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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 12-30-2008, 04:13 AM Thread Starter
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Water Crossing

Took the Commander and my dog out hunting in the North Georgia mountains the other day. We headed down a Forest Service road, taking it to the end, and then hopped on a much more rugged fire road to a little honey hole I know of.

Anyway, heading out from where I parked the Commander I needed to cross a stream (this is important). At the time, it was probably 15 feet across but no more than 3 or 4 inches deep. 6 hours later on the return, following some rain in the mountains, that stream was about 25 feet across and easily a 18 inches deep (with a swift current, I used my shotgun to help wade my way across).

Here's the Commander question. Had I continued up the fire road, I would have had to cross the stream itself. I didn't take my Commander because I don't have a lift on it yet. But assuming I put a 2 inch lift on it (which would have been adequate to clear the road at that point), would I have had enough clearance to get across the stream??
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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 12-30-2008, 07:38 AM
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I think stock can handle 22 inches (according to Jeep), so figure it can probably do at least that along with the extra 2-3 inches of lift. The depth shouldn't be an issue, but for me I would be concerned about the moving water more than the depth...
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x2 the water depth would not have been and issue. Crossing fast moving water obviously its a matter of common sense. If there are class 5 rapids where you are trying to cross then maybe you want to turn around. If the water is just a swift or fast current you can probably cross safely but you need to position yourself in a way that you are not only crossing the water but accounting for the force on the vehicle by going at an angle. Most of all only cross if YOU feel it is safe.

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post #4 of 25 (permalink) Old 12-30-2008, 11:26 AM
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According to the Jeep website, water fording is safe up to 19 inches.

http://www.jeep.com/en/4x4/trail_rated/index.html
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Remember......... GO SLOW!!!
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Some people recommend slow but not too slow. I think the idea is to create a "bow wake" with the front bumper if you're in deep water to keep the water level as low as possible at the front.

I don't have any experience with deep water crossings, but the concept seems to make sense.
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There's s video on the web site where they test the Jeeps for thier Trail rated badge .. and they ford water over the headlights!

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Yeah, I wouldn't really advise the "water over the headlights" test. Ha.
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Yeah, I wouldn't really advise the "water over the headlights" test. Ha.
Opps .. good point ... didn't mean to sanction the practice ... if you watch the video a lot of that is wake too ...
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Well, one thing I do know about driving in water is that you're basically screwed if you allow water to get into the air intake. Water doesn't compress like air does, so if water gets into the cylinders, you've got big problems.
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