Dust And Mud Guards Patents (Class 280/847)
  • Patent number: 10882564
    Abstract: A wheel housing liner assembly that includes a liner supporting bracket. The liner supporting bracket has a first portion, a second portion and a main portion that extends from the first portion to the second portion. The first portion is configured to attach to an inboard panel of a vehicle wheel housing structure. The second portion is configured to attach to a vehicle outboard fender panel. The main portion is configured to attach to a liner within a vehicle wheel housing structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Scott Dennis
  • Patent number: 10494033
    Abstract: An optically and aerodynamically improved body for a motor vehicle has a wheel well cover with at least one wheel well for receiving a wheel. The wheel well cover is designed in such a way as to be adjustable by an adjusting mechanism in accordance with the wheel angle, and includes at least two ring portions which surround part of the wheel and which are arranged in such a way as to be movable at least partially into each other and at least partially relative to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Daniel Haeseker, Victor Kuehn, Nico Daun, Seungmo Lim
  • Patent number: 10227095
    Abstract: A vehicle having one or more guide vanes each disposed at each of a respective front and/or rear quarter of the vehicle for guiding the airflow in the vicinity of an adjacent wheel of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: Adrian Gaylard, Christopher Thompson, Ross Turner
  • Patent number: 10207743
    Abstract: The automotive vehicle structural part (30) includes at least a main panel (40) and a wheel casing (42), the main panel (40) and the wheel casing (42) being made of two distinct three-dimensional parts made of different materials attached to each other by welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: ArcelorMittal
    Inventor: Nicolas Schneider
  • Patent number: 10011307
    Abstract: A modular fender assembly for a vehicle includes a fender body having first and second body portions defining respective portions of the exterior of the fender body. First and second joiner brackets are bonded onto inner ends of the first and second body portions respectively. The joiner brackets have joiner flanges which can be joined with one another in parallel abutment to join the first and second body portions. Either body portion of the fender can thus be trimmed to length to suit the application prior to bonding the joiner bracket in position according to the new trimmed length. The joiner brackets typically have multiple overlapping and interlocking joiner flanges which span across the abutted seam between the two adjacent fender body portions, including upright stiffener flanges, for improving strength to reduce bending and sagging of the fender assembly at the seam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Shift Products Ltd.
    Inventors: David Dyck, William Stanton
  • Patent number: 9809178
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a body panel assembly including first and second panels. Each panel defines different materials, and the first and second panels are fastened at a joint using a fastener. A compression limiter is disposed at the joint and configured to reduce stress on the first and second panels due to the fastener. The compression limiter has a first ring to contact the first panel and a second ring to contact the second panel. The first ring defines a drain extending through the first ring to the second ring on an outer periphery of the first ring, and is oriented such that moisture between the first and second panels is wicked through the drain and removed from the panel assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Garret Sankey Huff, Niamh Hosking
  • Patent number: 9764697
    Abstract: A heat shield for a motor vehicle includes an elongated planar shield body for separating an exhaust pipe and a fuel tank of the motor vehicle, the shield body extending longitudinally along a longitudinal axis between the exhaust pipe and the fuel tank, the shield body having a generally concave surface extending from the axis to first and second vertical walls along first and second edges of the shield body, a forward attachment portion for attaching the shield body to a frame of the motor vehicle longitudinally forward of the fuel tank, a rearward attachment portion for attaching the shield body to the frame of the motor vehicle longitudinally rearward of the fuel tank, and a water escape port in the first vertical wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Kobayashi, Hiroshi Kitamura, Akihiko Koike, Jonathan A Rihtar
  • Patent number: 9718501
