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Let's talk wheel wells people...More specifically, let¡¦s figure out why you aren't including them in your detail routine after you wash your car...cause you need to...and from what I have seen around here, most of you aren't.


Here¡¦s a few excuses I expect to hear:

ƒÞ Why would I waste my time on something you can't see?

ƒÞ It's hard to get them clean/keep them clean!

ƒÞ I never think about it.

B.S. All of them!


ƒÞ It's not a waste of time because it improves the visual profile of your car. And if you spend the time to detail it, you obviously care about how your car looks, so finish the job by detailing the wheel wells!!

ƒÞ It's only a chore to do the initial make-clean. After that, just hit them with some spray Tire Foam after each wash to maintain.

ƒÞ Stop smoking the Sticky-Icky and your short term memory will improve significantly.


There, now you¡¦re out of excuses, so just go do it!
 

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I've been using "303" on the wheel wells since the day I bought my '10 R/TC, used it till the end, and use it on my Scat Pack.


Always keep them clean.
 

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Right on brother! They are just cheap plastic but easy to clean and improve the overall look of the vehicle when clean.
 

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Good point, I'll start spending less time driving and more time....

Naw!
If you won’t do it for the sake of your own vanity, then do it for your car’s health. It’s a well known fact that a Challenger with clean wheel wells is less likely to be wrecked out and sold off for scrap parts.

If you don’t believe me, just do a quick search of your local CraigsList auto parts section, looking for any Challenger that is listed for sale “for parts only” and that has pics attached. Peep the wheel wells on those wrecked out cars, and you’ll see almost all of them have dirty wheel wells.

That’s pretty clear evidence to me. Maintaining the cleanliness of your Challenger’s wheel wells saves lives…Challenger lives!
 
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I agree! They are easy to clean, I do mine every other wash/detail. I use mothers plastic conditioner after simple green, works wonders and they look brand new.
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For anyone that still absolutely refusing to go along with what I'm preaching here, allow me to make one last appeal for you to come over to our side by playing to your (hopefully) sense of patriotism:
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I remove my wheels every car wash. Take out the wheel well liners, clean every speck of mud, dirt, chewing gum, dead varmint guts etc. Wax carefully. Easier now that I applied clear film to all surfaces. Reassemble everything. Side benefit is that I don't have to do it often because I have no time left to drive.
 
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I do all the unseen spots under the car, been doing the wells since day one..also like to polish my exhaust with Borlas exhaust cleaner..it really only means you're anal.. I am! if you're not, you're not, no big whoop
 

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Why do you care if others clean their wheel wells? After all, if everybody else's are filthy yours will look that much better.
 

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I remove my wheels every car wash. Take out the wheel well liners, clean every speck of mud, dirt, chewing gum, dead varmint guts etc. Wax carefully. Easier now that I applied clear film to all surfaces. Reassemble everything. Side benefit is that I don't have to do it often because *I have no time left to drive*.
I thought you were kidding at first, but a quick scan of your police department’s online crime stats prove you are telling the truth. I mean what else could account for the sudden drop-off in “Disturbing the Peace” and “Contest of Speed” citations that have been issued in your zip code this year? :wink3:
 

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Why do you care if others clean their wheel wells? After all, if everybody else's are filthy yours will look that much better.
Because as Challenger owners, we belong to a select brotherhood over which one person's negative actions can have wide-reaching consequences for the rest of us. If everybody's Challenger looks good, all of our Challengers look good. But if one Challenger is allowed to drive around in public with dirty wheel wells, the non-Challenger owning public will see that car (since it stands out now), and project that driver's actions onto all other Challenger owners.

And since we know there is a higher risk of committing a violent crime if your Challenger has dirty wheel wells, now you have a powder keg waiting for a spark. And when it explodes, the rest of us are going to catch shrapnel because that one slacker that wouldn't clean his wheel wells got liquored up one night and finally lived out his dream of firebombing all the local Donut shops because he thought their signs should spell it "Doughnut" instead.

You could give all your money to charity, defend the nation in a foreign war, or even save a person's life on live TV, but let just one Challenger owner set a bunch of strip malls ablaze amid chants of "Do-Nut! Do-Nut!", and we're all going to be no-good, donut haters because of it...

