Originally Posted by Vitamin_G
I took mine off about 15k miles ago and have noticed a lot of paint chipping on the rear areas of both side skirts (above & behind where this aero peices used to attach). Has anyone else noticed this as more of a problem after removing the deflectors or is the chipping a common issue regardless? Would it be safe to assume that more rocks and crap are going to get sucked against the side of the vehicle with these removed?
That seems unlikely even if you factor in the buffeting from the non-deflected air. I have a lot of chipping in that location even with the factory (dealer option) splash guards. Most of that chipping comes from debris thrown by the front tires and the slightly outward protrusion of the rocker panel right before the rear tire.
My 2 cents.
Also, somehow mine have stayed on for almost two years with only one pop-it each.