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I have had these Rubber The Right Way covers for several months now and finally put them on. Waited until I did under hood and frame paint refresh. I used RTRW before on another car

For those who have done this I am sure you know the staple thing is a PIA and would be easier with 2 people....but is a doable job. Just drilling for push pins would have been WAY easier but I stuck with the staples since the inner fenders were already drilled

The kit also included the rubber for the inner fender well to frame masking



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Looks like you did a great job. You are right, the staples are a real problem. So much so I throw them away and used galvanized wire. The wire was much easier to bend. They are paint anyway and they turned out to look original.

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I used SS wire. I forget the diameter exactly but essentially the same as staples. I bent the SS wire into the holes to secure the covers. Came out great and it looks just like a staple.

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Mine been hanging on the wall in the garage for 8 years and counting

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I have had these Rubber The Right Way covers for several months now and finally put them on. Waited until I did under hood and frame paint refresh. I used RTRW before on another car

For those who have done this I am sure you know the staple thing is a PIA and would be easier with 2 people....but is a doable job. Just drilling for push pins would have been WAY easier but I stuck with the staples since the inner fenders were already drilled

The kit also included the rubber for the inner fender well to frame masking



Those are installed incorrectly. The shields go on the tire side and only the staple heads show in the engine bay. The staples get curled into the rubber using needle nose pliers. The center portion of the shields gets tucked into the A-arm hole. Your lower inner to frame shields are correct but the staples are backwards. I used to make my own shields from correct sheet from Restoration Supply but Repops makes a nice set. Not a difficult job doing it solo, just a little time consuming. I use deep throat, flat faced vice grips and just walk them along the staple holes.

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Looks like you did a great job. You are right, the staples are a real problem. So much so I throw them away and used galvanized wire. The wire was much easier to bend. They are paint anyway and they turned out to look original.

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Incorrect. The staples were not originally painted. I have dozens for reference, not to mention those at CRG of survivors.

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I learn something new nearly every time I log on to this site. I had no idea these were available let alone supposed to be on our cars. Something else to consider installing. Do they help much with a car that is never driven in the rain?

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Yes. They help stop any debris. Sand, rocks, etc.

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I learn something new nearly every time I log on to this site. I had no idea these were available let alone supposed to be on our cars. Something else to consider installing. Do they help much with a car that is never driven in the rain?
Yes. They help stop any debris. Sand, rocks, etc.
Is there a place you'd recommend purchasing from that are the best quality?

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Is there a place you'd recommend purchasing from that are the best quality?

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OER is cut correctly, but the material is too thin. They flop around when driving resulting in tearing through the staples.

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As I stated, Repops makes a nice set. I got them at Ground Up. The originals have white string embedded in them. Some guys sand the material to expose the string but I have originals an there is no string visible. Others have degraded and the string is visible. I see no point in sanding them to expose the string.

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Suppliers like NPD, Ecklers, etc. likely have them.

I got mine from Rubber The Right Way.

They are a heavy rubber, not whatever rubber/cloth/cardboard type that may have been on originally. I am not a owner who cares about "original".
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Those are installed incorrectly. The shields go on the tire side and only the staple heads show in the engine bay.
ouch...the one side that was still partially on when I got the car was on the engine bay side. It would appear a PO put it on that way if originally they were on the tire side. Fortunately I have plenty of staples and can reverse these

The lower inner fender ones it was easier to put the staples in the way I did. I am not one who cares about "original" in terms of which way a staple faces.
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Those are installed incorrectly. The shields go on the tire side and only the staple heads show in the engine bay. .
...yeah they wanted to be on tire side of wheel well. Thanks

Fortunately since I had just rehearsed this....it went way faster on the flip than initial install


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OER is cut correctly, but the material is too thin. They flop around when driving resulting in tearing through the staples.
I bought a set of these from OER and installed them on my inner fenders before the inner fenders were installed on the car. I didn't know at the time that there was better, more correct pieces out there. Like Keith said, the OER pieces are very thin rubber with no reinforcing strings. I didn't even have to drive my car to vibrate them loose. They started to disintegrate around the staples and fall off the car in pieces without the car ever been driven 10 feet. I bought another set from Metro and they were the heavy, string reinforced rubber.


To make the change, removing the approximately 30 staples without damaging the surrounding paint was not fun. Installing the new pieces with the inner fenders in the car was alot harder than when they are out of the car. It's not a job want to do twice if you don't have to.

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