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Damage your truck by mudding

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by acmair, Jun 18, 2010.

  1. Jun 18, 2010 at 12:13 PM
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    acmair

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    Is it possible to damage your truck by mudding? As in, the internal components, or anything like that, or does it just get dirty?

    Also, does leaving the dirt cause any damage?

    Sorry for the noob question
     
  2. Jun 18, 2010 at 12:14 PM
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    Depending on the type of mud- It can leak back down thru vents and breather valves. It can also expose problems (like frayed wires, loose connections, etc) faster as water/mud leaks into them.

    As far as mud damaging the paint- Yup. Depends on the type of mud, how well you wax/care for your truck before hand, and lots of other variables.
     
  4. Jun 18, 2010 at 12:19 PM
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    Mondwa

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    yes if water gets to high you can hydro lock your engine,
    also i am sure if you leave mud on any of bushings and steering componets could dry rot
     
  5. Jun 18, 2010 at 12:23 PM
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    I've got some jacked up pulley's right now
     
  6. Jun 18, 2010 at 12:27 PM
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    GotLift37

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    I always say no



    to mud that is. Unless its a few small puddles or so. Mud pits are not my cup of tea. Trail rides with obstacles like mud "puddles" rocks and tree are a normal ride around here.
     
  7. Jun 18, 2010 at 2:05 PM
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    tigerfan00

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    it will eat seals, bearings, and alternators very quickly
     
  8. Jun 18, 2010 at 2:14 PM
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    Getting it "dirty" is the least damaging thing it does to your truck.
    Worth it?
    Thats up to you.
     
  9. Aug 22, 2013 at 10:27 PM
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    I fried my alternator when mudding once.
     
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    They say a picture is worth 1000 words. Mud can fuck shit up if you bury yourself up to your frame religiously. If play in the mud once and awhile and clean the undercarriage especially your output seals/pulleys/bearings mud will have minimal time to tear apart everything...

    This is the outside of the ADD shaft on my old front diff. It had about a half inch of play.
    [​IMG]

    This is the inside end of that long connector shaft housing. Mud worked it way down and smoked this as well.
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    Why was my frame 2x to heavy;)
    [​IMG]

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  11. Aug 27, 2013 at 7:38 PM
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    Just don't be an idiot doing it. Cut doughnuts in a muddy field if you're scared.
     
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    :confused::confused: what is that, and what is inside it? (I know this is a mudding thread but that doesn't look like mud at all.
     
  13. Aug 27, 2013 at 7:41 PM
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    Looks like his frame filled with mud.
     
  14. Aug 27, 2013 at 7:44 PM
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    Compact mud the funny texture is from the torch getting it warm.
     
  15. Aug 27, 2013 at 7:45 PM
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    Looks to me like accumulated impacted dirt.
     
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  16. Aug 27, 2013 at 7:46 PM
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    Wut.
     
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    ^the way you can tell it was in the frame before the cut the area where the torch chopped it apart is clean. Had it impacted the ground enough to fill the frame it would be dirty
     
  18. Sep 11, 2013 at 6:00 PM
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    Mud caused me to have to replace one of my idler pulleys. Apparently they aren't sealed so muddy water can get in em and make them whine... and fail.

    Some types, like super fine silt can get all up in gaskets and such. I tend to avoid super silty areas.

    When I do get it muddy, I try to pressure wash it within a week or so. Paint, undercarriage, engine bay, everything but the interior.

    Mudding can cause you to hit unseen/buried obsticals... or slide into them. Depending on where you are at....

    As with any off roading, if you are going to do it, be prepared to break shit eventually!
     
  19. Sep 11, 2013 at 10:03 PM
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    I've read that pressure washing can backfire on you because it pushes dirt deep down into seals where it wouldn't have gone.
     
  20. Sep 11, 2013 at 11:49 PM
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    Probably does have some adverse affects. Gotta get the mud off somehow though and when a garden hose isnt cutting its.
     
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