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Unread 12-11-2008, 06:20 AM   #1
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Help me build a snow going jeep!

Hello my name is Steve I have a 1995 wrangler that I have been using in my business for taking soil samples. It is set up to take samples and works great even in frozen ground. My problem is if the snow gets much over 10" with drifting I can't get around very well in the fields. It’s a stock wrangler with a 2.5 and auto. What parts can I add to go through the deep stuff at low speeds? I was thinking a lift and tall skinny tires and maybe locking differentials. I was even thinking about buying a Unimog, Volvo C303 or something like that but I really like my YJ for the job. I did look into tracks but at $24500.00 it’s to pricy for me. I would also be interested in a vendor or shop that I can buy everything from and maybe have it installed as one package deal. Right now I am snowed out of the fields here in WI and need to get some more work done! Thanks Steve


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Unread 12-11-2008, 06:43 AM   #2
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Throw some sand bags in the back for sure.
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Unread 12-11-2008, 08:54 AM   #3
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Taller tires with chains will certainly help. If the snow is "catching" on your differentials and axles, then lifting everything above them will only help to allow taller tires.
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Unread 12-11-2008, 09:08 AM   #4
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If i where you id get this....
http://roughcountry.com/jeep_yj_4.html
and these....
http://eastsidecustomtruck.com/i-125026-bogger.html
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Unread 12-11-2008, 09:18 AM   #5
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rough country lift, and some 33 interco tires
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Unread 12-11-2008, 09:26 AM   #6
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I don't think they're cheaper then tracks but GOCMS has kits for a go anywhere Jeep.
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Unread 12-11-2008, 03:45 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone. Is there a way to add locking diffs to the Jeep that I can lock and unlock as needed? I might get the lift ordered this week yet.
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Unread 12-11-2008, 04:32 PM   #8
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There are all kinds of locking differentials with manual controls; cable type (Ox), pneumatic (ARB), internal mechanical (Aussie, etc.), electric (Ected, etc). If you've got the funds, you're going to have a blast picking and choosing. I'm jeaouls.
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Unread 12-11-2008, 04:38 PM   #9
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I don't think they're cheaper then tracks but GOCMS has kits for a go anywhere Jeep.
Damn, those things are insane.
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I have 4 x 4 on my YJ, but I'm not sure what it is suppose to do or if it is even necessary.
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Unread 12-11-2008, 04:47 PM   #10
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I don't want to spend a pile on it but it is for work and I have work lined up that I could do if I can get the jeep through the snow. I can write it off as a business expense and go out and make some coin this winter. I did see alot of lockers when i did a search. It will need to drive to the farms but its not a daily driver just to a from the work. How do I find out which Diffs I have under my jeep. Its in a snow bank right now.
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Unread 12-11-2008, 05:14 PM   #11
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I don't want to spend a pile on it but it is for work and I have work lined up that I could do if I can get the jeep through the snow. I can write it off as a business expense and go out and make some coin this winter. I did see alot of lockers when i did a search. It will need to drive to the farms but its not a daily driver just to a from the work. How do I find out which Diffs I have under my jeep. Its in a snow bank right now.
Chances are very good that it is a D35 in the rear and a D30 up front.
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Unread 12-11-2008, 05:46 PM   #12
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OK maybe I am lazy but does anyone sell a package to do what I am looking for. I mean it looks pretty common for the Jeeps to get 1) a lift kit 2) bigger tires/rims and 3) locking diffs. I wish i could just call a trusted company and tell them what I want to do and have them recommend the parts and sell them to me at a fair price. Anyone out there I can trust to do this for me?
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Unread 12-11-2008, 05:47 PM   #13
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I know the Wisconsin weather is pretty crazy... lots of snow.

This seems like a relatively simple fix though...4" lift, 33" tires, Front and Rear Locker and a winch for security. Keep a couple hundred feet worth of tow strap in the back too. If most work is in fields I'd bet there may not be a tree for a couple hundred feet if something goes wrong.
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Unread 12-11-2008, 05:49 PM   #14
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OK maybe I am lazy but does anyone sell a package to do what I am looking for. I mean it looks pretty common for the Jeeps to get 1) a lift kit 2) bigger tires/rims and 3) locking diffs. I wish i could just call a trusted company and tell them what I want to do and have them recommend the parts and sell them to me at a fair price. Anyone out there I can trust to do this for me?
Just order all the parts online and pay a local mechanic to install it for you.
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Unread 12-11-2008, 05:53 PM   #15
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OK maybe I am lazy but does anyone sell a package to do what I am looking for. I mean it looks pretty common for the Jeeps to get 1) a lift kit 2) bigger tires/rims and 3) locking diffs. I wish i could just call a trusted company and tell them what I want to do and have them recommend the parts and sell them to me at a fair price. Anyone out there I can trust to do this for me?
www.4x4GroupBuy.com
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