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Old 08-31-2013, 02:50 PM   #1
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Jeeps in harsh winters...

So I got a job in North Dakota working in the oil fields. I'll be driving my Jeep the 1600 miles next weekend. It's only got a safari top on it now, no a/c but it has heat. The winters will be harsh and was wondering what I could do to somewhat winterize it or make it reliable there. Any tips or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 08-31-2013, 03:41 PM   #2
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Get a hard top.

Seriously though, a hardtop, good tires, and a well maintained under carriage will go a long way.

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Old 08-31-2013, 10:59 PM   #3
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I'm in northern Michigan and run my soft top year around, but maybe look in to a block heater. My Jeep started life in 2008 in North Dakota, and came with a block heater. I've never used it but maybe you might need one up there.
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Block heaters definitely help reduce wear when you cold-start the engine - just don't forget to unplug before driving off haha. You'll also get heat much faster.

A hard top will definitely be your friend. Other than that, a good set of snow tires always help a lot - even for those with 4x4.
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I do Colorado winters with a softtop...zero issues

I can't wait for winter
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Old 09-01-2013, 06:10 PM   #6
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I'm in Atlantic Canada and did last winter with a soft top, no plans to get a hard top.
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Old 09-01-2013, 06:26 PM   #7
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I run a soft top during spring/summer and part of fall. Hard top for winter definately. Block heater is a must for me (which came with my jeep). Carpet can help insulate the jeep which I don't plan on removing. we get on average -30 to -40 c without the windchill factor in my corner of northern Ontario, Canada. Also, might recommend a good brand name of windshield fluid and make sure your drain out the summer stuff before it starts getting cold out. I forgot to do that last fall and all my lines were frozen (had to run boiling water in fluid tank and the use of hairdryer for the lines to get it going and gone...)
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I've got a week left here. I was thinking about installing a block heater before I go, saw a write up on it and doesn't look that difficult. I think the hardest part would be getting one in Arizona...probably gonna have to look online for that one. If I drain out the summer stuff now would it be as efficient or should I really wait before it gets cold?
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Old 09-01-2013, 11:06 PM   #9
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I've got a week left here. I was thinking about installing a block heater before I go, saw a write up on it and doesn't look that difficult. I think the hardest part would be getting one in Arizona...probably gonna have to look online for that one. If I drain out the summer stuff now would it be as efficient or should I really wait before it gets cold?
I'd wait till it gets cold, no sense wasting it. In my case I forgot to switch from summer to winter and it was really freezing out when that happend to me. The block heater idea is definately something you should look into so you don't have to bother later.

Another thing is maybe looking into rust proofing your jeep abit more. We have alot of salt deposited on roads during winter around here and its really crappy on the jeep. I'm about to add a layer of rust paint to exposed parts of the frame underneath this week. Just gonna do the electric drill/wirebrush and spraycan technique and use a rubberized spray for the inside of the metal fenders afterwards were rust tends to take hold.
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I'd wait till it gets cold, no sense wasting it. In my case I forgot to switch from summer to winter and it was really freezing out when that happend to me. The block heater idea is definately something you should look into so you don't have to bother later.

Another thing is maybe looking into rust proofing your jeep abit more. We have alot of salt deposited on roads during winter around here and its really crappy on the jeep. I'm about to add a layer of rust paint to exposed parts of the frame underneath this week. Just gonna do the electric drill/wirebrush and spraycan technique and use a rubberized spray for the inside of the metal fenders afterwards were rust tends to take hold.
Great idea about rust proofing a little more! When I was looking for my new but gently used jeep a few weeks ago I had to crawl under them all to look because my dad had a 2005 he just had to have rebuilt because of rusting.

It's a major concern of mine! Thanks for the great idea! No one sees underneath anyway why not rust spray it!!!!
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Old 09-02-2013, 09:46 AM   #11
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Great idea about rust proofing a little more! When I was looking for my new but gently used jeep a few weeks ago I had to crawl under them all to look because my dad had a 2005 he just had to have rebuilt because of rusting.

It's a major concern of mine! Thanks for the great idea! No one sees underneath anyway why not rust spray it!!!!
I think this was a flaw with the TJ - the frame had holes for water to get in, but no where to drain out. I have a buddy that had to custom fab new sections of frame on his 2003 TJ because of this... Amazing it could get so rusted out in only 10 years.

The soft top won't fall apart in a winter or anything - but I would miss the rear defroster and rear wiper mostly.
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I think this was a flaw with the TJ - the frame had holes for water to get in, but no where to drain out. I have a buddy that had to custom fab new sections of frame on his 2003 TJ because of this... Amazing it could get so rusted out in only 10 years.

The soft top won't fall apart in a winter or anything - but I would miss the rear defroster and rear wiper mostly.
I missed a rear wiper today driving in 45 mile an hour winds and driving rain. I will admit that!

Yeah my dads jeep had the entire floor rotted out and huge pieces of the frame.

I know my dad took excellent care of his too! I mean he took it off road but it was his prize possession and he treated it well!

Since the whole thing had to come apart for him to have the frame rebuilt he had the engine done too and added a new lift kit. Lol
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Here's a few before and after shots of what happens when you don't take care of your jeep right. The PO's did not do me a service but I had a good idea of what needed to be done and ended up spending 400$ to repair my fenders last spring by a local body man:

Drivers side:



The under drivers side of the above pic:



Passenger side (mostly under the hood area):


Now fixed:





So yeah, I'm making sure this lasts a long time before I go get metal cloaks lol So a little prevention can go a long way Forgot to add that I'll be investing every year or two in having some professional rust proofing thru a local garage for those inner body/frame spots can't be had by regular process:

http://www.krown.com/

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