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Old 12-07-2016, 03:34 PM   #31
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Wow I didn't know so many TJ owners felt this way lol
There are also a lot of us that enjoy the snow as well....

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Old 12-07-2016, 03:37 PM   #32
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I park mine in the winter though I can't help myself to the occasional Snow-wheeling which turns into a mud extravaganza.

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I commented earlier on this, but as I was reading through, it felt weird to keep reading that some of us store our vehicles to prevent rust. Seems like the manufacturers would pick up on that and make a change for the better. Amazing that we PLAN for them to rust out. Damn Shame.
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I commented earlier on this, but as I was reading through, it felt weird to keep reading that some of us store our vehicles to prevent rust. Seems like the manufacturers would pick up on that and make a change for the better. Amazing that we PLAN for them to rust out. Damn Shame.
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Old 12-08-2016, 10:49 AM   #35
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My jeep is mostly a winter vehicle. I commute on a bike if its above freezing in the morning. Just make sure to wash your jeep off regularly and get inside the frame, and above your crossmembers. Any place dirt will collect you want to wash out. Do it at least twice a month. If you want to get real aggressive about it, you can spray used motor oil inside your frame (an internet search will net you articles on it).
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I don't live in an area where I have to worry about an actual winter really, but if I did I wouldn't drive it in the winter. I would buy a cheap XJ, ZJ, or WJ for winter times. You can get them pretty cheap.
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My Jeep isn't a daily driver, I take off full coverage in the winter and park in my garage, living in Michigan all my life I have had to many cars rust out over the years. I know what you mean about Jeepin in the snow it is fun I keep my jeep up at our cabin in Kalkaska which is in the one of many snow belts in our state, last spring the main roads were dry no salt and we still had a good foot on snow in the woods I couldn't resist, yes it was a blast! Were supposed to get 12 to 18" of the white stuff at the cabin in the next few days We'll see how much will power I have. LOL
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My jeep is mostly a winter vehicle. I commute on a bike if its above freezing in the morning. Just make sure to wash your jeep off regularly and get inside the frame, and above your crossmembers. Any place dirt will collect you want to wash out. Do it at least twice a month. If you want to get real aggressive about it, you can spray used motor oil inside your frame (an internet search will net you articles on it).
^^This. Keep it treated and keep it clean. If I wanted a summer time only vehicle, it would have been a Vette, and almost was. So glad I got the more practical of the two.

So do you guys that park it over the winter offroad any in the good weather? Or are they all mall crawlers? No disrespect meant, cause I love a good clean TJ too, but I prefer to use mine to its full extent, and it's still purdy, at least in my eyes.
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Not only does my "Florida native" F350 have zero rust, It's 2wd and gets stuck on wet grass...
Two really good reasons to leave it parked all winter.
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^^This. Keep it treated and keep it clean. If I wanted a summer time only vehicle, it would have been a Vette, and almost was. So glad I got the more practical of the two.

So do you guys that park it over the winter offroad any in the good weather? Or are they all mall crawlers? No disrespect meant, cause I love a good clean TJ too, but I prefer to use mine to its full extent, and it's still purdy, at least in my eyes.
Doing the smart thing by Keeping it from getting eaten alive from salt and 4x4ing are 2 different things & doesn't mean it has to be a mall crawler. Again, there is too many other vehicles that can be driven for several yrs until they rust out then be cheaply replaced. A no longer manufactured low tech, easy to work on Tj isn't one of those.
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I bought mine just for the winter and beach use. It's my 4th Jeep and the TJ is nice but I'm going to use it. 01 4.0 5sp. Dana 44 and hard top and doors. Can't wait for the big snow!
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Doing the smart thing by Keeping it from getting eaten alive from salt and 4x4ing are 2 different things & doesn't mean it has to be a mall crawler. Again, there is too many other vehicles that can be driven for several yrs until they rust out then be cheaply replaced. A no longer manufactured low tech, easy to work on Tj isn't one of those.
So you're saying that the "smart thing" is to not drive it in the winter? I'm not trying to troll, and I stated no disrespect in my post. It was an honest question. Believe me, I know there is a difference, but I would assume/hope that people wash them after getting them muddy. Same goes for driving in the salt for me. I keep it clean.

