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Old 01-06-2010, 03:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am missing the inter fender that goes in the wheel well on the driver's side. It looks like it is 1/4" felt board or something like that. It stops water and mud from getting up to the engine where would be the best place to get this? and what is it even called? I went to one junkyard but they didn't have any rangers that fit the year, Anyone know how much Ford would want for this? Im trying to decide wether or not it would be worth buying it new or just keep checking junkyards. Thanks
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Old 01-06-2010, 06:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I think I know what you're talking about... I believe it's called a splash guard or something like that...

Junkyards would probably be your best bet, but it wouldnt hurt to check out ebay!
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Old 01-06-2010, 06:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks ill look
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I am missing the inter fender that goes in the wheel well on the driver's side. It looks like it is 1/4" felt board or something like that. It stops water and mud from getting up to the engine where would be the best place to get this? and what is it even called? I went to one junkyard but they didn't have any rangers that fit the year, Anyone know how much Ford would want for this? Im trying to decide wether or not it would be worth buying it new or just keep checking junkyards. Thanks
The long driver side (DS) splash guard was shortened to 1/4 length about 2002/2003. Then the [totally useless] shortened shield was discontinued altogether somewhere around 2004/2005.

As I understand it, the DS fender well area was opened up to help lower underhood temperatures during desert testing running high volatility fuels. Ford has to build vehicles that will perform well in a wide range of worst-case conditions and Ford's self-imposed internal test procedures get more stringent every year.

Since I don't live where it's extremely hot and I don't usually run gasoline with alcohol, I decided that it would be OK to install a splash guard on the DS of my truck. After all, Rangers came from the factory with both splash shields for many years prior to 2002/2003.



Adding a shield to the driver side:

The current passenger side (PS) shield is identical to the DS shield on earlier models except the push pins are pushed in backwards. So, it is very easy to install a PS shield on the DS by reversing the pins. The added shield keeps the engine compartment MUCH cleaner in muddy conditions. A very worthwhile mod.

Don't bother trying to order a new driver side guard from an earlier model Ranger (like I did the first time, LOL). The DS part number has been superceded to the 1/4 length guard that is completely useless. Instead, order a new PASSENGER SIDE guard from the dealer and reverse the pins as explained above - mine cost $14 new a few years ago, I think the shield is about $20 now.

PS part number: F87Z-16102-AA
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Awesome write up! ;D
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For the off road guys, especially if you have oversize and/or aggressive off-road tires:

It helps tremendously to install both of the rubber splash shields on the inside of the plastic inner fenders instead of on the outside like they are from the factory. That way, they don't get ripped off by the tires as easily when offroading.

This can be accomplished by either reversing the push pins or by swapping the shields left for right. You will probably need to repunch the rear two holes in the rubber to get everything to line up - easy.

This simple mod gives extra clearance and, just as importantly, hides the prominent top edge that the tires like to grab hold of while turning.

Here is the remounted shield. At the top of the photo, you can see the "witness mark" on the inner fender where the splash shield used to be on the outside:





This view shows the inside of the inner fender with the reversed push pins and the repunched holes. (You don't need to pull the inner fenders to reverse the shields. I took this picture later when I was installing headers and had the inner fenders off for access):


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My 2003 Edge came stock with the full lenth rubber splash shields. Is that because its an Edge or???
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I don't think so. My 2003 had the shortened DS shield but it was a late build (5/03). Maybe Ford did the change earlier in the model year.
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Thankyou for all the help guys!!!
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I don't think so. My 2003 had the shortened DS shield but it was a late build (5/03). Maybe Ford did the change earlier in the model year.
Where on the truck do you find what month of the year it was built?
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