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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-23-2000, 08:23 AM
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First, Thanks to everyone who helped me with my overcooling problem, I was pleasantly surprised at the response. (it still isn't fixed though, I think the auto-choke needs replacing).

Here is my next question: I have a carburetted Samurai, lifted about 1" by new springs. Does anyone know what the wading depth is for a Samurai that's not lifted much? I have been through about 2' without any trouble. Landrover say that wading depth is generally just under the radiator fan's bottom edge for their vehicles.

I'm looking to increase the depth to about 3", any ideas? I've already started building a snorkel.

Would anyone who's been swimming in their Samurai care to enlighten me?

Cheers, Scott.

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 11-23-2000, 01:22 PM
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To drive into water that covers, or even partially covers, the fan, you should install an electric fan. With an engine-driven fan, the fan pulls itself into the radiator and rips it open [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/frown.gif[/img]. With an electric fan you just flip the cut-off switch and go diving [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]. Also- dont forget to seal the distributor. Run a bead of slicone adhesive around the base of the cap. Then drill a hole into the cap and press in a small tube that you can run a breather-hose off of to a higher location (you should route ALL your breather lines to a much higher location as well. If you do the snorkel up to the top of the windshield frame along with these modifications, and your engine doesn't leak oil, you will be able to drive into water until it goes over your head with no problems.

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Well, with the stock carburator you can have water up to the bottom of your windsheild. My dad had his in that much water at a creek crossing on the Kane Creek Canyon trail in Moab a few years back. With a Weber carb though thats highly unlikely.

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... just make sure to run breather hoses from your both diffs and the transfercase way up... 5bucks well spent


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. . . you will be able to drive into water until it goes over your head with no problems.
Hey, Be sure you have a snorkle for yourself. Or learn to hold your breath for a long time! [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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<font color=blue>Sycho15</font color=blue> has one option, which is a good one. For the smaller radiators, look for fans from a Subaru or Toy, I know of some jeep guys that use them, multiple units of course. They're cheap and waterproof, no need to spend a lot of $$$. Another option is the electric clutch fan, it uses a thermostat to activate the fan, but you can rig this off a switch to turn it off. Not sure of it's size, but heck, with torches and a welder, anything's possible. A/C compressors usually use this clutch pulley as well.

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post #7 of (permalink) Old 11-25-2000, 09:18 AM
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Here is a site that should give you alot of ideas for waterworks. It not only about snorkels


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