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Wheel Washer Mod?

Now, this started out as an abstract thought but I might be getting serious about this.

My wife cleaned and mopped the race deck floor in the house garage Saturday. Upon returning home from town on Sunday I said I felt bad about tracking dirt into the garage. (We have a gravel driveway and live on a dirt road.)

Since our Explorer has a rear window washer I got to thinking about adding a circuit to spray nozzles in the wheel wells. As I approach the concrete pad I'd activate the wheel washers and proceed slowly, allowing the loose dirt to be rinsed off before I roll into the garage.

I might have to tweak/restrict lines to balance the dispersion front to rear but this is achievable.

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Hmmmm. Why not try to buy some of those "wheel washer/scrubbers" from an old defunct commercial car wash and mount them in front of your garage. Then mod your HomeLink to turn on the water and start the scrubbers as you enter.
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Seriously.

You provide great entertainment here. Great thoughts.

I have race deck flooring. Why not just put down the self draining tiles where you drive? It ends up under the car and you don't have issues.

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OK you need to show your wife some NHRA events. Make sure she watches how they clean off the tires after backing up from the burnout. See if you can have her scrub off your tires when you pull up to the garage just like the NHRA guys!

Or..............
You can just sweep that race deck yourself next time...haha

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1) The pump and reservoir will use up the entire trunk
2) The added weight at the back of the car will adversely affect the weight distribution
3) A partially filled tank mounted that high will likely cause handling issues

On the plus side, the heat from the exhaust will ensure that you are washing with warm water after only a few miles

How dare you subject a Kappa to the indignity of driving on a dirt road in the first place?

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Hmmmm. Why not try to buy some of those "wheel washer/scrubbers" from an old defunct commercial car wash and mount them in front of your garage. Then mod your HomeLink to turn on the water and start the scrubbers as you enter.
Because, well that would just be silly! Whereas my concept is completely sane.

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Seriously.

You provide great entertainment here. Great thoughts.

I have race deck flooring. Why not just put down the self draining tiles where you drive? It ends up under the car and you don't have issues.
I have the drain tiles but only over the drains themselves. (Seriously, I planned the whole tile layout based upon the locations of the drains!)

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OK you need to show your wife some NHRA events. Make sure she watches how they clean off the tires after backing up from the burnout. See if you can have her scrub off your tires when you pull up to the garage just like the NHRA guys!

Or..............
You can just sweep that race deck yourself next time...haha

All in good fun
Now I need to tread lightly here. My wife enjoys mopping the race deck just as she enjoys cleaning the pool. It would be in my best interest to preserve both of those activities! lol

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How dare you subject a Kappa to the indignity of driving on a dirt road in the first place?
Couldn't really afford to move! And the Solstice doesn't track much dirt in as it is pretty much never driven in the rain.

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Gotta keep it clean!


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Looks like a pig mat or other absorbent material there Rob. Those hoopties you drive have oil leaks?

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Maybe you don't need to use onboard water. How about using some sort of a water spicket with a water hose? You could hook the water hose up to it when you get home.

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OK time for my 2 cents first off let me say that I always enjoy my trips to Michigan in fact I'll be going to the Autorama at the end of the month but I never understood why they have so many dirt roads ? Anyway I thought about doing this some years back to clean all the salt off my vehicles : I would get the smallest diameter plastic water pipe ,drill a series of small holes and build a grid so I could pull my car over it ,stop , turn on the water and flush out the underneath .It would not cost much and I'd put a shut off on the feed ,hook it up to a water source and I could store it in the spring without much trouble
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