- Jan 23, 2002
- New Jersey
I had my first cladding mishap the other night. I have a 2002 Indigo Blue Z71. I love the truck. I put the molded splash guards on the truck and I think they are very functional as well as look good. They fit great, and keep a lot of road grime off the truck. The only problem is that they screw into the cladding on the inside of the wheelwells, and don't bite into any sheetmetal. They seem pretty sturdythough, and that may have been a key factor in what happened. I was behind a truck at a distance after a snow storm. The truck either dropped something, or ran something over. The object flew right under the Avalanche. It was the kind of thing that you see happening and you just know its not going to be good but are powerless to change it. The right front wheel kicked whatever it was up into the splashguard with a loud bang. I pulled into a parking lot and walked slowly to that side of the truck. The guard was still on the cladding, but the cladding was hanging. I crawled under the truck to see how bad it really was. The cladding looks like it is held on by a combination of bolts with washers, and door trim like push pins. I was able to secure the cladding back, where it belonged and it seems fine. Whatever was thrown into the truck was plowed away before I could see it. There seems to be no real damage. Got lucky.