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Old 01-18-2006
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Under Truck Clean

I was under the truck today pulling wires, and noticed that the underneath is really dirty. Mud, oil, you name it. Despite the undercar wash at the local pay n spray, it's still pretty bad. Can I lift the truck and pressure wash the underneath without having to worry about tearing a fuel line or something like that?
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you should be ok... i cant think of anything that would be easily breakable that ford would put on the underside of a truck... most people here use sprinlker to clean it and just let it sit there for like 30 mins...
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id spray some degreaser under and it it with a pressure washer and then it it with degreaser again and put a sprinkler under neath it.
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hey, that sprinkler is a good idea... but I need something with a little more pressure and degreaser in it that can spray into hard to reach places. I've been to the carwash countless times and there's still mud packed underneathe from the last time I took it offroading (July)
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haha just wait until summer so you dont have to worry abou getting wet while your under there....and then you can get a couple cans of undercoating, and spray it on there to clean it up more....

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I took boxliner spray to my leafsprings, and parts you can see from the outside. They we're pretty rusty, but look good now. I was planning on coating alot of the bottom for protection once it was really cleaned up
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i just spent the last 2 night cleanin under it and its not even 10% done..lol..

i took the front tires off..cleaned EVERYTHIN i could get my hands on..then wiped out hte plastic wheel well and spray painted it black..got me a brillo pad and cleaned the frame and painted that black..

tonight i got a wire wheel and started..got tired and quit this weekend ill put it on the lifts and steam clean under it with a pressure washer then paint black..then the most important thing..

STAY OUT OF THE MUD
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mud is just too tempting though, isn't it?
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Yes it is very tempting, haha....what i normally do if its cold out, i pull it in my garage and go under it with a screw driver, and pop all the old dry mud off, it makes spraying it off 10x easier so its not shooting in your face.....This spring im going to be sanding the frame and reapplying the undercoating...but i might try and use spray on bed liner...the undercoating didnt look soo great after awhile...and if oyu dont sand it before applying it ends up hurting you more then helping because your sealing all the rust in...

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One of my mechanically inclined friends at the firehouse created the ultimate underbody wash. Forget the sprinker! Piece of 3" iron pipe about 10' long with holes drilled in it similar to a garden sprinker... except the holes are a lot bigger. There are braces at each end to keep it from rolling away. One end of the iron pipe is capped. The other end has an 1 3/4" hose fitting... yes, I said inch and three-quarter. A garden hose is 1/2". Then you take a 50' piece of 1 3/4" attack hose and connect to a big red fire truck with 3,000 gallons of water and a 1500GPM pump.

Steps to wash truck:
1) Drop transfer case into pump-drive
2) Open tank-to-pump valve
3) Open Discharge connected to custom underbody wash bar
4) Throttle up to 80 PSI
5) Drive truck slowly over the high-pressure monsoon coming from the pipe.
6) Look at nice clean underbody.
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^^lmao nice

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^^lmao nice

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agreed :)
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hmm...i have a fire hose connector at my work for the zamboni's.
Only about a 1 inch hose, but its got the power behind it...im going to have to try that out.
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i take my truck to the local dealer where my friend works and they have an amazing car wash there and i run my truck in there 2 times and bye bye mud and stuff they have lil things on the ground that shoot up and spin water all over its kinda fun
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I should put my old useless wheels back on and head down to the river.. To a brake stand when the wheels are half submerged and really get some water up in there. and if one wheel just happens to pop on a rock or something, I'll put the spare on and keep going
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hmmm maybe, but having yer truck taking a bath isn't the best idea. then you have to worry about bearings, rear end and any other greased parts getn full of water...not cool
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Rhino!!

Rhino it! Its also easier if ya soak the mud underneath real well first without trying to spray it off. The water soaked into it makes it so much easier to spray it off when you come back around.

That oil resistant deal sounds like a really good idea too.
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get a chap pressure washer wand and bend it upwards and use that with a wide spray it works awsome
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I havent tryed this on mud but i have put pam cooking spray on wheals to keep the brake dut from sticking to them it might help with mud but i dont know.
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