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I tryed the sprinkler method for the first time. I have not got under there and looked but based on all the mud and stuff on the driveway I can say it had to have done a good job.

I used a fan type sprinkler that makes like a rainbow makes a wide arch or water and goes back and forth.
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Nothing beats the pressure washer. Dont set it too high or you will lose the paint on your fenders. There are places that you need to address where mud just sits retains moisture and will cause rust. Get up behind your bumpers, gap covers & inner fenders, frame rails, hitch, and everyother nook and cranny. Even after numerous car washs you will find mud. Have fun.
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I have been taking it to a drive thru car wash and buying the car wash that includes the "chassis bath". Get this, this is funny, one or two time they told me I could not take my truck thru the car wash, they said it was too muddy. Thats when I know I had a good time. LOL
Haha totally been there before! You know it's really bad when they tell you that AFTER you power wash it for 15 minutes!

Anyways, when I clean it up myself, I just get a snorkel mask and the hose and just lay down underneath the truck and go to town. Sometimes I use a screwdriver or something to poke out the hard to reach places and clean everything else with the hose and my fingers.
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wear googles when you do it, noboody likes mud and shiz in their eyes ad face.. a pressure washer is a good investment too
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When i go 4 wheeling, i like to go to the car wash and spray under the truck, im not too worried about getting it all off the paint and stuff because that can wait, or else on a hot day like today when its all dry, i get under there with a screw driver and pop it all off since its dry....I like to take my truck in the mud, but i am cautious of branches and scratches :x

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mud on paint it bad
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Hey I thought I might also add to this, every time I had ever been off-road I always took it to the car wash, this last time I didn't right away. I broke the front differental seal where the front diff meets the front driveshaft. I think it was related to not washing it right away, my friend Phil (master ford tech) said I had all kinds of dirt and mudd and sand in it. "It was like sand paper on the back of the seal"

My advise spray that out good each time.
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yup, leaving mud on ur truck is terrible. it'll destroy seals, bearings, paint and it'll weight ur rig down more then u think.
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Haha totally been there before! You know it's really bad when they tell you that AFTER you power wash it for 15 minutes!

Anyways, when I clean it up myself, I just get a snorkel mask and the hose and just lay down underneath the truck and go to town. Sometimes I use a screwdriver or something to poke out the hard to reach places and clean everything else with the hose and my fingers.

thats what i do(broke at least 2 screw drivers doing it too). it takes awhile, but removing it by hand you make sure you can get just about everything.

be prepared to clean the undercarage allll day. the last time i went, it took about 5 hours just to clean under the truck!
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i've used a snow scraper for the wheel wells before. And don't shovel all of the mud into a garbage can, had to use the forklift to take it to the dumpster.



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Hey I thought I might also add to this, every time I had ever been off-road I always took it to the car wash, this last time I didn't right away. I broke the front differental seal where the front diff meets the front driveshaft. I think it was related to not washing it right away, my friend Phil (master ford tech) said I had all kinds of dirt and mudd and sand in it. "It was like sand paper on the back of the seal"

My advise spray that out good each time.

How did you find out it was bad? I took mine to ford because there is some black stuff around it i thought it was leaking and they said it was fine...Its not dripping or anything, but i thought the seal was bad, but i do normally spray my truck off...i dont do massive 4 wheeling like most people, like through rivers and stuff, just small stuff, so i dont cover my truck in mud, but it still gets under there and on the paint....

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im the same way, i dont do anything major, just enough to where i can see some mud flinging around
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You can try all you want but there's still going to be mud underneath! I just washed my truck today after a month of it having mud caked on it because I tend to go play in the mud or wheel 2-4 times a week after work since its easy access here.

Only thing I can say is pressure washer and time.
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i know this sounds stupid but i have used a sponge/rag on a stick to push some mud off and then power wash the rest, but that is only good on parts that you can see.
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1. underbody sprayer at drive thru car wash
2. pressure washer
3. Ajax/hot water/hard bristle brush on underbody components
4. pressure washer again
5. after it's dry, some kind of tire dressing on a rag to bring the black back underneath and to the wheel wells

this requires that you get as dirty and tired as the truck. And #5 is a waste of time if you wheel constantly..

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WD-40 works great too since the name is water displacement that what the WD stands for. put it on your frame b4 you go wheeling it will help alot
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I just use a garden hose and sit outside for an hour spraying the underbody of the truck, works but is time consumming usually gets everything out from underneath, if not I get the rest out on the next wash which is like once a week.
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i just use a garden hose set on high works pretty well
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2 ramps, powerwasher, and a creeper and just go to town.... it sucks, but its kinda rewarding seeing a ton of mud in the driveway.... then it sucks cause that has to be cleaned off....

im gonna try the wd40 trick next time
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Bringing this back from 05? Nice.
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1. put a sprinkler under the truck
b. use the power wash and keep at it from the sides
III. go to a drive through car wash and pay for under body wash


most of all - keep wheeling
people with a 4x4 that don't take them out to get muddy are real wussies....
step 1
step b
step III....lol good thing you dont type instruction manuals for a living.lol
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well how i do it..
i found this badass carwash, that as you drive in, it blasts the underbody of the truck with high pressure washers
that usually gets rid of most everything, but even then, i like to take a power washer to the bottom when i can
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well how i do it..
i found this badass carwash, that as you drive in, it blasts the underbody of the truck with high pressure washers
that usually gets rid of most everything, but even then, i like to take a power washer to the bottom when i can
yup i found one of those too. the cool thing about it is i'll creep forward and in reverse several times while it's spraying and it'll stay on for longer. If you just pull all the way forward, it'll motion sense when you're not directly over it anymore and will turn the sprayer off prematurely.
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i agree to tell the truth im tired of al these trucks with euro lights and all these fancy mods that dont do anything
in the words of Jimmeh, "what are you, the DD police now?"

there are plenty of people with lowered trucks that may not off road but still haul **** with em
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I'd use a firehose if you can get ahold of one. I used to clean our backhoe and front end loader with a firehose we had in the garage. Does wonders, just had to regrease everything after hose.
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