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Old 03-06-2014, 07:02 PM   #1
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Am I the only one that wont drive the YJ unless the roads are dry?

I fear rust. This winter is killing me

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Old 03-06-2014, 07:45 PM   #2
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I drive mine every day, just wash it often. Do you avoid rainy days or is it the salt?

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My Jeep loves snow days and being from NY, rust is just part of normality.
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I drive mine every day, just wash it often. Do you avoid rainy days or is it the salt?
Both. I've put 30 miles on it this winter
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Mine's a daily driver for my son. It's off to school or work every day
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Old 03-07-2014, 03:47 AM   #6
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as i now live in fla I drive it every day. used to live in western ny and had muscle cars. always had a beater to drive in the winter. if you have a clean, solid jeep I'd do the same thing, rust wrecks a vehicle fast.
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Old 03-07-2014, 04:04 AM   #7
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I have driven mine twice this winter, on dry roads. I have a good coating of Fluid Film undercoating on everything and have removed the plastic wheel housing liners. The undercoat stays tacky and repels water and salt but needs to be reapplied periodically, and oozes out everywhere.

I'd love to drive it in the snow but I drive freeways each way to work and my Suburban is a lot quieter so I usually take that. The jeep's 14 mpg with gas pushing $4 usually convinces me to drive the diesel which gets around 20mpg.
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Old 03-07-2014, 05:47 AM   #8
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I fear rust. This winter is killing me
Don't fear rust. Embrace it. Rust is part of a Jeep. They came from the factory that way. That is why they make fiberglass tubs, replacement frames, replacement body panels & floor pans. Rust is our friend…it never sleeps. It rains & snows a lot. If you are never going to drive it and fear what might be, you should consider a Buick.
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Old 03-07-2014, 06:22 AM   #9
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Don't fear rust. Embrace it. Rust is part of a Jeep. They came from the factory that way. That is why they make fiberglass tubs, replacement frames, replacement body panels & floor pans. Rust is our friend…it never sleeps. It rains & snows a lot. If you are never going to drive it and fear what might be, you should consider a Buick.
thats good advice if your jeep is like the one you describe in your signature. some of us have solid jeeps and want to keep them that way. I like the surprised look on peoples faces when I tell them its 27 years old.
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Old 03-07-2014, 07:05 AM   #10
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thats good advice if your jeep is like the one you describe in your signature. some of us have solid jeeps and want to keep them that way. I like the surprised look on peoples faces when I tell them its 27 years old.
Me too…because it is still semi-roadworthy! haha
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Me too…because it is still semi-roadworthy! haha
I know what you mean, recently spent some time in my home town and may have seen 1 or 2 yj's on the road. most had fallen victim to cancer and were rusting away in peoples yards. I have a 6 year old chevy that I've already had to replace brake lines on. salt belongs in the ocean not on roads.
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I also live in the rust belt,upper ny to be exact. I drive it all the time, it has some rust that's been repaired and that's exactly it its a part of life, just deal with it
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Old 03-07-2014, 03:26 PM   #13
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I also live in the rust belt,upper ny to be exact. I drive it all the time, it has some rust that's been repaired and that's exactly it its a part of life, just deal with it
And if you can't deal….have a beer and deal!
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Old 03-08-2014, 12:27 AM   #15
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^^^^ Totally agree ^^^^

Our Jeepin' forefathers in the days of war would be so disappointed if we didn't use our Jeeps for what they were meant for. Gettin' Dirty!!

Mine is a play toy and a DD in rain, snow or shine. Wouldn't have it any other way!
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I love playing in the snow.. I understand salted roads but as long as you wash it and wash under it real good, you shouldn't have much of an issue, if any. BTW that's red GA clay/mud under mine, not rust. Mine's rust free luckily
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Old 03-08-2014, 02:46 PM   #17
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I fear rust. This winter is killing me
Kind of looks like you are alone on this one. Sorry.

Now get out there & drive it like you stole it. Beat it into the ground. Drive it hard & wear it out! When AMC/Chrysler built these things, they never intended them to be pampered. (It's pretty obvious by how cheaply they are built) And when you are done…sell it to someone who doesn't care how beat-up it is, and go get yourself another one. Pretty simple formula.
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Kind of looks like you are alone on this one. Sorry.

Now get out there & drive it like you stole it. Beat it into the ground. Drive it hard & wear it out! When AMC/Chrysler built these things, they never intended them to be pampered. (It's pretty obvious by how cheaply they are built) And when you are done…sell it to someone who doesn't care how beat-up it is, and go get yourself another one. Pretty simple formula.
It's hard to disagree with this logic. However mine has always been a daily driver. And all the blood, nails, and teeth I've lost in the process of keeping it running, I pamper the hell out of it. But that's why I need another rusty turd to run into the ground.
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YJMuscle..you're not alone. My YJ is in the garage for the winter. Salt in the Northeast will kill it. I've done too much to it to let Ole Man Winter destroy it up here.
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Old 03-08-2014, 07:30 PM   #20
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I like mine with top off in the mountains.love the look when I tell ppl its 27 years old
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Old 03-08-2014, 08:27 PM   #21
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YJMuscle..you're not alone. My YJ is in the garage for the winter. Salt in the Northeast will kill it. I've done too much to it to let Ole Man Winter destroy it up here.
Finally someone who understands
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I totally agree.I looked for a nice jeep for a really long time and do not want to destroy.I ride atv's a lot and u wouldn't believe the new ones I see on the trails.I just guess they have alot of money or not planning on paying their bill sand gonna let it get repo it.if u gonna treat it like that buy a junker
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Old 03-09-2014, 08:23 AM   #23
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You should really get it rhino lined underneath save you a lot of trouble I'm going in to get mine done with in the next week after I get my lift, lucky my yj is still runs free.
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I totally agree.I looked for a nice jeep for a really long time and do not want to destroy.I ride atv's a lot and u wouldn't believe the new ones I see on the trails.I just guess they have alot of money or not planning on paying their bill sand gonna let it get repo it.if u gonna treat it like that buy a junker
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Old 03-09-2014, 01:34 PM   #25
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My 25 year old YJ is a mud winter vehicle with no rust on the frame. Mechanically it's shot from the kid I bought it from but all fixable. And I'm in the rust belt. Jersey Shore. Winter salt and ocean salt. Its a jeep not a luxury vehicle. Drive it like you stole it and enjoy the hell out of it. Jeeps are cheap and a dime a dozen

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