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I see a lot of not so old Rams around town with rust at the top of the rear wheel well. Who has rust and how old is your truck?
 

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They fixed it with the 4th gen's. You are safe, except for the chrome bumpers.
 

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My drive shaft looks like CRAP! does that count....
 

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No, I am referring to body rot.

And lets be honest...how often do you look, I mean REALLY look at your driveshaft? Its steel, its gonna rust the first time it rains. Your rotors are probably rusty too...just sayin' LOL.
 

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No, I am referring to body rot.

And lets be honest...how often do you look, I mean REALLY look at your driveshaft? Its steel, its gonna rust the first time it rains. Your rotors are probably rusty too...just sayin' LOL.
I look quite a bit and when my lift goes on you will see it to! Funny my drive shaft (Aluminum) from the factory on my Lightning looks brand new. And nope my rotors ain't rusty....just sayin'..LOL
 

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The drive shaft in my 02 Ram is aluminum and looks brand new. Now the shaft in my 05 is steel and looks like it sat in a cow pasture for the last 50 years.
 

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mine isnt what I would call old but it has the infamous dodge double layered body work on the rear fenders and started to rust. How did they figure they could do this and nothing would happen, when I fixed it there was enough sand in between both layers to build a sand box. Undercoating it may have helped but I still dont think so

driveshaft is pretty rusty too but it doesnt bother me much, its steel, steel rusts, hard to complain about that imo
 

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I look quite a bit and when my lift goes on you will see it to! Funny my drive shaft (Aluminum) from the factory on my Lightning looks brand new. And nope my rotors ain't rusty....just sayin'..LOL
All I am saying is that parts that are made of steel will rust. The drive shafts aren't typically painted or coated, they are simply steel cylinders. You could throw a coat of rust-o-leum on it if it bothers you that much, $5 problem solver...I am sorry I guess I just don't see what the big deal is. Its just surface rust and has zero effect on anything other than it looks bad.:4-dontknow: Your driveshaft on your Lightning will look new...its aluminum...which doesnt rust.

And yes, when you lift your truck you will be able to see it, I wasnt aware you had lift plans. My apologies.
 

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mine isnt what I would call old but it has the infamous dodge double layered body work on the rear fenders and started to rust. How did they figure they could do this and nothing would happen, when I fixed it there was enough sand in between both layers to build a sand box. Undercoating it may have helped but I still dont think so

driveshaft is pretty rusty too but it doesnt bother me much, its steel, steel rusts, hard to complain about that imo
Living in WI

For every 04/05/06 model that i would see on the street or parking lot - One would bee perfect , zero rust , and then i would see another and it had rust on the wheel wells - My 04 was perfect when i traded it in 7 years later , but i guess i could never understand how one truck would look so nice and then the same year/model in the parking lot would have major rust in that area only above the wheel wells

My 04 did not have the plastic wheel well liners inside/wheel wells either - My 2011 does from the factory
 

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Never. Cars dont rust in CA. :D

Unless you live right on the beach, but if that were the case, you can afford a new car before rust ever starts lol
 

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I have had my 96 since new. No rust or rot. Joy..... Now if I could just sell it. hahahaha.

Me...
 

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All I am saying is that parts that are made of steel will rust. The drive shafts aren't typically painted or coated, they are simply steel cylinders. You could throw a coat of rust-o-leum on it if it bothers you that much, $5 problem solver...I am sorry I guess I just don't see what the big deal is. Its just surface rust and has zero effect on anything other than it looks bad.:4-dontknow: Your driveshaft on your Lightning will look new...its aluminum...which doesnt rust.

And yes, when you lift your truck you will be able to see it, I wasnt aware you had lift plans. My apologies.
No apology needed, my statement was simply meant to say Dodge should have used Aluminum, thats all. I'm fully aware that steel will rust, I owned a shop for years and have turned my fair share of wrenches. I also know the deal with my Lightning and their drivelines..I'm not near as dumb as you may think....:smileup:
 

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Never. Cars dont rust in CA. :D

Unless you live right on the beach, but if that were the case, you can afford a new car before rust ever starts lol
So true. Just moved from CA to FL and traded in my immaculate 2000 Ram 2500 QC Sport 4X4 on this new Ram. This is what the underside looked like and why the dealer gave me $8k on a trade-in for a V10 truck. This is where the spare tire sits. Not a spec of rust or corrosion.
 

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No apology needed, my statement was simply meant to say Dodge should have used Aluminum, thats all. I'm fully aware that steel will rust, I owned a shop for years and have turned my fair share of wrenches. I also know the deal with my Lightning and their drivelines..I'm not near as dumb as you may think....:smileup:
Some of the driveshafts are aluminum according to some of our forum members. I was disappointed to see that the driveshaft on my new 2012 was unpainted steel. Thought they really should have painted it. No problem though, I removed it and painted it up myself. Easy to do, only 4 bolts at the rear coupling.
 

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Mine it the big aluminum tube also, I wonder what dictates steel or aluminum?
 

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Some of the driveshafts are aluminum according to some of our forum members. I was disappointed to see that the driveshaft on my new 2012 was unpainted steel. Thought they really should have painted it. No problem though, I removed it and painted it up myself. Easy to do, only 4 bolts at the rear coupling.
Believe it or not, painting an already balanced driveshaft can make it unbalanced. Maybe not enough for you to notice it while driving, but your pinion seals and bearing might over time.
 

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I'll bet the paint has less effect on the balance than the rust that would happen if you didn't paint it.
 
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