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Old 08-06-2014, 10:39 PM   #1
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Hey guys! I'm new to this forum, and I am planning to get a 14' wrangler sport (2-drs). My question is how good are they in harsh winter conditions, especially in city and highway driving? I live in Fort McMurray, Alberta, and I'm quite concern about getting into an accident while driving back to edmonton during winter time. I'm a cautious winter driver, and I will be getting good winter tires, so considering these, would a wrangler sport still be ok for highway winter conditions?. I am also new to 4x4 drivetrains, so part of my question would be how good are they for highway speeds (100 km/hr) in what could be an icy road. Thanks in advance!

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Get good winters and pull the lever to 4Hi on really snow covered roads. Point and shoot.

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Part-time 4x4 is not really meant for highway speeds. It's capable, sure, but if you're going that fast in icy conditions, you're better with an AWD car or even a FWD car. Especially if you're considering the 2 door... just my opinion.
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Make sure you get the limited slip diff. I got stuck in my driveway in a two door rental that had just the open diff. Had to put in 4wd to get in the garage. I've driven through 18in of snow in Colorado with no problems in mine that has the limited slip diff.
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Make sure you get the limited slip diff. I got stuck in my driveway in a two door rental that had just the open diff. Had to put in 4wd to get in the garage. I've driven through 18in of snow in Colorado with no problems in mine that has the limited slip diff.
I'm planning to get a basic model, so my guess is that it would come with a standard differential, whatever it is. Also, it is supposed to have Electronic stability stability control with anti-roll as well as traction control. Would that make any difference in my case?
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I'm planning to get a basic model, so my guess is that it would come with a standard differential, whatever it is. Also, it is supposed to have Electronic stability stability control with anti-roll as well as traction control. Would that make any difference in my case?
The diff isn't the problem at 60mph in icy conditions
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Your only concern is a good set of dedicated winter tires. The JK will happily guide you through winter with confidence.
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Old 08-07-2014, 03:27 AM   #8
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Great for getting through the deep stuff. Bad for highway driving on partially covered highways. Good snow tires will help, but I'd rather drive my honda odyssey on partially covered highways.

Short wheel base plus rear wheel drive make hitting patches of snow/ice a problem. The electronic stability helps.
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The diff isn't the problem at 60mph in icy conditions
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At 60mph in icy conditions the diff's not the problem.

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At 60mph in icy conditions the diff's not the problem.

The driver is...
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And it doesn't matter if it's 4WD, AWD or RWD it's down to the driver and the tires.

The Jeep will do just fine. I used to drive a Cherokee with 4WD, open diffs and no traction control in Vermont winters with no problem. Just get good snow tires.
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Part-time 4x4 is not really meant for highway speeds. It's capable, sure, but if you're going that fast in icy conditions, you're better with an AWD car or even a FWD car. Especially if you're considering the 2 door... just my opinion.
IMHO, that the biggest problem with the Wrangler, and dates back to first Wrangler. The Wranglers only come with part-time 4WD.

So, you need to shift into 4WD mode on unplowed streets. Turn onto a clean, plowed, street and you have to switch back to 2WD., So, driving around town after a snow storm means a constant switching in and out of 4WD. What a pain in the ass that is.

It was so much better with my XJ. It had SelecTrac which added a full time 4WD mode. After a show storm, I would just shift into full time 4WD and drive. Its traction lock differential, and ABS, also helped to keep me safely stopping and going.
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I love my Jeep in the winter! My 2014 is quite nice to drive compared to my 05 Rubi because of the traction control etc. The short wheelbase makes them donut machines in the slippery stuff without it. The heater is amazing even at -40c.
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I loved my WK for the same reason, that thing was absolutely unstoppable, and I loved the HEMI too ;-)

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IMHO, that the biggest problem with the Wrangler, and dates back to first Wrangler. The Wranglers only come with part-time 4WD.

So, you need to shift into 4WD mode on unplowed streets. Turn onto a clean, plowed, street and you have to switch back to 2WD., So, driving around town after a snow storm means a constant switching in and out of 4WD. What a pain in the ass that is.

