Rock Tamers Mudflap System Install
The Ultimate Tow and Work Vehicle Project Continues
During our annual pilgrimage to Daytona for Bike Week, we were hauling a pair of new Harley FLHX Street Glides on an open trailer. An open trailer was chosen so we could keep an eye on the bikes by simply looking in the rearview mirror. Whenever we’ve used an enclosed trailer in the past, the road trips were full of stress and we felt the need to repeatedly pull over, open a door, and peer inside just to make sure everything was still tied down tight.
Now, before you think paranoia has set in, we were fueling up at a truck stop a few years back when we heard a blood-curdling scream from a guy the next aisle over. Apparently, one of his show bikes had loosened up enough to beat itself against the other bike (still tied down next to it) for the last few hundred miles. The damage was extensive and left quite an impression. After that, we decided to go the open trailer route whenever possible.
So you can imagine our dismay when after rolling into our hotel parking lot and unloading the bikes, we discovered a sizable chip in one of the chopped Tour-Paks! It seemed we had kicked up a stone from the roadway onto our expensive cargo. What to do? Certainly, there must be a way to haul our bikes protected from road debris without using an enclosed trailer and having a neurotic trip.
Enter Rock Tamers (www.rocktamers.com). This ingeniously simple product was exactly what we were looking for. Quite simply, they are mudflaps. Mudflaps, you say? Who wants ugly mudflaps on their truck? That’s where the ingenious part comes in. Most folks wouldn’t consider using mudflaps on their truck because: 1) They’re ugly 2) They don’t want to drill holes in their nice truck and 3) They’re ugly. Rock Tamers can be put on and taken off just as easily as you remove your 2-inch ball mount—without any drilled holes. They are completely adjustable from 66.75 inches to 93.75 inches, so it doesn’t matter if you drive a dinky Tacoma or a big dualie. With some states requiring mudflaps on lifted trucks, the Rock Tamers are becoming a more and more desirable product.
Did someone say lift kit? No problem there, either. The arms adjust up and down, and the mudflap itself can be cut to length. (Check out the Rock Tamers website for an animated explanation.) These actually look pretty cool, and best of all: They’re simple to install and offer great protection for your trailered cargo. Check out the following pics of our 1-hour Rock Tamers install.