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Old 05-20-2006
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wheel well splash guard ?

I noticed my passenger side has a rubber splash guard that hangs down in the front wheel well but the drivers side does not . I see where there are holes which looks like there used to be rubber attached . Is there supposed to be one and i just lost it on the trail?s ? Is it something which i should be concerned about replacing ? i know its been gone for atleast 6 months because it wasn't there when i extended the front diff vent .
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yep they used to have them then ford for stupid and saved $ by not putting one in. head to a junk yard pick up a passanger side one and flip it around and mount it up or go to the dealer and pay some huge price and buy the driver side one.... it will really help keeping the mud out of the engine bay
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You beat me to it. I noticed that on my 06.. I guess it's a good thing I didn't go back to the dealer. I wonder what they were smokin when they thought of that.
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Either find one at a junk yeard, or i just went to Home Depot, bought some heavy duty rubber matting stuff and used the passanger side one as a guide and made my own.
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I wonder what they were smokin when they thought of that.
The driver side splash guard was shotened about 2002 to help lower underhood temperatures during desert testing running high volatility fuels. A couple of years later, it was deleted completely. Ford has to build vehicles that will perform well in a wide range of worst-case conditions.

Since I don't live where it's extremely hot and I don't run gasohol, I installed a second PS guard on the DS. The PS shield is identical to the DS shield on earlier models except the pins are pushed in backwards. The added shield keeps the engine compartment MUCH cleaner in muddy conditions. A very worthwhile mod.

Don't bother trying to order a new DS guard from an earlier model Ranger (like I did the first time, LOL). The part number has been superseded to a 1/4 length guard that is completely useless. Just go to a junkyard or order a new PS guard from the dealer - mine cost $14 new a couple of years ago.

PS part number: F87Z-16102-AA
That is the correct number for my 2003 and I would guess that newer trucks use the same.



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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):





Swoop discovers the "missing" splash shield. Look at the underside of the hood and notice how much more mud made its way into the DS of the engine compartment:


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looks like my 2000 after i got home one time
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I do alot of driving in temps over 100 in the summer time . I avoid mud and water as much as i can but of course there is always a relentless cloud of dust when wheeling. ... our gas in cali has alot of ethanol in the summer too . So maybe I should just leave it with no drivers side splash guard ? what do you think bob ?
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I do alot of driving in temps over 100 in the summer time . I avoid mud and water as much as i can but of course there is always a relentless cloud of dust when wheeling. ... our gas in cali has alot of ethanol in the summer too . So maybe I should just leave it with no drivers side splash guard ? what do you think bob ?
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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