It was so much better with my XJ. It had SelecTrac which added a full time 4WD mode. After a show storm, I would just shift into full time 4WD and drive. Its traction lock differential, and ABS, also helped to keep me safely stopping and going.
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Last winter I had a blast using mine in what was considered the worst winter in recent memory in the DC area. Now I am in Michigan, let's see how this one works out. In the snow it really worked great in the ice, not so much, but then again most cars don't.
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My h2 was unstoppable in the snow. The IROKs really shocked me. I felt like I was driving around on a set of tracks. Haven't had the wrangler in the snow yet.

But it's true, my wife's little infinity runs studs in the winter months and it's pretty unstoppable, tires are 90% of the snow game.
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suv crashes more than cars

I work at a Dealership. After a snowstorm we see way more trucks and suv's being hauled in by wreckers. People think because they have 4wd they are un-stoppable. Just drive carefully and know matter what you get you will be fine.
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In the winter it's all about how you drive more than what you drive, for years all people drove where rear drive cars with open diffs and got around, we have had way more 2wd vehicles than 4wd and even the 4wd vehicles we have had I have found that we didn't use the 4wd that much running around town, drive carefully and accordingly to road conditions and you will be fine, and of course a good set of tires will help
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Hey guys! I'm new to this forum, and I am planning to get a 14' wrangler sport (2-drs). My question is how good are they in harsh winter conditions, especially in city and highway driving? I live in Fort McMurray, Alberta, and I'm quite concern about getting into an accident while driving back to edmonton during winter time. I'm a cautious winter driver, and I will be getting good winter tires, so considering these, would a wrangler sport still be ok for highway winter conditions?. I am also new to 4x4 drivetrains, so part of my question would be how good are they for highway speeds (100 km/hr) in what could be an icy road. Thanks in advance!
A Wrangler Sport will be fine for winter driving both in and out of town.

Open diff vs. LSD not an issue; don't worry about it.

You mentioned you planned to get good winter tires - do so; that is the second most important thing.

You said you were a cautious driver - continue to be such;that is the most important thing.

Read the manual and learn how and when to shift between 2 and 4 wheel drive - it shifts on the fly and is but a flick of the lever.

The only concern regarding you driving a Wrangler in the winter is your wondering how good they are for highway speeds (100kph) on what could be an icy road!

Combine that speed with icy raods and 4wd is not going to help you. The only things that can help you would be a wrecker or an ambulance. How did a "cautious driver" put icy roads and 100 kph in the same sentence?
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A Wrangler Sport will be fine for winter driving both in and out of town.

Open diff vs. LSD not an issue; don't worry about it.

You mentioned you planned to get good winter tires - do so; that is the second most important thing.

You said you were a cautious driver - continue to be such;that is the most important thing.

Read the manual and learn how and when to shift between 2 and 4 wheel drive - it shifts on the fly and is but a flick of the lever.

The only concern regarding you driving a Wrangler in the winter is your wondering how good they are for highway speeds (100kph) on what could be an icy road!

Combine that speed with icy raods and 4wd is not going to help you. The only things that can help you would be a wrecker or an ambulance. How did a "cautious driver" put icy roads and 100 kph in the same sentence?
haha I've never been on the highway during bad winter conditions, but you are right, no one would probably go that fast on ice
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IMHO, that the biggest problem with the Wrangler, and dates back to first Wrangler. The Wranglers only come with part-time 4WD. So, you need to shift into 4WD mode on unplowed streets. Turn onto a clean, plowed, street and you have to switch back to 2WD., So, driving around town after a snow storm means a constant switching in and out of 4WD. What a pain in the ass that is. It was so much better with my XJ. It had SelecTrac which added a full time 4WD mode. After a show storm, I would just shift into full time 4WD and drive. Its traction lock differential, and ABS, also helped to keep me safely stopping and going.
That's where the rear LSD comes in handy. Pretty much never need to switch into 4H for any snow conditions on road... Unless it's really deep, then I'd use 4H.

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