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Old 11-30-2016, 10:05 PM
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Should I drive my jeep through the winter?

So I bought this Jeep last winter and the frame and body mounts were completely rotted out. Over last winter I fabricated the frame back together and made new body mounts for it. Cutting out most of the rust. Right now I'm driving my old pickup I was going to run through the winter but now I'm considering selling my truck and just driving my jeep through the winter. How hard do you guys think all the salt would be on it? As of right now it's looking pretty clean. All i can think about is how fun it would be to go snow wheeling and stuff in the snow but I don't have the money to insure both vehicles. What would you do? Also we own a pressure washing business so I could just give it a good wash every week to keep all the junk off it. Obviously this is no serious question just wondering what you guys think
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I'd drive it if I wanted to.

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Old 11-30-2016, 11:13 PM   #3
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If you've protected all the work you've done underneath(Eastwood internal frame coating etc) and keep it clean have fun.
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If you've protected all the work you've done underneath(Eastwood internal frame coating etc) and keep it clean have fun.
This is what I did, and we have a blast when the snow flies!
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My Jeeps have always been daily drivers, so they get driven all winter long, but I understand the sentiment.

Here in Wichita they spray brine solution (salt water) on the roads all winter long and that stuff gets everywhere, so I try to run through the touchless carwash with the undercarriage blaster every couple of weeks if we get a warm day. So far so good.
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Road salt is the number one enemy of your Jeep due to the part of the country you live.
This issue will no doubt always have to be considered as to how often you drive your Jeep.
So, with this in mind, you know that EVERY piece of metal that is not stainless steel, in your Jeep is susceptible to this damage.
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I have put my Jeep away every winter since I have owned a second car and not regretted one bit. I drop my insurance down to theft and fire so I save money that way. Also my Jeep isn't my DD even in the summer, I do drive it around but rarely to work or anything, it's mostly for trails and there aren't many we can hit up here in the winter and I don't really have any interest anyways. My friend has a Jeep that had similar amount of fender rust and now his are rusted all the way through and mine are still very similar to they were a few years ago.
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You can try fluid film. That stuff works great.
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Get your underside treated and fluid filmed and have fun!

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I love my Jeep when it snows. If it isn't worth a lot, I'd drive it. You probably didn't buy it to look at it.
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Ironically, since my last comment on this thread, I popped out for Taco Bell and discovered that they had sprayed salt water on the main drag just outside of my neighborhood.

Kinda sad; I'll keep driving the Jeep, but that means my motorcycle gets parked until either spring, or until a warm day and a rain washes that sh!t off the road.
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After all that work It would be parked nicely in the garage for the the winter.
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Mine is parked.
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I debated on this too after my project but she's definitely not seeing any snow this winter I decided.
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I'd drive it. Especially since you have the skills to fix it if it rusts out again in 5 or 10 years.
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I park mine all winter long. Up here in Michigan they salt the crap out of the roads and it is impossible to get everything coated with fluid film, eastwoods, etc. My wife has a 2013 JK that we took to line-x and had everything coated underneath. It is her DD so I wanted to make sure it lasts.
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My jeep isn't my daily drive either, but when we get several inch's of snow, I cant help myself, it comes out of the garage for a drive.
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I'm in Michigan and I just drive the thing after I undercoat it the best I can. I figure if I don't drive it, I'm just saving it for somebody else to figure what to do with it!
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I am on the side of drive it. I am in Michigan and drive my Jeeps year round. For me part of the fun of owning is driving. I mean, during the summer you could not ever drive a Jeep also and avoid getting any scratches or stone chips.
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Drive it.....
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I would think winter weather is where a Jeep would excel in versus a truck or car. In the mainly icy weather and wintry mix we see in north tx, my Tacoma 4x4 gets parked and the TJ becomes the vehicle of choice.
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Store it, you'll be glad you did in 5+ winters from now. I'm going to store my 98
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One of the main reasons I got a Wrangler is to use it in the snow! Just winterize the underneath and wash off the salt once every few weeks. If I wanted a summer only car I'd get a Miata
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For those who store the TJ in the winter, what do you drive in the winter? I don't have a cheap beater car that make the decision much harder (TJ is one of the 3 vehicles I drive exclusively).
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For those who store the TJ in the winter, what do you drive in the winter? I don't have a cheap beater car that make the decision much harder (TJ is one of the 3 vehicles I drive exclusively).
Good TJ's can't be replaced as easily anymore, ( for obvious reasons ). It will be 20yrs before JK's become like a Tj, but they are full of electronics unlike a TJ, YJ or Cj so a TJ is last of it's kind. If you have othe vehicles that normally get traded every 5yrs or so, I'd drive that.
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One of the main reasons I got a Wrangler is to use it in the snow! Just winterize the underneath and wash off the salt once every few weeks. If I wanted a summer only car I'd get a Miata
It's been proven the frames on Tj's don't like the salt regardless what Is done, all your doing is buying a little more time. Plenty of wildly available mass produced vehicles that can be driven in the winter and become victim's of rust then thrown away & replaced.
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For those who store the TJ in the winter, what do you drive in the winter? I don't have a cheap beater car that make the decision much harder (TJ is one of the 3 vehicles I drive exclusively).
I've stored my 05 LJR every winter since new. I wheel it hard in the summer and every spring it's like getting a brand new Jeep again. Not one speck of corrosion on it also makes it more fun to work on. Never have to deal with corroded bolts, etc. It's got 23k miles on it now and I plan to keep it for a very long time. I've also stored sports cars I've owned for the winter and when I've sold them, sometimes more than 25 years later, they still looked nearly new.

For winter I drive an 06 4x4 Tacoma TRD, or my wife's AWD SUV. Both of these vehicles are nice, but they're just transportation and are easily replaced.
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Mine stays in my garage for winter and I use my XJ for my dd
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I normally drive a diesel SuperDuty that lived it's life in Florida & is 100% rust free. It's going to be parked for winter period!
I set out to buy a winter car, but decided to buy something that I've always wanted instead of something boring. Came home with my Jeep NOT knowing that I would fall in love with it....
It sucks knowing that the rust will eventually kill my new found love, but life is too short to drive a boring vehicle 5-6 months out of the year.
I fluid filmed it the best I could & it'll get driven.

Eventually I'll pick up another rust free TJ and keep it out of the snow/salt & give it the love it deserves.
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Wow I didn't know so many TJ owners felt this way lol

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