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Old 12-09-2013, 12:36 PM   #1
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I was thinking about adding weight to the jeep for the icy/snowy roads this winter because of them being so light. Will probably get sand bags but how much is the question I have. Living in the south I never worried about it but now I think it would be good idea.
Anybody use sand or anything else to add weight? Im open to suggestions.

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Old 12-09-2013, 01:07 PM   #2
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I had a buddy who, when he'd drive his baby, would put sand tubes over the wheel wells. He said it made a huge improvement. There was just a post about driving in snow and ice I believe.

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I was thinking about adding weight to the jeep for the icy/snowy roads this winter because of them being so light. Will probably get sand bags but how much is the question I have. Living in the south I never worried about it but now I think it would be good idea. Anybody use sand or anything else to add weight? I’m open to suggestions.
I'd have at least 200# but what ever you use weight wise be sure to SECURE it! The last thing you want is the weight flying forward during a sudden stop! I found a SHUR TRAX 400# bladder on-line, I use in my pick up. You secure it to the tie downs and fill it with water, it has baffles in it so water does push forward and back. Drain in spring and remove. I put a sheet of plywood over it and can still haul on top of it. I believe they make different size bladders too.
My Jeep has a tool box in back with approx 300# of weight in it, if I didn't have the box I'd use a SHUR TRAX in there too.
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Old 12-10-2013, 05:36 AM   #4
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I usually get a few bags of kitty litter. And if you slide off the road you can usually just spread the litter in front of your tires and get yourself out. Kitty litty works better than sand for this in my experience.
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Based on 30 years of snowy experience, I'd say for a TJ around the weight of 350 pounds or a bit more. Back when I lived in Alaska we all used sand bags. Having a some of that weight being kitty litter as suggested is a good idea.
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Based on 30 years of snowy experience, I'd say for a TJ around the weight of 350 pounds or a bit more. Back when I lived in Alaska we all used sand bags. Having a some of that weight being kitty litter as suggested is a good idea.
i will have to try to find room for all that weight lol i was thinking at least 200. i agree the kitty litter is a good idea. thanks for the advise
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Pull up to your local watering hole around 15 minutes before last call and shout "Who likes bacon?" Toss a couple pounds in the back to keep her busy, then let her go and repeat the process a few days later!
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I have 4 60lb bags of sand over the weels plus a 60lb winch, snatch block and receiver (I remove the rear seat for winter. This offsets the 300lb I carry on the front.

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