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post #1 of 9 Old 10-22-2013, 01:28 PM Thread Starter
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Hello,

I do a lot of driving on I70 through the Rockies in Colorado. This is the first winter season I have my WK to do the drive.

Does anyone have any recommendations on performance in this driving environment? I drove up the hill yesterday and was not impressed with the rpms I was getting to hold a steady speed. Any advice?

Thank you.

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post #2 of 9 Old 10-22-2013, 02:28 PM
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Hello,

I do a lot of driving on I70 through the Rockies in Colorado. This is the first winter season I have my WK to do the drive.

Does anyone have any recommendations on performance in this driving environment? I drove up the hill yesterday and was not impressed with the rpms I was getting to hold a steady speed. Any advice?

Thank you.
I don't know how bad the rockies are on your side (Colorado), but the rockies in canada are a bit extreme at times.

The WK is a blast to drive in the winter! Just be careful, I don't care if your driving a tank, ice is ice, and when you slid, AWD/4x4/etc wont save you.

Just have fun and respect the road conditions.

On another note, the jeep wk's seem to have alot of body roll (not good for winter cornering, braking, etc.) I fixed this issue with the OME HD lift. This and the WK roll-over rating isnt the finest

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post #3 of 9 Old 10-22-2013, 03:05 PM
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I don't know how bad the rockies are on your side (Colorado), but the rockies in canada are a bit extreme at times. The WK is a blast to drive in the winter! Just be careful, I don't care if your driving a tank, ice is ice, and when you slid, AWD/4x4/etc wont save you. Just have fun and respect the road conditions. On another note, the jeep wk's seem to have alot of body roll (not good for winter cornering, braking, etc.) I fixed this issue with the OME HD lift. This and the WK roll-over rating isnt the finest
I find stock with swaybar I got very little body roll compared to other SUVs, WKs have a 4 star rollover rating, now though my swaybars are off I'm lifted, and have bigger tires I get a fair amount of body roll but nothing too bad.

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post #4 of 9 Old 10-22-2013, 03:36 PM
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I find stock with swaybar I got very little body roll compared to other SUVs, WKs have a 4 star rollover rating, now though my swaybars are off I'm lifted, and have bigger tires I get a fair amount of body roll but nothing too bad.

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post #5 of 9 Old 10-22-2013, 03:42 PM
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Hello,

I do a lot of driving on I70 through the Rockies in Colorado. This is the first winter season I have my WK to do the drive.

Does anyone have any recommendations on performance in this driving environment? I drove up the hill yesterday and was not impressed with the rpms I was getting to hold a steady speed. Any advice?

Thank you.
Some of those long climbs on I70 west of Denver I'm at 5200+rpm's(2nd,2nd gear),granted far from stock.It's a Jeep so drive as such.

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post #6 of 9 Old 10-22-2013, 04:48 PM
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I just pulled an enclosed trailer from Springs to Green Valley, UT by way of I-70....with the 5.7L I had no issues keeping the speed limit.
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post #7 of 9 Old 10-22-2013, 07:15 PM
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What engine? I drive denver-silverthorne weekly. A normally aspirated engine only makes about 70% power abover 10k feet depending on temperature. Turbo charging an engine is the only way around dropping all that power. I have a 4.7 and down shift a couple gears in Georgetown and leading up to the tunnel etc. Granted I run bigger tires with a lift so I downshift more than stock.

The hankook at tires (dynapro) im running now have done the best by far im the snow, definitely not snow tires tho.
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post #8 of 9 Old 10-22-2013, 07:20 PM
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post #9 of 9 Old 10-22-2013, 07:58 PM
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How is the snow/ice there in winter? I have used the General Altamax Arctic snow tires studded, with QDII it makes the WK a phenomenal snow machine.

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