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Old 11-02-2008, 03:48 PM   #1
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I just installed my 3" coil spring lift with sway bar disconnects from BDS on my 2003 Jeep wrangler Sahara automatic with 32x11.5R15 on 15x8 cragar 397's. I was wondering...everything else stock.. what should i do if i encounter water/mud...and if i decide to go through...what height would i be able to safely go through without hydrolocking my engine

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Well, in reality I believe that you should worry more about the transmission than hydrolocking...

It'll hydrolock if you get the tailpipe underwater AND turn the engine off or if you get water taken into the intake via the airfilter. If you are going to take your jeep swimming, ALWAYS go out ahead and check water depth and obsticles first. If you get it in mud deep enough to cause engine problems, well you have other (worse) problems anyway...

I believe your auto trans has a breather tube that should be going up to near the body. Shouldn't be that big of a deal if you flush and refill afterwards.

I know the older transmissions were a lot more susiptible to water invasion and I'm running a stick, so don't take the transmission comment as fact.

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know where your inlet is to the intake as long as your under that your fine. you dont have a distributer so your fine there as long as your hood is out you should be good. this is my tj with a 2in lift and the same size tires as yours

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Old 11-02-2008, 04:07 PM   #4
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first, DO NOT go at it quickly, it doesnt matter how badly you want that water srpay to be. with out a snorkel on the intake you can go through water that is just below the intake. in water hole situations the key is ease in. i was on a jamboree 2 years ago and a guy went at a water hole at about 30 mph (no exaggeration) needless to say he hydrolocked. every one else went at it slow only a few mph and we were all fine.




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this was a hole i went in a little too fast, she sputtered a little by the time i got to the end of it, (about 50 ft) but crawled out just fine

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Old 11-03-2008, 07:35 AM   #6
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jeeps take a lot of abuse. they are one of the few vehicles that you can roll over, flip it back on the wheels and continue on down the trail.
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Old 11-04-2008, 08:40 AM   #7
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i have been very lucky when i first started wheeling in my bone stock tj i used to fly through the "puddles." after learning that it's a bad idea i stopped. what you will from time to time encounter because this will happen is you motor will sputter and run like crap for a bit ( this happened to me 15 plus times.) if it stalls out after a water crossing (you will get some water in your intake eventually it unavoidable without a snorkel) pop the hood take off your filter try and dry it out a bit get a clean rag and wipe the inside of your intake box and intake tube wait a bit and try and start it. you have to be patient because sometimes it doesn't want to start. eventually it will and sound like its running on 3 cylinders you just gotta rev it a bit call it a day and wait for everything to dry out and you should be fine by the end of the day or the next day.
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Old 11-04-2008, 08:52 AM   #8
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bardenk1, have you ever been to the pine barrens jamboree? your jeep looks familiar?
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ok can someone here give me directions to the entrance of the pine barrons nj.. and tell me when some of there next events are going to be
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when we go we usually meet at the atsion rangers station on route 206. it is about 2 or 3 miles from the intersection of 206 & white horse pike in hammonton. you should go to the jamboree it is a great time. in 2009 it is May 7-9th.
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id love to go in from central jersey... by then ill have my jeep runnin like new... keep me in mind when the trip gets closer
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no prob. where abouts are you from? i'm from holland twp. its by phillipsburg and flemington.
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the sputtering you get after a water crossing is from the coil pack and the plugs etc getting wet......you do not wan even a teaspoon of water to get into your intake b/c it will hydrolock the engine......you can safely put the headlights of a tj under the water and because of the way the hood and intake are set up you will not get water in.......only if your not thrashing aroud that is........take your time and ease into everything.......i would also like to add that your front and rearend will probably be full of water if you are submerged for a period of time so it would be worth changing the fluids after a deep crossing........i dont usually but mine is trail only and doesnt see alot of miles
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im from union county...
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the next time my husband and i go with his comander club i'll let you know.
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ok thank you i just want to go wheeling with someone with experience who could teach me stuff this way im not another typical young kid with big tires on his jeep
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sorry took me a while to reply, i am from north jersey never been to the pine barrens before. i would love to go now that you mentioned the jamboree i might go check it out. theres not much "legal" wheeling to do in north jersey but the same old stuff gets boring after a while
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ok thank you i just want to go wheeling with someone with experience who could teach me stuff this way im not another typical young kid with big tires on his jeep
my husband is a great spotter and her really knows what he's doing. if you wnet with us or if you went to the jamboree you could learn a lot, and have a ton of fun.

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