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Old 12-28-2011, 01:21 PM   #1
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Thinking of getting a Wrangler and I need some guidance

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I am thinking of getting a wrangler this year to make some side money plowing and overall fun in snow and during the summer. Is plowing with a Jeep a good idea? I have some more questions below since I am new to Jeeps...
  • In other posts I see Jeep JK / TJ / YJ / CJ. What does this mean?
  • Is a getting a good used Wrangler a good idea for light plowing using a plastic plow?
  • Is it a good idea to use a Jeep with a manual transmission or is a automatic a better idea?
Please let mw know

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Short answer on the Model Designations: CJ was the designation for "Civilian Jeep" when they started Wranglers they gave them designationa for model types (YJ, TJ & JK) but the letters don't really stand for anything. The long answer is here: Understanding Jeep classifications - TJ/JK/etc

If you want a work horse of a Jeep, I would suggest a used one. Newre models are tough but have allot of electronic and comfort extras you may or may not want.

For your last question, I personally prefer a manual transmission. This discussion has gone on for some time, like here: http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/jku...ic-129475.html

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Old 12-28-2011, 03:55 PM   #3
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Hello

I am thinking of getting a wrangler this year to make some side money plowing and overall fun in snow and during the summer. Is plowing with a Jeep a good idea? I have some more questions below since I am new to Jeeps...
  • In other posts I see Jeep JK / TJ / YJ / CJ. What does this mean?
  • Is a getting a good used Wrangler a good idea for light plowing using a plastic plow?
  • Is it a good idea to use a Jeep with a manual transmission or is a automatic a better idea?
Please let mw know
CJ - before 1987 ( Jeep CJ - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia )
YJ - 1987-1995
TJ - 1997-2006
JK - 2007-present

Not a plow guy so I have no idea there however I hired a service once to plow my very long, very thin driveway and they always sent the Jeep to plow because the larger trucks had trouble maneuvering in my driveway. He seemed to do a pretty good job.

As far as transmission is concerned, that's up to you. I went auto on my JK because I didn't like the feel of the clutch when I test drove it.
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I presume you already know that plowing can be incredibly stressful on any vehicles drivetrain so do some quick searches. There's a few threads here and elsewhere discussing using a Jeep as a plow. Welcome to the forum.
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Old 12-28-2011, 08:14 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone for your help & knowledge transfer. I did look at several forums about plows and I read mixed reviews. I understand about stress on the vehicle which brings me to another question.....

Do Jeeps come is different strengths, like lets say the Ford F-Series?
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4 cyl or 6 cyl... those are your strengths... a rubicon is lightly higher end with upgraded axles and suspension. more powerful as well, but i wouldn't spend the extra cash on one just to destroy it plowing
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just my two cents... I've heard that having a manual with a plow is PITA, because you're trying to shift and control the plow at the same time. I've never done it, so I can't say for sure. I'm sure people do it and get used to it. I have a manual and love it, and would never want an automatic, but I don't plow. If I did plow, I would probably want an automatic.
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Just got a 93 yj 4.0 with plow. 5 spd. If you are a good shifter and have decent reflexs 5 spd not a problem unless your gona do 20+ driveways. But then let's face it, get a half ton pickup or 3/4 ton. Jeeps can plow... Doesn't mean they should. Lol.
I do only a few driveways. And slowly. And as the snow is falling. So every couple inches I do it. No waiting till there is 6 inches of heavy white stuff.. good luck.... If you blow something... It just means upgrade time. till you build a beast..
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I'd be curious to see how well it plows. I know in Michigan, I had a plow on my 96 Dodge Ram 2500 and it pushed just fine. I was always worried that a smaller/lighter truck (like a Jeep) wouldn't be heavy enough to move snow as thick and deep as we got in Michigan.
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I'd be curious to see how well it plows. I know in Michigan, I had a plow on my 96 Dodge Ram 2500 and it pushed just fine. I was always worried that a smaller/lighter truck (like a Jeep) wouldn't be heavy enough to move snow as thick and deep as we got in Michigan.
Lol in heavy wet stuff the plow will steer the jeep. Also you looking at 6.5'-7' max plow. Light duty ones. 1/2 the weight of the bigger plows. But light fluffy snow, no problem up to 10 inches if it has a place to go. Hard to get the piles to tall. Plus you do not want to be ramming piles like with a bigger truck. Heavy wet snow. Get it every couple inches. 2 or 3. Be kind to your jeep.

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