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Unread 06-13-2007, 02:01 PM   #1
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How deep is too deep?

It has been raining like crazy around here lately.I checked my rig's breathers on the TC / Diffs today, and they're good and secure. Most "puddles" wont be more than 5 or 6 inches, but just out of curiosity, how deep can I get? We're not talking about steep angles or anything here. The TJ is all stock save for wheels and tires (30 in). It'll also be handy information for wheeling around here through the shallower creeks and whatnot. Thanks guys.

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Unread 06-13-2007, 02:03 PM   #2
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Bottom of tub is a safe bet.
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Unread 06-13-2007, 02:07 PM   #3
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agree,


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Unread 06-13-2007, 02:15 PM   #4
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What transmission? Keep it safe and dont go over the top of your axles... I flood the transmisison about 4 times. Just dropped $1000 for a rebuild couple of weeks ago...

If you have a stick or a auto after 02? (4sp) then you should be prefectly safe up over your bumpers... I have seen guys up to the headlights (one guy dipped the hood under for a second) and they were still fine...
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the owners manual sais 8 inches of standing water, and take it slow
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Unread 06-13-2007, 02:33 PM   #6
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I have done two feet of water in crossing streams several times but that is as deep as I would go. My LJ is stock with a manual tranny. I change my diff fluid once a year too.
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Unread 06-13-2007, 02:40 PM   #7
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I had water running over my knees sitting in the jeep and it seemed to be just fine. It was rating pretty high on the pucker factor though.
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Unread 06-13-2007, 02:55 PM   #8
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To get a 'trail rated' badge the vehicle must be able to pass a series of tests by a 3rd party company. On of the tests is water fording, and I think the criteria is 24"-26" of water. So its certified to do at least that. I don't know why the factory would say 8".

I would say max is up to the bottom of the headlight rim. I've had mine that deep a couple times and its fine. If you have an auto make sure to check for a breather hose on your tranny. You can actually have water crest over entire hood for a short time as long as you don't stop moving. I've done it once, but the 'pucker factor' is way to uncomfortable for me.
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To get a 'trail rated' badge the vehicle must be able to pass a series of tests by a 3rd party company. On of the tests is water fording, and I think the criteria is 24"-26" of water. So its certified to do at least that. I don't know why the factory would say 8".

I would say max is up to the bottom of the headlight rim. I've had mine that deep a couple times and its fine. If you have an auto make sure to check for a breather hose on your tranny. You can actually have water crest over entire hood for a short time as long as you don't stop moving. I've done it once, but the 'pucker factor' is way to uncomfortable for me.
I'd Like to see one of those "trail rated compasses or patriots go through 24-26" of water
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Unread 06-13-2007, 05:30 PM   #10
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Does the recommended depth change if you have an automatic transmission? I think I remembered hearing that somewhere.
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Unread 06-13-2007, 06:32 PM   #11
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Does the recommended depth change if you have an automatic transmission? I think I remembered hearing that somewhere.
the 97-2003 auto's have no breather tube. 3 spd trans.

the 2003+ and later TJ's with the auto (Overdrive 4 spd) have the breather tube that goes up dipstick...but I would recommend that you have that tube before you do dunking into water as mistakes during production CAN happen.

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If you have an auto dont go deep unless there is absolutely no other route if you have a standard just dont use the clutch unless you have to (just kill it then shift without using the clutch and restart it.............so disable that overide now)

Now for my next question?? Why? Ive never had the urge to ford deep water and if it is a low water crossing with flowing water you dont want it on the side of your jeeps body or truck or car because it will act like a dam for the flowing water and can wash you away. Standing water is obviously different.
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Like said before if its the 3spd auto, i wouldn't chance much. But with a manual i would say up to the headlight trim also. I'v actually pushed a wave over the hood with mine with no problems at all. My doors are on also.
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Unread 06-13-2007, 06:41 PM   #14
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Ive never felt like my jeep was a submarine and really wouldnt like pulling maintenance/replacing parts every week because i drove into a pond or something.
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Unread 06-13-2007, 07:39 PM   #15
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Well yea it would be like standing water. So my '06 should be OK though, I mean obviously I don't want to go too deep but I don't have to worry about driving through moderate puddles up to about bumper height at most, do I?
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