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Unread 09-16-2010, 06:45 AM   #16
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Like shadowulf said. Take it to a parking lot and get into it. You can teach yourself how to control a slide and what not. Personally I love my yj in the snow. I had a stock one last winter and here in Maryland we had ALOT of snow (atleast for around here). I believe the biggest one was over 28 inches, and my stock yj loved it. Drive slow and be cautious. All it takes is a little common sence.

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Unread 09-16-2010, 06:51 AM   #17
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We have weak winters with slippery roads.
Just drive carefully and keep some extra distance to the car in front of you.

I also had to manually engage the front disconnect lying in the snow last winter
Turned out I had collected some water and the ring was frozen to the outer axle.
An oil-change worked wonders.
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Unread 09-16-2010, 06:55 AM   #18
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I have been driving without ABS for 30 years and it has never been an issue. When I drive the wifes Durango in the snow I find it doesn't stop any quicker on ice than a vehicle without ABS. I have driven across country 900+ miles in a major snowstorm in a 89 YJ and did better than most of the other cars on the road.
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Unread 09-16-2010, 07:06 AM   #19
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Don't worry about your tires If your driving on the road and want to cut down to the pavement you don't want wide tires. Wheeling in the snow however you want wider tires to ride on top of the snow. If you riding on packed snow on the road it don't make a bit of difference what tires you have because your getting crap for traction anyway. As long as you can get it out on to the road your ok.
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Unread 09-16-2010, 07:24 AM   #20
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I'm concerned with these tires, they aren't incredibly wide and with the raise that's what I'm concerned about.

I was doing some looking on here last night, someone mentioned a good point about the lack of ABS playing a factor on the YJ as well in winter. Time will tell, but I was considering selling and buying a Chevy Canyon 4x4 for winter.

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Sell your YJ???? Why would anyone do that. You dont sell YJ's you just keep them until they become parts heeps for your next one.
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Unread 09-16-2010, 08:24 AM   #21
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My YJ did great in the rediculous amount of snow we got in Virginia this past winter. 3.5'' of lift and 33'' Procomp M/Ts. If you're worried about the tires, get snow tires or something like BFG A/T. Tires with large voids do really well in maybe 4+ inches of snow but aren't that great in light stuff. The A/Ts should pack snow and be good in most depths. My brother just moved back to VA from Colorado. He had BFG A/Ts on his XJ and he said they did great in all kinds of snow.
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Unread 09-16-2010, 10:00 AM   #22
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I had to drive my Tracker to work once last year in a snowstorm because my car was in the shop. I found it to be more difficult than driving the front wheel drive car with ABS would have been. It wasn't snowing enough to necessitate 4wd all the time and it did slide a bit when stopping. I'd have liked to buy a JK to get the ABS and traction control but a TJ was more in my budget and more what I really wanted.
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Unread 09-16-2010, 10:27 AM   #23
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Lighter 4x4s tend to drift and spin easier than larger, longer, heavier vehicles.
Check your tires, look into getting them siped, it helps some tires and does nothing for others.
I've had 4x4s with and without ABS. ABS is nice in the "OH *****" moments. But if you are aware and careful, those are far and few between.
I've driven in "Sierra cement", Wyoming drifts and New England Blizzards and ice storms. The best thing in any of those situations is know what your vehicle will likely do and how it will perform. The only sure way to know is practice/testing.
When I lived higher in the mountains, the locals would get together some evening after a good snowing and "goof off" in the local supermarket parking lot. You get to know each other and know what each others rig was capable of. You also could get some tips on local conditions from the "ol' timers".

Sell your YJ? One of my biggest regrets was selling my '66 bronco. I will never be able replace that rig. My jeep "Pedro" is special in its own way to me. And as my wife has said, it ain't leaving on its tires when that day comes. As someone else said, a YJ's true destiny is to become the parts pile for another build.

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Unread 09-16-2010, 11:01 AM   #24
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HAHA i cant wait to drive my 90 yj in the winter too. I have 32 all terrains and they are on the aggressive side but what about no lockers. both open diffs front and back.
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Unread 09-16-2010, 12:19 PM   #25
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Thanks everyone! My past two cars were a 03 Benz AWD and 07 BMW AWD and they were both tanks in the winter. I got drive pedal to the metal around a corner and the systems in them (especially the Merc) did an amazing Job. It's been so many years, I feel like I've forgot how to drive in the winter 'really'. I think going back to the old ways will be fun at first, and I will probably only take out the Jeep on the really bad days. I use to take out any new car at first snow and push it to the limits so I could see how it reacted, and I was always safe. The area that I live in is full of BAD drivers for a multitude of reasons. There were 3 accidents on the way to work today because of some rain!?!
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Unread 09-16-2010, 12:46 PM   #26
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Sell your YJ???? Why would anyone do that. You dont sell YJ's you just keep them until they become parts heeps for your next one.
Thats deep man thats like Jeep bible. Kind of like the Jeep search for nirvana that can't be found on iTunes.
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Unread 09-16-2010, 01:26 PM   #27
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I wait for winters while 3 ft of snow. I run my 4" rc lift with 33 maxxis bighorns. I never have any trouble. I find myself towing alot of cars who cant make it up hills and stuff. The only problem you may have is heating. My jeep gets HHHHOOOOOTTTT. Id say even if you dont drive it every day during the winter, deffinately take it out in snow storms. Not only is it great bonding time. Its great experience and you can learn your YJs limits. Besides, Snow bogging is fun!
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Unread 09-16-2010, 04:41 PM   #28
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My YJ did great in the rediculous amount of snow we got in Virginia this past winter. 3.5'' of lift and 33'' Procomp M/Ts. If you're worried about the tires, get snow tires or something like BFG A/T. Tires with large voids do really well in maybe 4+ inches of snow but aren't that great in light stuff. The A/Ts should pack snow and be good in most depths. My brother just moved back to VA from Colorado. He had BFG A/Ts on his XJ and he said they did great in all kinds of snow.
While voids to have something to do with traction in the lighter stuff, siping is more important IMO. I have large(ish) void mudders with factory siping and they were awesome on snow pack last winter.

We had 50+ inches by middle of February.
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Unread 09-16-2010, 06:31 PM   #29
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I drive both a 4x4 Toyota Tundra and my YJ in the winter, only thing I find with the Jeep is when the back end starts to skid out in the snow its very tricky to bring it back under control, even in 4wd... of course it can be fun to spin like a top . I suspect the very short wheelbase is to blame. Otherwise its a very capable snow buggy...

ps: dress warm!
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Unread 09-16-2010, 06:40 PM   #30
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Im excited too. I have a 94 4 banger on 31s bfg ats with 3.5 lift. Not sure how they will do because i can kick the rear end out now in the rain like nobodys business.
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