    Abstract: A fender integrated aerodynamic mud, rock and splash guard for a vehicle, comprising: a) a front surface, b) a back surface, c) a fender skirt portion, d) bumper grill radiator portion, e) behind grill portion, and f) bumper tab, wherein the guard is adapted to be an extension of an inner fender skirt, wherein the guard is adapted to be an extension of an inner fender skirt, wherein the guard is affixed along a fender skirt edge, wherein the guard is configured to extend from the fender skirt edge along a portion of a front portion of a wheel well to overlap with a back portion of a front bumper, and wherein the front surface faces away from a volume of a wheel well and the back surface faces the volume of the wheel well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventor: Harry Blake Manley
  • Patent number: 9518590
    Abstract: It is an object of the invention to provide a motor-driven compressor being fixable reliably to a vehicle or the like and being capable of reliably protecting elements accommodated in a housing even upon reception of an external force due to a collision by any possibility. A motor-driven compressor of the invention comprises a compression mechanism for compressing fluid, an electric motor for driving the compression mechanism, a motor drive circuit for driving the electric motor, and a housing. The housing accommodates the compression mechanism, the electric motor, and the motor drive circuit. A cover for protecting the housing from an external force caused by a collision is fixed to the outside of the housing. The cover is arranged via a clearance with respect to the housing, and absorbs the external force applied to the cover by the clearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA JIDOSHOKKI
    Inventors: Tomoharu Arai, Tatsuya Ito, Ken Suitou
  • Patent number: 9221331
    Abstract: A vehicle may include an engine, a housing, a lighting assembly and a conduit. The engine propels the vehicle. The housing is mounted to a body of the vehicle and includes an airflow passageway extending through the housing. The lighting assembly is mounted to the housing, defines an air inlet of the airflow passageway and is configured to emit a light pattern in response to receipt of electrical current. The conduit may be connected to the airflow passageway for fluid communication therebetween. The conduit may receive air from the air inlet and may provide the air to the engine for combustion within the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas Vardis, Marc V Musial, Mark C. Trostle, James M Wilder, Jeffrey C Gale, Andrew M Reeve, Joseph S Dehner
  • Patent number: 9027983
    Abstract: Embodiments provide an aerodynamic fairing system that may comprise a base configured to mount to a vehicle, an arm coupled to the base at a proximate end and extending laterally, an a fairing mounted to the arm having an inboard and an outboard surface. The fairing outboard surface may provide an aerodynamic outer surface to direct flow to an angle to the rear. The arm may a fixed or adjustable length arm. The arm may provide a mounting area for a mud flap such that aerodynamic system may act as a mud flap hanger. Embodiments also provide an adjustable mud flap hanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: FlowBelow Aero, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Butler, Kyle Walker, Redza Shah, Timothy Uys
  • Patent number: 9004539
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a tire spray collecting assembly for a vehicle, such as a truck and/or trailer. There is accordingly provided a tire spray collecting assembly connectable to a fender of a vehicle. The assembly includes an air diverter connectable to the rear end of the fender for directing tire water spray towards the front end of the vehicle. The assembly includes a collector connectable to the bottom of the fender. The collector is configured to capture said water spray so re-directed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: James Samuel Curtis
  • Patent number: 9004538
    Abstract: A motor vehicle mud flap is a plate-like body having a suspension section, a quadrant section, and an extension section. The suspension section is adapted for attachment to a mud flap bracket for suspension of the mud flap therefrom. The quadrant section is coupled with the suspension section and has an array of elongate through-openings. The extension section is coupled with the quadrant section and has an array of elongate through-openings. The array of elongate through-openings is defined by alternating recesses and ribs in parallel and longitudinal disposition. Each recess is configured as a pair of opposed elongate shallow recesses fluidly coupled by an elongate through-opening having a width less than the width of each recess. Water and air can flow through the recesses, and debris larger than the width of the through-openings is deflected by the mud flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Fleet Engineers, Inc.
