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Unread 11-03-2005, 05:29 PM   #1
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Cold Weather Jeep Mods

I just moved from the west coast to Quebec and I've got a whole new set of issues to prep for the upcoming winter, where -20 is common. I was curious what mods people have made to their jeeps for dealing with pretty extreme cold.

I have a hard top on my 04 TJ for now and what I'm coinsidering doing is:

- add the outland acoustic bikini top for warmth (and extra quiet) under the hard top or just sticking a sleeping bag under the hard top and sewing loops on it
- getting my 30x9.5 GS-As siped (can't afford the BFG A/Tkos that seem to be recommended by other cold-weather jeepers on the forum)
- maybe adding a washer fluid heater?
- buying a serious parka and a shovel (heh)
- better battery
- better windshield wipers

Any suggestions?

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Unread 11-03-2005, 05:39 PM   #2
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- add the outland acoustic bikini top for warmth (and extra quiet) under the hard top or just sticking a sleeping bag under the hard top and sewing loops on it

Glue outdoor carpet under your hard top

- getting my 30x9.5 GS-As siped (can't afford the BFG A/Tkos that seem to be recommended by other cold-weather jeepers on the forum)



- maybe adding a washer fluid heater?

Drain your fluid. I don'y care how warn your fluid is it will freeze @ -20 if you try to use it

- buying a serious parka and a shovel (heh)

The smartest thing to do plus carry a blanket

- better battery

+ get a battery blanket

- better windshield wipers

Buy a scraper instead.
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Unread 11-03-2005, 05:46 PM   #3
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Maybe an engine block heater
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Unread 11-03-2005, 05:55 PM   #4
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Can't do the engine block heater because I have to park on the street and have no place to plug it in. Same for a battery blanket.

Interesting idea about the outdoor carpet on the underside of the hardtop...
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Unread 11-03-2005, 06:05 PM   #5
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um...remote start!

no way in hell Im gonna go sit in it till its warm!

make sure you have the hotter thermostat..210 not the 180

the blanket doesnt plug in(if its the thing im thinking of)
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Unread 11-03-2005, 06:55 PM   #6
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how does remote start work if you can't push on the clutch?
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Unread 11-03-2005, 06:56 PM   #7
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bypass it..kinda dangerous
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Unread 11-03-2005, 07:16 PM   #8
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Upgraded wipers instead of the factory ones are a good investment. I switched mine out a few years ago and they make a big difference, especially when you're dealing with freezing rain. Cleans the windshield much better. I also added heated seat pads for the -30 degree days, they just plug into the lighter
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Unread 11-03-2005, 07:17 PM   #9
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make sure you have the hotter thermostat..210 not the 180

the blanket doesnt plug in(if its the thing im thinking of)
I've heard about the thermostat change...how do you change it and where do you get the part?

And most of the battery blanket links I've found don't have a closeup of the battery blanket. Do they connect to the battery directly then? That could work for me...
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Unread 11-03-2005, 07:21 PM   #10
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bypass it..kinda dangerous


Most places will not install remote starts with vehicles that are manual because of the liablity issue with someone leaving the thing in gear and starting it. Luckily my gf was able to find a place to install it for me and they put in a laser sensor that detects if its in gear and will not start unless its in neutral. But its a great option to have especially when its cold outside.
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Unread 11-03-2005, 07:30 PM   #11
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COOOOOL ...........LASERS!!!!! Your kiddin!!! They have something like that??? What About Lasers on the outside of my cab, that will zap my Monkey like friends who like to crawl up in my jeep, and turn it on, thinkin its a Auto.... (Like In Congo)
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Unread 11-03-2005, 07:31 PM   #12
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I've heard about the thermostat change...how do you change it and where do you get the part?

