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Old 11-08-2009, 03:51 PM   #1
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basic 4x4 driving help for a n00b. also, winterizing?

i have a 92 islander, manual transmission.

i've never driven a 4x4 before, and i plan to head up to Mt Baker to snowboard in about two weeks (hooray for snow!) i do not have an owner's manual- should i get one? are there any good websites you would recommend that would at least tell me what to do? should i get chains? i'm pretty confident driving in snow and in slippery conditions, i'm just concerned about breaking something important on my Wrangler, and that would make me sad.

also, are there any particular things i should do to prepare for winter? i do have a soft top if that makes any difference. i live in Seattle where it doesn't get particularly cold, but it is very, very wet. i plan on heading up to our various mountains to snowboard as often as i can this year, so is there anything i should be aware of re: the rather extreme temperature changes?

thanks in advance!

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Have fun. I lived in Seattle for years and years, and have driven up that pass more than a few times. There are a few other people around here who live there now. WhiteYJ lives in Issaquah, I think, and posts here a lot.

Anyway: put some scotchguard on your top, and get the seams sealed. Treat it like you would a tent.

The official Jeep site has a nice selection of online videos and tutorials that explain the things on your Jeep and help make sense of them. I'd spend some time there. If you can't find it, send me a message tomorrow (I have it bookmarked at work).

Four Wheel drive is very nice in slippery conditions, but remember that it doesn't help at all when you take your foot off the gas and start to brake. You'll still slide. Good tires help with that. I used to buy chains from Les Schwab - if you don't use them they buy them back. Or used to, anyway.

Otherwsie, have fun. Take your new rig out somewhere and test its capabilities. Go with a friend, and try to get stuck.

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Old 11-08-2009, 05:39 PM   #3
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I found that in really slippery conditions, the 4WD can create serious understeer. I usually leave it in 2WD until I am worried about being stuck. The locking transfer case down't work like AWD, so when you accellerate, you can get front tire spin, making the handling get squirrelly in hurry.

I wouldn't bother with the owners manual. Get a haynes or some aftermarket manual. They have better detail.
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Yes get a haynes manual. Try 2 wheel drive until you feel like u need four wheel drive. Always carry some sort or recovery tool, aka tow strap, long hefty chain, and a shovel. Watch accelerating quickly and stopping rapidly, always give yourself space to react to the situation
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