5 Best No-Drill Tesla Model 3 Mud Flaps & Splash Guards That Actually Look Good

By Zac Ludicrous •  Updated: 01/14/22 •  11 min read
Installed Tesla Model 3 Mud Flaps.
Installed Tesla Model 3 Mud Flaps. Credit to x-cimo.

Tires and cars are like hormonally-desperate, young couples.

They need in-between protection not to mess up.

Ba-dum-tss. 😬

That protection?

Mud flaps that prevent dirt rain and mud splashes — or sand and rocks kicking up — from hitting your car:

A must-have Model 3 accessory if you like your car clean but don’t enjoy washing it as often.

After filtering out dozens of mud flaps and splash guards —


Other "bloggers" and "influencers" will push the product that pays the most, not the one that help you the most. We find what has worked best for the Tesla community -- and recommend it. We may get compensated (and that keeps the lights on)... but if we don't, WHO CARES? If every Model 3/Y owner is recommending it, we will too!

(Not as easy with nearly all mud flaps looking identical!)

We picked the most practical and best-looking Tesla Model 3 mud flaps to save you the hassle (including why you shouldn’t buy from Tesla):

What to Look For in Tesla Model 3 Mud Flaps:

The drilling dilemma

Spend a few minutes shopping and you’ll quickly realize many brands claim “no drilling is required” for their product.

Is this legitimate?

For many, drilling and Tesla are two words they don’t want in the same sentence.

Yet here’s the truth:

Most brands claiming “no drilling” actually require at least a pair of holes to secure the mud flaps in place.

Aside from the product sold by Tesla, we found only one exception.

When looking for aftermarket Tesla Model 3 mud flaps, don’t believe the brand claims at face value.

Dig deeper to find out whether customers agree.

We found that most mud flaps require some drilling — even if just tiny holes in the plastic wheel well.

Quick Summary: Our Top Picks for No-Drill Tesla Model 3 Mud Flaps & Splash Guards
  • Truly no-drilling design
  • No possibility of paint damage
  • Flat design that avoids dirt accumulation
Tesla’s Model 3 Mud Flaps
  • OEM attachment
  • Great fit
  • Good-looking design that matches your car
  • Very reasonable price
  • Perfect fit
  • Easy to install
  • Great-looking design
  • OEM look and feel
  • Easy installation
Universal Rally Armor
  • Most durable
  • Flexible and higher-quality material
  • Flat design that avoids dirt accumulation
  • Decent fit
  • Beautiful carbon fiber design
  • Comes with installation tools

Rigid vs. flexible materials

Consider the best material type for your situation based on your driving conditions.

For serious off-road use, a rigid material is a bad choice as the flaps may break under strong impact.

In such instances, a rubber material is your best choice.

Since most people won’t be putting their Model 3 through the wringer, though, either a rigid or flexible material should work just fine.

Avoiding paint damage

Tesla Model 3 Mud Flaps that extend to the vehicle's body

Some mud flaps extend beyond the wheel well and to the vehicle’s body, which actually does wonders for style and overall look.

Couple that with side skirts, a rear spoiler, a front lip, and a rear diffuser and you have the perfect body kit for a sporty Model 3.

However, when the guards extend way too much downwards, they’re likely to hit the road.

Also, protruding outward beyond the wheel’s width may impact aerodynamic drag and range at high speeds.

(It may be barely noticeable: ± 1% max would be my guess.)

Consider also that many mud flaps of this type rest on the vehicle’s paint.

If the material is rigid and it rests on the paint, vibration may cause paint damage in the area of contact.

To counter this, you have multiple strategies at your disposal. Either of these should help you avoid permanent paint damage.

  1. Pick rubbery mud flaps
  2. Pick mud flaps that don’t rest on the vehicle’s paint but rather OEM attachments.
  3. Or, add in-between protection between the mud flaps and the vehicle’s paint before installation. This can be paint protection film, ceramic coating, or quality double-sided tape.

Based on the criteria above, let’s look at Tesla’s mud flaps — and the rest of the options available.

OEM Alternative: Tesla’s Model 3 Mud Flaps

Let’s talk about the elegant in the room:

Why even consider products other than those offered by Tesla?

Aside from the premium price tag, there are a few cons that motivate people to try third-party products.

One such problem is that although you get 4 pieces, they’re meant for the front of the car. No rear mud flaps are included.

