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post #1 of 69 Old 12-30-2013, 07:06 AM Thread Starter
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Jeeps in snow?

Petrolicious is asking readers opinions about using Jeeps in the snow:

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post #2 of 69 Old 12-30-2013, 07:21 AM
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IMO, a CJs high COG, combined with it's short wheelbase and narrow track, makes it a poor snow vehicle by today's standards.

Not to mention their propensity to rust at the slightest hint of moisture.

I do enjoy those old retro ads, though.

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post #3 of 69 Old 12-30-2013, 07:34 AM
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Cadillac Jeepers in Cadillac, Michigan have a winter snow run in February I think. If you wish to see pics, you could check out their website.

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post #4 of 69 Old 12-30-2013, 08:13 AM
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I consider driving a jeep "Play Time" so it is always fun and enjoyable no matter what the weather. With that said some are better than others in given situations(a Quadratrac Wag is better in the snow than a CJ but both are fun).

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post #5 of 69 Old 12-30-2013, 08:15 AM
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Snow? YES!!!
Ice? NO!!!

I'd rather be lost on the trails than found at home!

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post #6 of 69 Old 12-30-2013, 08:45 AM
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drive in ice and snow here 5-6 months out of the year for the past 23 years. mine even have a detroit locker in the rear. no problems.
it's really a no-brainer that it's not so much "what" you drive as "how" you drive.

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post #7 of 69 Old 12-30-2013, 08:53 AM
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drive in ice and snow here 5-6 months out of the year for the past 23 years. mine even have a detroit locker in the rear. no problems.
it's really a no-brainer that it's not so much "what" you drive as "how" you drive.
You got that right!! Been here doin that in Michigan for over twenty years also. My road is always like a frozen lake.

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post #8 of 69 Old 12-30-2013, 09:02 AM
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Ice? NO!!!
What? WHAT? WHAT?!


Okay, there is a difference between driving and racing... but I couldn't resist.
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post #9 of 69 Old 12-30-2013, 09:12 AM
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Sweet!!!!

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post #10 of 69 Old 12-30-2013, 09:58 AM
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Yea.. driving in snow sucks.... NOT!


Beat it to fit, paint it to match!

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post #11 of 69 Old 12-30-2013, 10:13 AM
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Jeepster with an open top! Perfect for deep snow!

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Some of us are looking at the stars."
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post #12 of 69 Old 12-30-2013, 10:16 AM
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What? WHAT? WHAT?!


Okay, there is a difference between driving and racing... but I couldn't resist.
Someday I want to get out there and experience this sport. It looks too fun not have on the bucket list.

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post #13 of 69 Old 12-30-2013, 11:31 AM
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I bought mine mainly because of snow. NE Ohio can be so unpredictable anymore in the wintertime that one day you have winter warnings for 4-8" of snow but then the next day it is pouring rain. This means I want to be ready for anything. I also got tired of replacing vehicles after a few years from them rusting out beyond repairing safely. This is why I got the CJ and not another F150 4x4 - I wanted fiberglass body parts that wouldn't rust! I can replace/repair anything mechanically on it, but I am not a body-guy. I figure slowly change it to fully fiberglass, have it painted once, and it'll last for years. As for snow and ice? Best set of tires I've bought yet are the BFG A/Ts, they are snow rated and have gotten me through many environments.

I am interested in the locker setup that Strvger01 mentioned. I'd hate to spend the $$ for it then wipe out the first snow, but I would love to put a locker in. Front locker is out, as I leave the hubs locked in whenever there is a threat of snow on the ground.

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post #14 of 69 Old 12-30-2013, 12:29 PM
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I drove snow in the Sierras for years with the club.. we all had trucker chains with large cleats.. NEVER let a little snow stop us.. when I lived in Denver, actually on Shiloh Mtn at 9400', I drove snow over half the year.. never had a problem, ICE, that's another story.. unless you have screws coming out of your tires and a good prayer, black ice is a 2mph trek and pray.. drove through a blizzard in Northern Cal, we went in, couldn't go back out the way we entered, so with CB's to communicate, since we couldn't see each other, we drove across the lake to a ski resort and came out there.. had ALL of the Sierra Club waiting along with 1/2 the forrest rangers to cite us.. one of those "we had no choice, we left no trace, but ENVIROMENTALISTS are a$$ holes".. back to SNOW, if you can't drive your jeep in SNOW, what good is it? the Salt they use back east is detrimental, otherwise, go enjoy..

I want to die in my sleep like my grandfather, not screaming in terror like the passengers in his JEEP!...
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post #15 of 69 Old 12-30-2013, 01:34 PM
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Speaking of tree huggers..

On a snow run a few years ago, we passed a couple pulled off to the side in a Subaru. They said they were documenting the environment destruction by 4x4 vehicles. I gave them a and we went on our way. Fast forward a few hours, were on our way back down, and here sits envirogeeks in the ditch. We stop and offer to pull them out. But not before we took pics of how they tore up the ground trying to get out. Before we did pull them out, we made sure to show them just how little a properly equipped 4x4 with lockers actually tears up the ground (little to none.) I about ripped the rear bumper off pulling them out, but we did and went on our way..

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