    Inventors: Wesley K. Eklund, Thomas Gerst, Gary Roberts, Walter Hill
  • Publication number: 20150061277
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a liner, such as a wheelhouse liner, includes the following steps: (a) providing a textile blank; (b) dispensing a liquid-impermeable polymer only on a portion of the textile blank; (c) bonding the liquid-impermeable material to the textile blank; (d) changing a shape of the textile blank to form the liner; and (e) trimming the liner. The liner includes a substrate wholly or partly made of a textile. The substrate has a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface. The liner further includes a liquid-impermeable coat bonded to the substrate. The liquid-impermeable coat partially covers the first surface of the substrate in order to minimize liquid flow through the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Bradley Tice, David M. Connor, Wayne R. Witkop
  • Patent number: 8960725
    Abstract: A fender is disclosed for use with a mobile machine. The fender may have a first wall, a plurality of corrugations formed within the first wall and extending in a lengthwise direction, and a second wall spaced apart from the first wall to at least partially form a hollow enclosure. The fender may also have a first lip integral with a lengthwise edge of the first wall and a lengthwise edge of the second wall and extending in a direction generally perpendicular to the first and second walls; and a lengthwise recess disposed within the first lip. The first wall, the second wall, and the first lip may be fabricated from a plastic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony M. Rund, Scott R. Miller
  • Patent number: 8919818
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a wheel guard for a vehicle which may sufficiently absorb and reduce high frequency noise of various frequency bands produced from a tire, using resonance apertures 11a, resonance necks 11b, and resonance chambers 20. The wheel guard includes a resonance wheel guard that is fixed to a vehicle body panel and includes a plurality of resonance apertures. Additionally, the wheel guard includes a resonance chamber cover that is attached to a rear of the resonance wheel guard and forms a plurality of resonance chambers between the resonance wheel guard and the resonance chamber cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Hyun Gyung Kim
  • Patent number: 8882152
    Abstract: A fender assembly is disclosed for use with a mobile machine. The fender assembly may have a fender with an upper wall, a lower wall, and a frame configured to support the fender. The upper and lower walls may be spaced apart to at least partially form a hollow enclosure. The fender assembly may also have at least one boss extending from the frame at least partially through the hollow enclosure, and at least one fastener configured to engage the at least one boss and press the upper and lower walls toward each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony M. Rund, Scott R. Miller, Craig N. Cotterman
  • Patent number: 8864204
    Abstract: A center panel assembly for a body of a vehicle includes a left cover, a right cover, a top cover, and a plurality of fasteners. The top cover is releasably attached to the left cover with at least a first one of the plurality of fasteners and is releasably attached to the right cover with at least a second one of the plurality of fasteners. The center panel assembly is configured for releasable attachment to a frame of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Michael Vincent Peterson
  • Patent number: 8864176
    Abstract: A mud flap lifter system wherein the rigid upper portion of a bi-fold mud flap is actuated to rotate and thereby raise upwardly the upper portion so as to draw upwards the rigid lower portion hinged to the upper portion. The upper portion rotates relative to the lower portion about a hinge line between the upper and lower edges of the lower and upper portions respectively. The upper and lower portions may be substantially planar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Inventor: Douglas A. Lasser
  • Patent number: 8844971
    Abstract: An inner fender that faces a wheel arch of a bumper face includes an undercut portion formed on a side of an inner peripheral wall, the side of the inner peripheral wall being an outer side with respect to a vehicle width direction. The undercut portion includes a lower side wall that radially inwardly recedes from the inner peripheral wall and is superposed with a lower end of the wheel arch of the bumper face, an upper side wall that radially outwardly protrudes from the inner peripheral wall and is disposed above the lower side wall so as to be continuous with the lower side wall, and a flange that extends outward in the vehicle width direction from a front end of the upper side wall and is secured to an inner portion of the bumper face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Hirofumi Tanaka, Satoru Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 8746782
    Abstract: A maintenance cover includes a pair of lateral turning support parts provided at right and left sides of a front edge part, and a central turning support part. The lateral turning support parts have opening parts that can be caught by hook parts with an L-shaped cross-section that are provided at a cover main body part. The central turning support part has a stopper that is engageable with an inner wall surface of a side wall part provided at the cover main body part. When the maintenance cover is slid backwardly, a sliding operation of the maintenance cover is stopped by the lateral turning support parts and the central turning support part, and the maintenance cover is rotated with the lateral turning support parts being as supporting points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Daisuke Naoi
  • Patent number: 8721139
    Abstract: A lighted bracket for a mud flap weight. The bracket includes a housing having at least one first aperture passing through it. The aperture is dimensioned and configured to attach the housing to a mud flap weight, and a light attached to the housing in a position such that illumination from the light passes through any openings in the mud flap weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Bryan D. Wilkerson
  • Patent number: 8696029
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a tire spray collecting assembly for a vehicle, such as a truck and/or trailer. The vehicle has a front end, a frame, a ground-engaging tire operatively connected to the frame, and a fender connected to the frame. The frame is spaced-apart from and partially extends about the tire. The assembly has an air diverter operatively connected to the frame. The air diverter is configured to capture moving air caused by forward motion of the vehicle and direct the air so captured towards the front end of the vehicle between the fender and the tire. Air so directed promotes re-direction of water spray from the tire towards the front end of the vehicle. The assembly has a collector connected to the fender and interposed between the fender and the tire. The collector is configured to capture said water spray so re-directed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventor: James Samuel Curtis
  • Patent number: 8668227
    Abstract: A debris barrier for a vehicle receiver hitch with a hitch interface (such as a ball mount or clevis hitch) installed thereon includes a cross-member having a length sufficient to extend between the rear tires of an ATV/UTV. One or more fenders and/or mudguards are removably and replaceably securable to the cross-member in various configurations, with the fenders extending upwardly and the mudguards extending downwardly. The cross-member with fenders and/or mudguards is securable to a ball mount drawbar forward of the hitch ball or clevis, leaving the hitch interface functional so that, e.g., a trailer may also be secured to the vehicle. The fenders/mudguards block debris propelled backwards by the tires and guide the debris downward. The heights and left/right positions of the fenders and/or mudguards on the cross-member are adjustable, as is the forward/rearward position of the cross-member on the drawbar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Northwoods Games LLC
    Inventors: Ben Peotter, Jon Peotter
  • Publication number: 20140062053
    Abstract: A reflective mud flap is disclosed. The reflective mud flap includes a front facing covered with reflective material and a rear facing covered with reflective material. A planar attachment tab extends from a top portion of the reflective mud flap, the planar attachment tab includes a pair of attachment apertures disposed on a top portion of the planar attachment tab. The pair of attachment apertures accommodate a pair of fasteners to couple the reflective mud flap to a vehicle. A process for the manufacture of a reflective mud flap includes obtaining a base mud flap, molding a plurality of reflective material into the base mud flap and producing a plurality of attachment apertures disposed on the base mud flap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventor: William Joseph Cerveny
  • Patent number: 8657048
    Abstract: A hydraulic excavator includes a lower travel body, an upper swiveling body, an exterior door, and a louver. The upper swiveling body has a swiveling platform and a frame with a lower end part of the frame being secured to the swiveling platform, the upper swiveling body being swivelably supported by the lower travel body. The exterior door has a curved part in which an opening is formed. The exterior door is openably/closably supported by the frame of the upper swiveling body. The louver blocks the opening in the exterior door in a closed state, and the louver is mounted in the frame of the upper swiveling body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventor: Masaaki Uetake
  • Patent number: 8651528
    Abstract: A vehicle splash guard comprises a base portion, a guard portion, a mounting portion, a mating portion and a flexible portion. The guard portion extends from the base portion. The mounting portion extends from the base portion and is configured to mount to a vehicle body structure. The mounting portion includes a mounting portion free edge. The mating portion is configured to abut the vehicle body structure. The mating portion includes a first mating portion free edge and a second mating portion free edge. The first mating portion free edge extends from the base portion to the mounting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Ashley Earl, Barugur S Balasundaramohan
  • Patent number: 8550514
    Abstract: A snow flap for a snowmobile functions as a removable snow shovel blade. The handle may be used as a pivot attachment for the blade to the snowmobile and may be alternatively attached to the blade in a different orientation for use as a shovel. Quick release attachment of the blade to the rear of the snowmobile permits ease of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Slydog, Inc.
    Inventor: Todd M. Huntimer
  • Publication number: 20130241188
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for producing a splash shield, in which method a base-portion raw material comprising a plastic, glass fibers, a compatibilizer and rubber is subjected to melt extrusion while at the same time injection molding is performed, and then, without removing the injection-molded article from the injection mold, the injection mold is rotated in the open state, and the injection-molded article is conveyed to a foaming mold and subsequently undergoes flame treatment and a polyurethane foam molding step. A single process in the production method is used for the procedure in which the materials are separately compounded and pelletized and the procedure in which the injection-molded article is molded.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: LG HAUSYS. LTD.
