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While visiting a drive-through car-wash today there was a nice lightweight pick-up truck in line ahead of me, nice accessories, nice lift kit, etc.
However, when the truck pulled forward to enter the wash, the tires were too wide to fit into the guide rails. The driver press the gas, tires spinning, and wedged the truck tires into the guide rails but the fit was too tight for the mechanical chains to usher the nice truck through the wash! The driver had to throw it in reverse, spin the truck tires out of the bind, and receive a refund.

And I thought to myself...So I won't be able to drive my Cybertruck through the automatic, touch-less, drive-through car-wash!? Not sure that's the best idea for a stainless-steel vehicle anyway...
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And I thought to myself...So I won't be able to drive my Cybertruck through the automatic, touch-less, drive-through car-wash!? Not sure that's the best idea for a stainless-steel vehicle anyway...
Lots of carwashes have different width limitations. A good rinse to remove oxidizers and blurriness from the windows is never a bad idea.

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Lots of carwashes have different width limitations. A good rinse to remove oxidizers and blurriness from the windows is never a bad idea.

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While visiting a drive-through car-wash today there was a nice lightweight pick-up truck in line ahead of me, nice accessories, nice lift kit, etc.
However, when the truck pulled forward to enter the wash, the tires were too wide to fit into the guide rails. The driver press the gas, tires spinning, and wedged the truck tires into the guide rails but the fit was too tight for the mechanical chains to usher the nice truck through the wash! The driver had to throw it in reverse, spin the truck tires out of the bind, and receive a refund.

And I thought to myself...So I won't be able to drive my Cybertruck through the automatic, touch-less, drive-through car-wash!? Not sure that's the best idea for a stainless-steel vehicle anyway...
In Colorado Springs they have a new car wash with rails, this is new am I’m sure they will be updating all car washes.
 

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While visiting a drive-through car-wash today there was a nice lightweight pick-up truck in line ahead of me, nice accessories, nice lift kit, etc.
However, when the truck pulled forward to enter the wash, the tires were too wide to fit into the guide rails. The driver press the gas, tires spinning, and wedged the truck tires into the guide rails but the fit was too tight for the mechanical chains to usher the nice truck through the wash! The driver had to throw it in reverse, spin the truck tires out of the bind, and receive a refund.

And I thought to myself...So I won't be able to drive my Cybertruck through the automatic, touch-less, drive-through car-wash!? Not sure that's the best idea for a stainless-steel vehicle anyway...
I never thought about that. I have seen some pretty big vehicles go through the car wash.
 

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I wash my little Nissan van once a year whether it needs it or not. We don't have the salt issue here like Yankee land so I just let the dealer wash it when I get my scheduled oil change. The CT was made to be pressure washed and forgotten about.
 

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While visiting a drive-through car-wash today there was a nice lightweight pick-up truck in line ahead of me, nice accessories, nice lift kit, etc.
However, when the truck pulled forward to enter the wash, the tires were too wide to fit into the guide rails. The driver press the gas, tires spinning, and wedged the truck tires into the guide rails but the fit was too tight for the mechanical chains to usher the nice truck through the wash! The driver had to throw it in reverse, spin the truck tires out of the bind, and receive a refund.

And I thought to myself...So I won't be able to drive my Cybertruck through the automatic, touch-less, drive-through car-wash!? Not sure that's the best idea for a stainless-steel vehicle anyway...
It's pretty common for lifted trucks to have aftermarket wheels with non-OEM offsets to give the truck a wider stance. Just wider tires could potentially cause a problem too. That was probably the case here as I imagine most car washes are designed to accommodate common light-duty pickups.

I plan on keeping my Cybertruck sleek (aerodynamically speaking) to maximize range and freedom. No aerodynamically dirty accessories poking out into the airstream I rarely use either. So no wheels with wider off-set, etc. That said, I'll probably wash it in my driveway with a long-handled truck washing brush. Better exercise than going for a walk because your entire body gets a little workout.
 

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My F350 super duty with service boxes and a lift gate fits through every car wash I've taken it to. How freakishly huge was this truck in your story?
 

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While visiting a drive-through car-wash today there was a nice lightweight pick-up truck in line ahead of me, nice accessories, nice lift kit, etc.
If the truck has a lift kit, it probably doesn't fit into the standard vehicle box anymore.

Back I was the co-owner of an F150 FX4, I took it to the parking garage at work. The ceiling was marked as 6'8" (80 inches), and the truck's height was at least 75.5" tall.

I did *not* want to be an inch closer to the ceiling. Considering that a parking garage floor has some contour to it, and the vehicle is suspended on a spring-damper system, I was really sweating that ceiling. The radio antenna kept banking on the beams as I drove through.

Putting a lift kit on that truck would have made parking garages a no-go zone.

A carwash is likely built around the same assumptions as the parking garage.

Many of the lift kits appear to come with wider tires. The people who buy lift-kit clearly don't care (or don't know?) about either of these drawbacks. Keeping it as stock as possible maintains the vehicle's versatility.
 
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