Not being one to was the car often, I’ve opted to install rear splash guards. They will keep the rear of the car cleaner, as there will be less splash up of water and snow. The front splash guards came with the car. As all Canadian Fits already come with front splash guards I only had to install the rear ones. I did not need to remove the rear tires to install the splash guards, but did need a really short philips screwdriver. Here in Canada these rear splash guards cost $61CAD for the pair. The quality of the splash guards is quite good. The fit was also great.
Instructions for the splash guards for the Fit are available from Honda. Here I’ve added commentary and photos. The install took about 1.5 hrs but was not difficult. I’d say that it is a 3/10 in difficulty. Tools needed:
- grease pencil/crayon
- Philips “+” screwdriver
- Philips “+” 90 degree screwdriver, or a Philips bit with pliers.
- flathead screwdriver
- utility knife/box cutter
- drill, drill bits up to 3/8″
- masking tape
The popout connectors require a short flat head screwdriver. Pry both sides if the top and it will eventually pop up. Once up you can remove the connector. The philips screws provided by Honda are very soft and damage easily. Be very gentle with them.
The left and right splash guard installs are different. Start with the right as it is smaller and easier, due to the muffler on the right side. The original inner wheel well cover is only attached with a single screw and a plastic popout connector. Remove both and then the right wheel well cover.
Right Splash Guard: Drill an additional hole: Following the directions there will be a place to drill a hole for an additional popout connector to attach to the splash guard. There is a visible dimple in the plastic. Pierce with a thumb tack. The plastic is soft so it is easily done. Drill successively larger holes up to 10mm or 3/8″. (blue arrow)
Right Splash Guard: Cut out the tabs: The tab cutout spots are clearly marked on the inside of the cover. Use a utility knife to cut these out. Go slow and don’t cut yourself. The lower cutout is harder and has less room for the knife. (red arrows). You’ll need multiple cuts to get through the plastic. i put an old plastic cutting board underneath. Don’t worry if your lines are not pristine. These tabs will be completely covered by the splash guard.
2016 Honda Fit: rear right splash guard install. Cover top is on the left. Drill out one hole (blue arrow) and two cutout tabs (red arrow). Photo by Don Tai
Right Splash Guard: Mark Clip Locations with Paper Template: A paper template comes with the splash guard. Use some tape to hold it against the rear fender lip. The template will contour exactly with the rear fender lip . There are 4 notches in the template. Mark these notches with a crayon, grease pencil or something that will wash off (blue arrows). You will need the same template for the left side so do not destroy the template.
2016 Honda Fit Rear Splash Guards: Install paper template, mark right clip locations. Photo by Don Tai
Right Splash Guard: Attach Clips: The splash guards screw into the two clips. The clips are permanently attached to the plastic fender. The clips are oriented towards the inside of the car. Use one of the philips screws to bring the two sections together. This allows the teeth on the clips to dig into the plastic fender, for a tight fit. As you tighten the screw the clip will ratchet tighter. Ensure that you put the clips on the required marks from the paper template. Once installed unscrew the screws.
2016 Honda Fit Rear Splash Guards: Install right clips. Photo by Don Tai
Reattach the right wheel well cover using a screw and the popout connector. This cover goes behind the plastic fender and the metal tab. The screw first goes through the plastic fender, then the metal tab, and then through the wheel well cover. At the bottom the cover sits on top of the metal frame.
2016 Honda Fit Rear Splash Guards: Install right wheel well cover on top of clips. Photo by Don Tai
Right Splash Guard Install: The right splash guard covers the wheel well cover and attaches with two screws into the clips. There is one popout connector under the guard that connects the guard to the wheel well cover, and uses the 3/8″ hole you previously drilled. There are two pointy triangles on the splash guard, one that goes into a groove in the wheel well cover and one that sits beside the edge of the cover. Clean your fender before you do the final install. You’ll notice that there is very little room between the splash guard and the rear tire. You will need a 90 degree philips screwdriver, or a stubby. Some people have used the philips bit and a pair of pliers to grab it. The screws are very soft so be careful you don’t go out of the philips grooves.
2016 Honda Fit Rear Splash Guards: Install right splash guard with 2 screws and a popout connector. Photo by Don Tai
The left splash guard is larger, has 1 philips screw and 4 popout connectors. Two popout connectors are underneath the car but reachable. Pierce and drill out the 3/8″ hole (blue arrow), cut out the two cutouts (red arrows), clearly marked on the rear of the cover.
2016 Honda Fit: rear left splash guard install. Cover top is on the top. Drill out one hole (blue arrow) and two cutout tabs (red arrow). Photo by Don Tai
Left Splash Guard: Mark Clip Locations with Paper Template: Same as the right, just reverse the template. The template will contour to the lip of the rear fender. Tape in place.
2016 Honda Fit Rear Splash Guards: Install paper template, mark left clip locations. Photo by Don Tai
Left Splash Guard: Attach Clips, Reattach wheel well cover: Ensure clips are oriented to the inside of the car. The wheel well cover goes behind the fender and metal tab. The wheel well cover goes on top of the metal on the bottom of the car.
2016 Honda Fit Rear Splash Guards: Install left clips. Lower clip still has screw, which will need to be removed. Photo by Don Tai
2016 Honda Fit Rear Splash Guards: Install left wheel well cover on top of clips. Photo by Don Tai
Left Splash Guard Install: The two triangle tabs both go into grooves of the wheel well cover. A popout connector connects the splash guard to the wheel well cover, from underneath the car.
2016 Honda Fit Rear Splash Guards: Install left splash guard with 2 screws and a popout connector. Photo by Don Tai
You are complete. Now you wait for rain or snow.