Water Crossings Morning all. We will be taking our T30 through around 400mm of big lizard country water crossing next month.
I have confidence in the vehicle and have done more than a few crossings in it over the years.
Car has 30mm lift and A/T's
I have searched the forum re tarp placement Jalal but can't seem to bring it up.
Would someone be able to give me an accurate SOP on fitting a cheapy tarp (ie fixing points, size of tarp and how to fit)) as I don't want to be getting out of the car mid stream!
Also re Diff, I have never had any issues with water crossings over the years and regularly drive through water with the car hot.
Is this something I should be concerned about with 400mm?
Thanks for any tips.
Date Registered: 02-2004 Location: SUTHERLAND, SYDNEY TOTAL POSTS:29094
Re: Hi Trent,
Thread moved to the correct section of the forum.
Try using the search word "deepest crossing" and you should get a few results.
When I have done a deep water crossing I used a picnic rug and put that on the engine and dangled the front of it to cover the radiator and air intake. That seems to have worked fine as long as you keep the momentum.
No fixing points where required, as the closed bonnet held it tightly in place, but you can use a couple of cable ties if you like around the bonnet hinges.
Here is a blast from the past of my crossing in my beloved T30 Exy
Re: River/Water crossings are fine provided you give them the respect they deserve.
Im not sure I would have bothered with a tarp/water bra in Jalal's video above, relatively harmless and low risk. Could be deceiving in the video, doesn't look like 400mm or better, well maybe the initial drop in and bow wave.
If you are going to be crossing something more substantial, fitting the tarp so that it covers the grill, and any "openings" into the engine bay if possible. Provided you use a steady pace, and create a bow wave, then the tarp is insurance mostly.
Always walk it first, check depth with a stick, don't change gears or use the clutch if at all possible, and keep a steady pace. Snorkels are cheap insurance if you are considering doing a lot of them, I believe they were available for the T30.
Treat them with respect, but by all means, enjoy !
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Date Registered: 08-2011 Location: Lalor Park, NSW TOTAL POSTS:1663
Re: Water Crossings Front diff has a breather. Rear has a poor attempt at a breather. 400mm will be above the rear breather. Easy enough to extend it if you wish.
Don't recommend crossings like this without a snorkel though.
Date Registered: 11-2012 Location: Broome TOTAL POSTS:547
Re: Water Crossings I have done a few deeper crossings now (snorkel fitted) but another thing I put on now if i suspect it is going to be a bit deeper is a water bra. Keeps most water away from engine bay and helps with the bow wave
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