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Well I kept getting water in my headlights everytime we went down to the creek or river and I got my headlights lights below the water. I'd just go home and use the shop vac with a small piece of rubber line to sucking out the water, then hit the outside of the light with a blow dry till all the water beads and moisture were gone. Well I finally said to **** with this so I took it to the dealer and they set up an appointment for the headlight (2 weeks out and then it probably would sit there another week waiting for the new headlight to come in. So I got a hair up my a$$ and decided to take a moment and see if I could figure out how the water was getting in. I pulled the headlight bulb out and found out why water was getting into the housing. I also found out that the outer rubber seal is not a true seal it just covers the rear of the headlamp probably to keep debris out of the assembly. The inner rubber grouments is meant to keep water off the connector (not very well at that).
1. Remove both the outer and inner rubber boots.
2. Disconnected the headlamp plug (push in and turn counterclockwise).
3. Removed bulb from housing.
I then noticed that there is no seal between the bulb and the housing and there were 2 little dimples on the bulb that were preventing the bulb from sitting flush in the housing. (There is a point which only alows the bulb to sit in the housing in a certain direction). I then took my bulb and flattened the 2 dimples with my vise. I decided I wanted to go one step further and install a seal between the bulb and the housing. (I found that a garden hose washer fit perfect around the base of the bulb). You have to pry it over the bulb, but then it will fit perfect on the base of the bulb.(package of 10, $ 1.99 @ Lowes)
4. I then placed the bulb back into the headlight housing (it's a little tight with the seal so I took a 3/4 inch deep well socket and placed it over the bulb and pushed it into the housing.
5. Reconnected the headlamp plug (push in and turn clockwise).
6. Replaced both the rubber seals.
After I completed this I took it down to the creek and submerged my headlights for 5 minutes straight and there wasn't any water in my headlights.
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Lol, If there was any water leakage anywhere on the Kodiak 700, I had assumed you would be the first one to find it. :grin2:
Now you can do more of this:


Great guides robval1987!
 

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Great solution to the leak. Those washers should also be found at walmarts.
Also automotive parts stores usually have an assortment of this stuff which presents another opportunity to get something similar.
 

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Lol, If there was any water leakage anywhere on the Kodiak 700, I had assumed you would be the first one to find it. :grin2:
Now you can do more of this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AsBBFshMv8

Great guides robval1987!
Yea your right about that, it is never a easy feeling to take a brand new piece of equipment, modify it yourself, then just take it on faith that it all sealed up and just drive off into a deep hole. Then once in your like what the **** was I thinking, I should have just slowly drive into something that gets deeper and deeper as you go in (not just drop in) thankfully everything worked as planned. I still believe it will move better with the right type of tires, the stock Maxis tires don't seem that great to me and don't really push the unit through the water the way I expected them to. Gonna need to replace the tires with something better.
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