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Old 06-22-2007, 08:43 AM   #1
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Newbie Here: Jeep In Snow

I'm new here and I have a question -

I'm considering buyiung an 05 Wrangler (6-cyl manual) as a second vehicle.

I was able to sell this purchase to myself and my other half by saying:
1) Its a fun car in the summer and
2) Its 4 wheel drive for the winter.

But is this thing really any good in the snow?
Here in Connecticut we don't get snow like Colorado, Buffalo, etc. abut in the winter the roads are often covered.

Am I fooling myself if I think this thing is going to take me 32 miles to work in 6-12" of snow?

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i bought my '04 unlimited in february and our area immediately got hit with a sleet storm that put a good 6-8 inches of that icy stuff on the roads. she handled beautifully in 4W High considering that stuff is a lot more slippery than snow. i even got to drive her into some plowed in areas where the snow was at least 16-20 inches and she did fine. you will be pleasantly surprised. just make sure you have some decent tires on when the white stuff comes around - mine came with some 31" BFG AT's.

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This isn't my picture but we've done this on more than one occasion.

Jeeps are amazing in the snow.
They are not magic on ice, being short wheel base they can be a little squirrelly and have to be handled carefully but snow won't present much of a problem.
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I think tires probably make a big difference.

This one has Goodyear Wranglers on it I believe , and they are bigger than the cheapo ones that some come with (which may or may not help in the snow) but I didn't not the actual size.

My second car now is a 98 Honda Accord and with Blizzaks the thing is awsome in the snow so long as it doesn't get too deep.
I need the Jeep to be at least that good in the snow.

And really, are *any* cars good on ice?
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Old 06-22-2007, 09:49 AM   #5
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now) My second car now is a 98 Honda Accord
Hey ,I changed My 2000 Honda Prelude for My jeep (2000 sahara) and bealive Me so far so good,so much fun and less tickets!!!
The jeep its a year round car,you dont need it as a second car , get rid of the honda make some proffit of it ,and add more stuff in to the Jeep.
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Old 06-22-2007, 10:06 AM   #6
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Jeeps are really good in the snow. With the right tires 3 feet of snow is a pieace of cake.
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Old 06-22-2007, 11:11 AM   #7
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tires are important....no problems with snow we get in NJ...I like snow
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before i got my jeep, i used to HATE snow. now i look forward to conquering whatever mother nature has to throw at me.
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i live in ct and a jeep runs nice in the snow around here
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i live in ct and a jeep runs nice in the snow around here
What kind of tires are you running?

In general, what are "good" tires in the snow?
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Old 06-22-2007, 12:15 PM   #11
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Hey look here!! I live in BUFFALO,NY....BUFF-A-LO.... The winters here are brutal and yet great for jeepers... We get county wide driving bans at least a couple times a winter. It's never stopped me or have I ever gotten stopped for driving my TJ. the only time I've gotten stuck is when I tried to drive through/over 5-6foot snow banks made by snow plows. All i'm running are BFG AT KO's 30x9.5 (I highly recommend too, Quiet and great in snow and mud) and No lift either.
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Old 06-22-2007, 12:36 PM   #12
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How do the mr/rs do in snow? Ive been thinking about switching to ATs for mileage and quiteness, but most of my wheeling is mud and trails. Guess im stuck with the mt/rs
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From everyones response, you can tell that Jeeps have no problem with the white stuff. Best of luck to you, and welcome to the board!
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Old 06-22-2007, 01:46 PM   #14
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with good tires: snow, good... ice and slush, not so great. then again, sorta like someone above said, what cars, except Zamboni's, are good on ice...
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What kind of tires are you running?

In general, what are "good" tires in the snow?
As of right now i am running Kelly Safari AWR, 225/75 15r. this weekend i am picking up a set of Dunlop Mud Rovers 31"x10.5"(poor man swampers) the kelly's worked well but the tread is no more.
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My Jeep performed amazing in snow and on the ice but I also kept a 8pound bag of cat litter in the back.......
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This is photo from the last ice storm of the winter we got
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at that time my tj was fully stock riding on 30" tires (now i have 2" body lift)
i went into a parking with around 2 ft of snow. I opened the door the snow was above the steps so it was pretty high.. made a circle around the parking and went home lol I went in there to do donuts but the snow was just too much to slide sideways freely. No problem at all and it was pretty fun.
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i don´t like my AT tires when snow and ice is on the road. in deep snow they are ok.
in the winter i always install some winter tires.
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And really, are *any* cars good on ice?
Yes, the most agile car I've ever driven on ice was a Subaru station wagon with siped tires.
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Yes, the most agile car I've ever driven on ice was a Subaru station wagon with siped tires.
My miata also handled really good on ice.. in snow it rubbed the bottom since it was so low but that was the only problem..
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my fathers "S500L 4matic" is very good on snow with winter tires. much better than my TJ with winter tires.
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mine was with stock AT tires and stock tires are 185/50ish 14-15s
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I'm a newbie; what are "AT" tires?
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I'm a newbie; what are "AT" tires?
there are difgferent types of tires:

ST - street

AT - all terrain (about 50% onroad / 50% offroad)

MT - mud terrain (about 80% offroad / 20% onroad)

and then there are offroad only tires like the tires from interco.




in my opinion a MT is too dangerous for a daily driver.
p.e on my old TJ first i had BFG AT tires. they were ok on the road. a friends TJ with BFG MT tires was very bad on the road.
you can´t go as fast in curves and on wet roads the MTs needed +50% more room to brake down the TJ.
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whats snow?

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there are difgferent types of tires:

ST - street

AT - all terrain (about 50% onroad / 50% offroad)

MT - mud terrain (about 80% offroad / 20% onroad)

and then there are offroad only tires like the tires from interco.
I think the ones on the 05 I'm looking at are regular M+S.
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M&S are most of the offroad tires. ATs, MTs and others.

here in europe you aren´t allowed to install tires with a lower top-speed than the car - except winter tires.

that´s why most manufacturers of offroad tirers make the M&S symbol on their tires.
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With all the calcium they put on the roads to melt the snow around here now? Buy the Jeep to have fun with the rest of the year. Buy a cheap POS to rust out in the winter.
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Old 06-23-2007, 10:49 AM   #30
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Hey I understand that Tires are a big factor but what about a 4 banger.

Will I have a problem in snow because of it?

Sry if iam stealing the post

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