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Old 02-17-2012, 04:26 PM
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wtf is that second to last pic above?
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Pearl207, Either purchase a surgical mask and crawl under it or purchase a surgical mask, purchase a set of $30 ramps from an automotive store and then craw under it.

RAMTX, I work part time at a Dodge Dealership as a nighttime security guard. I've looked under their trucks on the truck lot and observed that all of their trucks are rusted in the same places as your photos. I want to paint all of these areas but I am not sure how the chemicals in the paint will effect the linkage pivot points on the drive shaft. As far as the insert rod on the drive shaft to the rear axle, a simple paper and tape off job would suffice. Make sure to use engine paint engine paint if its going to be near anything that get's insanely hot.

I don't understand the rust thing that Dodge has going on with their trucks and to be honest, it is somewhat disapointing. However, when I get a combination of free time, warmer weather, no rain, and no wind, and hopefully before the Texas oven heats-up, I'm going to spray paint the hell out of the bottom of my truck and I'll do my best to post it step-by-step.
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snrusnak, come on!!! Are you freaking kidding me?!!! Everybody knows what that is! It's that thing that the designers put their while laughing, wondering how may people are going to ask "WTF...?"

It's also that thing that everybody wants to know "WTF...?" but was waiting on someone else to ask "WTF...". You are our hero. I've wondered the thing.
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I agree with you RAMINATOR. From '94 - '97, I was station in Norfolk, Va. Salty air, road salt, hurricanes, & snow. One can of Rustolium flat black on dry metal sealed out all water and air. I sold that truck in 2005, with no rust visible where I had used one can of paint 10 years earlier. Also, I read an article and my Lockeed Martin machinist father in law told me the same thing and that is when installing after market parts that require the use of bolts and nuts, try to avoid carbonized steel nuts and bolts unless they will be touching other carbonized metals. I cannot remember exactly which metal is was (hopefully someone will pipe-in with the answer) but carbonized metals are caustic to other metals as long as they are in contact. If someone knows the answer please jump in.
I believe you are referring to GALVANIZED parts, not carbonized. Galvanized parts lead to galvanic corrosion when they come into contact with any part that functions as an anode or cathode and results in an ion exchange (hence corrison). If you're going to be putting any bolts on your truck look for Grade 8 (standard) or Class 12 (metric) coated in a Yellow Zinc, as this is the most durable electro-plated coating and will do well in terms of strength and durability.

Also, Rust-Oleum manufactures a few paints that actually stop rust instead of preventing it. They cause a chemical reaction with the corrosion to stop it and strengthen it.

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wtf is that second to last pic above?
I have wondered what this part is for the longest time. It has been on all of my trucks and I figured it was something they used in the factory as a bumper or hanger or something.
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And wbowyer saves future Ram owners from further issues!!!! WTG and thanks for the input!!!!

pearl207, seal out the air and water and you've effectively stopped the rust. I did not sand off my rust when I did it. But it was flaking either.
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Now you all REALLY caught my curiosity...what the heck is that dead weight under the truck!?
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Talked to a mechanic of 35 years today, that works on Pete's and heavy duty pickups for a oil field company. He told me not to spray anything on the undercarriage parts. Said that it will most likely cause more harm than good. Said he has never seen rust do any harm to driveshafts or anything except Mufflers. Said that mufflers are made so thin that they will all rust over time. Thats what he told me, ?????
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What if the rust hurts my eyes to look at it?
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What if the rust hurts my eyes to look at it?
Stop crawling under your truck to stare at it?
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