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Old 01-02-2013, 10:56 PM   #1
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1st TJ

So I after a lot of lurking on this site, a few posts and test driving about 15 TJs I pulled the trigger on my 1st TJ.

(pics soon)

Looks mostly stock, think it might have a lift of some kind as it looks to be a full 19" off the ground and I think I read somewhere on here that stock is 18".

Its a 2005 Silver X, 6 speed 4.0L with 67,000 miles. Grabbed it for 12k which in my area is a decent deal, honestly most TJs in the 10-12k range all had over 100k on them which I know isnt a lot, but I want to keep this a long time.

Also living in Ohio, every other TJ had some minor to major rust issues, this one has virtually none, salesman said the po garaged it which makes sense.

Now, a few quick observations... had some nasty ice the day after Christmas which I knew would be a problem, as this was my first weather in the Jeep. My back end tried creeping up on me a few times but kept it slow and stayed on the road. Now on New Years Eve we had some nasty slush / sleet and man I couldnt keep the rig straight if I went over 25 mph. I felt quite embarrassed when a Kia passed me. Even in just wet roads I feel my back end wanting to swing. I mean I dont wanna fly down roads in weather, but I also dont wanna make the guy in a Kia Sephia question Jeep heritage.

Tires are virtually brand new, BFG ATs.

I know some would be quick to say operator error, but I have been driving in NY, IL, and OH in winters for 16 years...in either Hondas or VWs and it just doesnt seem to be better in the Jeep.

Any advise would be appreciated. I mean would a cheap lift affect something like this?

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Congrats on the new TJ...its very exciting!!!!

As far as tires, you might want to get something like DuraTracs that have the Severe Snow rating. Certain BFG A/T in some sizes don't have the rating.

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Old 01-02-2013, 11:08 PM   #3
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I don't see the lift affecting it.

I have had the BFG AT on 3 vehicles including my TJ I have now and my old YJ. They performed awful in the snow for me, and that was in all my vehicles. My next purchase of tire will be the KM2s. I feel like its your tires that could have caused this feeling. Did you check air pressure in all 4?
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:09 PM   #4
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Also, Jeep lifestyle has really shown up in the 10 days i've owned it. Got 2 big waves from fellow TJs...got ignored by 4 JKs...grrr.

Had 3 stanger compliments on the Jeep, owned the VW for 7 years....never got 1 compliment LOL.
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:14 PM   #5
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Did you have it in 4wheel drive? Or only 2wd ? Should have gotten around just fine of you had it in 4hi!!
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:20 PM   #6
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Had it in 4hi both instances as the accumulation was only 2-3 inches and average speeds on most other vehicles was around 30-40... heard 4lo was more for taxing terrain at top speed of around 25mph.

Now I will say (and dont tell my neighbors) on unplowed lawn driving I was shocked at the grip and control I felt I had. Its just pavement driving on slick conditions I felt if I pushed over 25 mph I would just become a pinball.
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:23 PM   #7
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I am 99% sure that my tires are the BFG ATs in the quadratech catalog, they rate the snow driving as excellent, is that rating based on trail riding? I mean I feel that the tires can be useful on a trail snow...just feel like I'm on ice skates on pavement.
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:26 PM   #8
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Hmm it might be your tires... But I had BFGs on my 99 Dakota and it got around great in upstate new York winters . But with my wrangler I had winter force snow tires and it was a tank! You may want to add a bit of weight to the trunk area. A sand bag or two... I also ran a hard top and had a subwoofer box in the back of mine to weigh it down
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Welcome to the Jeep family! Congrats!

Always make sure you park by other Jeeps too whenever you can!

Oh, and i'm liking your username! It seems like a very familiar one to me.
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Ha thanks 101! You may be the only other person in the US that I have ever seen use that name. Parked by an Islander today at work....i think they may have cleaned the salt off my door too, ha!
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Ha thanks 101! You may be the only other person in the US that I have ever seen use that name. Parked by an Islander today at work....i think they may have cleaned the salt off my door too, ha!
Yea I don't think i've ever seen someone else use it too!

And hahaha nice! Yea there is an Islander that drives around my Neighborhood, it's a very rare and endangered species.

At my gym there are a bunch of Jeep Wrangler owners who go there, and we almost always park beside eachother, it's awesome!
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I've owned my first vehicle (which is a red tj) for almost a year now. I keep getting boys asking when I'm going to sell it because I complain about it all the time. But I love it too much. I guess they just can't handle a girl driving her jeep! Welcome to the jeep family!!
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I had the same issue on my TJ after putting new tires on. Check the front end alignment. When traveling faster than 30 MPH in the rain it felt like I was going to roll off the road at any minute. My toe in was an inch and a half in lol. Just something that you can check yourself for free before you buy new tires.
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