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Old 12-09-2013, 12:47 PM   #1
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Discovered an awesome new workout involving a Jeep

Drive your JKU through 2-3 feet of snow, float on top, sink, pack the snow under your Jeep so you're high centered, then dig with a shovel for over an hour. Great workout.

Actually had a great time in Tahoe with super cold snow that dumped for a couple days. I was playing around in my neighborhood with unplowed roads so I was only stuck a block from my house. My five year old boy helped dig us out, a Jeeper in the making.

New Duratrac's did great overall.

Here is a pic a couple minutes before I got stuck:

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Old 12-09-2013, 01:05 PM   #2
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That looks like great fun!!!

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Old 12-09-2013, 01:08 PM   #3
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Yes it is a great work out! Even more so if you have to digout a couple vehicles in front of yours so you can get through!
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Old 12-09-2013, 01:10 PM   #4
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Drive your JKU through 2-3 feet of snow, float on top, sink, pack the snow under your Jeep so you're high centered, then dig with a shovel for over an hour. Great workout.

Actually had a great time in Tahoe with super cold snow that dumped for a couple days. I was playing around in my neighborhood with unplowed roads so I was only stuck a block from my house. My five year old boy helped dig us out, a Jeeper in the making.

New Duratrac's did great overall.

Here is a pic a couple minutes before I got stuck:
My workout is better than yours....basically the same thing you said only without the shovel. MUCH MUCH better workout.
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Old 12-09-2013, 01:17 PM   #5
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My workout is better than yours....basically the same thing you said only without the shovel. MUCH MUCH better workout.
Yeah, but I bet you didn't have to hike through two feet of fresh snow to get a shovel, with a 5 y.o. in tow.

Also didn't help that the snowplow drove right around me and basically made another wall of snow for me to dig out. It's a really really really un-busy street so it wasn't like I was holding up traffic, and I was probably about five feet on the should anyway. Ha.
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Old 12-09-2013, 01:17 PM   #6
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drop your tire pressure down to about 5 or 10 lbs and you will be amazed.
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Old 12-09-2013, 01:20 PM   #7
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That looks like great fun!!!
It was. Some of the unplowed roads had a good two feet of fresh powder on them. Very safe and flat. I was definitely floating on top some of the time - sort of had that snowboard feeling on fresh powder. Not exactly going perfectly straight, but never sideways either.

The wide Duratrac's probably didn't help getting to the pavement, but made it fun. Anything under a foot was no problem on the DT's, I should mention.
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Old 12-09-2013, 01:21 PM   #8
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It was. Some of the unplowed roads had a good two feet of fresh powder on them. Very safe and flat. I was definitely floating on top some of the time - sort of had that snowboard feeling on fresh powder. Not exactly going perfectly straight, but never sideways either.

The wide Duratrac's probably didn't help getting to the pavement, but made it fun. Anything under a foot was no problem on the DT's, I should mention.
Anything under a foot for a wrangler equipped with duratracs doesn't even require 4WD. I drove through 18" last year and didn't even realize I forgot to put it in 4WD.
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drop your tire pressure down to about 5 or 10 lbs and you will be amazed.
That low, really? What does that do?

I'm at 35psi right now. Maybe I'll give that a shot after the next storm.
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Great pic and good reminder for everyone to carry a recovery shovel with you.
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I was always wondering if its required to have chains on Wrangler with duratrack's? Havent been in snow yet. Planning on going this month to Tahoe.
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Great pic and good reminder for everyone to carry a recovery shovel with you.
Absolutely. I learned my lesson, even if I only had hike a block in the snow.

When I realized I was totally stuck - tried rocking in 4WH, then 4WL, and then trying my front locker - I felt pretty dumb for not throwing a shovel in the back.

And yes, now I want a winch too.
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Old 12-09-2013, 01:28 PM   #13
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I was always wondering if its required to have chains on Wrangler with duratrack's? Havent been in snow yet. Planning on going this month to Tahoe.
No, I think they would close the road before requiring chains with that setup. If you have 4WD + Duratrac's you're good to go up here.
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That low, really? What does that do?

I'm at 35psi right now. Maybe I'll give that a shot after the next storm.
helps you keep floating and keep getting traction.

I learned my lesson in the 70's when I took my brand new 1978 F150 out ice fishing and there was about 2 feet of new snow. Drove down in to the lake and of course had to drive back up to get out and got stuck. We had to walk about 3 miles to get a shovel and the guy who loaned us the shovel asked if I let the air out of my tires which I had not as I did not know about that back then. He took us back in to my pickup and we aired down and drove right out, no digging required. Of course I had 4 low tires that I had to drive on the road for about 30 miles until I could get air.
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No, I think they would close the road before requiring chains with that setup. If you have 4WD + Duratrac's you're good to go up here.
Ok. Thanks for the quick responce.

Then im all set for this skiing/snowboarding season in Tahoe, plus i should have fun playing with wrangler in the snow.

Man, only God knows how much i love my wrangler
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helps you keep floating and keep getting traction.

I learned my lesson in the 70's when I took my brand new 1978 F150 out ice fishing and there was about 2 feet of new snow. Drove down in to the lake and of course had to drive back up to get out and got stuck. We had to walk about 3 miles to get a shovel and the guy who loaned us the shovel asked if I let the air out of my tires which I had not as I did not know about that back then. He took us back in to my pickup and we aired down and drove right out, no digging required. Of course I had 4 low tires that I had to drive on the road for about 30 miles until I could get air.
Cool, thanks. Great info.
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Old 12-09-2013, 01:36 PM   #17
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This video will help to understand of concept of airing down

http://youtu.be/qRMucnHURjI
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Old 12-09-2013, 01:39 PM   #18
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Anything under a foot for a wrangler equipped with duratracs doesn't even require 4WD. I drove through 18" last year and didn't even realize I forgot to put it in 4WD.
Not sure how deep I was in when I got stuck (the pic was not the spot where I got stuck) but I had snow coming over my hood and on my windshield, had to turn on the wipers. Maybe that is one reason I slowed down enough to get stuck in the first place because I was fiddling with the wipers and let off the gas a bit.

This snow we got would make people from the Rockies jealous, it's still light enough to make it hard to build a snowman two days later. Hasn't been over 25°. Not the usual Sierra Cement we get most of the time.
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Old 12-09-2013, 01:58 PM   #19
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Anything under a foot for a wrangler equipped with duratracs doesn't even require 4WD. I drove through 18" last year and didn't even realize I forgot to put it in 4WD.
really depends on the type of snow it is. Light powder snow you can drive thru up to your grill, the right kind of oatmeal snow a foot can eat you up lol.
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I was up there too but spent most if the time boarding. Was so nice this weekend!
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I was up there too but spent most if the time boarding. Was so nice this weekend!
That white JKU in the snow looks amazing. I would've been boarding too but my wife is out of town on biz, and I have the kid. Still had a ton of fun sledding, etc. And getting stuck.

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