2015-2019 F150 Husky Custom Molded Front & Rear Mud Guards Review & Install

Hey, guys, Travis from AmericanTrucks.com. And today we’re checking out some very high
quality, but super affordable mudguards for your 2015 or newer F-150. These are Husky’s Custom Molded Front and
Rear Mudguards. And they come in around at $80 price point
which makes them one of the least expensive options as far as getting mudguards for the
front and rear are concerned. Any options on the site that cost less than
the Husky custom molded guards are typically only gonna include the guards for the front
or the rear, so pay close attention when you’re looking at those product pages. There will be options on the right-hand side. Now, even though these are super affordable,
and you’re getting all four for 80 bucks, again, making them the best deal, they’re
not cheap at all, guys. Husky is actually one of the most popular
brands as far as exterior trim pieces and protection goes. And that’s no different for these mudguards. They took a lot of time to make sure that
these match perfectly with all the trim on the truck. If you look really close here, this is pretty
much factory grade TPO material. And as far as the actual look and feel and
texture of it goes, it matches the trim on the F-150 pretty much perfectly. As far as aftermarket parts go with matching
up to the factory trim pieces, this is probably the best I’ve seen in quite a while. So that’s pretty nice if you’re trying to
keep things looking OEM. And on that note, if you do have OEM mudguards,
and you wanna replace them, these are gonna be a little bit bigger and a little bit wider,
so they’re also gonna provide a little bit more protection. And we’re also reusing a bunch of factory
mounting location for the fender liners and for these trim pieces here, so these are technically
a bolt-on job. It is optional. You guys can actually drill a third contact
point in order to get a third fastener on there to keep them nice and tight. But honestly, guys, between the two fasteners
on the bottom, the spring clip up top, and then the automotive grade 3M tape under here,
these things are rigid. They’re really not going anywhere. I’m legitimately tugging on these things pretty
good. You see the entire truck is moving. Now, even though these things are not going
anywhere, they’re also very flexible as well. These can take some direct impact, some light
strikes, if you will, and they’re not gonna crack, or bend, or anything like that, so
they’re perfectly designed for what a mudguard is supposed to do. Honestly, I’m really impressed at the overall
quality and the function and the look of these for the price here. So I think they’re a best buy personally. Go ahead and check them out a little bit more. If you agree with me, go ahead and pull the
trigger on these. Getting them installed shouldn’t take more
than an hour or two, very simple bolt-on job. Again, one out of three wrenches on the difficulty
meter. So if you do pull the trigger on these, you
can come back in just a second, and I’m gonna show you how easy it is to get these things
bolted on. All right. To install your Husky mudguards, at minimum,
you’ll need either a flat head screwdriver or a trim panel removal tool for some plastic
rivets. You also need a Phillips head screwdriver
to tighten down the new mudguards. If you want to get away with not removing
your wheels and tires, I would instead recommend using a standard drive ratchet with a Phillips
head socket. You’ll also need up 5.5-millimeter socket
in order to remove some factory fasteners that we’re gonna be reusing. And then last, but not least, this is completely
optional, we’re not covering it in this video because it is not really necessary, but if
you want to, you can drill a third hole for each mudguard in which case you’ll need a
handrail as well as 1/8-inch drill bit. All right. So once you have all your tools out, the first
thing you need to do is grab that flat head screwdriver or trim panel removal tool. We’re gonna start with the rear guards here. First thing you wanna do is clean off all
this stuff here because we do have some 3M tape on the mudguards. They’re gonna actually stick here. Once you’ve cleaned that off, we’re gonna
remove these two plastic pushpins right here. We’re gonna be replacing these with some of
the screws provided in the kit. Once you have those little plastic rivets
removed, you wanna gently pull away this plastic trim piece here. It’s got a little retainer on the inside that
has a hole inside of the quarter panel there. So gently go ahead and gently pull him away
to expose the holes on the metal itself. Then you wanna grab these little clips right
here, and you’re gonna slide these into place. You want to raised side of the clip on the
inside of the quarter panel. This is what the SEM screws are gonna screw