I don't know about you, but I love donuts. I don't hate donuts, or doughnuts. All unhealthy pastries are welcome in my house.

Cause, you know, 'MERICA!!
 

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Look, I'm not trying to say EVERY Challenger owner with dirty wheel wells is a bad Challenger owner, but I will say that every bad Challenger owner I have ever known DID have dirty wheel wells.

Take from that what you will...
 

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Every other car wash I jack up my Scat, pull the wheels/tires and wash my plastic fender liners. I quick wipe down with Armorall and all is good. I then wash and wax the inside of my rims and remount. Wheels and inner fenders stay looking good for two more washes. So, twice a month I do this routine and it adds approx 45 minutes to my detail time. Worth it in my book, wifey thinks I have a touch of dementia.
 

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Every other car wash I jack up my Scat, pull the wheels/tires and wash my plastic fender liners. I quick wipe down with Armorall and all is good. I then wash and wax the inside of my rims and remount. Wheels and inner fenders stay looking good for two more washes. So, twice a month I do this routine and it adds approx 45 minutes to my detail time. Worth it in my book, wifey thinks I have a touch of dementia.
Yeah, my wife used to wonder aloud about my sanity after seeing some of the extremes I would go to while working or cleaning our Challengers, but she has recently stopped...saying it out loud that is, I'm quite certain she still has all the same doubts and fears about my mental state, but she just keeps them to herself. I do find that tact more satisfactory from my standpoint, but I would be lying if I said I wasn't getting paranoid about the reason she went from out loud to keeping quiet. I mean, is she planning on having me committed and is just biding her time now by placating me, waiting until they show up with the butterfly nets to take me away before she screams out, "I TOLD YOU THAT YOU WERE CRAZY!!! CRAAAAAZY!!!"

That's why I have taken measures to protect myself in the event someone attempts to surprise me while I'm cleaning my Challenger to take me to the puzzle factory. I can't get into specifics, but between you and me, I would avoid walking in our front yard if I were you...wait, never mind, disregard all that, I was somewhere else for a sec.

Any-hoooo, it's hot here, damned hot. Hot enough to fry people's brains if they aren't careful actually...:sunny::sunny::sunny:
 

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Nuke, you kill me man. You are one funny fella. I always skip the wheel wells though but no more. I for one do not want to be a nasty wheel well statistic. Thanks for the heads up and here's to 'Merica and 'Mericans.
 

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Alright, before I accidentally offend anyone and we end up getting this thread closed, I guess I better go on record as saying, "It's your car, please do with it what you wish, and be happy doing it."

There, happy? And now that the disclaimer stuff is out of the way, I want to give a glimpse into my brain to explain why this topic is even something I thought to create a thread on.

It's a little counter-intuitive at first, but I think what a set of clean wheel wells will add to a Challenger's appearance is the simple fact that they (the wheel wells) are not noticed when admiring the car's appearance. And this is the context under which I am operating when I'm driving my Challenger and scanning the road for other Challengers as well.

You can't hide either, I see you out there when you're driving on the roads, freeways, parking lots, etc. Every one of you...maybe it's my affection for the Challenger's looks, or maybe I've got a mental defect which borders on As-burger's or something, but I take notice of every Challenger I see, and I will visually inspect it and make snap judgments about its driver in an instant.

And for the most part, they are all positive thoughts, like "damned nice looking car, I would love to have those rims and tires on my ride!" or "holy crap, how did he get that paint to look so damned good?!?"

But sometimes, one of y'all will catch my eye, and it ain't because your tires are shiny or your windows are clear...no, it's more because of something you aren't doing...like keeping your black plastic trim in good shape.

In those instances, I'm more apt to have thoughts like, "So much good looking about that Challenger...the rubber, the rims, the paint...yet he chose to accentuate it all with dirty, cheap plastic...poor guy, I wonder if he needs a couple of bucks to get back on his feet..."

Please don't make me turn into THAT guy...he's a real 'rick' w/a 'P', and I detest him!
 
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