    Inventors: Yong-Hoon Yoon, Moo-Sun Kim, Kyu-Se Lee, Young-Min Kim, Byeong-Sang Mun, Sung-Woon Cha, Young-Ho Kim, Soo-Hyun Cho
  • Publication number: 20130221650
    Abstract: This is directed to systems, processes, machines, and other means that produce portable mud flaps for trucks. The invention can allow a user to easily install and remove truck mud flaps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventors: Nancy Wiltshire, Mokey David Wiltshire
  • Patent number: 8465058
    Abstract: The sprung mud flap device provides a sprung connection between a truck or trailer mount plate and a flap assembly. The device negates damages often incurred when a truck or trailer is backed into a berm or other obstacle and the mud flaps damaged by forces between the tires and the berm or obstacle. By allowing the flap to move, move downward, forward, or rearward, and to flex away from the mount plate fastened to a truck or trailer, the flap is not stressed, torn, or excessively worn. The device includes a rain shield. The rain shield includes a rearward angle. The mount plate includes a forward angle. The device includes a rearward angle on the rain shield. The device includes a u-channel as a part of the flap assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Inventor: Mario A. Herrera
  • Patent number: 8408570
    Abstract: A vehicle side fairing having a first fairing panel fixedly secured to the underside of a trailer box, and a second fairing panel slidable mounted to plural cylindrical bars mounted on the underside of the trailer box in a fore and aft orientation. The second fairing panel is secured to the wheel set with a mechanical fastener that selectively joins and releases the second fairing panel and the wheel set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Aerofficient LLC
    Inventors: Peter Heppel, Herbert Golding, Doug Memering, James Reiman, Daniel Peterson, William Bowman
  • Patent number: 8408601
    Abstract: A magnetic tire guard for picking up metal objects before they come in contact with a tire of a vehicle featuring a flap. A curved indentation is disposed at the intersection of the first side edge and the top edge of the flap. A plurality of mounting holes is disposed in the flap along the curved indentation, allowing for attachment of the flap to a wheel well of a vehicle. A magnet is disposed at the bottom edge of the flap. The magnet functions to attract metal objects. The magnet is attached to the flap via a magnet attachment means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Inventor: Ramon Miranda
  • Patent number: 8388003
    Abstract: A fender mounting assembly is provided for a vehicle steerable wheel. The fender mounting assembly includes a base mounted on the axle and a support pivotally coupled to the base about a pivot axis which is aligned with the kingpin axis. A bumper arm projects from the support. A stop support with a curved arm is fixable at different positions on the axle, and a stop member is fixable at different positions on the arm. The stop member is engagable with the bumper arm to limit pivoting of the fender. The base has a cylindrical pivot pin which is aligned with the kingpin axis. The support has a bearing housing which receives an annular bearing, and the annular bearing receives the pivot pin. A torsion spring is coupled between the base and the support. The fender mounting assembly allows the fender to rotate relative to the wheel. The fender pivot axis is coincident with the kingpin axis and includes stops which can be set in a range of positions to prevent unwanted fender rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Jason D. Wellman, Christopher A. Bering, Lee R. Rients
  • Patent number: 8317212
    Abstract: To provide a motorcycle having a rear fender that effectively prevents a rear wheel, for example, from splashing mud and may support a light stably in accordance with various embodiments. For example, a motorcycle is disclosed for an embodiment having a rear fender that covers a rear wheel, and lights supported by the rear fender. The rear fender includes a support portion that supports the lights, and a lower mudguard extending downward from the support portion, and a dented portion is formed on a surface thereof between the support portion and the lower mudguard to extend to one edge of the rear fender in a motorcycle width direction from the other edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuuta Kobayashi, Tetsuya Hanai
  • Patent number: 8287001
    Abstract: A releasing hanger for mud flaps for trucks includes a rotatable release bar supported on a support plate and having flap lugs for supporting a mud flap. A tension spring encircling the release bar cooperates with retaining pins mounted on the releasing bar to yieldingly hold the release bar in a rotatable position at which the flap legs extend outwardly from the support plate. Under a modified embodiment, the retaining pins are releasably held by a bracket having resilient legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Slip-Flap, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael C. Uhl, Albert L. Mackey
  • Publication number: 20120248734
