I do understand the car wash issue. Back in the day, some car wash's had a bay specifically for muddy vehicles, anymore, like you say, is for semi clean vehicles. I just always washed my muddy vehicles at home and hosed off the driveway, never really gave it a second thought.
Come on da_jokker, please tell me you're only kidding about the mud!! Have none of you people ever truly wheeled off-road in the mud? Guess mall parking lots are pretty clean for the most part. The clean up is part of it. Clean your rig at home, don't trash a coin operated wash.
My '77 looked...
That is sad for sure. No QC what so ever. But I'm with others, Line-X it and have Ford/dealer pick up the bill. I think Line-X sprays colors too so you can find a close match and have a way more durable tailgate than the rest.
I went with the SRQ sliders for a 4 door. 100% frame mounted. Ordered in raw steel and will modify the top plate and go solid tread plate instead of the holes and then paint them. Worried that one of my pups will miss the plate and run a leg through a hole and snap leg. 10-12 week lead time.
It's an age old problem dating back to the G1 Bronco!! Big tires, dirt/muddy road, you're going to sling some crap. The damage to the door handle,, I couldn't live with that,,, I'd have to sell it. :cool: