Verdict: Mudflaps insufficient.
I have flaps going onto the Outback soon, its definitely functional and I fully support making every car into a rally car. Hell, if Mercedes can make a portal-axle E-Class I can certainly sprinkle a little McRae onto my daily; sure its a look but that's fine, its just a dorky station wagon.
Reading this thread reminds me of the irony of all this in my case because my car is one of the few cars out there that seriously could actually use mud flaps because, well fender flares..... Car is 3 yrs old and the rear flared hips are starting to pit.
But, I have good taste, don't vape, and wear my hat straight so I'll refrain and just respray it one day.
Some of you Suby knuckleheads should really try driving a car with fender flares, then you would see how silly all this is on cars with straight hips.
I had a set of Rally Armor flaps on one of my MS3’s.
Did I participate in any rallies? No.
Did I like the extra paint protection on notoriously fragile Mazda paint? Yes.
Is this a really strange thing to get upset about? Yes.
Past: 1998 Accord V6 LX, 2007 Mazdaspeed 3 (KIA 2-24-11), 2009 Mazdaspeed 3 (KIA 9-19-11), 2003 Jetta GLS 2.slow (good riddance), 2010 VW GTI, 2011 Toyota Camry, 2006 NC Miata
My buddy has them on his WRX. Not cutting boards but oversized “rally” flaps from some company. In red they look great on his dark gray WRX sedan.
He lives up a long series of dirt roads so he A. wanted to protect the car from rocks, and B. It looks cool.
I️ have no problem with this.