I'll continue to be on the "unsmart" side and have a blast in the snow. And I will keep it clean, treat the underside every two years, and fluid film it twice a year. I can't imagine letting my beloved TJ sit and wait for good weather. But I suppose that's what I do with my bikes, but that's hard enough.
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Can't wait for the big snow!
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So you're saying that the "smart thing" is to not drive it in the winter? I'm not trying to troll, and I stated no disrespect in my post. It was an honest question. Believe me, I know there is a difference, but I would assume/hope that people wash them after getting them muddy. Same goes for driving in the salt for me. I keep it clean.

I'll continue to be on the "unsmart" side and have a blast in the snow. And I will keep it clean, treat the underside every two years, and fluid film it twice a year. I can't imagine letting my beloved TJ sit and wait for good weather. But I suppose that's what I do with my bikes, but that's hard enough.
Going out and doing some snow wheeling a few times during the winter or DD'ing are 2 different things.
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I drive mine thru winter as long as it doesn't break lol. It is my DD and I wheel it too. You can do both in winter. Just make sure you undercoat! POR-15 paint will help with rust spots!
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I was watching a show awhile back of people who had ridiculous homes. One of them had a water sprayer set up at the opening of their garage to clean off the bottom of their car. Sounds like a solution if you have the ability to build something like it.
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I was watching a show awhile back of people who had ridiculous homes. One of them had a water sprayer set up at the opening of their garage to clean off the bottom of their car. Sounds like a solution if you have the ability to build something like it.
When I lived in FL I would set up a yard sprinkler under the three axle boat trailer after a day if diving in the gulf. It was my lazy way of flushing the salt off of the brakes and wheels without getting on my knees with the garden hose.
In my years living in Ohio I've often thought about building a homemade chassis bath using pvc pipe, but my garage didn't have the proper slope to drain off the water.
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Mine is a daily driver...if I want to go somewhere (say, work...), I drive it. Given the idiots around here, that have to relearn how to drive in rain and snow, every time it happens...I want to be in something that allows me a bit of control.

I hope to keep this one alive, until I retire and go back home...then I'll transplant all the goodies to a rust-free model.
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T fitting PVC pipe with all sides caped. On the lower cap, have a hose adapter fitted to it. Drill out a numbed holes so the water can spray out. The just drive over it and it should at least remove a good portion of the crud under the Jeep.
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Depends how long you want to keep it. I used my 2000 for a DD for almost 7 years, it looked awful underneath, everything was rusted out.

My '98 is now a summer only toy, and is tucked away for the winter.
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I have to admit that I would love to go out and romp in the snow with my 97, but TJ's are getting harder to find in good shape and I want to keep mine for as long as possible, so I bite the bullet and basically store it for the winter. It only comes out when the roads are clear of salt. I have a f250 4x4 for my DD driver.
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I don't get it...Jeeps are fun in the snow, mud, and just about everywhere else. Get in and go. Live a little... Why drive anything else???

Going into my 17th year of DD a jeep.
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Not driving a Jeep in the snow it like keeping a boat out of the water so it doesn't get wet.
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Not driving a Jeep in the snow it like keeping a boat out of the water so it doesn't get wet.
Talking it out & wheeling or DD'ing it during the winter are 2 different things.
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I do drive it in the winter especially when it snows...I'm just careful to wash the salt off of it when the snow is cleared up and the salt is gone from the roadways as I do with any car I've owned.
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Did you buy it to look at it ?
Or did you buy it to drive it
I bought mine because it is fun to drive,I rinse the frame if there is salt on the road or if I take it to the beach.If you take care of it, it should take care of you.
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It's a vehicle. It's meant to be driven. These are not collector items. Enjoy them and drive them daily.
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to each his own, I really don’t even understand this debate – if someone wants to take steps to preserve a Jeep for a longer life of enjoyment or drive it 24/7 for a shorter life of enjoyment, so be it. Seems to me that if one believes there's a universal right answer in these situations, one might be a bit narrow minded
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My jeep is our towed behind our M/H and its my driver. It gets driven almost every day and when the weather gets snowy and icy down south, its the one that's driven. it was fun several years ago, before everyone down here thought they had to go to work or school in the snow. then the powers that be thought it would be good for us southerners that we should start putting that salty stuff on our roads also. I can't stop the spraying, and I ain't going to stop driving my jeep. After the winter, I just wash everything as good as I can and go from there. If I think I need a good undercarriage wash, just ford a few creeks. I like my jeep, but I am not going to stop driving it any time of the year. just do what you have to and enjoy, jeeps are fun.
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Hmmm.. Let's see... Drive the $60,000 Denali or the $5,000 TJ on the salted roads.. Kind of a no brainer

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