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Unread 07-24-2008, 04:34 AM   #1
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Best setup for deep snow...

Anyone have any experience with getting a wrangler through bumper to hood deep snow? Are wranglers even capable of going through that deep of snow? And when i say bumper to hood i mean on a stock jeep.

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Unread 07-24-2008, 05:25 AM   #2
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The best thing you can do is have the widest tread you can get with say 33x12.50 to 33x15.50 wide tires. The people of Iceland run huge 59" tires with minimal lift to sit on top of the snow when they take trips to the glaciers.

My suggestion would be to add a 4" lift and run TSL SX 33x15.50 tires or any other wide tread tire and air them down for a larger footprint.

How often would you be running in this deep if snow?
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Unread 07-24-2008, 06:19 AM   #3
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sorry but i dont agree with that. Maybe in the artic where theres no bottom to it. Ive lived in big snow country all my life and what works good is tall narrow agressive tires. You want a tire narrow and agressive enough to dig down through the loose stuff till you find traction and enough ground clearance so that you dont drag your guts before that happens. Snow is not like sand and you will not float on top. At least not with any tire that will fit on a jeep.
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Unread 07-24-2008, 06:57 AM   #4
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For the most part I'll have to agree with Lloyd, tall and skinny with good digger lugs. This set up provides more weight per sq. inch thus better traction.
All snow is not created equal either, wet, heavy, packed, fluffy(no water in the stuff) and the dreaded "sugar snow"
Chains, shovel, winch and maybe mats are all good tools to have also.
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Unread 07-24-2008, 06:59 AM   #5
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I agree with The Tall And Skinny. I'm from NewEngland, I've dealt with snow every year and the best things to have are a winch good recovery gear and tall skinny Knobbys. Airing down can help a little bit, but its best to cut through the snow and grab on to the trail underneath it. Tires with massive voids between the treads helps to clear the snow out too.

So mud terrains are best
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Unread 07-24-2008, 07:02 AM   #6
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You could always get real "snow" tires too and put them on if you really want to be hard core about it.
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Unread 07-24-2008, 07:18 AM   #7
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From my experience up here in MN, mud tires seem to work the best they clean the snow out nice. I would have to say the next closest thing I have been in besides snow is mud, and many of the same theories apply. Speed if you are busting through big drifts, momentum is very helpful when going through snow but it has to be controlled momentum, other wise you may get worse off. Also a lift will so you won't get hung up on the frame, armor may also help make your belly smoother to slide across the top of the snow, any thing the snow can grip to stop you it will, similar to mud. Snow is not like sand for the most part there is usually a bottom to the snow and thats where you want to get. Also if you end up on ice or hard pack chains or studs will help.
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tall, skinny tires with chains and lockers. 4" lift & 33x10.50 BFG MTs + chains, or even 4" lift + fender lift or tube fenders & 37 x 12.50 + chains. chains are like 4000x wheel drive, but they put a lot of extra stress on the axles.

lots of mountain snow wheeling info on www.co4x4.org. most of us small guys rely on the big rigs to snow bash their way up trails to helpout the spring melt.

also you need to think snow conditions will change things: light fluffy snow will be totally different that wet heavy snow.

and of course Mattrax are the ultimate for snow:
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Unread 07-24-2008, 07:42 AM   #9
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I doubt you will be able to make your way through hood deep snow on a stock jeep like you asked. I don't think the type of snow will make much difference at that depth with a stocker either. Too much resistance and not enough traction.
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Yep, its a lot like wheeling in mud or sand.

Lots of speed/momentum, wheel speed, and power will take you places.

Lockers and airing down will certainly help too.

Bumper deep it starts to get difficult if its wet snow. I agree with gy4 - hood deep, forget about it.
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For the most part I'll have to agree with Lloyd, tall and skinny with good digger lugs. This set up provides more weight per sq. inch thus better traction.
All snow is not created equal either, wet, heavy, packed, fluffy(no water in the stuff) and the dreaded "sugar snow"
Chains, shovel, winch and maybe mats are all good tools to have also.
This is exactly correct. The effectiveness of tire chains cannot be overstated.
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Unread 07-24-2008, 08:08 AM   #12
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Also, if you are wheeling in the snow be extra carteful. You stand a better chance of breaking stuff in the snow. Quickly spinning tires that come to a sudden stop when traction is gained is a certain recipe for breakage.
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Unread 07-24-2008, 08:18 AM   #13
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I agree with gy4 - hood deep, forget about it.
I disagree...with the correct setup (and money), it can be done:
http://www.alaska4x4network.com/show...atchers+tracks



A D30/D35 won't work tho...D44s at least, preferably D60s.
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Unread 07-24-2008, 08:28 AM   #14
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Hood deep! Head for warmer climates, but if you go have a partner or two and lots of recovery gear.
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Unread 07-24-2008, 09:10 AM   #15
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if you're talking about 3ft+ deep snow, you won't find the bottom. the jeep will rest it's belly on the packed snow and you'll be stuck. trust me, we found this out the hard way during a nasty snow run this winter in the deep woods of NH. the guys who got thru it the best had big, wide tires to float. the guys with the skinny tires do well in 1-2ft snow 'cause they can find the bottom, but any deeper then that you have to float on top of it. it was like running in sand, if you start digging in, just drop the pressure further to increase the footprint.
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