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  1. #1
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    Cleaning & Maintenance

    How are you guys cleaning your trucks? Would it be okay just spraying it down with the hose with the electronics still installed? If I did spray it down with the hose, what would I need to re-lube to keep everything smooth? Is it possible to get sand/dust into your shocks?
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    I have been using a hose on a gentle setting for a while and it seems to be working well. I only do so right after I run it though, when the dirt is still wet and ready to come off easily. I then bring the truck inside and use a hair dryer for a while as I get as much of the water off the truck as possible. Even with that though, I am still getting a tiny bit of rust on the balls that hold up the wheel axle supports. A thin coating of WD-40 is probably a good idea. I have not had any problems with my drivetrain however, it still is running really smoothly, better than any other drivetrain I have owned in my other trucks. I would just recommend you take off the spur gear cover every so often and clean out you pinion and spur gears.
    Oh, and by the way, you should not be getting sand in the shocks. If sand can get in, then the shock oil is probably long gone and the shocks need to be rebuilt anyway.

    Hope that helps.
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    Air compresser... Hosing you truck down after very run will eventually rust it away.
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    Not if you hit it with WD40
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    WD40 will ruin the plastics after a while. Any rubber will over time be eaten away. Just air compress it.

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    i use the air compressor

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    I've never seen wd40 ruin plastic.....
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    myself i hit it with the garden hose then the air compressor...looks like new and no rust.
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    Took a look at the wd40 website..alot of good info,Qoute below

    What surfaces or materials are OK to use WD-40 on?
    WD-40 can be used on just about everything. It is safe for metal, rubber, wood and plastic. WD-40 can be applied to painted metal surfaces without harming the paint....
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    I use a little windex or simple green and then rise it off with bottles of water then hit it with the air compressor till it is completely dry.
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    For those who uses air compressors, if you have drived in sand you will blow sand into the ball bearings.
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    I know for a fact WD 40 is your friend... no probs with it....

    I just Simple green her if its bad.. compressor, then a light squirt of WD 40 then blow her off again....

    looks like new!!!

    Its how I do the Summit too...
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    WD 40 will also help to keep future dirt from sticking on bad.
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    I appreciate all the help guys. Should be able to get her clean between all the advice you guys gave.
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