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Old 01-04-2013, 10:26 PM   #1
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'97 Wrangler Rear Drain Hole Locations?

I just bought a 97 Wrangler last week to use as a work vehicle. Perk of the deal is it has a rhino liner. Problem is, whoever had the liner done didn't drill the rear drain holes and I'd like to do so myself, but am unsure of their locations. I know they're somewhere behind the front seats, can anyone walk me on or show an image of their locations? Thanks

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Old 01-05-2013, 07:56 AM   #2
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Crawl up under it and look up. The drain plugs have tabs holding them in. One drain plug on passenger side is above exhaust. So if your going to drill be careful on that side. They are easy to find once you are under it. The tabs will be bent over onto the body.

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Old 01-05-2013, 11:33 AM   #3
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Those aren't drain holes behind the front seats, the only true drain holes are covered by rubber plugs & they are forward of the front seats.
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Those aren't drain holes behind the front seats, the only true drain holes are covered by rubber plugs & they are forward of the front seats.
Why aren't the others true drain holes? I'm assuming it has something to do with the plugs being a one time kind of thing?
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If they're not drain holes what are they?

I rolled under and found 4 ovals with metal clips on the flanks. One is directly over the muffler. Are these all there are, or am I missing some? Haven't taken the drill to them yet
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Well I guess they are not drain plugs. I took mine out. Haven't had an issue with anything.
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Were they designed just to pop off when they rolled out of the factory?
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Old 01-05-2013, 06:01 PM   #8
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Arrangement of the drains have changed over the years. The ones in my 03 behind the seats are drains. There are channels stamped in the floor pan to the drain plug,
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If they're not drain holes what are they?

I rolled under and found 4 ovals with metal clips on the flanks. One is directly over the muffler. Are these all there are, or am I missing some? Haven't taken the drill to them yet
Not sure for your 97 but that's what my 93 has. You can tap them out with a hammer and chisel or screwdriver pretty easy. I don't think they'll go back in as easy so if you want to plug them later you'll have to devise something.
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I'll devise something...since they were coated with the rest of the rhino liner I won't be able to tap, I'll have to drill
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Dont understand why you are drilling anything. You pry them out
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Dont understand why you are drilling anything. You pry them out

I think since they are buried under a layer of rhino lining he can't tap them out without destroying the rhino lining around the plugs. That's what i understand him to be saying.
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I think since they are buried under a layer of rhino lining he can't tap them out without destroying the rhino lining around the plugs. That's what i understand him to be saying.
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Utility knife and cut the lining around the plug
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At some point a previous owner coated the underside...I managed to pry the two behind the driver's seat out with some effort, completely destroying the plugs but honestly I didn't intend to re-install them. I used my Gerber's knife to cut the liner around the edges...liner's a good 1/8"+ thick. The two behind the passenger seat are going to be a problem with the exhaust, but the muffler's pipes are rather rusted where they join, so I'm probably going to need to replace that soon, and I'll knock out the other two holes when I drop it.

Here's an image of one of the two remaining plugs to give you an idea of how firmly it's in there. I had to chip the coating off the underside and use a screwdriver to pop the tabs out, then grab and roll with a pair of pliars.
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