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Old 12-17-2012, 10:58 AM   #1
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This is my first Jeep and was wondering that since they are so light should I be putting some weight in the back of my JKU for traction like they do in pickup trucks.
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Old 12-17-2012, 11:04 AM   #2
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i sometimes used to throw in a couple of bags of sand (50 lb i think) from lowes or home depot. helped out a little but not much. best thing is to just keep it sensible. remember you can often go.....but it might not be so easy to stop.

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Old 12-17-2012, 11:16 AM   #3
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At over 4,000 lbs curb weight on the 4-dr I don't know if I'd call them light.
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Old 12-17-2012, 11:33 AM   #4
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I don't see the need. You are better off putting it on 4hi when needed to pull out of a driveway or if you stop at a light and is a bit icy. If you are dealing with slick black ice, dedicated winter tires is where is at.
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Old 12-17-2012, 11:40 AM   #5
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Don't these things have close to 50/50 weight distribution? I wouldn't worry about adding weight.
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Old 12-17-2012, 05:04 PM   #6
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Never did in my TJs, don't plan on it with the JK.
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Old 12-17-2012, 05:38 PM   #7
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This is my first Jeep and was wondering that since they are so light should I be putting some weight in the back of my JKU for traction like they do in pickup trucks.
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My KJ used to spin a little on wet pavement, but the JKU is solid like rock. I don't imagine you'll need any weight.
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Old 12-17-2012, 07:22 PM   #8
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I don't see the need. You are better off putting it on 4hi when needed to pull out of a driveway or if you stop at a light and is a bit icy. If you are dealing with slick black ice, dedicated winter tires is where is at.
4HI is not going to do a thing for your traction once you put your foot on the breaks. It is better to plan your stops ahead thus using downshifts.
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Old 12-17-2012, 07:32 PM   #9
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4HI is not going to do a thing for your traction once you put your foot on the breaks. It is better to plan your stops ahead thus using downshifts.
No, 4hi will not improve your braking. But it will help you get going after you stop. Traffic lights and intersections are the places where you will be most likely coming to a full stop. Putting the Jeep on 4wd will make it easier to get going again.

Slowing down when roads are slippery should go without saying. But 4wd is there specifically to aid you in situations like that.
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Old 12-17-2012, 08:30 PM   #10
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No need for extra weight. We had over 10" of snow a couple weeks ago and I had no problem whatsoever. I did get new tires though (Cooper AT3's) and they are unbelievable in the snow.
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Old 12-17-2012, 08:32 PM   #11
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This is my first Jeep and was wondering that since they are so light should I be putting some weight in the back of my JKU for traction like they do in pickup trucks.
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Light? Compared to what, a semi? Oprah?
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Old 12-17-2012, 08:41 PM   #12
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4wd does not neccassarily help braking but it does affect how the Jeep brakes through a phenomenon called driveline tie in. In other words if you had no front brakes, in 4wd the front wheels would still stop when the rear brakes are applied. Braking in a straight line may be slightly better but braking while cornering can cause 4 wheel drift.
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Old 12-17-2012, 08:41 PM   #13
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Light? Compared to what, a semi? Oprah?
My 3/4 ton Dodge and my Wife's Avalanche.
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Old 12-17-2012, 08:46 PM   #14
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Don't waste your time on adding weight. A 4 door is heavy enough and if you drive responsibly you will be just fine. Extra weight will just start to hurt your MPG if that really mattered in a Jeep anyway.
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:35 AM   #15
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Don't waste your time on adding weight. A 4 door is heavy enough and if you drive responsibly you will be just fine. Extra weight will just start to hurt your MPG if that really mattered in a Jeep anyway.
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Tires. All that really matter are purpose-built winter/snow tires. Forget everything else - in 2wd with snow / winter tires, your jeep will perform better than it does with non-winter tires while in 4wd.
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Let's say you add 50 lb in the back over the wheels - 25 lb weight is then added per tire. If an 8"x8" patch of tire is on the pavement that works out 0.39 psi added to help traction. Yeah that isn't going to do sh*t.
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4wd does not neccassarily help braking but it does affect how the Jeep brakes through a phenomenon called driveline tie in. In other words if you had no front brakes, in 4wd the front wheels would still stop when the rear brakes are applied. Braking in a straight line may be slightly better but braking while cornering can cause 4 wheel drift.
+1 Being in 4WD can in fact help in braking conditions in the snow. I live in the hills and when descending the steep hills in 4wd braking is improved and it feels more controlled than when in 2wd.It also can reduce the need to use the brakes as you can downshift and let the engine and all 4 wheels slow you down smoothly rather than applying the brakes and risk loosing traction and sliding.
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Tires. All that really matter are purpose-built winter/snow tires. Forget everything else - in 2wd with snow / winter tires, your jeep will perform better than it does with non-winter tires while in 4wd.
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Light? Compared to what, a semi? Oprah?
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Light? Compared to what, a semi? Oprah?
The Semi <-> Oprah equation gives me a laugh!
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The Semi <-> Oprah equation gives me a laugh!
Jk<semi<that dudes wife<Oprah seems to be the equation now lol
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Old 12-19-2012, 02:06 AM   #23
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so simple. put it in 4WD and downshift on hills and/or icy areas. been doing this for twenty years and for the past two weeks in my new to me 2012 Unlimited.

slow slow slow is the best solution. good tires help :--)

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