Model 3 owner Warren explained another issue in the comments section:

“Thanks for your research Zac. I just installed the Tesla brand mud flaps/splash guards on our new Model 3. They hit the road a lot and with their design, I’m a bit worried about them collecting and hiding debris.”

In short, Tesla’s mud flaps are longer than necessary.

Given their design, there’s a high likelihood they will collect debris — and if you let dirt build for too long, it may even damage your paint.

Some customers don’t like how Tesla’s mud flaps look like either.

If you’re the type of person that likes everything OEM and don’t mind having your flaps hit the road while driving, consider them.

Most people end up satisfied with their OEM mud flaps after all — and both Tesla material & videos online will help you install them easily:

However, if you want to save money and avoid some of the cons Tesla’s mud flaps have, then keep on reading.


Fits: All Model 3 years and trims

✅ OEM attachment. No-drilling required.

✅ Great fit

✅ Good-looking design that matches your car


❌ Expensive

❌ Longer than necessary. May hit the road often while driving.

❌ May accumulate dirt

❌ No rear mud flaps / splash guards

Best Tesla Model 3 Mud Flaps Overall: TSolutions

Best Tesla Model 3 Mud Flaps / Splash Guards by TSolutions

Among all brands claiming “no drilling required,” we found TSolutions to be the only legitimate one.

(That is, all their customers agree.)

The brand uses creative engineering to attach these mud flaps into existing OEM attachments —

As a result, the mud flaps don’t require any holes nor rest on top of the paint, making any paint damage virtually impossible.

Despite said benefits, I was hesitant to recommend the brand for one reason…

Their website sucks. It looks like it was designed in 1999.

But after witnessing many forum discussions raving about the product — and finding out it’s sometimes available on Amazon — I gave in.

Although priced at a slight premium, with a design that accounts for every pain point of Model 3 owners, TSolutions deserves our recommendation.

They offer quality, stress-free Model 3 mud flaps — no holes, no paint damage, good looks, and a semi-flexible material for durability.


Fits: All Model 3 years and trims

✅ Truly no-drilling design

✅ No possibility of paint damage

✅ Flat design that avoids dirt accumulation

✅ Semi-flexible material. Good expected durability.


❌ Somewhat expensive

❌ Clumsy website

Best Tesla Model 3 Mud Flaps on a Budget: BASENOR

Tesla Model 3 mud flaps by Basenor

BASENOR dominates our “best on a budget” product selections.

Their rating is typically closer to the 4 to 4.3-star average, but the sheer number of ratings is a reflection of their strong sales — and these mud flaps are no exception with 600+ ratings.

Many YouTube personalities like Dirty Tesla review the product favorably and go into greater detail:

Testing BASENOR’s mud flaps on Dirty Tesla’s YouTube Channel.

The build quality of these Model 3 mud flaps is decent for the price.

(Not flimsy. Not the most rigid either.)

But the company — again — claims “no drilling” is required while many classify this as misleading.

Often, either the front or the rear mud flaps will require small holes to hold the flaps in place, according to customers.

The big downside is that these mud flaps rest on the paint surface and may cause paint damage with vibration as dirt accumulates.

To circumvent this, many owners apply paint protection film (PPF) or ceramic coating in the area before installing.

Others install their flaps with some rubber washers or double-sided tape to avoid direct paint-to-guards contact.

It’s fascinating to see they offer white variants, which may be of interest to white Model 3 owners. (Don’t expect these to be perfectly painted, though.)

With reports of clear instructions, a perfect fit, and no noticeable impact in range, Basenor offers the best bang for your dollar.


Fits: All Model 3 years and trims

✅ Very reasonable price

✅ #1 Best-Seller. 600+ positive ratings on Amazon

✅ Perfect fit.

✅ Easy to install. Clear instructions included.


❌ Not 100% drill-free

❌ May accumulate dirt

❌ May impact efficiency (albeit not noticeably)

Runner-Up Tesla Model 3 Mud Flaps: Motrobe

Tesla Model 3 mud flaps by Motrobe

Let’s jump straight into the drilling dilemma:

There’s a “way out” of drilling if you attempt the double-sided tape rather than the screw route. But this isn’t guaranteed to work.

Most customers drill holes in the thin plastic on each front wheel well to fasten the front splash guard.

