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Old 03-19-2013, 10:14 PM   #1
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Can i just leave the drain plugs out??

So I got caught in a torrential rain and hail storm last night with no doors and jus a safari top-
Needless to say I had about 2-3" of water in the Jeep - I have a wet vac so I tried to get most of the water out earlier today and parked it in direct sun light all day -
I found several of the drain plugs and pulled them out from under the carpet-
My question can I just leave them out all the time?? When I was pulling the ones from the floorboard in front of the rear seats I noticed that when I look in the open hole I don't see down to the ground I see something that look silver and there are wires and connectors running under there--
So should I worry that water will now run down that open hole and short out something if I just leave them all out??

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Old 03-19-2013, 10:17 PM   #2
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Naw. Folks pull them out and then hose out the floorboards so I don't see any issues.

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Old 03-19-2013, 10:28 PM   #3
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If you leave them out, then water can get in. Think about water splashing up during heavy rain or driving through a puddle. A better idea is to pull the carpet and leave it out. A set of Quadratec mats front and rear looks great without carpet.
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If your still wet at all I show all the drain plugs in this post. Under the jack seems to like to capture water on mine. Link> http://www.jk-forum.com/showthread.php?p=3108453

I have heard that with the plugs out you will get a good amount of heat coming in. I would imagine that it would be a bit more loud too.

The first part of that link above shows how to take your carpet out. It makes life a lot less stressful without it.
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:48 PM   #5
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so is that black surface in those pics a waterproof overcoating?
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Old 03-19-2013, 11:20 PM   #6
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so is that black surface in those pics a waterproof overcoating? My mats are pretty wet and haven't been able to investigate yet... hoping it's a plug issue (likely overflow from slush mats), but have been worrying it's going to rust under the rugs. Doesn't look like it will be an issue based on those pics. Am I incorrect?
I sprayed a DIY bedliner called Raptor in there. I did a write-up on that too.
http://www.jk-forum.com/jk-show-tell...hreads-238739/

By default everything has a coat of paint. There is a small chance that water can seep under some sound/heat goop (that is painted) and start to rust were you cannot see. Its applied in the footwells and under the rear seat area. At least people have found rust there when removing it before bed lining. I wouldn't worry too much about that, but would try to remove any standing water.
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Old 03-20-2013, 06:52 AM   #7
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If your still wet at all I show all the drain plugs in this post. Under the jack seems to like to capture water on mine. Link> http://www.jk-forum.com/showthread.php?p=3108453

I have heard that with the plugs out you will get a good amount of heat coming in. I would imagine that it would be a bit more loud too.

The first part of that link above shows how to take your carpet out. It makes life a lot less stressful without it.
Before I posted anything I searched and found your thread that's what helped me find the drain plugs that I was able to pull out of the jeep.

Like I said my biggest worry was just that when they are pulled I don't see straight to the ground so I was worried that all the water was going somewhere that might cause a problem
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:18 AM   #8
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Just make sure you put em back in before doing a water crossing or they kinda have to opposite intended effect.
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:46 AM   #9
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I ran my TJ and YJ without them all the time. I didn't have carpet, just Herculined everything and had a set of rubber mats in there.

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