New Patrol as of April '07 after one year using as my primary transportation and 14,500 klms. I'm not afraid to use it in the mud. I run knobbies from Oct. to April. We use salt on the roads here in Ohio. This is probably the main reason for the rust, but I don't think salt made the paint fall off. Is the paint falling off your rig? :huh The tub and the tank are holding up fine but all three finders will have to be blasted and painted this summer. The forks will need blasted as well. This picture of the forks looks as the paint might have cracked due to flexing?