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Old 11-22-2010, 10:29 PM   #1
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2010-2011 Wrangler Unlimited in Snow!!

I'm new here and I'm debating on buying my 1st Jeep... That being said, I live in Utah where the snow is deep! I know that it will be great in areas like Moab and other areas... but how do these handle in the snow? Better in snow than say a Ford F150? This is a big deal for me. Any advise would be appreciated.

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Old 11-22-2010, 10:51 PM   #2
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Good luck, I am looking forward to playing in the snow- here in the midwest states..

I think it will do just fine. Tires are a big thing. ( I had just purchased my jeep ) i had an off-road ranger FX4level 2- with BFG's KO all terrain - went in snow up to the doors no problem.. I would expect the jeep to do the same

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In my experience trucks are much better than Jeeps. The short wheel base makes Jeeps a little squirly, when they start sliding they go fast on you. They pull through the snow fine but the slick icy roads are where they are tough. I had two Jeeps in Utah and now I am on my third in Idaho. So they work but an F-150 would be a little more secure on bad roads. That being said I love my Jeep and just slow down a bit and it works fine.
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First and foremost, welcome to the forum Dentyne. Second, please explain your user name. All I imagine is sparkling fresh breath, and bubble gum. Hahaha

As for Jeeps in snow.....would you imagine that..... It snowed today and wasn't even an inch on the ground. My Jeep was sliding like a brick on ice. Either it is too light or the fat wheels do no good hydroplaning snow. I actually needed to go in 4x4 just to be safe. I really think it had everything to do with 325/60/18s.

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hi, that is true.. the 4 dr has a little longer wheel base, but an F150 is bigger and heavier.. nice jeep Gumpy 33's look good.
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First and foremost, welcome to the forum Dentyne. Second, please explain your user name. All I imagine is sparkling fresh breath, and bubble gum. Hahaha

As for Jeeps in snow.....would you imagine that..... It snowed today and wasn't even an inch on the ground. My Jeep was sliding like a brick on ice. Either it is too light or the fat wheels do no good hydroplaning snow. I actually needed to go in 4x4 just to be safe. I really think it had everything to do with 325/60/18s.

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hi , thanks - I was hoping for better news... If i have a tough time, I will likely put BFG's KO all terrains, on it.. I had them in my ranger- hardly ever needed 4wd in snow, only in sand / never did mudding / in the midwest -
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Old 11-22-2010, 11:34 PM   #8
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I really think it had everything to do with 325/60/18s.
Totally agree with that. Those are pretty wide tires, especially compared to stock. I think you'll be fine; just take it easy.
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Old 11-22-2010, 11:35 PM   #9
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hi, that is true.. the 4 dr has a little longer wheel base, but an F150 is bigger and heavier.. nice jeep Gumpy 33's look good.
I bet a f150 isnt actually much heavier than a jeep, if at all. A short wheelbase truck is going to be just as squirly in slippery conditions, because there is no weight over the drive axle. Winter tires and proper speed and driving can make any vehicle safe in the snow.
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I guess Utah is going to have more than enough snow here in the valleys in the next 2 to 3 days. I grew up here and they just put out a winter blizzard warning that I have hardly ever seen. The news said possibly 15 inches in the valleys! Can't imagine what the ski resorts will be like! As for Dentyte... anyone seen "Seinfield"? I found a Ford f150 crew cab 6.5 foot bed Larmie with all the upgrades for around $36k. With rebates and the A plan, it is almost $12k off! But the man in me wants a Jeep! Sure wish I had the same tax writeoff as the truck! BTW... How many of you got the free golf car last year by way of the government? I didn't...
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I bet a f150 isnt actually much heavier than a jeep, if at all. A short wheelbase truck is going to be just as squirly in slippery conditions, because there is no weight over the drive axle. Winter tires and proper speed and driving can make any vehicle safe in the snow.
X2, had a Ram 1500 Quad Cab, know all to well about weight over the rear axle. Most people tend to forget a pick up has no weight over the rear axle.

Just from my personal experience, my JK with stock tires did much better in snow and slush than the Ram. Haven't had any real ice experiences so I can't give an opinion one way or the other.

