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Unread 08-06-2007, 03:46 AM   #1
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Water Proofing My TJ

Hey Everyone,

I have researched, researched, and researched about water proofing TJs. I have a 1997 Sport TJ Manual. I would like to know what people have done to waterproof their rigs. This is what I have read.
-I have read that TJs before 2003 have vents on their trannys to vent.
-I read that you need to run breather tubes from both Diffs
-Dielectric grease on every electrical connection
-Also to make a vent for a gas tank fuel line since when you go into the cold water the warm tank creates a vacuum and it will suck water in the tank.
-Water proofing electronics
-Sealing the distributor
-Do something with the fuse boxs
-Covering the alternator
-Do something with the exhaust
(Now I just need to know what I’m missing and also what all this means)
I get some of this but I would love to get some write ups and so advise on how to make my Jeep as water-resistant as possible. NOW for everyone that is going to say "Why don't you just buy a sub" I don't want a U-Boat just peace of mind when I drive to work after a weekend of Wet Wheelin. I know there is no way to be 100% protected expet absonece, haha, but I want to be well prepared.

Some questions I have:
-Wouldn’t water contacting the battery short it out??
-When the cooling fan hits water will it put to much stress on it?

Also, I know once you do take your TJ into the water, you need to do some stuff to it after to keep it running and looking nice. Like regressing and changing fluids. But exactly what, where, and when should I do maintenance afterwards?

My jeep is a daily driver and my trail toy. I bought a snorkel cause if I hydro lock my Jeep I would not have a car to drive anywhere. I plan on taking my carpet out and eventually lining the tube. I take my jeep through a lot of wet trails and when I finish all this prep work I plan on taking in deep waters, up to hood levels at times.
Id love some Pics too!!!


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Unread 08-06-2007, 04:25 AM   #2
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I will add axle tube seals help to prevent getting water and mud in them.
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Unread 08-06-2007, 05:07 AM   #3
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What exactly are those?
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Unread 08-06-2007, 05:09 AM   #4
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Leave your Jeep on the land and get one of these for the water:

http://gvhighlights.blogspot.com/200...r-carboat.html
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Unread 08-06-2007, 05:22 AM   #5
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HAHAHA Yeah well I got a boat, Searay 175. But I like the TJ more, besides all TJs are Amphibious not to mention able to crawl over rocks.
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Unread 08-06-2007, 05:25 AM   #6
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Though I have thought how much mod I would have to do to get my boat able to go on the Road. I wonder if there is a Quadratec for boats.
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Unread 08-06-2007, 07:43 AM   #7
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You're right on track and it sounds like the search turned up some good info.

Put dielectric grease in all the electric connections and plugs. If you want to go one step further, cover them with liquid electrical tape. Just be sure to put a small wire under it (a twist tie works well) so you can remove the coating someday if necessary.

A bead of silicone under the cap helps a lot. It also helps to get a distributor cover from a Ford Mustang. Its just a rubber/vinyl boot that goes over the cap and acts as a splash guard.

Your diffs already have breathers that are pretty high. The front goes to the top of the radiator and the rear goes up near the gas filler. Check them out but they are probably already high enough for you.

I'm not sure about your t-case. I know on a 97 auto, the t-case vent is attached to the top of the bellhousing. Check where it runs on your manual. Just follow the hose from the driver side of the t-case.
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Unread 08-06-2007, 09:13 AM   #8
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Leave your Jeep on the land and get one of these for the water:

http://gvhighlights.blogspot.com/200...r-carboat.html
nope, get one of these-

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Unread 08-06-2007, 02:07 PM   #9
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Okay Keep them comming...please
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Unread 08-06-2007, 03:36 PM   #10
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I have little over pressure in my axles. I use it in water, swamp and mudding.
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Unread 08-06-2007, 04:46 PM   #11
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nope, get one of these-
or this:


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Unread 08-06-2007, 08:30 PM   #12
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Okay Okay, I get it. BUT I would still like some serious responces with pics or write ups. Thanks
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Unread 08-06-2007, 10:06 PM   #13
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See the link for the Daless2 writeup that Oman posted here...
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/deepwater-crossing-159286/
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Unread 08-07-2007, 10:02 AM   #14
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I routed the vent lines for my trans and t-case inside the cab, just under my manual shifter boot. I can just pull off the breather caps and actually refill both from the captains chair (I usually refill most of the way, then top off underneath where I can see the level). I first posted this several years ago here, but received mixed reviews. I am still happy with this setup and would do it again. Very little chance of getting any fluids in that way and I didn't need any extra hose....the t-case hose is long enough to use for both since it's a short run. I did buy another breather cap from the dealer though for the other line.
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Unread 08-07-2007, 12:17 PM   #15
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electric fan with a switch to turn it off in the water... take the stock fan out..

heard this helps
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