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Old 08-10-2010, 10:30 AM   #1
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Newbie: Minnesota Mike - Buying wife a Jeep, please help....

Newbie: Minnesota Mike - Buying wife a Jeep, please help....

Hello, everyone! My wife has wanted a Jeep Wrangler ever since I first met her. Now, it's time to hook her up. However, I need some guidance from you guys....

We do NOT need a Rubicon but we live in Minnesota and need one that will be stable in ice/snow conditions.

We are thinking either the Sport 4x4 or the Sahara 4x4 both with automatic, three piece hard top and the adjustable soft top.

How do the Wranglers handle in harsh winter conditions?

Any comments or suggestions would be much appreciated.

Thanks!

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Welcome to the forum Mike.

Are you planning on buying new or used.

To answer your question, any wrangler is going to be fine for winter driving, it's just knowing how to drive it that matters. Your tire selection also is a factor.

Either of those would be fine and I like that you are thinking ahead when it comes to what tops you want. I wish I had.

If you are looking at used Wranglers, my suggestion is to always get as close to stock as possible. You never know what has been done or if it has been done correctly. It makes it a lot easier to diagnose any future problems if you have done the mods yourself.

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Welcome to the forum Mike.

Are you planning on buying new or used.

To answer your question, any wrangler is going to be fine for winter driving, it's just knowing how to drive it that matters. Your tire selection also is a factor.

Either of those would be fine and I like that you are thinking ahead when it comes to what tops you want. I wish I had.

If you are looking at used Wranglers, my suggestion is to always get as close to stock as possible. You never know what has been done or if it has been done correctly. It makes it a lot easier to diagnose any future problems if you have done the mods yourself.

Thanks! Probably new unless I can find one with very low miles. I know what I am about to say may sounds crazy but this is my first non-import purchase. I've always bought Honda or Toyota. Am I nervous? Not really. Just don't want to have a ton of mechanical issues.

We would like the three piece hard top with the adjustable soft top included. Yes, I want to buy stock with no aftermarket products.

Do you know what the black steel wheels are called? Who is the manufacturer? I want to give it that look rather then some shiny bling bling rims. lOl!

I see some jeeps around that have simple black steel wheels that looks great.
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Welcome to the forum and good luck on your search!
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I want to give it that look rather then some shiny bling bling rims. lOl!

I see some jeeps around that have simple black steel wheels that looks great.
I like the way you think! Most run the Crager wheels. There are several places you can look and compare.


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Thanks again! Here are the ones I would like. However, I don't want chrome nuts or a chrome cap. Do they offer in all black?

Also, steel wheels.. I heard they rust quickly. True? I live in MN and they use a ton of road salt, etc..... Alloy may be the way to go.
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Welcome aboard. Read up and you will find all the answers to your questions.
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Hello fellow MN jeep creep... :P

I run a 94 wrangler on 33' tires... for winter.. it is far better to go with a thiner (less wide) tire...
My wrangler weight is spread making her light and even slick on our roads with snow and ice... be advised;
Although there is a huge coolness factor to the 33" and 35" tires and even Very effective off road in many conditions, they are NOT good winter tires.
Hope this helps.
**Taller thiner tires seem to be more effective traction on snow/ice Road conditions**
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