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Old 01-20-2009, 03:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Windshield washer ideas...

Here at the local mud races in Fairbanks I saw a guy that mounted an electric inline water pump in the bed of his truck. He had it hooked to a 5 gal resivor of water. He ran the line to the top of his cab and mounted an old sprinkler aimed at his windshield directly infront of his view from the drivers seat. Right before he made his run at the mud drags he would turn on his wipers and hit the switch for the water pump douching his windshie;d with water. Worked pretty damn good. Anyone seen any interesting ideas like this out there for mud races?
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Old 01-20-2009, 04:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Anyone seen any interesting ideas like this out there for mud races?
I've seen much the same, it works surprisingly good. I just carry a couple gallon of jugs of water strapped down into my bed to rinse the mud off, but I've thought about plumbing in a stronger motor with some remote line to a much larger resovoir so I could auto spray and wipe the windshield. It would be pretty easy to set up. Depending on the clay content of the mud though, you really need ALLOT of water to really get it off without the wipers just smearing it.
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Old 01-20-2009, 10:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Everybody I've seen at the races runs a set up kind of like your talking about. They will sometimes put rain-x on the windshields to help the mud run off.

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Old 01-21-2009, 06:01 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Yeah, rain-x is badass at keeping the mud off the windshield. I've seen people use PVC mounted above the winshield with holes drilled in it to act as nozzles. There are a lot of old boats in south FL so it's usually someone's old bilge pump supplying the pressure.
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Old 01-21-2009, 09:06 AM   #5 (permalink)
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maybe this turns out to be a stupid idea, but has anyone seen or done something to their wipers to make them more effective?

maybe a stronger stiffer blade to push/wack the mud off?
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Old 01-21-2009, 10:42 AM   #6 (permalink)
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maybe this turns out to be a stupid idea, but has anyone seen or done something to their wipers to make them more effective?

maybe a stronger stiffer blade to push/wack the mud off?
I think you'd be throwing money out the widow. The grit in the mud would eat an expensive blade just as fast as a cheap one. The only thing I can think of would be, use a wiper arm with a stiffer spring. It might wear out the blades faster though.
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Old 01-21-2009, 02:27 PM   #7 (permalink)
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i like this idea
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlS-hN6EmIA
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Windshield wipers are worthless on mud without water. I have etched the hell out of my glass dryhumping the glass without lube.
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Old 01-22-2009, 04:30 PM   #10 (permalink)
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i will get pictures of our set up as soon as i can !

i think we are using a marine style pump mounted in the bed with a custom made tank for water , it works great !!!
it shoots water very hard on window & even shoots over the truck for a cool
looking effect
we also have a hose attached to it wich we have used often to , it has a on off valve ..real cool set up


im my sammi , i have it mounted inside my truck and run lines to my windsheild , there is no room in motor compartment for anything we have a SBC motor wedged in there

will have pictures as soon as i can
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Old 01-22-2009, 05:34 PM   #11 (permalink)
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An rv electric water pump supplies 3.5 gallons a minute and puts out 45 psi. Make a nice spray bar with that setup and you won't need wipers...
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i don't play in mud often but i do have some suggestions. there isn't a need for such a large pump if you can put enough resistance on the "spout" or nozzle. granted you will need a decent pump but why not just use the stock one and reroute the hosing across the top of the windshield with a whole bunch of tiny holes. then cut into the relay and hard wire it on a switch. i know you mud drag guys run short bursts so your stock reservoir should last that run. granted there might be room for improvement but you could probably do this for under $20
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i don't play in mud often but i do have some suggestions. there isn't a need for such a large pump if you can put enough resistance on the "spout" or water exit. granted you will need a decent pump but why not just use the stock one and reroute the hosing across the top of the windshield with a whole bunch of tiny holes. then cut into the relay and hard wire it on a switch. i know you mud drag guys run short bursts so your stock reservoir should last that run. granted there might be room for improvement but you could probably do this for under $20

my sammi has that set up , its good enough for me

our PITBULL truck has the larger pump

drag truck has NO windsheild ............lol
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i have the electric pump like you said but i run my hose down the frame and have it connected to the wiper itself, on the bottom side of it. works really well
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Old 01-22-2009, 06:31 PM   #15 (permalink)
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also on the washer issue

I no when im out there mudding and im hauling ass i need to see , i have seen alot of high powered truck that run no wipers !!

in my book , its a accident waiting to happen , and it should be addressed

AND I MAY JUST ADDRESS IT !!!!! LOL
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An rv electric water pump supplies 3.5 gallons a minute and puts out 45 psi. Make a nice spray bar with that setup and you won't need wipers...
That pump is rare to find in an old RV, and will cost you almost $160 new.