    Abstract: A motorcycle has a rear fender configured for strength and rigidity when the rear fender is lifted upwardly, while minimizing mass thereof. The motorcycle includes main frame sections extending rearwardly from a head pipe, left and right pivot plates attached to rear ends of the main frame sections and extending downwardly, and a swing arm, having a front end supported on the pivot plates to be swingably movable thereon, and a rear end configured to support a rear wheel. The motorcycle also includes left and right seat rails for supporting a seat thereon, left and right reinforcing rods extending between the seat rails and the pivot plates, and a rear fender mounted on the seat rails above the rear wheel. The rear fender includes projecting portions supported at front end portions thereof by front mounting flanges, the projecting portions projecting forwardly and contacting the seat rails from above.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Satoshi MATSUSHIMA, Yusuke INOUE
  • Patent number: 8203076
    Abstract: To provide an electrical junction box having a novelty structure that may be detachably attached with a sufficient fixing force to a place where a bolt-fastening work may be in a difficult condition. An attaching projection may be provided with an abutting portion to be superimposed on a front surface of a vehicle body panel. An engagement projection protrudes from the abutting portion in a slanting position in a superimposing direction to the vehicle body panel. The engagement projection may be inserted into an attaching hole provided in the vehicle body panel so that the engagement projection may be engaged with a peripheral edge portion around the attaching hole at a rear surface of the vehicle body panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Shunsuke Mizukami
  • Patent number: 8191843
    Abstract: There is provided a mudguard mounting structure, superior in versatility and capable of reducing the number of steps for mounting. The present invention is a structure for mounting a mudguard on a rear bumper of a vehicle, in which a mounting member is used to mount the mudguard on the rear bumper, said mounting member comprising a clamping portion on one side thereof for clamping an end portion of the rear bumper, and a mounting portion on which the mudguard is mounted on an other side. The mounting member can be mounted on the rear bumper by allowing the clamping portion to clamp the aforementioned end portion, thereby reducing the number of parts and steps for mounting, and costs. Since the mounting member excels in versatility, costs can be further reduced. An engagement portion for engaging the rear bumper is provided on an inner surface of the clamping portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Access Corp.
    Inventors: Tatsuhiro Hagino, Daisuke Watanabe
  • Patent number: 8146949
    Abstract: Mud flap having a plurality of laterally spaced, vertically extending vanes defining a plurality of vertically extending channels on the front side of the flap for directing water and debris from a wheel in a downward direction toward the roadway and not to the rear or sides of the flap, and vertically extending slotted openings in the channels of a size permitting air to pass through the openings to the rear of the flap and preventing water and debris from doing so. In some embodiments, vertically extending deflectors are positioned to the rear of the slotted openings for directing any water and debris passing through the openings in a downward direction toward the roadway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Inventor: Tarun Natwarlal Surti
  • Patent number: 8141906
    Abstract: A saddle-type vehicle has an engine compartment protected from mud and water splash by wheel well shields and a centrally located underbody splash guard member, arranged to substantially block mud and water from splashing back toward an engine during operation of the vehicle. These splash guards are also configured to ensure a space for maintenance. The vehicle includes inner wheel well shields located respectively laterally inside of the front wheels, and an underbody splash guard member including first and second guard portions. The first guard portion provided on the underbody splash guard member is located laterally inside of the wheel well shields, and the second guard portion is located laterally inside of the first guard portion for covering a front portion of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tadashi Oshima, Kazuhito Hirai, Tetsuro Hosoda
  • Publication number: 20120007350
    Abstract: A pad of connected rubber body and metal plate and the method of manufacturing the same are disclosed. The rubber body is embedded with a metal plate whose rim is formed with through holes. The rubber body is formed with a recess at the embedding position of the metal plate, the recess having an embedding groove on the side. The through holes of the metal plate are in the embedding groove. The rubber body is formed with a positioning post for and going through each of the through holes. The rubber body and the metal plate are thus integrally connected while formation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Inventor: Ming-Ling WANG
