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Old 06-09-2009, 07:21 AM   #1
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Drain plugs in older TJ's

I have a quick question about the drain plugs in my 97. I know about the six rubber drain plugs, but water seems to still want to pool behind my front seats.

There are drain plugs with channels that run to them, but they are not rubber and I believe once removed there are permently removed. Supposedly on the newer TJ's they are rubber and removable. Is it possible to remove them and replace them with rubber plugs?

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Old 06-09-2009, 11:01 AM   #2
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Anybody? Is there someone with an '03 or newer that can take a picture of their drain plugs in the back so I can compare?

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I have an 02, and pulled all the carpet out after my first rain experience with no top on. Jeep sat in my work parking lot for 10 hours with 10 hrs of rain.

I have 3 different plugs in each front floorboard. One was rubber, and came out easy, but the other 2 are made out of something different and quite a bit harder to pull out. When I pulled the one out in the actual water channel, it has metal clips that are moulded into it. You can't get to them very easily from under the jeep because of an aluminum plate blocking your view.

I pulled 2 out of 3 in each front floorboard, and just the rubber ones in the back floorboard.
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Old 06-09-2009, 11:41 AM   #4
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Oh, and by the way...I wouldn't say they are totally ruined after you pull them out, you may just need to bend the clips back a little bit. They may not fit as good after you pull them out, but they should still work well enough to keep out cold/hot air.
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Yes there are!! I found them, you must grab a screwdriver and knock them out. They got painted over. Stupid stupid stupid.
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Those are the ones Im talking about. Its ok to remove them.
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I removed them. They are not useable anymore tho. I will have to make something to give it a cleaner look then what is there.
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I destroyed mine trying to remove them. They'd been on there a long time and the adhesion to the body was stronger than the actual material that they're made out of.
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Those are the ones Im talking about. Its ok to remove them.
Sure man, go ahead and remove them...I did mine and I kinda hope to get rained on just to see how good they work.....no, wait.......I'm pretty much joking about that!!!
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I took a garden hose to the inside of my truck last nite and they drain like they are suppose too.
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So far as I am concerned, the '97 TJ as I have too only has the two rubber drain plugs in the front footwells. Those steel hole covers in the back seat area of a '97 weren't designed to be drains.
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Jerry mine were rubber. 97 tj
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So far as I am concerned, the '97 TJ as I have too only has the two rubber drain plugs in the front footwells. Those steel hole covers in the back seat area of a '97 weren't designed to be drains.
The one on the driver side yeah can easily be for a drain. My 99 had a rubber plug there. However I don't think any TJ's have a rubber one in the back on the passenger side since that's where the heat shield for the exhaust is.
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take a mallet and dent the floor down with a few shots. it will drain better...
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^ lol they are already pitched to the holes!
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The one on the driver side yeah can easily be for a drain. My 99 had a rubber plug there. However I don't think any TJ's have a rubber one in the back on the passenger side since that's where the heat shield for the exhaust is.
I'm pretty sure mine had a rubber plug in the rear passenger side floorboard. I pulled 4 rubber plugs from my jeep a while back....one from each of the 4 floorboards. I have a 2002 sport.

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