The more common pump is 2.8 gpm @ 45psi and can be found everywhere. That one will only cost you around $80 new.


Save your money and play with the size of the nozzle.
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Old 01-24-2009, 01:57 PM   #17 (permalink)
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ATV spot sprayer with 10 or 15 gal tank. If you look when you buy it you can get one that puts out around 60 psi@2gpm. I used a valve and extra hose to mount a nozzle above the windshield so I could use the spray gun to clean other stuff if needed, like a radiator. Other nice things about them they are a fairly compact unit, easy to mount, and already setup for 12v.

You can run the tubing however is best for you, the best way ive seen so far is mounting two nozzles (1 dside and one pside) under a lund visor directly over the windshield.

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any pics of your set up?
how much are the pumps
where can i get one?

thanks.
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Sorry, I dont have any pics of the setup. Any local tractor supply, lawn & garden place, or Nothern Tool have them. Just google for ATV Spot sprayer and find one that pumps out 60 psi, it really helps the wipers clean.

Hell, look right here, northern tool has a good one on sale for around $80.
http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/w...7990_200347990

2.2gpm and 60psi and all thats needed is a 12v hook up and a switch. A friend and I were looking at putting a push button switch on the shifter in his truck so he could just hit it when he needs it on the fly.

Correction - reading the specs shows 70 psi and this one includes a switch.

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add a little dish soap to your washer fluid for extra lube and better cleaning. we do this in the trucking world a the time.
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Old 01-25-2009, 05:27 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Windshield washer drink mixxer

Best I ever seen was my uncle runs the dunes in Silver Lake Michigan. There washer fluid hose comes out in the dash. They fill the resivor with Bacardi. Fill the coolers with cans of coke poor a little out and mix with run with the push of a button. They haven't been caught by the Park rangers yet in over 20 years.
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Bringing this to the top.

I just bought a "Tractor Supply" brand 25 gallon ATV spot sprayer. It is rated at 2 gpm@60 psi. It comes with a spray nozzle with 17 ft. of hose. It also has another connection that would be used for the boom, but that is where I intend to plumb in to run PVC over my windshield underneath my sun visor. That way, I still have the spray gun to use if needed.

Here is my newb question though. This pump is an on-demand pump, which I assume means that even if battery power is present, it only turns on when the nozzle trigger is depressed. Is this correct, or does the on-demand simply mean that it increases output as the nozzle is depressed? I haven't even got it out of the box yet (leaving for work as I type this), but I figured I would throw it on here to get some responses.

Plus, it would be nice to have more mud-related tech on the board, haha!

Any responses would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 10-20-2010, 05:45 PM   #23 (permalink)
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i just use a the stock ford one with water and it works fine
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To update on this, the TSC 25 galon sprayer looks like it is going to work great!

I ran it today "bench testing" it, and it will fit my needs nicely. It works and sounds like the one that wvmudder1 described.

To run the water to the windshield, I will plumb it, then just simply turn power on/off to the pump. Because it is a demand pump, it will continuously pump water on that circuit until a valve in-line is shut off, or the power to the pump is turned off.

So, I plan to simply have a switch to power the pump on, and it will automatically work for the windshield. Then, if I want to use the sprayer wand option, I just simply turn off the ball valve to the windshield circuit, and the on-demand pump supplies whatever water pressure necessary to keep up with the sprayer wand!

I think it is going to work pretty well.
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Old 10-22-2010, 06:38 AM   #25 (permalink)
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Adam, sounds like you got the hot ticket.

Check these guys out, we use them for our farming applications an they are one of the go to companies for sprayer parts. I'm sure with a phone call they could help you find a good setup. I've always thought a good agriculture pump and flood jet nozzle would be the way to go.

http://www.dultmeier.com/
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