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I'm thinking about getting a new off road 4x4 for off roading. The place where I'll be going has a lot of water crossings so I've been looking at the water fording capabilities of the 4x4s. Land Rover has a very detailed water fording section that provides the exact water fording depth of each model not only by model but down to the actual trim of the model since it can vary by a few inches even within the same model depending on the trim.
However, honestly there's something about the Jeep Wrangler, particularly the 2 door version, that has always been very appealing to me and as such would much rather buy the Jeep than the Land Rover; but Jeep says 30 inches of water fording where the Land Rover says 35.4 inches. I did notice though that Jeep seems to be taking a very generic approach to this as 30 inches of water fording is listed for all trims of the Wrangler. Additionally, the Ram Power Wagon also lists 30 inches of water fording which got me thinking if perhaps Jeep (Chrysler) is taking a corporate approach of one fits all? Because the Rubicon is clearly taller than say the Sport Wrangler yet they both say 30 inches of water fording. I'm therefore wondering if 30 inches is really the true water fording capability of a Rubicon Jeep Wrangler or if it's significant higher than this?
 

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Stock vehicles it is said that the water level should never reach above the bottom of the head lights. WHY?
Because that is the same level of the engine air intake.
There are breather hoses also for both the differentials and tranny if automatic that reach this level.
Lifting the vehicle and or extending these hoses allow for deeper water fording.
Please keep in mind too that the cab may began to flood if the seals have been removed from under the carpet.
I never measured mine, I just use my walking stick the the different components like axle, bumper, top of winch, door seals and head lights marked on the stick.
 

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How often do you expect to be in water? Keep in mind the Rubicon’s electronic sway bar disconnect does not take well to repeated water usage and it’s a $2k replacement item
 

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30 Inches... 35 inches.... Makes no difference. They will run at those depths. Either way though (rover and jeep) you will have a huge mess to clean up. Neither one of them are submarines, straight out of the factory anyway. Door seals leak, firewall leaks... after a good 30 or 35 inch soak you will be the new owner of a swimming pool... and you won't even have to leave the drivers seat to enjoy it. Of course they don't tell you how wet your interior will get when they list those fording depths either.
 

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The swaybar disconnect on my '16 works fine. It's been buried in mud many times. I know a guy who had one replaced on a new jeep that had never been off road. Luck of the draw, I guess.
 
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