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Old 03-13-2013, 06:26 PM   #1
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Mud on the Jeep

A co-worker saw the caked up, dried mud on my Jeep told me I should wash it.....my answer, "Why?"

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Old 03-13-2013, 06:33 PM   #2
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I totally agree with you, why wash it just so you can go get dirty all over again!
Even though I use mine as a DD most of the year I hardly ever wash it, I might get the vacume out and get rid of a couple of pounds of dirt from the inside but hey you do what you gotta do.

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Kind of depends on where the mud came from. Some areas in SoCal have a lot of alkaline and/or salt in the soil so after wheeling in those areas it is a good ideal to clean the vehicle.
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Kind of depends on where the mud came from. Some areas in SoCal have a lot of alkaline and/or salt in the soil so after wheeling in those areas it is a good ideal to clean the vehicle.
Goes without saying. Like Saltdale Lake (dry) off of Garlock road, man that stuff can eat through anything in no time flat!
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Old 03-13-2013, 07:16 PM   #5
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Naw sorry. I'm one of those who comes off the trail and has it at the carwash the next day. I like a purdy jeep.
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Old 03-13-2013, 07:20 PM   #6
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Naw sorry. I'm one of those who comes off the trail and has it at the carwash the next day. I like a purdy jeep.
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Old 03-13-2013, 07:25 PM   #7
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A co-worker saw the caked up, dried mud on my Jeep told me I should wash it.....my answer, "Why?"
I used to be the same, but I kept getting dirt all over my uniform/clothes climbing in and out of my tj as it's my DD.
nothing looks sexier than a muddy jeep, but now it's too the point where I avoid the mud to avoid the hassle of a car wash!
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I can tell you why

Mud is composed of water, and dirt. Mud dries on your Jeep, here is what's happening-

the mud on the outside is dry, the mud against your paint is not, the dirt in the mud is an abrasive, scratching it's way in to your paint, the water in the mud, is a corrosive, waiting to get at all the yummy metal under your paint.

So, the longer you leave mud on your Jeep, the more little pin-holes it'll make in your paint, then the paint will corrode, chip, and flake. Oh, and your Jeep will rust out and look like an old beater.

So, while you think a mud covered Jeep looks all awesome, how awesome will it look when the paint goes to shit and the floor boards and wheel-wells collapse?

And that, is why.
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any of you guys have the same prob as me.... i have little rust dots (mostly on the doors) because of the dirt that stays on the paint for awhile ? I can scratch most of them off but it takes a while. any good wax or products to save my paint or should i just wash it off everytime after mudding... (even if im proud of a dirty jeep) haha
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any of you guys have the same prob as me.... i have little rust dots (mostly on the doors) because of the dirt that stays on the paint for awhile ? I can scratch most of them off but it takes a while. any good wax or products to save my paint or should i just wash it off everytime after mudding... (even if im proud of a dirty jeep) haha
Yup wash mine after every run too ....1 day is all I can handle even bought a power washer . So I power wash all the mud and dirt off then let somebody else do the scrubbing and drying !!
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Old 03-14-2013, 07:41 AM   #11
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I leave it on and take the Jeep to work on Monday so all the couch potatoes and those poor saps that have been and had to go hold their wife's purse at the mall over the weekend can feel envious.
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Naw sorry. I'm one of those who comes off the trail and has it at the carwash the next day. I like a purdy jeep.
No problem man, you have a newer Jeep that looks great so keeping that way makes sence. Me, I have an old POS (as my wife calls it) that I don't care if it has mud or dirt on it.

Funny thing, when I bought it a year ago it was to see if I would like 4 wheeling after comming off of my dual sport motorcycle and it was inexpensive. Man if I knew just how much fun this is I would have spent more time looking for something a little newer and a little more equiped, you know, a complete top, AC, and a auto tranny!

Live and learn huh. Now lets go wheeling!
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Jeff my first jeep was a 92 YJ with a 2.5 I loved that thing. Only reason I got the rubi is because it was one of those deals you can't pass on. I still think a 2.5 YJ built right would spank my rubi in the rocks.
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I do have to say it does surprise a few people that I can go everywhere they go in their bigger rigs and is basically stock. Man it is just so much fun I can't wait for the weekends to come!
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Jeff my first jeep was a 92 YJ with a 2.5 I loved that thing. Only reason I got the rubi is because it was one of those deals you can't pass on. I still think a 2.5 YJ built right would spank my rubi in the rocks.
Not doubting you Bob, because I see what Lorie does with hers with the set up she has in it now and I am sometimes amazed at what she accomplishes with her 4 cylinders. I look forward to her getting her new TC in it and seeing the difference in it's abilities.

I know it's not about power, it's more, is not all about gearing. But why would you think a well equipped 2.5 YJ do better that your Rubi?

You peeked my curiosity. What is it about them that makes you think that?
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I'll take a shot at it bernie. The 2.5 is 300 pounds lighter right on the nose of the jeep. The YJ chassis is lighter. Remember I said a set up yj against MY rubi. My plan for my YJ was some good D44 axles with 5.13 gears, a Advanced adapters Atlas 4 speed with the 2.73, a 4.3 and 11.7 low ratios and a Novak SM420 conversion with a 7.02 low. Keep it all light and put on the Waggy springs with a shackle reversal and boomerangs in the back. That would give me a slight stretch and plenty of flex. That was the basic idea. I think it would be a little rock monster.
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I'll take a shot at it bernie. The 2.5 is 300 pounds lighter right on the nose of the jeep. The YJ chassis is lighter. Remember I said a set up yj against MY rubi. My plan for my YJ was some good D44 axles with 5.13 gears, a Advanced adapters Atlas 4 speed with the 2.73, a 4.3 and 11.7 low ratios and a Novak SM420 conversion with a 7.02 low. Keep it all light and put on the Waggy springs with a shackle reversal and boomerangs in the back. That would give me a slight stretch and plenty of flex. That was the basic idea. I think it would be a little rock monster.
Well thanks Bob, that is good info. The starting price difference between a Rubi and a YJ can't hurt either. Someday I would like to build me a nice rock crawler.
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Thats what i'm trying to do with my 04... Wow talk about a hi jack. Sorry.
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I'll take a shot at it bernie. The 2.5 is 300 pounds lighter right on the nose of the jeep. The YJ chassis is lighter. Remember I said a set up yj against MY rubi. My plan for my YJ was some good D44 axles with 5.13 gears, a Advanced adapters Atlas 4 speed with the 2.73, a 4.3 and 11.7 low ratios and a Novak SM420 conversion with a 7.02 low. Keep it all light and put on the Waggy springs with a shackle reversal and boomerangs in the back. That would give me a slight stretch and plenty of flex. That was the basic idea. I think it would be a little rock monster.
And add to that a spring over, adjustable purches and some good shock location ....

U'll have over 6" of stretch and 8/10" of drop and lift....takes a lot of $$$$the to get that out of a Rubi....

I don't worry about mud....my Yj is a hose and go..
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And add to that a spring over, adjustable purches and some good shock location ....

U'll have over 6" of stretch and 8/10" of drop and lift....takes a lot of $$$$the to get that out of a Rubi....

I don't worry about mud....my Yj is a hose and go..
Oops..I ment to say drop & up travel ....
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