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Old 11-04-2013, 11:51 AM   #1
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Question not an owner . . yet, winter driving ?

greetings,

i am still shopping. have not found what i am looking for yet, but it will be a '14 JK 2dr (i think).

i was reading this forum yesterday about a new owner JKUR in CO who had some "moments" on an icy mountain road. this got me thinking. . .

the 2dr is a pretty short wheelbase. we chose this since it is just the 2 of us and will use it as a daily driver. the other vehicle is a CR-V. really don't haul anything daily, camping gear in the summer and winter trips south.

we want to camp where the Goldwing won't go. we don't need a lot of gear, have always packed light. BWCA and MC trips.

the question is, will the 2dr be a suitable winter driver in Minnesota and on the metro freeways. i'm thinking safety. the concern are those 180 degree spinouts that i have been reading about. has been a long time since that has happened to me.

i have been looking at Sport S and intend to use the all seasons that come on it for now.

i have lived in Minnesota for 57 years (driving 40 of them) and have a pretty good idea of winter driving, but i have never owned such a short wheelbase vehicle as a JK and has been a long time since rear wheel drive.

is LSD a good idea? i seem to find it often with 3.73 which is what i have been looking for.

will a 2dr get me there and back again in the winter?

any insight would be appreciated.

TIA

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Hi, I'm in Plymouth, MN. I can't speak specifically to the 2dr JK. I have had two 4dr JK's and an XJ in our fine weather since 2001. All were equipped with MT tires and LSD rear ends. Both JK's had 3.73 gearing and the XJ had 3.55's. We've obviously had some notable snow and ice the past few years. I haven't has to use 4WD in snow too much with any of my Jeeps - just those times where I ventured out before our fine road crews finished clearing things off. 80% of the time the LSD, a cool head and common sense was sufficient to get going. I've been all over the state in snow without much unintended drama.

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Old 11-04-2013, 12:30 PM   #3
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I have a 2 DR RUBI TJ... Absolutely the short wheel base plays a role in traction. Use 4wd when conditions warrant it! However, a good set of designated snow tires (studded if legal) will make a Huge difference! I grew up in Wisconsin and have been running snow tires on every vehicle since college! My first set of SNOW tires blew me away... The traction the handling was just unbelievable! I will never run all seasons again on any vehicle! Keep in mind that the (cold temperatures)play as big of a role on traction as does snow and ice.
I am sure people will tell you their MT's or their Duratracs etc. provide great traction in winter... That may be the case however... It is highly probable that they have NEVER run designated snow tires either! The science proves snow tires are better below 45*...
If you plan on keeping stock size tires... Look into the Hankook I pike snow tire. Reasonably priced, large voids for deep snow and a lot of siping for ice...
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Old 11-04-2013, 01:11 PM   #4
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Shorter wheel base may have to use 4wd more than with longer WB. Either way keeping calm and knowing what you & your vehicle is capable off is more important. Both are Jeeps with great 4wd systems, so get the one you really want. Good Luck
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Old 01-03-2014, 08:07 AM   #5
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I am in WAY NORTHERN MINNESOTA, way up the north shore of the BIG LAKE. I am fairly new to jeeps. Mine is a 90 YJ, I put 2 sand tubes right behing the front seats and with my plow hanging off the front the sand tubes have helped a bunch. I have not had any major problems on the roads with my 'Lil Red Wagon. I do slow down a bit when entering a curve.
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