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Old 06-13-2012, 11:42 AM   #1
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jeeps in snow?

Dumb question maybe but how are jeep wranglers in cold weather and snow? I have a newer silverado and I'm thinking about selling it and just using my 95 wrangler in the snow. Id have to put the floor plugs back in I'm sure and sealup the heaterbox that is cut, but I have full doors and a hardtop. Are they descent traction and comfortwise? I don't drive a ton but id have to rely on it for 6 months a year with buffalo winters.

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Old 06-13-2012, 11:55 AM   #2
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i used my yj for 4 winters up in flagstaff, never had a problem and I always got around just fine. Our heaters are pretty friggin good. I could get my hardtop nice and toasty. Hardest thing was my jeep takes awhile to warm up so I was half way to school before i was getting nice and toasty.

leave the system off till the temp gauge is around 150... then flip your heat on... otherwise you will scream like a little school girl when 14 degree air comes flying into your face.

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i used my yj for 4 winters up in flagstaff, never had a problem and I always got around just fine. Our heaters are pretty friggin good. I could get my hardtop nice and toasty. Hardest thing was my jeep takes awhile to warm up so I was half way to school before i was getting nice and toasty.

leave the system off till the temp gauge is around 150... then flip your heat on... otherwise you will scream like a little school girl when 14 degree air comes flying into your face.
I have electric fans with a thermostat control and a bypass switch. I could prolly leave the switch to "off" and heat it up prettyquick in the mornin. Plus my work is 1mile from my house. Loll
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^ that would work. Yes, Jeeps rock in the snow.
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Work just fine. Just start your rig 5-10 mins before you take off and enjoy.

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Old 06-13-2012, 12:30 PM   #6
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I agree with the electric fan conversion, temp goes up quick plus I did the heater blower motor swap and my cab gets to warm on high in winter while running a soft top!
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Old 06-13-2012, 12:48 PM   #7
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They push snow well too!
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Old 06-13-2012, 01:01 PM   #8
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If you want to play in the snow go for it.

If you have big drifts, ice, combination, subzero temps and are concerned about your kids safety I would keep the long wheel base.

I love my Jeep it can go places I wouldn't dream of taking my truck. However in north iowa it is not uncommon to get a nice coating of ice then temps drop to single digits with 30+ mph winds and snow causing complete white outs on the frozen road and forming drifts. I wouldn't ever risk taking my Jeep out in that.

The JKU is the only exception. The long wheelbase will help significantly on ice and in drifts.
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mine rarely leave the beach, but they do great in the snow!
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I literally have vehicles in front of me pull over to the side of the road because I come upon them so quickly in snowy weather ,I cant tell you how many Subaru's I have passed on my way to/from work .There are times I felt as if the faster I went the better she gripped ,but dont take that as a rule of thumb or anything.Bottom line they are very good in the snow .
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Old 06-13-2012, 01:29 PM   #11
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Buffalo NY? I wish I would have had my YJ when I lived there. This southern boy lived up there for 10 years and I had all kinds of fun in the snow with my Explorer. The YJ would have been more fun than what is legally allowed.
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I literally have vehicles in front of me pull over to the side of the road because I come upon them so quickly in snowy weather ,I cant tell you how many Subaru's I have passed on my way to/from work .There are times I felt as if the faster I went the better she gripped ,but dont take that as a rule of thumb or anything.Bottom line they are very good in the snow .
Going fast is easy in the snow. Stopping, not so much.
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Old 06-13-2012, 01:49 PM   #13
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2.5L and idling

If you have the 2.5L, the heater is more than enough radiator in cold weather when it is down in the <10 degree range. You won't get much really warm air until you get moving and get the engine working more than it does just idling.

You get more heat to the driver than the passenger so that may be an issue depending on who you have with you.

Defrosters are fair but detract from heat in the cab. Controls are pretty crude.

They can, and will, get squirrely in the ice snow because of the short wheel base. Just always remember, 4wd ONLY helps getting going. You have no more lateral or stopping control than any other 2wd vehicle with similar tires. You WILL have a tendency to get over confident because you can take off faster and THINK you can stop faster. NOPE, won't happen! Best to drive it in 2wd until you actually need 4wd. That gives you better feel of the road and what kind of traction you actually do have. Put a couple hundred lbs in the back and that will help a lot in 2wd.

But, all in all, it works pretty good.
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Jeeps on the beach

Where was that picture taken? I am finishing up my YJ for Assatuege and Chincoteage, got to pay my $90 for the annual permit.



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QUOTE=gryph;2468746]mine rarely leave the beach, but they do great in the snow![/QUOTE]
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Old 06-13-2012, 04:09 PM   #15
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As a certified Canadian, I must say, A jeep does excellent in the snow and cold weather, My soft top protects me from the cold.. as well as very polite people and polar bears.
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Going fast is easy in the snow. Stopping, not so much.
Exactly. I love seeing someone blow by me and then end up stuck in a ditch, it sure is fun to drive by them waving!
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Exactly. I love seeing someone blow by me and then end up stuck in a ditch, it sure is fun to drive by them waving!
Yup. I always end up passing by AWD mall crawlers on the side of the road that were going too fast for conditions. I give them a special wave.
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As a certified Canadian, I must say, A jeep does excellent in the snow and cold weather, My soft top protects me from the cold.. as well as very polite people and polar bears.

