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Unread 10-23-2003, 05:45 PM   #1
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Water Proofing ?s

In accordance to my 'i cant leave anything alone' and 'plan for the worst hope for the best' attitudes id like to ask some of you how to help waterproof my new Rubicon. I saw a video of the Slade KY Jamboree and it had rained HARD the night before, the group had to cross what is usually a stream, but had now had a hard current. As stock rubicon made it through fine, but the water was up to the hood. anyhways, can you guys point out some things/ways to water proof the vehicle? Since its my first jeep i may or may not know where the item is located, so you may want to mention its location. Yeah a snorkel is the obvious one . thanks everyone!

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Aside from keeping water out of the air intake, Rubicons (as well as all 2003 and newer Wranglers) seem to be set up fairly well for crossing water. Rumor has it that the transmission FINALLY got a remote vent line in 2003, and in all model year TJs, both axles have remote vent lines and so does the transfer case.

Your engine doesn't have a distributor cap to get water inside so really, it seems like 2003 and newer Wranglers are pretty well set up. It's 2002 and older that get things like non-remote vented transmssions, and like 2000 (1999?) and older that have distributor caps that can get water inside and stall you out.
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wow, thats good to hear! what about computer boxes or any of that stuff? Just a snorkel and im ready to go then!?
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Well, I think above worrying too much about making them waterproof is that no matter how we try to make Jeeps water resistant, they'll never be waterproof. Water can get into the sensors, inside the connectors, steering column where it seems to be especially sensitive to water (clockspring, turn-signals, instrument panel), etc. Taking it through deep water is really just plain risky. Every couple 'a days, someone posts about their electrical system is hosed, intermittent, clicking, engine running rough, etc. and about all we can say is to let it dry out for a few days and start spraying everything you can get to, electrically speaking, with WD-40 to chase the moisture away.

It's just that water and TJs are a sometimes problematic combination. Some days you'll reach the other side without a problem, others you're gonna stall out and have to be towed out... and give it time, often even a few days, to dry out so all the sensors and other doo-dads can start working again.

But then I'm a desert Jeeper, we have to carry our own water with us and my few water crossings always gave me a minor headache afterwards.
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