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Old 04-13-2014, 09:57 PM   #1
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mud in stock jk rims! Help!!

So im having a problem, after i go mudding a little, the stock alloy rims get a lot of mud on the inside (around the break disk) and once i hit the highway the tires are so unbalanced that it shakes to the point where u can loose control... I clean then and scrap all the mud i can off but it still has vibrations in the steering wheel. Is this a common problem? Or am i doing something wrong

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Old 04-13-2014, 10:13 PM   #2
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It is not uncommon in sticky clay like mud. IThe clean up job would no different if you were trekking through it in boots.

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Ya, it is practically clay.. But would steel rims do better? Because the alloy rim is designed in a way that it allows nothing to simply wash out
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Old 04-13-2014, 10:50 PM   #4
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And by steel wheels im talkin those cheap ones people often have on winter tires
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Do you have onboard air? You could rig a small power washer to it.

Are you waiting until it crusts on or removing as soon as your get close to the road?
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I think interco birddogs are designed to shed mud
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Do you have onboard air? You could rig a small power washer to it.

Are you waiting until it crusts on or removing as soon as your get close to the road?
I just removed the most i could when i got to the roads
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I think interco birddogs are designed to shed mud
But they are way out of a high schoolers budget
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Old 04-14-2014, 07:20 AM   #9
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Are you saying that there are pockets on the backside of the wheel that is allowing the mud to collect? If so, get some of that aerosol "Great Stuff" foam in a can. You should be able to fill the pockets, trim flush with the back of the rim so it doesn't interfere with calipers, etc., and it should be light enough to not mess with the balance. Worth a try. If it doesn't work, just remove the foam and you're only out the $6 bucks or so for the can.

Even a high school budget can weather that.
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Are you saying that there are pockets on the backside of the wheel that is allowing the mud to collect? If so, get some of that aerosol "Great Stuff" foam in a can. You should be able to fill the pockets, trim flush with the back of the rim so it doesn't interfere with calipers, etc., and it should be light enough to not mess with the balance. Worth a try. If it doesn't work, just remove the foam and you're only out the $6 bucks or so for the can.

Even a high school budget can weather that.
I like that idea, i will give it a try
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Old 04-14-2014, 12:26 PM   #11
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go to a car wash and clean the mud out of your rims....
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go to a car wash and clean the mud out of your rims....
Ya i did that... Doesnt change the fact that the pressure washer there does not have the pressure to get nearly all of it off
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Balance your tires with BBs. They will help compensate for any mud you cant get out
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Ya i did that... Doesnt change the fact that the pressure washer there does not have the pressure to get nearly all of it off
maybe you knocked a weight off .....have the tire balance checked. Sometimes I have to spray both sides of the tires to get the mud off....this may mean you crawls under it and spray it.

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And by steel wheels im talkin those cheap ones people often have on winter tires
The stock Steelies are worse. There is an indentation on the edge that collects mud worse than stock alloys. Spray it down with WD40 before going out. Depending on how long the trip is that will help make it easier to wash off
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K, i got some good info here, and im getting some new rubber in the next few weeks which will improve mud performance, so i wanted to get this problem solved now, i will try out some stuff i got here
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spend the time cleaning it completely. That means climbing under the jeep on your back with a scraper and a hose.
Option #2
Stay out of the mud.
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spend the time cleaning it completely. That means climbing under the jeep on your back with a scraper and a hose.
Option #2
Stay out of the mud.
I like option #1 much more
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always a good idea to know where the nearest do-it-yourself car wash is... if you're going out in the mud. the best thing you can do for your rig after your done is powerwash it.

mud on the wheels, as you experienced will give you some wobble. that wobble will wear your steering components quickly. mud is also an insulator. so your engine stays hotter, longer. and if you stuck the front end in a mud hole, no telling what your radiator looks like.

0.02 - find a car wash, spend $5 or $10 and the time it takes to get the mud out of the bad places...

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