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Old 01-19-2013, 10:37 AM
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I have a 2011 ram 1500 sport hemi. The truck is probably only 15 ,moths old and I know I live in New England but I am very anal about cleaning! The exhaust and driveshafts are like completely rusted! Is this really normal?
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Drive shaft [surface] rust has been the norm on all the vehicles I've owned before. Some showed a light coating and others were terrible where I got tired of looking so I painted them black. Not for protective purposes but rather cosmetic. My current Ram is showing signs now as I noticed it during a recent bath; right on 12months of ownership.

What exactly on your exhaust path is rusted? The muffler, pipes, Y-pipe, tips.... ?
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Pipes and muffler completely brown!
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What did you use to paint frame and driveshaft? Anything that lasts?
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What did you use to paint frame and driveshaft? Anything that lasts?
Excellent longevity, yes.

Be sure to wirebrush prep it first and a good wipedown for a solid adhering surface.

http://www.por15.com/

I'll throw this out there: there is a school of thought who claims that applying ANY type of paint to under-vehicle components/parts is NOT a good call. They claim that surface rust coating you see on underbody components actually acts like a protective barrier for the part in question, hence slowing down and avoiding any further oxidation.

I don't buy it.

So ask around and pursue your chosen route.

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Pipes and muffler completely brown!
You are speaking of the OEM exhaust with ALL OEM parts, correct?
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The surface of any exposed steel is going to oxidize. If your really want it to stop you might look into powdercoating...
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Correct. It's a full factory exhaust. Is the oem exhaust aluminum or stainless?
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Do you guys think painting the driveshafts will cause any issues?
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dude if ur really that worried bout a rusty drive shaft then get it dun right and have it powder coated
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