Is bigger really better?
ACS Composite is certainly betting on it with their new C7 XL Front Wheel Rock Guards/Mud Flaps.
Anyone who owns a Corvette (and especially the C7) knows that their high-performance tires catch and launch every little piece of road debris back towards the rear of your car. If you’re not proactively protecting it, you’re going to have a galaxy of rock chips decorating your side and rear panels. And no matter how much you may like looking up at the stars and seeing our galaxy, I bet you DON’T want to see the Big Dipper etched on the side of my car.
Now, kicked up rocks are a problem on just about all cars, but on the C7, with it’s ultra-sticky tires, it was more than a problem – it was a nightmare.
At some point, Chevrolet realized this when they extended the rocker panels ¾ of the way down the side of the car midway through the C7 production run to help reduce rocks from kicking up and nicking up the side and rear paneling of the car. They also sell a set of front and rear rock guards – that, in my opinion should probably be standard equipment and not an expensive add-on.
These GM rock guards are pretty…well… blah. They’re a dull black (just like the front splitter), they’re textured (which makes them harder to keep clean), and they’re not all that wide. So, while they’re functional and certainly better than nothing, they’re not exceptional. Having said all that, I do have a set of them on my C7 right now.
I had them installed at the dealership before I picked up my C7 back in May – and I figured that protection, even if it was minimal, was better than no protection at all.
But now, I’ve hit the jackpot – I was lucky enough to snag myself a set of ACS Composite XL Front Wheel Rock Guards and decided to put them to the test on my 2019 Corvette Grand Sport Coupe.
Straight out of the box, the ACS Composite guards certainly have that WOW factor. They were definitely created to be noticed – while the factory GM set is a dull and textured black, the ACS Composite set is a smooth, shiny, and beautiful deep black Carbon Flash. The color quality is great and a near perfect match to the C7’s Carbon Flash trim.
And the build quality is excellent. No chips, swirls or blemishes at all that I can see. The plastic is thick, sturdy, and just feels like a quality part; they seem more than capable of withstanding the impact of rocks and road debris. And to top it off, a newly developed unique bladed shield on the edge of the rock guard stops any debris from directly entering the wheel well. This small little detail is thoughtful, and may save your car from big problems in the future.
On top of that, and probably most importantly – the ACS Composite C7 XL Front Wheel Rock Guards are twice as wide as the GM mud guards, and also extend a bit lower than them as well, providing a much greater protection benefit… all while being designed to look great as well.
I couldn’t wait to install them.
So, let’s get to the installation.
I’m going to tell you right off, I’ve NEVER installed anything onto a car before. Shoot, I know I’m not mechanically-inclined at all. But I looked at the instructions for these ACS Composite C7 XL Front Wheel Rock Guards, and I said to myself, “I should be able to do this!”.
And I could. Installation was easy! All I needed was a 7mm socket wrench and a trim installation kit (so that I wouldn’t nick up the paint of my car pulling off the old rock guards), and I was good to go.
Overall, installation took me about 25 minutes, start to finish.
All I needed to do was remove one 7mm screw that was holding in my GM rock guard (down under the car), and use the trim kit to carefully pop out the clips holding the old rock guards in place. Then, all I needed to do was pop the new ACS Composite C7 XL Front Wheel Rock Guards right into the same exact slots the old rock guards, screw the 7mm screw back into place, and voila, the installation was complete!
No drilling. No hacking. No forcing things into place.
It really was a piece of cake, and the results are awesome. Here’s some pics:
Let’s talk pricing.
The ACS Composite C7 XL Front Wheel Rock Guards are not cheap. Right now they’re listed at $279 (with free shipping) on the ACS Composite website. But, they’re not a cheap part – and you certainly get what you pay for. They’re are a high quality upgrade over any other rock guard currently on the market. Nothing out there offers as much protection as these do, and if you’re buying an expensive sports car you certainly want to protect it as best you can.
If you’re driving your car regularly, and are not keeping your Corvette C7 as a garage queen, you need to run out and buy these ACS Composite C7 XL Front Wheel Rock Guards today. $279 for a set is definitely worth the protection and piece of mind they bring. And… if you think about it, it’s going to cost WAY more than $279 to re-spray your side and rear panels when the rock chips drive you crazy. They’re worth the money. Get yourself some.