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Another quick question... Anyway to upgrade the motor through the dealer? Not the greatest pick up speed... Would love a V8! Any ideas?
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Another quick question... Anyway to upgrade the motor through the dealer? Not the greatest pick up speed... Would love a V8! Any ideas?
V8 would be nice!.. I thought I seen a wrangler w/ a hemi once - but i am sure it was custom...

Take a look through the forums, I think there are some things you can do...

you are right about the F150 discounts, but remember when you trade it in....

the Jeep WILL be the best /holds better value than anything else... some 4x4 trucks hold there value too, but jeep is best
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Old 11-23-2010, 09:54 AM   #15
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I drove a TJ unlimited and a JK unlimited in the snow in the Utah mountains (southern utah in the duck creek area) and I never had any problem in the snow. Granted each I had ungraded tires.... But the jeeps each handled very well. At the end of the day, I feel very comfortable driving my JK in the snow... Deep snowboarding kinda snow.
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I think it depends a lot on the tires as well. I have a neighbor that has a RAM 1500 that got stuck in his driveway on our last snow storm. Another neighbor had to pull him out with his Honda Ridgeline, imagine that!!
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I think it depends a lot on the tires as well. I have a neighbor that has a RAM 1500 that got stuck in his driveway on our last snow storm. Another neighbor had to pull him out with his Honda Ridgeline, imagine that!!
Tires do make a huge difference, but you have to remember the amount of hp/torque in a Ram and the fact that the bed doesn't weigh much so again no weight over the axle. 1st or 2nd gear the wheel spin was just ridiculous.
I'm no expert, but growing up in the woods of northern Maine you learn that tires and weight make all the difference. I should add chains to that as well.

Thank god I never had to be pulled out by a Honda. I might have had to burn the Ram if that happened.
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Tires do make a huge difference, but you have to remember the amount of hp/torque in a Ram and the fact that the bed doesn't weigh much so again no weight over the axle. 1st or 2nd gear the wheel spin was just ridiculous.
I'm no expert, but growing up in the woods of northern Maine you learn that tires and weight make all the difference. I should add chains to that as well.

Thank god I never had to be pulled out by a Honda. I might have had to burn the Ram if that happened.
Ridgelines are sick and very capable trucks, their v6 puts out as much power as a dodge v8. I just think they kinda look dumb. But functional, very.
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Ridgelines are sick and very capable trucks, their v6 puts out as much power as a dodge v8. I just think they kinda look dumb. But functional, very.
Maybe the 4.7 liter v8 from a few years ago. The 4.7 now is over 300 hp and torque and the hemi, well, we all know what the ratings are on it.

Oh and the Ridgeline is based on their minvan/pilot platform. Sorry anything that shares a minivan platform is a no for me. Just my opinion though. don't want to change the topic of this thread.
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It all depends on the combo driver/tires-

Last night I drove from Reno to The Bay area and the storm was closing the I-80 corridor over Donner Pass--

The CHP were stopping big trucks, even with chains (ice/snow), but they waved me and a couple others on--no problemo !!

Ya gotta put it in 4wd and DRIVE !!

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It all depends on the combo driver/tires-

Last night I drove from Reno to The Bay area and the storm was closing the I-80 corridor over Donner Pass--

The CHP were stopping big trucks, even with chains (ice/snow), but they waved me and a couple others on--no problemo !!

Ya gotta put it in 4wd and DRIVE !!

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Another quick question... Anyway to upgrade the motor through the dealer? Not the greatest pick up speed... Would love a V8! Any ideas?
Supercharger is on thing I have seen guys do to the JK for some added strength. Of course a Hemi swap is a popular mod for some extreme guys but you are looking about 20K to get this done. Just gear it appropriate for your tires and enjoy the ride.
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I live in the same area and it is all about the tires and driving smart. I have been in some deep stuff and my 31s have always run fine. In fact I am the one that is usually pulling others out of the stupid things they have gotten themselves into.
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I just traded a Silverado for my JK last December... It's not even a competition, the Jeep wins hands down. The truck had more traction, due to well over a ton more weight, and 6" more tire height, but the Jeep has more control (weight over the drive axle... BIG issue on a truck), MUCH more braking ability, and it has enough traction that it isn't a major issue, even on the stock 29's.

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