If you live anywhere other than the dry and sunny Southwest then you know how much of a pain rust can be. Rust is that silent assassin that works night and day, chomping away at all of your exposed metal components. With nothing more than a little iron, oxygen, and water, rust can age even the most modern and well-built rigs in virtually no time at all. But there is a way to fight back and protect your 4x4.
While many late-model rigs are equipped with extremely durable undercoatings and composite materials to better protect the framerails and body, there are still plenty of vulnerable areas. Fighting rust before it becomes an issue is always best. Spray lubricants, routine maintenance, and aftermarket components are just some of the ways to keep your 4x4 from falling apart. Compiled here are some of the tips and tricks we’ve learned over the years to combat rust. If you have some rustproof ideas of your own, go to our forums at www.4wheeloffroad.com to join in the ongoing rust battle debate.