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Wheel Well protection

Postby TriumphGuy [OP] » Mar 21 2011, 3:23am

I just bought myself an 04 Silverado. Being that I'm right in the middle of the salt belt, the first order of business is to go about getting the exterior as rust proofed as possible. Step #1 is likely to be a trip to a Zeibart, followed by a garden sprayer full of hydraulic fluid (I tried vegetable oil mixed with crisco once, smelled like I was driving a McDonalds around for three months) after everything settles in. In the meantime, does anyone know if there's any kind of insert that goes inside of the wheel wells to keep crud from slinging all over the inside of the bed? My Colorado has them, so I assume there must be something available for a half ton.
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Re: Wheel Well protection

Postby WingNut » Mar 21 2011, 4:22am

I think you have to go aftermarket for that year. I've got the same year and I'm just going to do a rattle can of truck undercoating. You can also PM Z15 (aka Mike). He's an Amsoil vendor and he's got a couple of products right up your alley.

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Re: Wheel Well protection

Postby TriumphGuy [OP] » Mar 22 2011, 12:02am

Car is the closest guess, I've got a Triumph motorcycle. I spent half of the afternoon today looking for wheel well liners. A few posts here and there about trying to fit a set from a suburban, but couldn't find a solid answer. I'm about ready to cut up an old tire and find a way to hitch it up under there.
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Re: Wheel Well protection

Postby WingNut » Mar 22 2011, 4:47am

Before you get too desparate, go see what NAPA has on the shelf. The spray-on stuff is not too messy at all. I did the whole interior of the boot in an old BMW of mine once and it looked great. You won't be able to tell the difference between spray-on and a liner unless you get up close.
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Re: Wheel Well protection

Postby racer37 » Mar 22 2011, 12:45pm

3M makes 2 awesome spray can Undercoatings. One rubberized and one none rubberized. I used he rubberized in the front wheel wells and the non rubberized on the rear and frame and it looks great and seems to be holding up awesome in this Wisconsin weather.
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Re: Wheel Well protection

Postby TriumphGuy [OP] » Mar 22 2011, 2:56pm

My big concern is the salt and mud that gets slung up inside of the bed farther back. I'm going to brainstorm on it a bit and see what I can come up with. Project #1 is going to be replacing the stepper motors in the instrument cluster. My tach got stuck at 6k RPM yesterday and drops down to about 4k when the engine is off. My research tells me that crappy motors are the culprit. Too bad I'm 13000 miles and 7 years past that extended warranty period on them.
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