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Unread 11-03-2011, 06:42 AM   #1
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Parking it for winter

I am parking the Jeep and dropping the insurance for the winter. It will sit behind the shed on dirt. Do you think it would be worth putting a piece of wood or something under each wheel as a barrier between tires and dirt? I will move it once a month just to keep stuff moving. Just not wanting to mess my new tires up.

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Unread 11-03-2011, 06:45 AM   #2
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Better to cover the tires up with a UV blocking tarp or something to block the sun.

UV rays will eat your tires.
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Unread 11-03-2011, 07:05 AM   #3
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^^^ X2 on UV potection for it - use a tarp. Also according to Hot Rod magazine, its better if you can take the weight off the tires and store it on jack stands under the frame. Let the tires down to like 10 PSI during storage on stands. It tends to prevent cracking.

You might have to change the fluids when you run it again, since there's no way for it to lose the condensation unless its run good and hot for a while. You end up with 3 different kinds of milkshake. The engine might be OK if you start it for an hour and let it idle every week, but the tranny and axles will never warm up enough.
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Unread 11-03-2011, 07:26 AM   #4
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I dropped my (liability only) insurance while I'm rebuilding the Jeep and got a policy change notice that my premium had dropped by $2.
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Unread 11-03-2011, 08:44 AM   #5
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^^^ X2 on UV potection for it - use a tarp. Also according to Hot Rod magazine, its better if you can take the weight off the tires and store it on jack stands under the frame. Let the tires down to like 10 PSI during storage on stands. It tends to prevent cracking.

You might have to change the fluids when you run it again, since there's no way for it to lose the condensation unless its run good and hot for a while. You end up with 3 different kinds of milkshake. The engine might be OK if you start it for an hour and let it idle every week, but the tranny and axles will never warm up enough.
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Exactly, I store my trailers and campers this way and havnt had to buy a tire for any of them in over 15 years. They all look brand new and some of them sit for 2 or 3 years at a time. I just use concrete blocks.

You can get a uv blocker at camper dealers that really works. I know some guys rub thier tires down with vasoline for storage.

There is some talk about filling tires with nitrogen for storage helps as well.

I have started going out and rotating the tires periodicly, For some reason if the tire is allowed to stay in one position for a long time the bottom of the tire gets heavier and if you spin the tire it will return to that position.

Yes crank it and run it once a week, Run the heater! and if you have AC run that too.
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Unread 11-03-2011, 10:35 PM   #6
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Use gas stabilizer in the gas tank. Fill the yank all the way to full and if you are running it refill once in a while.
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Unread 11-04-2011, 07:26 AM   #7
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Parking it for the winter? It's going to waste by doing that. I can't wait for the snow to start flying.
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Unread 11-04-2011, 07:31 AM   #8
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If it's being parked on the dirt, make sure you park it on a tarp. Not just under the tires, under the whole Jeep. Believe it or not, it makes a huge difference in preventing rust.
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Unread 11-04-2011, 07:33 AM   #9
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Use gas stabilizer in the gas tank. Fill the yank all the way to full and if you are running it refill once in a while.
^^^^ X2 on the gas stabilizer. One popular brand up north here, is "Sta-Bil". I see more people that don't use it, and then they go thru all kinds of crap trying to start up again in the spring. So definitely use it. Just pour a bottle in the tank when you park it. Top it up with fresh gas ASAP after you start driving it again.
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Unread 11-04-2011, 07:58 AM   #10
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Just drive it and you won't have to mess with all this.
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Unread 11-04-2011, 08:03 AM   #11
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Just drive it and you won't have to mess with all this.
Yeah, I DD mine year round... can't wait for the snow, that's when I pop into 4X4 and start having FUN!!!
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Unread 11-05-2011, 07:57 AM   #12
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Full time locker + short wheel base+ ice and low level snow = unexpected donuts. I will be fine in my unlocked Cherokee. Plus it saves me insurance (5 vehicles). I like the tarp idea. If we get a deep snow I will be all over it though!
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