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Unread 02-28-2013, 08:36 AM   #1
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So my eighty-three year old father comes home safely the other night in his stock '05 4.7L WK and announces that the crossing at his private creek was "a feet feet above flood stage." Whoa, that's a big deal dad! Now, he does cross this ford daily and the WK, with 125K miles still shows no obvious signs of damage. This time though, water flowing above the rocker panels? Dam* car stayed dry and easily conquered the crossing. What a vehicle. Really. However, I am now curious though, given the fact that the WK gets wet frequently and on occasion, submerges all if its drive components, what is the most likely part(s) to fail? Bearings, seals etc...help me target some preventive maintenance.
It is a real tribute to WK though. Never had an issue.

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Unread 02-28-2013, 09:11 AM   #2
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Impressive! Do you have an idea on the actual depth? Are we talking close to 3 feet?
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Unread 02-28-2013, 09:30 AM   #3
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That is a cool story...using my Jeep below as a reference:

2ft = top of wheels

3ft = just under the red badge on the side or equal to the front wheel arch.

3ft is a lot water for a stock WK to be crossing. The most I have ever been in is about 2 ft.

If this is a regular occurrence you may want to relocate the the diff breather and the transfer case breather

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Unread 02-28-2013, 02:08 PM   #4
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How long is the crossing? Is the jeep in the water for 2 seconds or 5 minutes
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Unread 02-28-2013, 05:07 PM   #5
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Best water prepped WK i've seen

I've taken my stock height (pre lift) through 2+ ft np. I cross a creek on the way to the cabin that ranges from 14" -36" throughout the season. I didn't dare cross at high level last year, but this year with the OME and 265's/275's coming soon i'll go for it no hesitation. The double door seals really do work well when I had water up above the rockers.
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Unread 02-28-2013, 06:44 PM   #6
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i stayed on the island during sandy this fall & we had about 2ft.+ of water in the front yard. came up to the trim line of my WK w/ it's 2" daystar BB. stayed completely dry inside! sandy was a test & a half, both for the jeep & the community. here's a pic of the wrackline on my jeep after the water went down & as it stands now:
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Unread 02-28-2013, 07:03 PM   #7
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I got high centered in water that came to just below the inner door seal. Had to sit there for an hour for help to come and give my a pull out. Ended up vacuuming 4 gallons of water out from under the carpets. Next day They were still wet, so I pulled all my carpets and found there are numerous drain plugs on the belly. If they are not sealed, and your jeep is stuck in water, it will come in.
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Unread 02-28-2013, 10:01 PM   #8
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbNtGXQh1Mc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0rWCA-DNJw

Best water prepped WK i've seen

I've taken my stock height (pre lift) through 2+ ft np. I cross a creek on the way to the cabin that ranges from 14" -36" throughout the season. I didn't dare cross at high level last year, but this year with the OME and 265's/275's coming soon i'll go for it no hesitation. The double door seals really do work well when I had water up above the rockers.


oh no u just posted a Gary video...thats a ban!!
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Unread 03-01-2013, 02:35 AM   #9
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As said above, rear diff breather is a must, if you have just driven through then bearings etc wont be affected, if you have sat there for a while, everything under the waterline will have a shortened life span.

Ive had water to just below the bottom of the windscreen in mine, multiple times, but i wouldnt recommend it. Not muddy, just fresh water so i wanst going to get bogged. Didnt hang around either......

Hot parts that get dunked in cold water suck in the cold water to even out the temp difference, and thats where breathers need to be checked as they will suck in water to the diff or transfer etc, as it will through the diff seals etc.

Got reminded of this vid last week actually! This was ages ago, running a seriously sagged OME lift and 31" tyres. Back when the panels were straight

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Unread 03-01-2013, 07:26 AM   #10
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Unread 03-01-2013, 03:44 PM   #11
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Check the transfer case for sure. I had to pay $950 to replace mine after the previous owner took it through some water and didn't get it checked and the thing was pretty much filled with water
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