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Date:         Wed, 27 Jul 2016 18:52:51 -0400
Reply-To:     Eric Caron <ecaron1@COMCAST.NET>
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From:         Eric Caron <ecaron1@COMCAST.NET>
Subject:      Re: OEM mud flap question
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Hi Folks,

This is exactly the info I needed! I’m working on getting a replacement bushing but that may be a bit tricky for me. I’ll probably end up getting a hardware kit just to get the two inserts. No dealers near me and I’m leaving on a trip in a week and don’t want that hanging there.

With the info provided here I’m confident I can fix it correctly and I’m confident my mud flap is intact.

I just hope this is a one time problem and not a sign that the whole is not correctly placed. Still it seemed fine for about two years so I’m hopeful it is all good.

Thanks again for the great description and detailed response to my question.

Eric Caron 85 GL auto Westfalia

> On Jul 27, 2016, at 11:01 AM, Alistair Bell <albell@SHAW.CA> wrote: > > Sorry if I seem to have restated what Lloyd outlined. Was trying to emphasize that the bushings are one time use, and can be gotten at dealer. > > Alistair > > >> On Jul 27, 2016, at 7:37 AM, lloyd <lloydmac@SUDDENLINK.NET> wrote: >> >> Looking at the replacement parts the new bushing outside to outside total length is 3/8" .The non-screw threaded end of the replacement pin, the end with the small groves is 1/2" long . The pin in the mud flap I reinstalled had 1/2" sticking out of the mud flap with a tip with a flat bladed screw driver slot in it, without groves. You would pull or unscrew the bushing from the pin and reinstall the bushing in the body sheet metal . Then loosen the 2 bolts and nuts on the mud flap to body , press in mud flap pins into body and bushings so the mud flap is flush against the body, then retighten the 2 bolts/nuts on the mud flap. The 2 bolts ( 8 or 10mm ) on the mud flap are the load bearing parts. The pins are more like part locators not structural as the mud flaps hang down low and stick out and pull off on rocks, curbing.. . Looks to me like the pins are designed to pull out before distorting and tearing the sheet metal. >> >> -----Original Message----- >> From: Vanagon Mailing List [] On Behalf Of Stacy Schneider >> Sent: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 7:09 AM >> To: vanagon@GERRY.VANAGON.COM >> Subject: Re: OEM mudflap question >> >> Your assumptions are all correct . When new they are a bear to install. If installing them from scratch you need to be careful to make you holes spot on. >> Just for clarification. OEM assumes that it is an aftermarket non OE. >> If it came from the factory on the manufactured vehicle it would then be an OE part. If a company decided to re make that part to an OE spec it would then be an OEM. >> OE - original equipment. >> OEM - original equipment manufacturer. >> >> Stacy >> >> Sent from my iPhone >> >>> On Jul 27, 2016, at 4:35 AM, Eric Caron <ecaron1@COMCAST.NET> wrote: >>> >>> This is very helpful. >>> >>> A couple of clarification questions. >>> >>> I found a tiny plastic thing on the pin. It looks like part of a wall anchor for a screw going into sheet rock. It feels pretty thin and worn. >>> >>> Also the pin sticking out of the mud flap only comes out about a quarter of a inch. >>> >>> Does this sound right or could the pin be too short? it doesn’t feel broken. >>> >>> My two issues seem to be the bushing seems worn and also the pin doesn’t seem to line up with the whole in the body. >>> >>> This info is great. >>> >>> Eric >>> >>>> On Jul 26, 2016, at 11:41 PM, Stephen Engel <> wrote: >>>> >>>> My van is a Syncro and has a different mud flap arrangement than your 2WD. But after taking a look at the vendors' websites, it sounds like you have the set up that GoWesty sells. They are showing just one photo and no video or instructions. It appears there are two rubber grommets that go in the holes on the wheel arch. A threaded pin goes through the hole in the mud flap and into the grommet. >>>> >>>> They sell the grommets for $1.95 each. The pins seem to only come in a kit for two flaps with all the related hardware. >>>> >>>> The other vendors sell kits that use a series of metal clips and bolts/nuts/washers. I don't know if they sell separate pieces. >>>> >>>> I hope this helps. >>>> >>>> Steve >>>> >>>> >>>> On Tuesday, July 26, 2016 7:47 PM, Eric Caron <ecaron1@COMCAST.NET> wrote: >>>> >>>> >>>> Hi Folks, >>>> >>>> When my van was painted the other three OEM mud flaps were put on. these match the one for the propane tank. My passenger front is loos. There is a pin coming out of the flap at the top along the body. There is a whole in the body of the van and a plastic plug or at least a tiny part of one on the pin. the whole in the van is empty or perhaps I can just feel the edge of a metal insert flush with the body. >>>> >>>> Can someone familiar with the flap tell me how it attaches to the body and how I might attach this one again? >>>> >>>> tips, and descriptions appreciated. >>>> >>>> sadly web diagrams and videos don’t help in my case. >>>> >>>> thanks folks. >>>> >>>> Eric Caron >>>> 85 GL Auto Westfalia >> >> >> --- >> This email has been checked for viruses by Avast antivirus software. >>

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