Re: Kia\'s are OK
Take a look at the pic. This jeep has at least a 6" lift and 35" tires. I took this from the cab of my Kia about a month ago. I followed him though with no problem. Just so you know I serious.
The computer in inside the cab in the dash. Under the hood, everything is mounted high so only splash from the fan
gets to it. The air intake is is good design. The front of the hood that curves down blocks water away from the intake.
The "/" is the hood, "---" is the intake, so you have "/---". The intake is about 6" wide, and 2" high. It opening is cut on a slant like this "/". When it interacts with the hood, which is very close to it, it sucks air from the engine compartment which is supplied at the bottom of the windshield. The intake airflow also starts high, goes down to the air filter box(which has holes in the bottom), then goes up to the engine.
Since the tranny is mounted high under the chasis, an air pock forms there to keep water out of it. I haven't figured out the diffs yet. But never had to waterproof.
When in deep and the water is comming over the hood, water flows down the fire wall. If you keep moving, and as long as you maintain the air pock in the engine compartment, it is no problem. If you do get stuck, shut it off.
I'm asked this all the time. Sometimes I meet up with some custom jeeps and I join up with them. Everybody who is serious, always heads toward the ponds. I have to stop and open up the hood and they give it a look over.
Really, Kia put a lot of good though and design in it where it counts. The only serious issue with this vehicle is clearence. But I have to believe they did this to reduce the center of gravity due to the high mounted components, and the flexy suspension.