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post #1 of 30 Old 01-15-2017, 06:07 AM Thread Starter
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Jeep in 2wd did terrible in the snow. Lol Experiences?

Anybody tried to drive their jeep in 2nd in the snow? I have always had a truck and drove them in 2wd in the snow and they did fine. We'll this is the first time I had my jeep in snow. 4wd of course it worked great. But if I tried 2wd it was 360s on any turn. Lol. Is it a weight issue? I also have 35s(New bfg m/t) 15x10s they were at 32 pounds ( I drive 100 miles a day on the highway)

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post #2 of 30 Old 01-15-2017, 08:19 AM
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Snow tires. If the budget allows, look into Duratracs. 2 bags of sand in the back can help too at least for the first couple years while you get used to winter driving in the Jeep.

You start to expect how squirrelly they are. My first few years, I'd gone down icy "on ramps" sideways onto the hwy, and straight on corners. You'll learn to never use cruise control (if you have it), and always be ready to let your foot off the gas, but also ready to smash the peddle.

It's a Jeep thing, you'll end up loving it and learn to simply make your Jeep dance on the ice.


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The short wheelbase makes it trickier than on something like a suburban. Jeeps work much better in heavier snow, not just a dusting. As mentioned above, good tires make a world of difference. I've used Goodyear MTR's in heavier snow and the Jeep would go through whatever.

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Anybody tried to drive their jeep in 2nd in the snow? I have always had a truck and drove them in 2wd in the snow and they did fine. We'll this is the first time I had my jeep in snow. 4wd of course it worked great. But if I tried 2wd it was 360s on any turn. Lol. Is it a weight issue? I also have 35s(New bfg m/t) 15x10s they were at 32 pounds ( I drive 100 miles a day on the highway)
Short wheelbase and no weight in the rear makes 4wd a necessity. BFG MT's go very good in snow. Air them down below 15psi and try it again. I never ran over 26psi on the street.
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I have 33x12.50 Duratracs and they do great in the snow. Keep it moving and I was driving through 6 inches of powder with no problem in 2wd, eventually I had to put it into 4low because I ran out of horsepower. I keep them around 28psi for the DD duties. Even going over the mountain pass with chains required except for AWD vehicles I keep it in 2wd and I don't have chains, I just don't like the way it brakes in 4wd at street speeds.

I also like to drift my Jeep on empty streets and parking lots, just give it some gas and counter steer. I have been behind a TJ on BFG all terrains (just going off of tread pattern) and they could not keep it straight to save their lives. If you are going to drive in snow you should probably have a basic understanding of car control.

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Very light weight and short wheel base like mentioned.

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yup there short and light which doesn't help and bfg mud terrains have never been know to be spectacular on ice and snow. then you made it worse buy buying a bigger wider tire. If your going to have a steady diet of it id consider siping them. It help the bfg mt I had on my silverado quite a bit.

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Okay, just making sure it wasn't just me! So I should air my tires down to 26 for normal everyday dry pavement?
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Okay, just making sure it wasn't just me! So I should air my tires down to 26 for normal everyday dry pavement?
Depends on what you are trying to do. If you want responsive handling and better mpg you can probably keep them where they are at. If you want good tire wear and a smoother ride you should lower them down. It depends on the weight of your Jeep, the width of the tires, and the width of the wheels, the stiffness of side wall will also impact it.

This will give you the best pressure for even wear.
https://www.tundras.com/threads/tire...to-guide.2114/
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My TrXus mts did great in the snow for me. Old school MTRs sucked. Short wheelbase isn't the best for most winter driving. My stock 4X4 4Runners with regular highwy tread is far better in the winter other than deep snow.

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Okay, just making sure it wasn't just me! So I should air my tires down to 26 for normal everyday dry pavement?
Go lower. The bigger the tire the lower the psi for normal daily use.

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It's all about the tires!! I wear Blizzaks on snowy streets. I was at a red light. In the next lane was a cop car. We both accelerated when the light turned green. The cop car had a hard time moving thru the snow and I didn't. I drive aggressively and soon was 10 car lengths ahead of him. My MTR's couldn't do that. To test the tires further, I jammed on the brakes while doing about 35 mph and came to a quick stop within feet and remained straight too. The tires were filled up to 25 pounds and they were 33x12.50 on 15x8's. The only other things on my side was that I grew up driving in snow. Smooth and steady is the way to go.

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I find my TJ isnt that bad in the winter... my ZJ is definitely better, but Ive used my TJ to commute for years and never had any real issues. 2wd on the highway, and 4wd in town if needed.
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My last set of 35s were BFG KM2 MT and we're ok in the snow but sucked in 2WD. Recently switched to BFG KO2 and they're awesome in the snow and ice. 2WD is no problem now.
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I thought my KO2's were excellent here in NC with the last snow/ice storm. No, I didn't leave 4WD until the roads were clear but I had great traction and pulled several people out of ditches.

I was pleasantly surprised.

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