And most of the battery blanket links I've found don't have a closeup of the battery blanket. Do they connect to the battery directly then? That could work for me...
should be able to get the thermostat anywhere!

and the blankets are plug in..but I had this gel thing that wraped my battery when I lived in minnesota and it didnt plug in?just for insulation?I dont know?
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Unread 11-03-2005, 07:38 PM   #13
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Ok, living in Alaska, I may actually be of some help here:

1: You dont need the insert for the top, the heater puts out wicked heat, it gets -50 here and I always stay warm

2: Get your tires siped!!!! I run a BFG 32x11.5x15 and they handle like they have studs in them on snow and ice. Just remember to slow down, its not dry pavement.

3: Washer fluid heater is a farse. They make a washer fluid antifreeze combo, use that! Mine has never froze by the way

4: Always carry an artic weather survival kit (Blanket, gloves, thick socks, road flares, tow rope, etc...) I have a vaccum packer, so I put my clothes in there and got them real small and put everything in a small action packer.

5: You will need a good battery, but I wouldnt run out and buy a new one unless your existing battery wont keep a charge now.

6: They make an artic windshield wiper that wont freeze, they run about $10 a piece, but are well worth it. They should last you a complete winter season.

I also installed a oil pan heater, block heater, and auto start. I have never had any problems, so dont let anyone scare you about what your jeep can or cant handle! Hope this helps!
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Unread 11-03-2005, 08:36 PM   #14
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I agree with 'The Ronster"
We get -40 here in the praries on a regular basis.
A couple things I do in addition to many things that have been mentioned.
-Synthetic oils (motor at least)
-Make sure the heating system is properly flushed by a rad shop (not the quicky lube type flush)
-Grooved our BFG MTs last year>>>HUGE difference!
-Washer fluid will not freeze if you use the winter type. If it does freeze, what could you possibly be trying to clear off the windshield
-Leave the regular thermostat in it.
-If you want, get remote start put in. Just be aware that you'll notice a lot more fuel useage when using remote start. I found that the jeep warmed up quicker if I just got in and drove, rather than letting it sit and idle.
-Buy a good scraper for the windows
-Booster cables
-Tow strap
-Throw a good blanket in the back just in case
-CAA membership

That's all that comes to mind right now.
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Unread 11-03-2005, 09:33 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by corvus
I just moved from the west coast to Quebec and I've got a whole new set of issues to prep for the upcoming winter, where -20 is common. I was curious what mods people have made to their jeeps for dealing with pretty extreme cold.

I have a hard top on my 04 TJ for now and what I'm coinsidering doing is:

- add the outland acoustic bikini top for warmth (and extra quiet) under the hard top or just sticking a sleeping bag under the hard top and sewing loops on it
- getting my 30x9.5 GS-As siped (can't afford the BFG A/Tkos that seem to be recommended by other cold-weather jeepers on the forum)
- maybe adding a washer fluid heater?
- buying a serious parka and a shovel (heh)
- better battery
- better windshield wipers

Any suggestions?
I grew up in Quebec and lived there for 27 years (5 with a jeep). Don't worry too much about the Jeep starting, we used to only plug in the block heater when it dipped below -15C. Use synthetic oils!

Soft top is fine for winter but don't scrape the plastic windows

-Keep a survival kit in the Jeep (Anybody in or above the salt belt should do this)
-Don't go below 1/4 tank of gas in the winter (don't waste your money on gas line anti-freeze, all major oufits add it in already)
-Lube up your door locks and buy some good wipers
-Windshield washer fluid is good 'till -40C, just flush the container now (humidity has seeped in during the summer/fall)
-I keep a steel shovel and steel tire grips with me....I said STEEL.
-if you know there is going to be freezing rain, put you wipers in the up position and leave cardboard underneath....makes seeing easy (remember to remove all the ice before starting the Jeep or you'll be ruining your wiper motor)

And here is the biggest tip for Quebec winter driving I can give you...Do not go to the car wash when it is -5C or lower. I have seen too many *******es wondering why the can't get into their clean cars.
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