into in order to secure the mudguard. These are gonna be a little tight here, so
just take your time, wiggle them in place. Okay. Once you have both of those clips on the inside
here, go ahead and make sure that this little lip right here is really clean because at
this point, we’re actually gonna grab our mudguard here. You wanna peel the backing off of the 3M tape,
and we’re actually gonna press it in place and line it up with the holes here. And once you have that in place, grab two
of these screws right here, you’ll also need a Phillips head screwdriver or you can use
a Phillips head socket with a hand ratchet and get these tightened down as well. And once you have both of those screws hand
threaded, at this point, you really wanna press down on the 3M and make sure that it’s
adhered to the quarter panel properly, and then we’ll tighten the screws down all the
way. Okay. At this point, the mudguard should be pretty
much secured to the quarter panel nice and sturdy. One final thing here, optionally if you want
to, there is another clip that you can throw on the back of the lip right here on the quarter
panel. You can also drill a pilot hole through here
before you install that clip, and you can just secure the mudguard using a third contact
point up here. I don’t like to drill into my vehicle if I
don’t have to. And honestly, this thing is really not going
anywhere. And they also provide another point of contact
with these little U-clips here. So in order to get the U-clips seated kind
of sandwich it on the lip right here, so you don’t have to drill that hole, you want the
toothed end of the clip to be resting on the plastic of the mudguard, and then this other
lip is gonna fold over the lip of the quarter panel. And that’s gonna tighten everything down. These are really tight, guys. It can be a real pain in the ass here, so
it kinda helps us to get it started, and then come in with a flat head and kind of bend
the back of it to get it over that lip in the quarter panel. Then just press it into place, and we’re all
wrapped up here. Okay. Our rearguard is all done up. You wanna do the same thing to the other side
obviously. And then we’re gonna work our way up front
here for the front guard, and it’s even easier actually because we’re not using the Phillips
head screws provided in the kit. We’re actually reusing these hex head screws
that they have on here from the factory, so you need a 5 1/2-millimeter socket. Let’s go ahead and pull these first. Okay. Once you have those screws removed, you wanna
go ahead and pull the 3M backing off of the mudguard up front again. And again, line up the holes here, make sure
everything lines up nicely, then go ahead and press it in place. Go ahead and keep some gentle pressure on
it and go ahead and grab the hex head bolts or screws that we just removed, get them both
hand threaded first, and then we’ll drive them home. All right. Once those hex head screws are tightened down,
go ahead and press down on that 3M again, make sure it’s nice and secured. And then we’ll get that spring clip on there
as well. And the last thing we need to do is install
one of these clips here to secure the top of the guard again to the fender here. So it is pretty tight again. So what I like to do is kind of get one of
the corners started, and I like to grab a large flat head screwdriver to help kind of
pry the clip apart. Once you get a corner seated, it’s just a
matter of kind of rolling it into place here. All right. So once you got all four in place, that should
pretty much wrap up this install. Very straightforward stuff. Nothing really you need to double-check or
anything like that. Just make sure all your fasteners are nice
and tight. Also, make sure those spring clips are actually
resting on the lip of the quarter panel and the fender. Make sure this top piece is nice and tight
as well. But again, that’ll wrap up the install, and
that also wraps up my quick little review of Husky’s new Custom Molded Front and Rear
Mudguards fitting your 2015 or newer F-150. Be sure to check out more on the site, and
for all things F-150, keep it right here at AmericanTrucks.com.

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4 Responses

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  2. 07slowbalt says:

    I put these on my truck 2 months ago. I found out not drilling that hole tends to make these very flimsy when mud accumulates on them. Im sure all the weight from snow will have the same effect. I was hesitant to drill into my new truck but its almost a necessity if your anything more than a road princess.

  3. MDJAK says:

    What did you do with my man Justin? 😉

  4. My name is Steve Rogers says:

    20 minute job tops. Not 1-2 hrs. 5 minutes per piece.

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