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Old 12-24-2008, 09:36 AM   #1
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snowplow?

I think I saw a reply from someone who has a JK with a snowplow. We are thinking about doing that too. Pros and cons? Thanks TB

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Old 12-24-2008, 09:53 AM   #2
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wranglers are awesome for small areas as plows, they are very manuverable. big parking lots are too much, and i hate to see it cuz the plow is so hard on wranglers. they were not designed for much load at all. just the weight of the plow sags the front end pretty good. it will wear out springs and shocks quickly. if its your enjoyable vehicle, i wouldn't do it. find an old xj to plow with or something.

the wrangler springs are designed to try to ride as nice as possible with a straight front axle, so they are some what soft. putting a plow on them makes them work pretty good. also not sure how proven the automatic trans is, i don't remember which one is in it, and plowing with a stick sucks.

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If ya got a Jeep, why you need a plow?
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If ya got a Jeep, why you need a plow?
Because my driveway is 300 feet long with 14" of snow. Thats why I need a plow. Snowblower just dont do it.
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Old 12-24-2008, 03:37 PM   #5
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Because my driveway is 300 feet long with 14" of snow. Thats why I need a plow. Snowblower just dont do it.
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Old 12-24-2008, 03:49 PM   #6
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My grandfather used to have a CJ5 with a plow set-up on it. I can remember as a kid bouncing around in the back while he was doing the neighborhood roads. I sure wish I could have gotten that thing after he passed.
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Old 12-26-2008, 09:19 AM   #7
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jpdocdave, thanks for your input.

memphismike, I want to use it to make some extra money while my business is down.

Does anyone know who mentioned they had put a plow on their JK?

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Old 12-26-2008, 01:40 PM   #8
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I have seen a bunch o postings about snowplows on Jk's on another board. There is a lot of discussion about the front of the frame rails being able to handle one but there are manufacturers that make JK specific plow mounts. From what I have read, a quality setup will run you about $3k
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Old 12-27-2008, 08:39 PM   #9
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I actually have a Snow Way plow on my 4 dr Rubicon. I had the plow setup originally on a 91 Wrangler and moved it to my 2008 Rubi. The advantage of the Snoway is it is a bit lighter than other plow setups. I think my plow and subframe are around 250lbs. Yeah it is a load on the front end, but it is not too bad. Definately cuts my gas mileage way down though. I think I get about 13 mpg with the plow on vs 17 with it off.
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Old 12-29-2008, 07:26 PM   #10
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Some of the plow mfg. Western for one has a interactive website and when you plug in 08 JK it says they will work but not for Rubi's it mentions a "smartbar" problem. I think they are referring to the sway bar disco.
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I've had 2 CJ's with blades. I used Myers and as long as you go no wider than
a 6 foot blade you'll be fine. It is real hard on the vehicle though.

Easy install, in the driveway by myself.
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Old 12-30-2008, 12:27 PM   #12
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Hawkeye, thanks for the input. Did you use yours commercially or jsut for your own use? Since the JK is wider than the CJ you really need a 7 foot blade so at an angle it will cover the treads. What kind of wear and tear should I expect? I'm slowly getting talked out of the idea. Thanks T.B.
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Old 12-30-2008, 12:34 PM   #13
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try to get one with a power hitch so can take it on and off with little effort....my blizzard on my plow truck unhooks itself with the push of a button and then all i have do is unplug the hydraulic lines and im done.....u really shouldnt put one a jeep for more than doing your driveway.....you will ruin ur jeep in no time not to mention i bet it will void your warranty since most vehicles have to have the "plow ready" package from the dealer/factory to keep their warranty
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Old 12-30-2008, 01:22 PM   #14
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I did a few small parking lots and some driveways. Actually - the small ones are harder
on the truck than the big ones. It's the starting and stoping. I did one large lot that
I cleared like a Zamboni clears an ice rink. The owner was amazed. I was done in
less than an hour where the prior guy took over 2 hours to clear. He was going forward and backwards each strip. I did one strip the length of the lot, then angled the blade and basically drove in an elongated circle after that.

I went 3 years on the same clutch, I used low range 3rd gear most of the time and it
worked fine. The new plastic blades aren't very heavy and should be just fine. I used
to keep a spare battery, since it would sometimes draw down faster than the alternater
could charge it.
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Old 12-30-2008, 11:49 PM   #15
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holey moley a Chevy 350 on a snow blower. where do you get one of those?
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Old 12-31-2008, 09:56 AM   #16
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OK... I install a snowplow on my jk last week after getting 10 plus inches of snow. Now... living on a 4 lane highway, we ended up with at lease 2 1/2 feet of heavy wet snow at the end of the driveway after the plows came. I had my doubts at first, seeing this is only a stock JK-X with 225/75/16 tires. Well let me tell you!!! This Jeep is great. I had a ball plowing/playing ....and it sure beats shoveling/snowblowin.

1. No problem with Jeep over-heating. (auto)
2. No problem plowing 10/12 inches of snow.
3. Takes less than a couple of minutes to attach and unattach.
4. Joy stick control mounted on dash for up/down-right/left.
5. Weights about 250 lb. (no front-end sag)
6. Price= 3,200 installed
7. Google "Fisher Snowplow- Homesteaded

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Old 12-31-2008, 06:25 PM   #17
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why not use a atv or utv with a plow? i have a 650 kawasaki brute force with a 60" cycle country snow plow and this thing kicks a@#.
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Rclark, would you have any doubts about using it commercially? Thanks TB
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Rclark, would you have any doubts about using it commercially? Thanks TB
Well TB, you wouldn't want to do a big shopping mall parking-lot but driveways and small retail lots should be fine. I would be more worried about curbs, rocks, hidden pipes under the snow and property damaged. Can't see doing any more damaged to your jeep than off-roading and rock crawling. If you can make a few bucks plowing... go for it.. it will pay for itself in no time. We had another 8" of snow yesterday and I didn't baby it at all and it worked terrific on our large driveway.
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I've been rebuilding a garden tractor with snow blower attachment, when I was down getting parts one of the guys said he made a grand in one day just doing residential driveways with his garden tractor.
Just doing driveways shouldn't be too hard on a wrangler.
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Old 01-02-2009, 03:30 PM   #21
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On both Western and Fisher snowplow webisites they have this "quick select" or "e select" automated selection tool. Both brands have a residential rated plow for the JK but both warn against using them on a rubicon model or other models with "smartbar". Any thoughts on this? Are they talking about the sway bar discos? Thanks for all your input. TB
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Old 01-03-2009, 10:04 AM   #22
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On both Western and Fisher snowplow webisites they have this "quick select" or "e select" automated selection tool. Both brands have a residential rated plow for the JK but both warn against using them on a rubicon model or other models with "smartbar". Any thoughts on this? Are they talking about the sway bar discos? Thanks for all your input. TB
I would say the sway bar discos. After looking closely at the way the brackets are install, I would say that the bar would be in the way. If you own a Rubicon then your out of luck with a Fisherplow set-up. Even the web site saids not for Rubicons.
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Old 01-03-2009, 01:45 PM   #23
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Well, crap. That shoots that in the foot. I've got one local expert I've been waiting for to get back from vacation Monday. I'll let you know what the final is. Thanks TB.
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Old 01-08-2009, 10:12 AM   #24
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A local implement dealer quoted a Snoway plow $5200 installed. Snoway's website lists it ok for the Rubi but it's too expensive for now. If biz picks up later this year I will go for it for use next season. Thanks for all the replies TB

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