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I notice very few Mazda 3's have mudguards on them. I ordered a set of 4 for my new 2013 sedan.
Is there any reason not to put them on? Aerodynamics or anything like that?
 

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Nope. Just put them on. What kind did you get?
I ordered the Mazda ones-all 4 of them, installation included and I need to go in for some issues so I'll just have them do it.
 
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They put them on today, surprised at how small they are.
 

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I notice very few Mazda 3's have mudguards on them.
I don't think it's that few Mazda 3's have them, it's that more people seem to go for the more aggressive looking and larger aftermarket mudflaps (Rally Armor, Corksport) over the smaller OEM mudguards.
 

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They put them on today, surprised at how small they are.
Can you post any pictures of them on the car? I've been debating on getting some since I have to drive on dirt roads every once in a while.
 

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I don't have a camera, I'll try to borrow my sister's next week. If I had known how small they are I would probably have gone for aftermarket
 

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I want something functional and while I like the aftermarket ones, I am worried that I'll drop $100 on them and hate them on my car.
 

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Yeah, at least the Mazda ones don't look bad. Hopefully they will provide some function but it doesn't rain much around here so time will tell
 

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I wonder why they made them so small
 

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They are small! I think the mudguards on my Miata are even bigger than that.

I do think the primary reason people upgrade is for looks though, so I guess it just depends on if you like the huge and aggressive ones like ours, or small OEM ones.
 

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I do think the primary reason people upgrade is for looks though
Not for me...I was tired of rocks pinging off the side of my car damaging my paint from the road work near my place...the mudflaps completely stopped that. I live in a rainy city so it prevents constantly having to wipe down the areas behind the fenders from the spray dirt. It's also much nicer to cars behind me on the highway/freeway.

Personally I think our cars looks cleaner with no flaps at all.
 

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Not for me...I was tired of rocks pinging off the side of my car damaging my paint from the road work near my place...the mudflaps completely stopped that. I live in a rainy city so it prevents constantly having to wipe down the areas behind the fenders from the spray dirt. It's also much nicer to cars behind me on the highway/freeway.

Personally I think our cars looks cleaner with no flaps at all.
Couldn't agree more. I had the RA flaps on the speed. Definitely not for looks. All about keeping the door dings down. We have a shell driveway and the rocks love getting stuck in the tires.
 

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I feel that the mazda ones are way to small to protect the car from rocks. the RA flaps would do far better.
 
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