Mine ('07 990) was split at the lower bolts for years with no problems.
Then I found out how surprisingly cheap the mudguard is...like under $20 IIRC.....
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"got no problem with keeping truly roadless areas as wild....
On the other hand, if it has been logged or mined and roads already exist,,
...then that land should be open for public use" (peterman)