherever they can. Next they'll be removing the gas cap doors to save on cash.
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Guess it's just a little look at things to come........Ford's gotta save $$$$$$ wherever they can. Next they'll be removing the gas cap doors to save on cash.
Reread the thread. That's not why it's gone.
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I have not had either of mine for some time now. engine bay still looks fine, no extra dirt etc...

but my tires do hang out a bit
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