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Old 09-21-2012, 04:33 PM   #1
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Winter storage soon.

I've got an '04 Rubicon with only 15,500 original miles. The owner before me took care of this vehicle like it was a baby. It is in excellent condition and I want to keep it that way. So, it will be going into winter storage soon, from late October until at least late March. It will be garage kept and covered with a car cover (breathable, dust proof). I will have a battery tender on the battery. Any other suggestions for storage. I've got some ideas on what I should do, but thinking there is something I might miss. I live in the northern most part of Michigan's Upper Peninsula where we normally get 200-300 inches of snow annually. The snow isn't the problem, it is the road salt the State Highway Department uses to keep the roads clear. It is especially bad for me because I live just off US-41 and have to climb a long, steep hill in order to get to my turn off. The Highway Departments answer to one inch of snow is an inch of salt on that darn hill. It is the worst 1 mile stretch of highway for over-salting and I don't want my Jeep exposed to it.

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Old 09-21-2012, 05:06 PM   #2
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I have a solution....sell it to me It will live a nice salt-free life in Texas.

Since you are just storing it for 5 months or so, I wouldn't worry about too much. Put some stablizer in the gas a week or two before you store it. And if you can, start it once a month and drive it up/down the street (I realize you will have snow, but if your street has no salt, the Rubi will like the exercise).

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Old 09-21-2012, 05:40 PM   #3
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Winter storage? that's when you want to drive it.
Retired my 94 YJ 4cyl 5spd @ 200K
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Both as a commuter vehicle in NW, NJ
April 2012.downsized and now a 99er.
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Old 09-21-2012, 10:02 PM   #4
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Winter storage? that's when you want to drive it.
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Old 09-21-2012, 10:43 PM   #5
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It's not a sports car bro, a jeep is meant to be driven in any condition. IMO the better option would be to put some thick undercoating/bedliner on everything exposed to salt...frame, tub, diffs, etc.
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Old 09-21-2012, 11:14 PM   #6
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Winter storage? that's when you want to drive it.
I have an '89 Wrangler that I drive in the winter, although my main transportion in the winter is my Nissan Titan truck.
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Old 09-21-2012, 11:27 PM   #7
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I have a 2003 Monte Carlo that I store in the winter. I can tell you it will be just fine without stabile or starting up. In fact, my friend who is a diesel tech told me to stay away from that gummy stuff. He has seen a bunch of motors have problems as a result. I've left my car untouched for three years and it fires right up. I just leave the tank quarter or half full so then I can refuel right away. I say just make sure you keep the mice out
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Old 09-21-2012, 11:30 PM   #8
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I also like to put extra air in the tires for storage--almost up to the maximum marked on the sidewall to help keep the tires from getting flat spots from sitting. I'd hide that away to with those low miles.
Besides its almost snowmobile time up there, right? When I was up in Ontonagon for a little while, we hardly drove when we could ride!
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Old 09-22-2012, 12:01 AM   #9
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I am looking forward to snow Bring it! Winter!

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