Hmmmm Ontario over here and those are rare here lol and good drivers ppppfffttt forget about it
As far as snow...does really well...stopping scares me sometimes...specially when these monkey spunks slam the ANTI locks in front of me...
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Hmmmm Ontario over here and those are rare here lol and good drivers ppppfffttt forget about it
As far as snow...does really well...stopping scares me sometimes...specially when these monkey spunks slam the ANTI locks in front of me...
I've driven in Toronto a couple times now.. I was doing 20 over the speed limit and was getting passed by cops! Felt like I was driving the Leguna Seca..
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Hmmmm Ontario over here and those are rare here lol and good drivers ppppfffttt forget about it
As far as snow...does really well...stopping scares me sometimes...specially when these monkey spunks slam the ANTI locks in front of me...
And I say polite people cuz the bad ones sliced up my last top..
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Old 06-13-2012, 10:22 PM   #21
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I used to be impressed with my 2003 Blazer going places off road and doing good in the snow. I never got stuck till last winter, it would just not make it thru my driveway, just plain stuck. I went and got the Jeepster, and it walked thru it like there was nothing there. It made my Blazer cry like a little school girl. Needless to say, if we get deep snow again, I'll be taking the Jeep and leave the Blazer in the garage. Oh, and 4 banger 5 speed to boot. It could be those Goodyear Wrangler tires too, lol.
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Depends on what you got:

Snow, it's awesome. Rode a cops ass for the first time in my life last winter, 3" and falling, his crown vic wouldn't do 25.
I do property management at a ski resort, and it'll get me and my shovels to the walkways of the houses, or at least I haven't found deep enough snow to stop it.

Ice, nothing STOPS on. Nothing. Trust me.

Could certainly use more weight for stability, and the short wheelbase can lead to spins - which weight would increase if not balanced.
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Where was that picture taken? I am finishing up my YJ for Assatuege and Chincoteage, got to pay my $90 for the annual permit.



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QUOTE=gryph;2468746]mine rarely leave the beach, but they do great in the snow!
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My jeep in the snow!
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Old 02-02-2013, 09:59 PM   #25
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My jeep has some aftermarket heater, PO had it in there. I think i saw something on quadtratic once upon a time. It splices into your heater hoses and goes to an electric switch. 3 speed control. I dont have heat in the jeep, just that thing. Works perfect for me over in WI.
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Old 02-03-2013, 02:46 AM   #26
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Jeep are AWESOME in snow!

Spent the whole day of our first big snow storm in my J-truck (but that's an FSJ) pulling everything from compacts to plow trucks out from being stuck.

This year is the first year my YJ has TOUCHED snow (post-rebuild), and she's LOVIN' it! Well, maybe not LOVIN' it... Her 1972 Carter carb doesn't seem to like it so much... But once she gets warmed up - whew! I'd only say, as others, to just beware of the tendancy for the @$$ end to slide out on you.

Pre-rebuild (stock tires) I did donuts just accelerating on ice/snow in a parking lot. Didn't have to crank teh wheel or anything! Haha!

And the heaters in these YJs are insane! Starts working pretty quickly and blasts out some HOT air! I have a hard top, but I drove for 10 minutes (I never/rarely leave my heater on while warming up) and I had to take off my hat and turn off the heat by the time I got to my destination!

My 1989 YJ next to my Dad's 2011 JK... From what little snow driving I've experience in the JK - I'd honestly say my YJ does better.
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yep the yj is great in the snow , we have our biggest snow of the year now about 7 inches with an ice base, i have pulled alot of trucks and cars out of the ditches with the little 2.5. 5 speed,,-as for stopping down shifting at the right time helps me stop better, and i havent lost controll ever on the roads that have been plowed leaving only the icy layer,, but i do love keeping here at a 45deg. angle and roooster tailing my budddies that are stuck in there trucks---lol

comon sense people, thats all that is required!!!!!!!
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My 08 JK is awesome in the snow. But i get distracted by snow plow piles and try to climb them. I can go right through any up to about 4 feet tall without stopping...haha.

When I was at the dealer picking it up, their lot wasnt plowed. They said I could leave my old hyundai santa fe there for a couple weeks in the back, and when i pulled it back there, nothing but wheel spin. I mean, it got through it alright, but spinning the shit out of the tires and just barely.

Pulled the jeep up next to it in 4 hi...infinitely better... no wheelspin at all unless i tried (and i had ESP off)

I've driven it in single digit (fahrenheit) weather, and its a soft top. The heat could probably get hot enough to cook me.

Soft tops are loud though. It's the most basic possible soft top. No headliner. But its not as loud as i've seen some people on here try to say it is.
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Yup. I always end up passing by AWD mall crawlers on the side of the road that were going too fast for conditions. I give them a special wave.
lmao, that's because the mall crawlers think they can do 70-80 MPH on ice.
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jeeps do very well going at constant speed in the snow. stopping can be dicey as well as making sharp turns at anything more than 5 or 10 mph. slow and steady. jeeps will get you anywhere you need to go it just will take longer and might not be exactly comfortable

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