  • Patent number: 8066304
    Abstract: A mud flap for land vehicles, comprising at least one drive element (4) cooperating with the mud flap (1) for pivoting thereof to a desired position around the vehicle wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Inventor: Memet Nevres Ulgen
  • Patent number: 8016308
    Abstract: A rear fender of a motorcycle includes a hollow stay portion which extends in the vehicle rearward and downward direction from a base portion thereof arranged in the inside of a rear portion of a seat rail, the stay portion is configured to be dividable, and lines for electric components are encased in a hollow portion of the stay portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuzuru Ishikawa, Gen Tanabe
  • Patent number: 8016307
    Abstract: A fender supporting structure of a two-wheeled motor vehicle capable of securing the rigidity of a mounting portion of a front fender and the rigidity of the entire front fender is provided, without enlarging the outer shape of the front fender more than necessary. In a fender supporting structure of a two-wheeled motor vehicle including a fender formed in an arc shape along the shape of a wheel, and a fender supporting member on which the fender is mounted from under the fender supporting member so as to cover an area above the wheel, at least two mounting surfaces at different levels in height are formed on the fender, at least two mounting surfaces at different levels in height are formed on the fender supporting member, and the fender is joined to the fender supporting member with these mounting surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Eiji Adachi, Yuichi Kato, Daisuke Soeno, Yuji Noguchi, Tomohiro Fuse, Kazuhito Hayashi
  • Patent number: 7967359
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method for deflecting mud from the foot area of an all terrain vehicle includes a substantially vertical barrier disposed adjacent to the foot area of the all terrain vehicle. The apparatus comprises a mud deflector stretched between a front fender and a rear fender. The apparatus may comprises a mud deflector configured from an elastomeric material stretched between a front fender and a rear fender and attached to the front and rear fenders by a plurality of attachment clips. In certain embodiments the apparatus may comprise a mud deflector configured from a rigid material attached to the front and rear fenders of the all terrain vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Inventor: Wayne A. Bowles
  • Patent number: 7931302
    Abstract: A mud flap mounting assembly for vehicles providing an elongate laterally extending central support beam defining a medial channel slidably carrying similar elongate mud flap extensions extendible from each opposing end to positions laterally outward of the vehicles' rear tires. The central support beam is secured to a ball mount receiving box beam extending rearwardly from the vehicle by two medial spacedly adjacent depending fastening arms carrying two vertically spaced fasteners extending therethrough above and below the receiving box beam. A mud flap mounting arm carrying a depending mud flap is fastened to the laterally outer end portion of each mud flap extension. A collar carried at the inner end portion of each mud flap mounting arm and having a releasable fastener positionally secures and maintains the mud flap extension and mud flap mounting arm to the central support beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Inventor: Joseph A. Vaughn
  • Patent number: 7909343
    Abstract: A mudflap assembly comprising a bracket for connection to a vehicle and a hanger extended therefrom. A mudflap is connected to one end of the hanger, while the bracket rotatable receives the other end and maintains the hanger in an initial resting position until the hanger is acted upon by a sufficient horizontal force. A bulge or detent on the bracket resists horizontal movement of the hanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Fontaine Spray Suppression Co.
    Inventors: David Archer, John W. Howard, Douglas L. Henson, Larry D. Birch
  • Patent number: D685306
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Fleet Engineers, Inc.
    Inventors: Wesley K. Eklund, Thomas Gerst, Gary Roberts, Walter Hill
  • Patent number: RE44755
    Abstract: Mud flap having a plurality of laterally spaced, vertically extending vanes defining a plurality of vertically extending channels on the front side of the flap for directing water and debris from a wheel in a downward direction toward the roadway and not to the rear or sides of the flap, and vertically extending slotted openings in the channels of a size permitting air to pass through the openings to the rear of the flap and preventing water and debris from doing so. In some embodiments, vertically extending deflectors are positioned to the rear of the slotted openings for directing any water and debris passing through the openings in a downward direction toward the roadway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventor: Tarun Natwarlal Surti