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Old 11-08-2007, 01:04 PM   #1
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wrangler in snowy conditions?

Greetings all! I am considering letting my son use a 2002 tj for sno-boarding transportation. Is there anything I can do that will make it a decent snowy or icy road vehicle? There are Baha claw (forgive spelling) tires on it now. They were terrible on sno-packed roads. I have no problem getting snow tires, studded snow tires, whatever. I just don't want to waste money if the tj is to light for snow? What do some of you folks use or do? Thanks Much.

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Old 11-08-2007, 01:11 PM   #2
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You just have to adjust your driving style accordingly. I drove my TJ in the winter for 2 years, and drove lifted YJs in the snow for 4 years before that, and very rarely did I even use 4 wheel drive. I just adjusted my driving style for the weather. I have never had a scary experience in a Wrangler that wasn't 100% my fault.

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Old 11-08-2007, 01:22 PM   #3
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yeah the one's I've been in had little problems in the snow, have more problems in my trucks. Might want to look into different tires I think the claws are more of a Mud tire than a snow.
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Old 11-08-2007, 06:46 PM   #4
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Ya. My old 97 had street radials, than a set of Dayton Timberline A/Ts on it through winter a couple years back. The Jeep has ZERO problem starting, its the whole stoping and turning thing thats an issue I can say that the A/Ts performed much better than the street tires because they radials were bald, but I think with a snow tire, and careful driving he will be ok. Its really not that bad, just easy to get loose if your going too fast.
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Old 11-08-2007, 07:50 PM   #5
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ya i cant wait for taking mine in snow. One of the reasons i bought it since i snowboard every chance i get.

It should be a really good vehicle in snow as long as he's used to driving in snow.
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Old 11-08-2007, 08:55 PM   #6
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Prefer my TJ with all terrains than my Tahoe....both 4x4
Jeep did great in the snow....drive accordingly
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Old 11-09-2007, 07:50 AM   #7
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Just have your son take it easy on the skinny pedal...
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Old 11-09-2007, 08:35 AM   #8
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and the brake pedal
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Old 11-09-2007, 03:25 PM   #9
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I run 30" BFG AT's on mine......(this is not a cheap plug either) But I won't go for another tire!!

I live just outside of Buffalo, NY and the weather here can be completly different from one town to the next. That being said they are good and quiet of the bare road, way above average in any mud i've been in and rediculously good in the snow. And by snow I mean 6"of snow pack on the road and I easily go through 2 feet of fresh snow.

Also, I have the 2.5 4 cyl No real good mods and have have tons of fun going through snow banks as high as the top of my roof.

Oh they go about $125 a piece
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2x ^ I am running 31" BFG A/T and i have never gotten stuck in mud with them. I have driven through mud and water as high as my hood and never got stuck. A friend went through the same spot with a lift and goodyear mtr's and got stuck. I also work at an ice rink and i drive through the snow banks with my jeep never having any problems. they do very well in snow.

Buffalo97- haven't gotten our snow piles up to over my jeep yet but i may try it soon! I may wait til i get a hardtop before i drive through one
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Old 11-12-2007, 10:34 AM   #11
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BE CAREFUL when you go through them I actually jumped mine going about 25 mph over what I thought was a snow drift when it was actually a snow bank formed by a snow plow. Oh and I wasn't wearing my seat belt and I smashed my head on the roll bar.
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probly wont be going that fast through the snowbank. We drive the zamboni through them and use it to plow the snow as high as we can. We also love to dump the snow around cars so they can't get out. The look on the owners face is priceless. I actually got some sweet articulation out of the jeep the other night. It was the first time I was scared about rolling it. Won't be going that high again.

Yea, about the rollbars. even though they are padded they still hurt like hell when you hit them.
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Old 11-12-2007, 12:03 PM   #13
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MTs rule so much in the snow more than ATs

going down a hill just stick it in first and take your foot off the pedals. I love people in SUVs watching my Suby go slowly and steadily past them down and up hills whens it snows and they think WTF???

Of course now ive lowered it, its just a snow plow lol
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worst case when goin down a hill. just clutch it and use the brake like you would on a really greasy hill out wheelin
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thats the one thing your not supposoed to do, what hapens when u get water on your brakes formt eh melted snow b/c of the friction. then you dont use ur brakes for a minute and it gets iced up then what, UR SCREWED, try to keep it in a low gear and not use the brakes but let the engine do it, the engine will also always slow down gradually, so you wont ahve to worry about accidently slamming on the brakes and skidding
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Old 11-12-2007, 10:44 PM   #16
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it depends how cold it is. i have started sliding down a hill sideways because i had it in low gear i lost traction and my tire just started sliding wihile spinning. if clutch and just keep it going slow you dont have the motor pushing you. it is bad especially if you have a stick because it is hard to go slow enough. nut i guess there are alot of opinions on that.
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well fr one the motors not pushing you t all, it is brakking for you, unless u are in too high of a g ear, but there are tons of opinions o fhow to drive so w/e
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Old 11-14-2007, 06:39 AM   #18
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the WRX is a fun car in the snow(or anytime), and you do get lots of odd looks when driving around some of the SUV's and 4x4 trucks of the world.

Back to Tires, looks like there is a company called HANKOOK that makes a winter specific tire model: iPike W409, they look like they would have a lot of forward bit, not sure about reverse.

I like a manual in the winter, kick the clutch in, and they straighten back up when they start going sideways.

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