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After 500 miles it is becoming clear to me this car could benefit from mud flaps/splash guards. I’ve seen a number of aftermarket mud flaps for the Civic, but none for the Insight. Will a Civic version work? Should I buy the official Honda version? Any aftermarket option recommendations?
 

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After 500 miles it is becoming clear to me this car could benefit from mud flaps/splash guards. I’ve seen a number of aftermarket mud flaps for the Civic, but none for the Insight. Will a Civic version work? Should I buy the official Honda version? Any aftermarket option recommendations?
If you do buy a splash guard, make sure to take them off, and clean the inside. Or this can happen... Be careful with factory splash guards/mud flaps -> rust magnets - TDIClub Forums
 

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The OEM spash guards can be had from College Hills Honda. They's also on sale today!

https://www.collegehillshonda.com/product/08P00-TXM-101.html

You should be able to install them yourself in about a half hour. The directions are spot-on, and I had no issues. I will likely remove them in the spring and do a good cleaning behind them.

Good luck!
 

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For Square Eyes: Splash Guard installation is super easy
Agreed. Just make sure to turn the front wheels to gain better access. I needed a Phillips bit and small ratchet to do the rear in order to avoid removing the wheels. It's all about cutting corners!

Just be sure the splash guards are properly seated against the body with no gaps. Should take about a half hour to install them if you can avoid needing to remove the wheels..
 

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Splash guards on sale

Just discovered a pretty good price on Insight splash guards at https://www.collegehillshonda.com/product/08P00-TXM-101.html

My hesitation is that these don't hang down, will do little to protect anything except the immediate section of the body where they are mounted. My other cars' splash guards all were longer, stopped gravel spray from hitting the underside. Anyone have them, have any advice?

My other hesitation is a read somewhere they are supposed to be removed annually to clean underneath. That's a pain, and over time may well make the mount insecure. Thoughts?
 

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It's only three screws to remove them, so not really a biggie to clean behind them. Mine sit very flush to the body, so it'll be interesting to see what's behind them when I do a "spring cleaning" of my Insight..

As to their usefulness considering their small footprint - they are definitely worth it. They cover just enough area to keep the rocker panels clean and tar-free. As far as Insight add-ons go, the splash guards were the best item to add IMO. I also got a set for my wife's new Civic.

After splash guards, the next best add-on is high-wall rubber floor mats. I bought a Husky set.
 

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Thanks for the input. I am surprised they do much for the rocker panels, other than a few inches near the wheel, but pleased to hear so.
 

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I think I paid $59 at College Hills Honda online (wait for them to go on sale). I did the install myself in less than an hour. Instructions are straightforward.
 

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I installed splash guards on 2 Insights. Bought them from eBay from some Honda dealer reseller in Wisconsin.

One of the rear screw clips was messed up on on of the Insights and stripped the screw.. pita. One of the Insights had clips that broke, so I bought some replacements on Amazon since I have multiple Honda's these are good spares.

The rear wheel will have to come off. I don't see how the rear guards can be installed without the rear wheel coming off. The only way I see the rear wheel not coming off is using a ratchet box wrench with a Phillip's adapter, but that is a pita to align the screw, so might as well just remove the wheels. Not a biggie if you have all the tools.

The sling off the tires is noticeably reduced after installing. My friebds car, the Cosmic blue can't even tell... But my white one is very evident of all dirt.
 

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I don't see how the rear guards can be installed without the rear wheel coming off. The only way I see the rear wheel not coming off is using a ratchet box wrench with a Phillip's adapter, but that is a pita to align the screw, so might as well just remove the wheels.
A little ratchet and Phillips bit is key. That's what I used to avoid hauling out the floor jack. Tip for the fronts - turn the wheels to allow better access.
 

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What did you guys pay for your splash guards including labor? How long should it take?
Canadian Insight come with the front splash guards but not the rear. My Honda dealer only sold splash guards as a full kit (front and rear) so I ordered just the rear from HondaPartsNow.com
They were $37.07 plus $2.97 tax and $10.80 shipping for a total of $50.84 U.S.
Still cheaper than buying the full set in Canada for more than $100 and having no use for the front guards. As mentioned, easy to install without removing wheels using a Phillips bit and small ratchet.
 

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Semi-related sidebar, but the Honda Japan Insight page shows their mud guards come body colored when added by the dealer as an accessory.

I'm not sure how I feel about the body-colored look on the splash guards. I kind of like how the black US OEM ones match other parts of the black accents on the car, plus they're just going to get dirty with road grime anyhow...
 

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I ordered my splash guards from the Honda E Store. Looking forward to getting them on, as without them a lot of stuff comes up on my lower body panels. Unsightly!
 

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I ordered my splash guards from the Honda E Store. Looking forward to getting them on, as without them a lot of stuff comes up on my lower body panels. Unsightly!
They work as advertised! Relatively easy install too! Just remember you'll need a push-pin (it's in the instructions).
 

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Thanks, hasarad. We're having balmy weather here in Denver, so no need for them right now. But we're sure to get the snow this winter. . . if it comes. . .
 
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