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Mud flaps

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Hello

Does anyone know if there any any mud flaps available for 2019 Polo GTI?
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OomStu_ZA
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Re: Mud flaps

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Will the regular Polo mudflaps not work? Off the UK VW website Acceossories Catalge:
Part Number: 2G0075101
71.50 including fitting (Pounds)
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My Polo is not a GTi, but I installed these universal mud flaps that some people will say they don't look nice, but they much cheaper than the VW original mud flaps and functions the same.
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Re: Mud flaps

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VW OEM mud flaps don’t fit the pre-face lift GTI or the R-Line models because those models have extended sills and similar black plastic trim pieces on the lower side sections of the rear bumper which means the profile of the mounting surface of the OEM mud flaps don’t fit the mounting surface on the car. Don’t know about the new face lift GTI or R-Line but I dare say the same applies.

It might be possible to modify the OEM mud flaps by cutting out a section to fit around sill extension and rear bumper trim piece but that just seems like a lot of hassle and there’s a risk they still wouldn’t fit or look particularly good if the cutting modification isn’t very precise.

I used to have mud flaps fitted to all my previous cars before I bought the previous generation Polo GTI in 2016. There wasn’t a set of VW OEM mud flaps for that car either for the same reasons (sill extensions and different rear bumper compared to other models in the Polo range). I didn’t bother trying to find an aftermarket set, nor did I bother with my current GTI+. In all honesty, neither my previous and current cars seem to get any dirtier than the cars I’d owned with mud flaps, nor do they suffer from stone chips along the sides of the car or the areas directly behind the wheels. Pretty much all of my driving is on fairly ‘clean’ A and B roads; if lived in a very rural area with narrow roads covered in mud for much of the year, then I concede that mud flaps might provide some benefit, otherwise I wouldn’t bother. Whether or not mud flaps are fitted, the rear of the car will still get dirty; the near-vertical shape of the rear end means that airflow over the car when it’s moving forward creates a vacuum behind the car which ‘sucks’ dirt onto the rear facing surfaces.
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Re: Mud flaps

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Hmmm I was looking for some aftermarket mud flaps which I can automatically fit to my 2019 Polo GTI without cutting or modifying them so that they fit correctly.

I mainly wanted to fit Mud flaps to avoid stone chips and reduce the amount of mud/dirt on the paintwork to avoid scratches.
I drive on a variety of roads ranging from motorways to country lanes

I had a look on VW website and the mud flaps available on there don’t fit the GTI, therefore I’m wondering if there are any after market ones?
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GTI wrote: Thu Jan 13, 2022 4:32 pm Hmmm I was looking for some aftermarket mud flaps which I can automatically fit to my 2019 Polo GTI without cutting or modifying them so that they fit correctly.

I mainly wanted to fit Mud flaps to avoid stone chips and reduce the amount of mud/dirt on the paintwork to avoid scratches.
I drive on a variety of roads ranging from motorways to country lanes

I had a look on VW website and the mud flaps available on there don’t fit the GTI, therefore I’m wondering if there are any after market ones?
Stone chips from not having mud flaps shouldn’t really be a big issue on the GTI - the lower half of the sills on all Polos have a flexible anti-stone chip coating applied along the lower sections before the car is painted in the factory, so vulnerable areas are pretty well protected from stone chip damage resulting from stones / other road debris that might be flicked up by the front wheels. Similarly, at the rear of the car the lower, under section of the GTI’s rear bumper are where stones might be flicked up by the rear wheels is protected by the outer sections of the black plastic diffuser, so the painted parts of the bumper aren’t really at high risk from being blasted with stones and other road debris.

I’m not aware of any aftermarket mud flaps that are made specifically for the Polo GTI - it’s probably not cost effective for anyone to produce these as the sales volumes would be low. You could get a set of cheap universal mud flaps, but they might not fit particularly well, and the fastenings supplied with these universal mud flaps might mean there’s a risk of them becoming detached.

A safe wash method should minimise the risk of scratches when removing dirt from the paintwork;
  • pre-wash soak or snow foam to loosen any dirt, then rinse
  • two or three bucket method wash with lambs wool mitt and ph neutral shampoo - IMHO a single bucket, sponge and wash leather method of cleaning is a no-no if you want to avoid scratches and swirls
  • rinse and dry with absorbent car drying towels and / or warm air blower
Lots of information over on Detailing World forum on safe wash methods - in particular the discussion thread at the link below;

https://www.detailingworld.co.uk/forum/ ... php?t=4637

I’d also avoid the many hand wash car washing places - they use quite harsh (non ph neutral) products to remove dirt to speed up the washing process which is likely to remove any wax / sealant on your paintwork (time’s money for them as more cars washed = more ££££’s). Additionally, those cleaning products might also be unsuitable for use on diamond cut alloys and could degrade the protective lacquer coating. Also, if you car’s at the VW dealer for servicing / repair work, never let them carry out the free complementary wash, unless you’re happy for them to apply a scratch n swirl treatment to your paintwork with their dirty sponge and bucket of grit laden dirty water! 😧.
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