The rear flaps can be installed without any holes at all.

Still, some customers feel mislead by the “no drilling” claim.

This product comes with all the installation tools you need, making for an easy installation that won’t last more than an hour.

Its design that spread to the side and back of the car makes them look amazing — while simultaneously introducing the possibility of increased drag.

However, as logic would follow, the difference is too small to matter as confirmed by a customer who said, “it may make a slight difference [in range]… I haven’t noticed any.”

In my opinion, they look much better than any similarly-priced alternative.

Many customers compare the quality of this set of mud flaps to Tesla’s original parts, claiming it “looks as if it came from the factory.”

The black color matches the original black Model 3 perfectly — and it makes for a unique contrast on a white Model 3 (or any other color for that matter).


Fits: All Model 3 years and trims

✅ Great-looking design

✅ OEM look and feel

✅ Easy installation

✅ Flexible material. Less prone to paint damage.


❌ Not 100% drill-free

❌ May accumulate dirt

❌ May impact efficiency (albeit not noticeably)

Premium Pick: Universal Rally Armor

Tesla Model 3 Universal Rally Armor

Rally Armor offers a more aggressive yet premium look with its set of mud flaps.

Their thicker and flexible, urethane material (vs. semi-rigid ABS plastic most brands offer) makes this set more durable — even under heavy off-road use.

No pre-drilled holes or mounting points are made on this universal product so expect additional work to fit the flaps into place.

With their flat design, it’s virtually impossible for mud and snow to build up — and coupled with the rubbery material, cleaning them is as easy as it can get.

They aren’t cheap, though.

Unlike Chinese plastic alternatives, these are high-quality mud flaps from a renowned brand, and as such, come at a slight premium.

You can also purchase this set opurchase this set on Amazon.

They also come available in multiple color combinations to please all tastes.


Fits: Universal.

✅ Most durable

✅ Flexible and higher-quality material

✅ Flat design that avoids dirt accumulation

✅ Easy to clean


❌ Expensive

❌ Universal. Additional installation work required.

Best (Visual) Carbon Fiber Tesla Model 3 Mud Flaps: ROCCS

Tesla Model 3 carbon fiber mud flaps

ROCCS offers a beautifully designed set of carbon fiber mud flaps at a tempting price.

Many Model 3 owners purchase this set to match other carbon fiber aftermarket products (like spoilers or diffusers).

For aesthetics, these are the mud flaps of choice.

For practical purposes? Not so much.

They get the job of decreasing rocks and mud from hitting the car,

But the drilling issue comes up again: these require small holes on the front plastic liners to hold the top of the flaps.

You may be able to “drill” these holes with a thin nail, pin, or screws themselves.

According to some Model 3 owners, the fit is good but not perfect — and this set of mud flaps suffer from a common problem:

The rear flaps have a tab to secure the top of the flaps into place, but this tab tends to pop up too easily.

Many complain that it will pop out often during car washes — and the inconvenience of “staying on top of them” isn’t worth it.

So although this product comes with all necessary bolts, nuts, and screwdriver — and installation is pretty straightforward,

Their product sacrifices practicality for aesthetics.

It’s ideal for Model 3 owners that want to match their look with other carbon fiber aftermarket products.


Fits: All Model 3 years and trims

✅ Decent fit

✅ Beautiful carbon fiber design

✅ Comes with installation tools

✅ Easy to install


❌ Rear tabs may pop out easily

❌ May accumulate dirt

Our Tesla Model 3 Mud Flaps of Choice:

By far, TSolutions offers the mud flaps that get the job done while avoiding all the common pitfalls of other brands.

They are the only truly no-drilling alternative today — and are built in a way that dirt accumulation and paint damage is impossible.

No paint protection film, ceramic coating, or tape is needed.

The flaps look surprisingly good from every angle despite their simple design — and it’s clear that they were built by someone who understood exactly what the Tesla community wanted.

If these aren’t available, you may want to consider BASENOR’s mud flaps where customers end up equally satisfied.

Zac Ludicrous

Mechanical engineer by profession. TSLA shareholder before the hype. EV enthusiast all day long. Zac enjoys learning about the future of battery technology, autonomy, and EVs. He considers Tesla Model 3 the most important vehicle of the 21st century -- and is in a quest to improve the ownership experience of every Model 3 owner he possibly can.

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