Hey, I just wanted to let those of you that are considering paying a dealer to install mud guards that there is likely no need to worry about doing it your self. The installation instructions (obviously translated from Japanese) are obscure at best.
I found it particularly odd that they instruct one to partially remove the rear bumper cover and drill holes. I suppose this is to prevent someone from drilling into the support under the bumper cover.
The instructions also instruct to place masking tape on the vehicle to protect the paint. In my opinion, this too, is not necessary.
I installed mine last night in the dark with a flashlight and it was a breeze.
For what its worth, I’d like to “re-write” the installation instructions in an effort to ease apprehension some folks may have after reading the somewhat convoluted instructions included with the mud guards.
Find one of the square plastic plugs in the included hardware and snap it into the square hole in the rocker panel (the underneath part of your truck). Install the front mud guard using the pan head (not the hex head) screws included in the kit. They will screw directly into the holes provided in the fender liner retainers, and in the hole in the square plug you just snapped in. It’s self explanatory once you see it with your own eyes.
This appears to be the area that some people find daunting.
“ DRILL into my new Rav-4 ? !
Hopefully I can simplify the process.
Remove the hex head screws as indicated in the instructions except the very top one that holds your bumper cover on. Since you won’t really need to pull your bumper cover back there’s no need to remove it. Place them carefully to the side and don’t loose them, you’ll be reusing them.
On the inside edge of your bumper cover you’ll easily see two “dimples”. Take a punch (or small nail, small knitting needle, a piece of cut-off coat hanger, etc.) and gently pierce this dimple to make it a hole. The plastic is very thin because of the dimple and it will be easy to do. Install two of the metal J-clips included in the kit (with the larger of the two holes on the clip facing out where you can see it) over the two holes you just pierced. Install the mud guard using the screws you removed by screwing them back into the same locations they came out of. Use two of the new hex head screws in the kit to go into the holes and J-clips you just made. Push in a little so they can “bite” into the holes you just pierced. Done.
One thing that others have noted: The lowest new screw is very close to the rear tire. Even a stubby screwdriver won’t fit. I used an offset screwdriver. If you don’t have one, a socket or wrench will work.
I hope this encourages anyone who may be considering doing it themselves to go for it. It’s easy.