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Old 06-05-2019, 04:49 PM
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Water crossing

Hi everyone!! Planning to have some offroad with water crossing. I know about the 30 inch recommendation for stock JK's. Is it truely safe??? And will like to know how capable are the doors to not let water come in. Thank you all!!

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Can't really say what the limit is for stock jeep. Make sure the water is not moving too much as even a little water moving fast has incredible power to push you. Also, if you have Rubicon, the swaybar disconnect sits right behind the front bumper and is susceptible to water damage. Good luck! No whining now...

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Just keep your speed down.

I would recommend removing the carpet beforehand, that way if you do take on water you can just pull the drain plugs. Will also make clean up of any mud easier.

Here's me & the wife's Jeeps crossing some water on our last trek. To give you an idea of depth her tan Jeep is on 37s and mines on 40s.



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Can't really say what the limit is for stock jeep. Make sure the water is not moving too much as even a little water moving fast has incredible power to push you. Also, if you have Rubicon, the swaybar disconnect sits right behind the front bumper and is susceptible to water damage. Good luck! No whining now...
Well, i do have both a Rubicon and a Sport, and didn't imagine sway bar system could be damaged because of water. Thanks for advice!!!
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Just keep your speed down.

I would recommend removing the carpet beforehand, that way if you do take on water you can just pull the drain plugs. Will also make clean up of any mud easier.

Here's me & the wife's Jeeps crossing
some water on our last trek. To give you an idea of depth her tan Jeep is on 37s and mines on 40s.



Wow, that was quite deep! But hey, i don't want water inside my jeep, that's for sure!!! Heehee!!!
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Planning to have some offroad with water crossing. I know about the 30 inch recommendation for stock JK's. Is it truely safe??? And will like to know how capable are the doors to not let water come in
If the water level reaches (splashes) the door sill water will likely enter. One recommendation is to extend the axle breather hoses to reduce the chance of water entering and causing problems.
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Only recommendation is NOT to use those ARB pos plastic lines ( kinks too easily)

Install rubber or silicone


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Well, i do have both a Rubicon and a Sport, and didn't imagine sway bar system could be damaged because of water. Thanks for advice!!!
My swaybar system got water in it with out any water crossings. Just rain and car washes. They are a great idea, but poor design.
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Planning to have some offroad with water crossing. I know about the 30 inch recommendation for stock JK's. Is it truely safe??? And will like to know how capable are the doors to not let water come in
If the water level reaches (splashes) the door sill water will likely enter. One recommendation is to extend the axle breather hoses to reduce the chance of water entering and causing problems.
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Only recommendation is NOT to use those ARB pos plastic lines ( kinks too easily)

Install rubber or silicone


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Well, i do have both a Rubicon and a Sport, and didn't imagine sway bar system could be damaged because of water. Thanks for advice!!!
My swaybar system got water in it with out any water crossings. Just rain and car washes. They are a great idea, but poor design.
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What I want to know is how did the Sami do on this crossing? Looks to be riding on 31's or so.
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Mine already had the carpet deleted when I got it...maybe my favorite mod. Yes water got in. 🙂
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Mine already had the carpet deleted when I got it...maybe my favorite mod. Yes water got in. 🙂
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I wouldn't sweat the small stuff. My town's prone to flooding all the time, and being in the telecom industry I have to get to places that occasionally require traversing through those impacted areas. When I was stock a few years ago, I traversed a flooded area with water almost up to the hood without issue. Recently I've had water to the upper portion of my grill without any issues. Door seals were fine and no water got in. Differential maintenance doesn't show any signs of water getting in either.


If it's muddy, make sure you give it a good thorough rinsing afterwards. If it's a river or creek crossing just take a moment to be aware of the depth of what you're traversing through, any obstacles in the path, and take into consideration the speed that water is moving through the area. Don't hit the water at a high speed, go slow, and for slow or stagnant water, follow your initial wake. If it seems unsafe, just don't do it.


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My swaybar system got water in it with out any water crossings. Just rain and car washes. They are a great idea, but poor design.
I had a Sahara and now have a Sport. Between them was a Power Wagon ----- the swaybar disco got wet, shorted a bit, and the TIPM wouldn't let it go out of 4WD. Sucked for about an hour.

The swaybar control box is a good thing to dab a little goo around and waterproof.

Also look for splooge inside your diffs afterward. Despite your best effort, the gear oil gets contaminated usually.

We have lots of fords around here.

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Charlie's Creek, I presume?
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What I want to know is how did the Sami do on this crossing? Looks to be riding on 31's or so.
That dude will go anywhere without fear I've had to winch him out of some pretty nasty stuff. Oh, and it's a GEO LOL

He didn't quite make this one

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And if you have a manual transmission, pick a gear and stick with it; you don't want mud and debris getting between the plates by shifting gears when you're in water
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I wouldn't suggest submerging your Pentastar or AT in cold water unless you really have to. Water touching the oil-pan -ok but not deeper than that.
Catalytic converters have somewhere 600-750F on the surface and imo submerging them in cold water is a bad idea.
Also if your brakes are hot, let say after descending to the river I would give them some time to cool off before crossing.
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No idea who this is.. But he has courage

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Some reports have said the radiator/cooling system fan is susceptible to getting mud/wet grit/goo in it in such situations as it is not a sealed assembly - may want to keep an eye on that to avoid overheating and/or going into limp mode as a result of a fan gone bad.
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All of your advices are very welcome!!!! Thank you thank you!!!!

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