Originally Posted by Fomocofan302
Thought I'd jump in to ask a similar question: Like the OP, I'm coming from WA, spending next winter in Fairbanks. Anything I should know ahead of time? Bring with me? Already picking up a block heater, some other odds and ends. Anything that's a must have up there? Particularly worried about handling the sub-zero temps..
Hey buddy, I used to live Fairbanks, We called it Squarebanks for over 13 years and I have travelled throught out the state. I'm retired so I drive there often (since 86 done the Alcan back and forth 10 times (that is 20 one way trip) and my most recent trip was last August.
Here is a check list that I recomend:
Block heather is one.
You may need to upgrade your thermostat to high temperature one
If you are driving that jeep on a daily basis in the winter, they are a little light in the rear so you may want to put a couple of sandbags in the rear.
Unlike front Wheel drive car that have electric operated fan, your Jeep fan will run continously, meaning that your engine may not warm up very well during very cold days. You may want to purchased a radiator cover or do like some people and place a piece of cardboard in the front.
I personally prefer skinny tires in the winter as they may do better during the winter months.
Soft top during the winter, NO, NO
During very cold days try not to take sharp turn as your CV boots may break easily.
If they do break replace them before "break up" other wise slush and dirt will get to your joints and you will need to replace them.
I personally kept a piece of Cyclone fence inside my car to help me get traction.
Bring a fishing pole, get fishing license and fish and fish and fish and keep track of time in the summer as you may already know the sun doesn't really set and is easy to loose track of time.