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Old 04-19-2012, 06:04 AM   #1
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So i was coming back from lunch break over by my job and saw an open service road, good temperature, no cars on the road and I said, ....sure what the hell. I opened the car up and eventualy it got to the point that the wind resistance pushed my bumper hard enough on the passenger side to force the splash guard on to my tire.

Next few seconds felt like a I had a mild tire blowout, and i pull over to see that half my splash guard is friction melted through and the side of my car is covered in liquid plastic from the shield. All the plastic fittings where the bolts and screws are are shreded and melted too, and the stench of plastic was everywhere.

Fortunatly i was able to find on the forum a good site to order the guard from, only down 30 bucks, but my concern and question is: Is there a way to prevent this from happening again, maybe a spring system or a cushion system that bounces back if the tire makes contact.....this is the second splash guard, on the same side that i have fixed since ive owned the car.
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Instead of looking at how to fix the splash guard from doing that, you should be looking in how to keep your bumper from flexing so much just from driving.
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Instead of looking at how to fix the splash guard from doing that, you should be looking in how to keep your bumper from flexing so much just from driving.
I am entertaining all ideas at this time, do you have any front bumper strengthening tips you recommend, or any products i should be looking into?
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Umm WTH were you doing mach1!!?!

Are you sure you didn't have any bracing, or damage to mounting brackets before this happened? (Hit something?)

If this were rather common or due to only wind resistance then I would think the dealer and Hyundai would want to know. That would seem rather a poor engineering point that over a certain speed with wind resistance your splash guards rub the tire.
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Umm WTH were you doing mach1!!?!

Are you sure you didn't have any bracing, or damage to mounting brackets before this happened? (Hit something?)

If this were rather common or due to only wind resistance then I would think the dealer and Hyundai would want to know. That would seem rather a poor engineering point that over a certain speed with wind resistance your splash guards rub the tire.
Haha, not close to Mach 1 but it was north of triple digits.

It doesnt look like any brackets were loose, or missing or anything was compromised to lead to the failure of the splash guard. I want to take a good look at it when the new one comes and If i cant determine the problem i might have to bring it to a friends body shop and ultimatly the stealership. Im hoping its a simple fix because i cant bring this car past 80 without something going wrong....the other time being a construction truck hit a pothole and sent wood planks onto the highway and gave me a double puncture on both passenger side tires at 100 mph. Just a curse. I was reading about IATs and someone said that there is an extreme area of high pressure that gathers in that spot, and a few others....still looking into that.
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Are the plastic screws install on the front where the splash panel and bumper are tied together? I had one fall out and the guard hit the tire on that side.
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Are the plastic screws install on the front where the splash panel and bumper are tied together? I had one fall out and the guard hit the tire on that side.
Yes, As far as I knew. I had the same side splash guard replaced in totality including all plastic screws and push snaps last June. The piece looked solid as of last week when i switched to my summer wheel/tire set up.

It looks as if the wind got under the car and sheared off the plastic piece and it continued to rip untill it was on my tire, where the heat and speed i was going liquified most of it.
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You must be missing a screw or something. I've taken the car up over 120 and my bumper is fine. I'm missing one of the screws on the front of the passenger side guard from parking too close to a curb. Others have gone faster than that and this never happened to them. Do you have open fog light bezels?
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Is it arrange properly? Screw>bumper>guard
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You must be missing a screw or something. I've taken the car up over 120 and my bumper is fine. I'm missing one of the screws on the front of the passenger side guard from parking too close to a curb. Others have gone faster than that and this never happened to them. Do you have open fog light bezels?
I know its possible to take it up that far, and even higher but as of 1 week ago the set up was solid, no screws were missing, and i had never tried to go that fast in the car before. No open fog light bezzels, i have stock plastic cover pieces on, and they were not modified to fit the new intercooler either.
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That's just weird then. Does the new piece come with screws. Maybe you got bad ones. What's in the wheel well anyway, real screws or plastic pop screws?
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I took the plastic screws out and use a slip on slip on nut and a washer headed steel screw for mine. What you need to beware of with this is if you hit the bumper on something the screw won't give and the bumper will tear.

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That's just weird then. Does the new piece come with screws. Maybe you got bad ones. What's in the wheel well anyway, real screws or plastic pop screws?
The full splash guard comes with 1 real screw and the then 9 of those cheap plastic pop screws.

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Thats a good suggestion and ill check it out at the hardware store, i always error on the side of caution when driving and parking so i shouldnt be to concerned with the shock to those new snaps.

Its pouring out now and and most likely tomorrow, so ill have a go at it tuesday if the guard comes in.

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I got mine at McMaster-Carr. They are called clip on nuts. You have to get some with a deep enough throat to fit over the edge of the bumper cover and still be able to come out over the existing hole.

I used this one 94809A118
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Hey Guys,

Here is my update:

I was under the car on Saturday installing the new splash guard, it was a cheaper after market one 35 vs 86 from the dealer....way better deal imo.

Fitment was pretty straight forward, i picked up the pack of the cheap ass plastic fasteners, as the clips that Red Raspberry recommended only fit some of the bolts, i couldnt get enough bite on some of them, but the ones that i did feel great (thanks again)

I noticed that this bumper was fixed 2x, i did by it used with 6k miles on it, but the two spots where it was fixed was both sides of the front bumber where the main support push pin attached the guard to the bumper. Fearing it might happen again i screwed two holes on each side of "repair patches" and threaded in some painted copper wire for added strength.

Its virtually unnoticiable and the support it provides appears substatinal after the aggressive highway and drag testing. So far so good with it.
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Good job. That might explain why your splash guard failed in the first place. Good thing you caught it.
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Where did you get the aftermarket one? Is it made of a different material?

With the clips I think I had to notch the splash guard to make the clip fit over some of the the holes.
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I wish the stock ones were 2 piece, or at least had it where the front part was part of the under tray, so you could at least drive the car without the front bumper.

I did that once, when I fixed my bumper and it was drying off the car. Almost caught it under the wheels, because for of the wind pushing against it.
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I wish the stock ones were 2 piece, or at least had it where the front part was part of the under tray, so you could at least drive the car without the front bumper.

I did that once, when I fixed my bumper and it was drying off the car. Almost caught it under the wheels, because for of the wind pushing against it.
Yeah I totally agree with you, this way its not an all or nothing deal where if any part fails the whole thing comes off, I had to drill into the bumper twice to secure it.
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Where did you get the aftermarket one? Is it made of a different material?

With the clips I think I had to notch the splash guard to make the clip fit over some of the the holes.
There was a link in a thread for a whole sale auto parts seller, and I plugged the specs in and bought it from the site, the one I bought is cheaper quality, the oem one fits 100 % id say with some stretching and maneuvering fitment Is more like 90 compared to stock one, and the screw holes don't line up 100 percent, and they lied when they said it comes with the fasteners, but the ones you suggested are way better. Material is plastic not as sturdy as stock.
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