Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Scottsboro, Alabama
Depth and if the water is cloudy, there can be debris that you don't see that can include rocks, sticks, etc. Rocks can damage your lower control arms and sticks can puncture brake lines and CV axle boots.
As far as depth, you can look at your owners manual and there should be a max wading depth. Just look around your machine and find where all of the vents for the front and rear diffs and belt housing are as well as the air intake tube. If you get water in one of those, it can damage the components inside.
You also have to think about splashing water up into the vent/intake tubes. If you want to go deeper, you can buy a snorkel kit as well as a radiator relocate to keep it out of mud/water to keep it unclogged.
When crossing water that you believe to be too deep, you should be mindful when turning around, especially if the water is cloudy. If it's not too deep, keep a constant speed to create a wave. The water will displace where your quad is and the wave you push will be deep, but your quad should be fine.
If you do go too deep, you can put the quad on the back rack to drain the water out. Pull the plug on the belt housing to drain water. Remove spark plugs to inspect the cylinders to make sure they don't have water in them. Check front diff oil, rear diff oil, and engine oil for water. Go ahead and change it. If your engine takes in water and you continue to run it, you'll compress the water since it's not combustible and it will bend the connecting rod(s) and will result in catastrophic engine failure.
Any more questions, let me know.
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