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Tips & Tricks for Battling Rust

Posted in How To: Body Chassis on May 1, 2012 Comment (0)
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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 to join in the ongoing rust battle debate.

Both high-performance and entry-level shock absorbers often fall victim to rust. Since your rig’s tires are constantly throwing around dirt and debris, your shocks often see accelerated wear, thus leaving the shocks more vulnerable to rust. An easy way to protect and clean your absorbers is by spraying them with WD-40. Using a Scotch-Brite pad with the WD is also helpful to remove corrosion buildup. Daystar also offers new polyurethane shock armor to protect against gravel rash.
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