Compression Ignition Addict
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: New Martinsville, West Virginia
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Anything more than 6" of mud or water on a regular basis on a daily driver is gonna cost you money. Mud/water get into axles, ball joints, tie rod ends, all kinds of places that should not see mud and water.
No saying I don't go thru anything deeper than 6", I just do it knowing I am shortening the life of parts of my truck.
The ol' beater mud truck I have for that reason, yup, I'll cross that creek to pull you out, or to cut that tree, whatever.
How much damage is done is proportional. One time dunkin' it good, might not hurt much. Small dunkings more often, might not hurt as much, but it's a game of give-and-take. Dunk it good, do it every day, you'll have a mud truck that soon you won't want to drive on the road.
However, it's your truck, by all means, go for it. A snorkle is a good idea to get the intake air high and dry. Axle, trans, transfer case, they all have breathers, they should also go higher than stock...
'99 E350 DRW Stahl 11' util box van, 7.3 PSD, stock. 138k SOLD
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