Information pertaining to maintenance of the flatbed. The aluminum, drawer, storage boxes etc.
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Protect Slide Drawer from dust
A small hack that I installed a while ago and works well. We had dust getting into the sliding drawer, I found the majority of this came in from the gap in the lid where the lock rotates up and down.
I cut a piece of yoga mat and used a few small dabs of glue to hold it in place. A cut in the yoga mat, about 3″ from centre to left of centre, allows the lock to rotate through it. Where the lock finishes I made the cut a little squarer so that it sits around the lock, the rest of the cut is just a slice so it almost closes back up around the lock as it rotates through the mat. Dust reduced to almost zero and also when travelling in the rain there is significantly less wetness too. This was a first attempt so the cut isn’t very clean, I envisaged having to do a few trial runs but this one worked fine so I left it in place. It keeps the lock cleaner too.
As with all the locks on the XP, a squirt of silicone spray can help make key insertion and turning easier. This is especially true of the sliding drawer lock which gets hit with dust both inside and out.
- Spray some silicone onto the key and insert repeatedly or, spray a small amount straight into the lock and insert key repeatedly until it goes in and out smoothly.
- Spray some silicone onto moving surfaces on the internal part of the lock. Rotate lock repeatedly until smooth
Doing this monthly for a full time rig is a good idea. Maybe twice weekly if doing lots of off road / dusty environment.
Many moons ago I was a long-haul truck driver. I kept my truck clean, visiting the truck lease company frequently to give the rig a bath. The aluminum tanks, steps and wheels would oxidize and dull over time, just like our XP flatbeds, storage boxes and bumpers if yours isn’t painted. Washing with soap will not get them clean or bring back the finish, but an acid aluminum brightener will. There’s no need to get the grinder out to make them look like new.
Our flatbed looked awful just a few months after getting it, most likely due to road salt that Oregon has recently started using during winter. A few weeks ago I took it to a truck wash and had them hit the flatbed and boxes with aluminum brightener and it looks like new! It cost me a whopping $30 (YMMV of course). Sorry, no pictures as the truck is away having a real off-road bumper built.
Caveats: Read this, mainly for the “cons” of using it. Make sure they apply it evenly, don’t leave it on too long, and completely and thoroughly rinse the vehicle.