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Unread 08-01-2002, 05:09 PM   #1
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YJ's in the snow???

Sorry to bring this up right in the middle of the summer. But before I drop a bunch of cash into a jeep I better know what I am getting myself into. My question: How do jeeps perform in the snowy/icy commutes across town to the job? I hear that short wheel base plus light weight contribute to easy 360's. Also if I ever bought oversized tires, that would help cause spins/slides.

What solutions are used to minimize these problems? Sandbags, studded tires, anything along these lines? How do you feel about driving these trucks in the winter?

Oh yea, I will also *need* to use this vehicle to get me to the ski hills, so possible snowy/icy interstates would be driven on.

Thanks for your help!

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Unread 08-01-2002, 05:28 PM   #2
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4 HI Wheel drive = GOOD

Speed + ice= BAD

The Yj drive's like a tank in the snow in 4HI. You will need to learn how to drive it but it is just fine with mods. Go slow and as YOU get better you can go as fast as the weather will let you. Use your head.
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Unread 08-01-2002, 05:41 PM   #3
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on my old YJ I used to have a blast driving over everything in the snow. Fot the moderate stuff (a little ice, a foot or less of snow) I would just use chains on the rear wheels and stay in 2WD. For the deep stuff I would put chains on all 4 and go into 4WD LO (no need to drive over 20mph in 2 feet of snow )
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Unread 08-01-2002, 08:16 PM   #4
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I depends more on the tires and the drivers abiltity than the vehicle itself. That said, the Jeep performs great in the snow.

When I had 235/75r15 tires on my little baby, the All-Terrains did wonders in the softstuff. When I moved to a little bigger 33" tire, they did great in the softstuff, but on the ice it sucked really bad!

Now that I have 38" tires on my beast, I don't know how things will work out in the snow .. I am hoping for the best, but expecting the worst. I shall be siping my tires before the snows fly to try to get the most traction out of them.
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Unread 08-01-2002, 10:37 PM   #5
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i have uniroyal mudders and they can be fitted with studs, now i have no idea if this helps that much or not cause the friggin salt trucks in this city run 24/7 in the winter at the slightest hint of snow and ice but i would guess that this would solve your ice problem
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Unread 08-02-2002, 07:04 AM   #6
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From my experience driving on ice is always tricky...if its my wife's accord or my old YJ is sucked no matter what. But I did manage to plow with my YJ last winter with 31's on it and never had a problem. I loved driving my Jeep in the snow because it managed to go through everything. I did put 140 pounds of sand in the back but that was only to help offset the weight of the plow in front. I never once had a snowbank or condition that I couldn't get through with my jeep...maybe that's why I just went and bought my second one!!

Good luck with your decision...but the Jeep won't let you down in the snow if you take care of it.
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Unread 08-02-2002, 09:56 AM   #7
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Last year we had a decent snow storm in Charlotte and my YJ did great. I took my jeep over to a mall and tried to get it to slide out and it wouldn't. I tried everything and the only way I could get it to was to put it in 2WD and it would do some good doughnuts then. *** This was before any of the lifts or big meats**** I wouldn't do that now. BUt when it was stock with muds, it cornered real well. Just one tip always start out real slow in the snow, spinning on a hill with someone riding your a$$ sucks. I learned that out real fast.
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Unread 08-02-2002, 11:50 AM   #8
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I have only had my Jeep through one winter, but the snow driving that I did was very good. When getting Christmas trees, I was able to go further in 2WD than my dad's fixed up Chev truck and that was never possible in my Chev truck.

Something that no one else has mentioned is lockers. I don't know if you have/plan on getting a locker, but in my experience (dad's truck has a locker in the front) they definately create a different driving experience in the snow. Nothing too serious, but it does take some getting used to.

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Unread 08-02-2002, 01:08 PM   #9
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My YJ was used for plowing for years until just this past winter.
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