For you guys in the Rust Belt, how do you guys manage the rust from road salts? - JeepForum.com
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post #1 of 15 Old 01-13-2020, 11:58 AM Thread Starter
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For you guys in the Rust Belt, how do you guys manage the rust from road salts?

Moving to Northeast Indiana in March due to my job relocating, and my TJ is in pretty great shape with low miles (87K). I hate to bring it with me and just watch it eat itself over the next few years. I've considered selling it due to this fact because I know I can get more for it now than later.

Are there any precautions up there that I should know about if I decide to keep it?

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post #2 of 15 Old 01-13-2020, 01:19 PM
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A second vehicle for the winter is the best way. The things below help, but will not stop rust.

Paint the inside of the frame and torque boxes with Eastwoods.
Paint the outside of the frame and tub with Chassis Saver or similar.
Spray all the typical spots for rust with Fluid Film.
Wash very frequently. Keep in mind that you will wash off Fluid Film.

A second car really isn't that expensive. $4000 will get you a decent car if you're patient, and if you aren't commuting far you can get any old beater for a lot less. Throw basic coverage on it for a couple hundred $ per year or only the months you want to insure it.

This is essentially what I have done. My Jeep would be long gone if I daily drove it in the winter. No vehicle can handle this environment long term.
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x2 on all of that.

eastwood internal frame coating and fluid film helps a lot.

drain holes ~6" from the control arm mounts is a good idea.

best way that i have found is parking the jeeps in a garage from oct till april


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I had a '78 CJ-7 on Long Island. Lasted one winter, got body cancer, and literally fell apart.
Now I live in So TX, have an '06 LJ and no rust. Also, no snow, sleet, ice, etc.

You should consider it...
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A second vehicle for the winter is the best way. The things below help, but will not stop rust.

Paint the inside of the frame and torque boxes with Eastwoods.
Paint the outside of the frame and tub with Chassis Saver or similar.
Spray all the typical spots for rust with Fluid Film.
Wash very frequently. Keep in mind that you will wash off Fluid Film.

A second car really isn't that expensive. $4000 will get you a decent car if you're patient, and if you aren't commuting far you can get any old beater for a lot less. Throw basic coverage on it for a couple hundred $ per year or only the months you want to insure it.

This is essentially what I have done. My Jeep would be long gone if I daily drove it in the winter. No vehicle can handle this environment long term.
All very sage advice. I park mine in the Winter. I’d love to drive it year round, but will not risk the salt damage. I used to drive my old TJ year round. Northern Ohio salted roads were extremely rough on her. My “new” TJ, I internal frame coated the frame, torque/mounting boxes, and every other crevice I could. I raptor lined the bottom of the tub and inside the tub. With all that protection I still refuse to drive it during the Winter...

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I have two Jeeps (2001 XJ and 2004 TJ). Both are driven in the winter here in Cincinnati. Frequent washes and fluid film. No rust issues.
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Keep it clean as you can. I was under my Jeeps often. twice a year I get underneath and clean EVERYTHING I possible can and then I paint it.

Though out the year I clean underneath and touch up wit paint as needed.

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I'll just add my confirmation on all of the above steps. My son's 06 LJ had a spotless frame inside and out when we bought it. We did all of the above steps since it is his DD. He also applies fluid film every November inside the frame and all underneath. I was just under there and it is still well coated. imho the drain holes are the most important step; got to give water someplace to go.


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My last Jeep (XJ) started rusting beyond my ability to fix (which isn't saying much) after 19 years of New England winters. I washed it every week during the winter, and did my best to POR-15 areas that were prone to rust, but eventually that is why I had to get rid of it, particularly because of the lower inside doors.

My solution was to buy a TJ from California, and I daily drive my BMW, which has a galvanized body and holds up better to corrosion. My more permanent solution in the future is to likely move south. Somewhere like NC or TN most likely, maybe even VA. Up here in CT they are just so afraid of driving without an inch of salt on the roads. Last weekend we had some oddly warm weather (60s) and at night I still saw a salt truck.

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My TJ had some internal frame rust issues that I think I've managed to get under control. But, to keep it that way, I stop driving it at the first application of salt on the roads and don't start again until after the Spring rains. It sucks, but I think it's the only sure fire way to stop the progression. I also have a vintage Volkswagen and have to do the same thing.
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I do a lot of what already was mentioned but figured I'd show what I do. I'm in New Brunswick Canada right on the Ocean and we use a tonne of salt.

Prep:
Cleaned out the frame really good and did East Wood. On the underside of the body and frame I did POR15.

Winter:
Though the winter I try to give it a good clean each time we have a warm period making sure to focus on the rear frame and center.

Spring:
I give the Jeep a good degreasing and flush the frame out a few times.
Then I topcoat any areas I see bleed through with a rattle can semi-gloss.

Fall:
Give a good flush of the frame and then use 2-3 cans of fluid film. Normally one just on the frame and another on any small holes I can get the spray into.
Then after a couple of days I try to find a nice dusty road to drive up and down it a few times. I do find this really helps others would argue this is bad idea.

Note: I've found with Por15 it works well in areas that don't get rock damage. When it gets damaged it will come off in chunks. I have a video on youtube on my two-year thoughts of the product.

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i park mine, and drive and old rusty truck.

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My "04 has been in Tennessee its whole life, never off road, and I have owned since 2006. I have had some internal frame rust and so far have just worked on getting the rust out of the frame with a shop vac and pressure washer. Have added two drain holes on each side, and will coat the inside of the frame soon. I know salt can be an issue, but mine is a daily driver and has rusted. Off course it is 16 years old, but the point is even without salt you have to watch it closely.
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I bought a Civic ten years ago. Wife was pissed, still is as women never forget! Jeep is safely sitting, and rust free, under a cover in the garage right now.
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