Water Wading Capability - NA Ranger vs RoTW Ranger

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  1. j0shm1lls

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    Hey guys,

    Just a little curious as to what differences there could be from the RoTW Ranger to the North America spec ranger to make such a huge difference in water wading capability. RoTW Ranger is claimed to have 800mm (roughly 31.5 inches) of water wading capability and from what I can find in the US Ranger Owner's Manual, it says don't cross water higher than the bottom of the hubs. 31.5 inches of water would basically submerge the stock tires on the FX4 package.

    Here in SoCal, I'll probably NEVER have to worry about it, just thought the difference was interesting.

    Thoughts?
     
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    Can't answer the question, but figured I'd contribute anyway.

     
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    Buy a boat...
     
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    I think that is more for those who don't service the vehicle after driving thru water or for general safety reasons. It doesn't take much flowing water to cause a vehicle to lose traction / control. As long as the vehicle doesn't stall due to electrical system saturation, deeper water can be traversed. However after doing so, you'd need to service all lubricated parts under the truck including hubs, transmission, transfer case, u-joints, differentials, etc. I'll guarantee those "engineers' running that 800mm test either had that Ranger fully serviced thereafter, or sold it to some poor soul.
     
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    I 'm going to go with insurance reasons. The first bozo who tries to cross a flood channel and gets swept away will turn around and go after Ford....
     
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    It’s based on the safe limit that ford can say without getting sued by idiots.

    Here is a promo video from Ford AU.

     
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    It could also be for vent hose heights. I know trucks in South America often have various fuel vapor and axle vents that go up higher than they do here in North America. I wouldn't be surprised at all if it's a much shorter vent hose here in the states.
     

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