Mud guards for gravel and winter conditions

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I ordered these. The guy lives like 20mins from my place, is a Tesla enthousiast, love them and prepares fixes and parts because of our hard winter. He does anti-rust treatments and little tweaks as well. He is also the same that did the youtube video with all the sand falling from the protective rear panel.

Not as sexy as the carbon fiber ones you linked but these cover the inside of the wheel and offer more protection.

it`s 150$ CAD (about115$ USD)

https://antirouillebolduc.com/product/garde-boues-tesla-model-3/
 

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I bought the ones from protect my tesla and returned them. To thin, finished on one side, not enough coverage.

Appreciate @parc2407 sharing, but I'm not to keen about that style from Antiroulle, they just look like they are cut from a flat piece of plastic to my eyes. They do look like they would protect the sides though.

Any comments on how much they cost you in range?

I'm surprised there isn't more choices.

Perhaps if MaxPider came up with something creative, I might bite.
 
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@parc2407, merci bien!

Now I just have to wait for delivery of my standard plus ('sorry website had a glitch, that two week delivery time was only meant for California'). Hopefully by end of June (the Oakville, ON store told me 'the second quarter of the year'). :)
 

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I ordered these. The guy lives like 20mins from my place, is a Tesla enthousiast...
Thx for sharing. Can you PM me or post his email address (in a forum bot unfriendly way)? I tried using their contact link but dont want to install some contact app just to ask a question.
 

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wish Tesla had flared the wheel well out to avoid needing these but my car in socal has a lot of debris damage behind tires after the rain, I could only imagine you guys out in snow states.
 

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I haven't seen either model installed in person, but that first one from protectmytesla would throw up a serious red flag for me based on how it's only secured with one fastener and double sided tape. I wouldn't expect that to last several years, and the DIY installer might have some trouble getting that tape just right without looking bad and/or collecting debris on the adhesive over time.
The other one from Canada looks like a much more secure install, albeit not as sexy as the carbon fiber model.
 

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Just go to his website: https://antirouillebolduc.com/ e-mail is at the top: info "at" antirouillebolduc.com
Eric the owner is ususally quick to answer He has a new version by the way, the standard "North" he was selling and now the "California" Edition smaller
Thanks, yes his website's mobile mode needs some work (the info that's front center via w regular browser is missing).
I've exchanged a few emails with Eric and we're cooking up a third version (hybrid between the North and California).
Lets call it Paint.NET/Photochop edition (for now).
 

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Just go to his website: https://antirouillebolduc.com/

e-mail is at the top: info "at" antirouillebolduc.com

Eric the owner is ususally quick to answer

He has a new version by the way, the standart "North" he was selling and now the "California" Edition smaller
I like that California style. I can't find it on his web site though, thought that might be my poor French.

I haven't seen either model installed in person, but that first one from protectmytesla would throw up a serious red flag for me based on how it's only secured with one fastener and double sided tape. I wouldn't expect that to last several years, and the DIY installer might have some trouble getting that tape just right without looking bad and/or collecting debris on the adhesive over time.
The other one from Canada looks like a much more secure install, albeit not as sexy as the carbon fiber model.
The last few cars I had installed with VHB tape. It's probably stronger than the panels it's attached to. You shouldn't worry about it, especially for something that is pushed in by the air.
 

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The last few cars I had installed with VHB tape. It's probably stronger than the panels it's attached to. You shouldn't worry about it, especially for something that is pushed in by the air.
I wouldn't worry about YOU installing it with double sided tape, you're not the average DIYer!
Unfortunately I see what the average DIYer is (in)capable of daily. It's like me trying to lay tile in my bathroom, not a pretty site!
 

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Any comments on how much they cost you in range?
It's a lot more than you would intuitively think!

To my eye, a large part of the beauty of the Model 3 is the way it slices through the air with minimal disruption (Cd of 0.22, I believe). Adding mudflaps is an aerodynamic abomination. I regularly drive a nasty road to the local ski area that is covered in the most awful sand/gravel that is hard and sharp like glass but I'll deal with the slow erosion of the painted finish by repainting, if and when necessary. Because even the largest mudflaps with the most coverage are not going to solve the problem, only reduce it in certain areas while the turbulent air will move some of the problem to a new area.
 

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What about a sturdy clear wrap just for that area? I’m thinking of something thick & removable, like a screen saver.
Unfortunately, plastic wraps are even softer than the paint and end up looking ratty even sooner. I would rather just use the paint to protect the area because it's harder than wrap, and then repaint it when necessary. It's just a car body, as long as it looks good, that's all I care about. It doesn't have to look like it's never driven anywhere and, honestly, if you do drive it on the kind of roads I do, nothing is going to keep it looking pristine.
 

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Unfortunately, plastic wraps are even softer than the paint and end up looking ratty even sooner. I would rather just use the paint to protect the area because it's harder than wrap, and then repaint it when necessary. It's just a car body, as long as it looks good, that's all I care about. It doesn't have to look like it's never driven anywhere and, honestly, if you do drive it on the kind of roads I do, nothing is going to keep it looking pristine.
You sure about that? High end paint protection film is self healing and looks good and sometimes better than paint with like a 7 year warranty.