The Bronco is Not a boat...

Xpathf1nderX
Jun 07, 2023

GASQUATCH

Jun 07, 2023

Bronco people do some pretty amazing things with their "trucks". They can climb mountains, sling mud, crawl the rocks, cruise the town, and some can cross deep water forjing. But, with this modern era of heavily dependent technologies, what are some things to worry about with deeper water crossings?

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Darrel, TK1215
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Jun 07, 2023

#1
Proper technique in entering the water is important, even for depths under your specific trim's capabilities (or alternator placement). Don't blast in, keep a bow wave, etc.

Water can be risky -- you can check the depth before entering, but you still can run into issues crossing, a sudden drop-off, sea snakes, who knows. I get why it's fun, but it can be expensive.
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Jakob1972, Xpathf1nderX

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Jun 07, 2023

#2
I am new to off roading. I have not been able to go to any of the Off Roadeo locations due to health issues. I did schedule training with Off Road Consulting at AOAA. ORC covered water fording as part of the training.

ORC said to visually check the body of water when possible before driving into it. You should enter the water slowly to feel if the bottom is muddy or rocky. Entering slowly will also help protect your cooling fans and help prevent water from entering your air filter box or worse. You should cross slowly if unsure of the bottom conditions in front of you. If you’re aware of depth and bottom conditions you can increase your speed but do not cross your wake.

Even after a few outings I’m still uncomfortable with water crossings and things unseen below the water. I’m sure confidence will come in time.

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Deano Bronc, Xpathf1nderX
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Jun 07, 2023

#3
Proper technique in entering the water is important, even for depths under your specific trim's capabilities (or alternator placement). Don't blast in, keep a bow wave, etc.

Water can be risky -- you can check the depth before entering, but you still can run into issues crossing, a sudden drop-off, sea snakes, who knows. I get why it's fun, but it can be expensive.
I think that might be over any of our Bronco’s capabilities!
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Jun 07, 2023

#4
The Bronco is also Not a plane
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Griffinftw, Broncofly

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Jun 07, 2023

#5
I am new to off roading. I have not been able to go to any of the Off Roadeo locations due to health issues. I did schedule training with Off Road Consulting at AOAA. ORC covered water fording as part of the training.

ORC said to visually check the body of water when possible before driving into it. You should enter the water slowly to feel if the bottom is muddy or rocky. Entering slowly will also help protect your cooling fans and help prevent water from entering your air filter box or worse. You should cross slowly if unsure of the bottom conditions in front of you. If you’re aware of depth and bottom conditions you can increase your speed but do not cross your wake.

Even after a few outings I’m still uncomfortable with water crossings and things unseen below the water. I’m sure confidence will come in time.
Stay uncomfortable. Unless you have done the crossing recently, they can change dramatically, so always be careful.
Deano Bronc, Jakob1972

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Jun 07, 2023

#6
My Bronco is a daily driver. I'm not crossing unknown water.
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Darrel, OrangecrushBronco

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Jun 07, 2023

#7
I disagree, the Bronco is a boat and I have proof...

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Though it is moving slowly, the driver is ensuring that no bow wake is created, showing proper concern for his neighbours shoreline and docks...
Deano Bronc, Jakob1972

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Jun 07, 2023

#8
Stay uncomfortable. Unless you have done the crossing recently, they can change dramatically, so always be careful.
I’ll keep that in mind. Thanks!
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Darrel

Mud,Sweat and Gears

Jun 07, 2023

#9
Just what I always wanted to do: motor boating in a Bronco...😛
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Jakob1972, Xpathf1nderX

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Jun 07, 2023

#10
The Bronco is also Not a plane
That must be me. That's how I drive...lol
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Deano Bronc, Jakob1972

Mud,Sweat and Gears

Jun 07, 2023

#11
Look! up in the sky, its a bird, its a plane, No! its a Bronco?
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Jakob1972, Badlands or Bust

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Jun 07, 2023

#12
On an enduro bike you should walk the water first. The problem is I rarely do this since you get real wet with large boots on and such. So you just go through hoping for the best, of course in areas that you know. If it is a river or a wash and you see a disturbance on the top of the water it is probably some rocks on the bottom making the water move differently from the rest of it. If I was in terrain I didn't know I would walk it if I was on a bike. It is hard to hit the kill switch as you are going down. You don't want to suck water in.

We had a flood come down from the mountains and it washed the road out. My buddy is one of the local rescue guys and he was in his Duece and a Half. He got to a spot and thought he shouldn't go any further and sure enough when all was said and done he would have nose dived about 10 feet where the road was washed out and it was all one big river.

I think in my Bronco I would work my way up to deeper water. Although going through deep water for me will be a necessity and not just to see if I can do it.
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Darrel, the poacher

Rank II

Jun 07, 2023

#13
I disagree, the Bronco is a boat and I have proof...

1686178144607.png
Though it is moving slowly, the driver is ensuring that no bow wake is created, showing proper concern for his neighbours shoreline and docks...
Yeah …save the hardtop at all costs!
Deano Bronc, Darrel

Mud,Sweat and Gears

Jun 07, 2023

#14
Checking the crossing is smart.
Theres deep channel in the local stream. Its bedrock so the walls are vertical. The sides of it are shallow but it drops off to 9 ft. One of the locals not real familiar thought they could cross there. Was funny watching him drop out of sight.Was even funnier watching him try to get his bike back.
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EGBronc, the poacher

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Jun 08, 2023

#15
I think that might be over any of our Bronco’s capabilities!
At that point, I think you would rather have a submarine? 😆
Deano Bronc, Darrel

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Jun 08, 2023

#16
The Bronco is also Not a plane

Looks like something from the new Fast X movie ..
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Jun 08, 2023

#17

Broncos are not mountain goats either.
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Jun 08, 2023

#18
We went into a river one time with an Army Jeep, no deep fording kit. We were lucky to get out.

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Jun 08, 2023

#19
This picture makes me sad 😔
What a waste
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