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How Do I Remove This?

Photo shows the bent rock guard at the front of the passenger side rear wheel well. How do I remove it and replace it? I can't find where it fastens to the wheel well.

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I think there is no way to remove that as it is part of the side rocker. Best you can probably do is attempt to bend it back into place carefully using a heat gun.

Check out the pics of the side rockers american muscle sells: https://www.americanmuscle.com/ford-...g-rh-1014.html


Honestly I wouldn't fret too much over this.


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I have had that happen to my Mustang a couple of times,bend it back so it is straight,a hair dryer with a little heat,I then place a brick next to it for a little while,it will come out perfect again. You don't need to do anything else.Keep us posted.
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I removed the passenger side one on my '12 one night - it was easy, all it took was a dark county road and a large piece of a dead deer.
Better to try and straighten it, the replacement piece at the stealerships was near $100 CDN as I recall.

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He's going to go nuts when the front lower air dam rubber starts coming off. That sucker you have to replace the whole valence if he loses it...

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After reading this thread, had to look at mine. The one on the driver side is there and in correct position. The one on the passenger side is missing completely. I would have never known. My advice, just cut it off, you'll never notice..
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There are a couple of small torx head screws that hold them on. You'll have to jack the car up to get good access to them as they are on the bottom of the plastic rockers. The one on the drivers side on my car got bent from something, but I was able to remove the screws and straighten it and put the screws back in.
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He's going to go nuts when the front lower air dam rubber starts coming off. That sucker you have to replace the whole valence if he loses it...

That's if you want to replace it. I ran headfirst into an empty plastic five gallon fuel can one night damaging the air dam. I ended up grabbing the torn side and ripped it off the car. Not one person has commented on the missing lower valance and it did not adversely affect performance of the car.

I also cut off the rear rock/splash guards because I couldn't keep them aligned.

By my estimate I trimmed 1 lb off the car and gained 1/2 sec in the 10 mile run and saved 1/2 oz fuel every tank.
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There are a couple of small torx head screws that hold them on. You'll have to jack the car up to get good access to them as they are on the bottom of the plastic rockers. The one on the drivers side on my car got bent from something, but I was able to remove the screws and straighten it and put the screws back in.
This is correct- I removed mine to straighten them as well. After unscrewing it you will need to pull on the end of the rocker panel and the spat at the same time to wiggle it out as it extends underneath. When I got mine out I was also able to remove a TON of rocks and crap that had gotten in there.

These are also called tire spats and are supposed to improve aero- I put mine back in after straightening them out since I trust the Ford engineers know what they're doing.

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[/QUOTE]Honestly I wouldn't fret too much over this.[/QUOTE]

LOL....If only that was possible. I am a perfectionist.

Once it warms up a bit, I will pull the wheel off and heat up the rock guard and push it back into place. Will it stay put, or do they have a tendency to spring back to the bent position? If that doesn't work, I will be compelled to remove and replace. See above...
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Perfect. I knew there had to be others out there that this happened to.
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Removed the spat the other day. It was held on by one Torx screw that is accessed from the bottom of the rocker panel. Went down to my local Ford dealer. It took the parts guy a couple of minutes to find the part. Ford calls it a "wind deflector". Retail price is $78.00 CDN. I talked them down to $65.00. Part is coming from Texas and will be here in a week or so.
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Removed the spat the other day. It was held on by one Torx screw that is accessed from the bottom of the rocker panel. Went down to my local Ford dealer. It took the parts guy a couple of minutes to find the part. Ford calls it a "wind deflector". Retail price is $78.00 CDN. I talked them down to $65.00. Part is coming from Texas and will be here in a week or so.
HOLY CRAP!! You actually spent $65 to fix that to be "perfect"??? You are either a true hard perfectionist, have more money than you know what to do with, or maybe a little mix of both... To each their own I suppose is the correct saying here. Me I just think what else could I have bought with that cash. hahaha
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Done!

Was a little fiddly, but not too bad to put on.
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