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Unread 01-14-2004, 10:20 PM   #1
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Snow plowing with a Wrangler?

Any and all information on this subject would be greatly appreciated. Plow types, lift setups, do's and dont's, etc, etc. Thanks.

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Unread 01-14-2004, 10:51 PM   #2
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Any and all information on this subject would be greatly appreciated. Plow types, lift setups, do's and dont's, etc, etc. Thanks.
here you go. http://www.meyerproducts.com/product...?EquipmentID=3 it is suggested that you install air shocks in the front of your tj when using any plow.. this is the best one in my opinion. i have been looking at plows for over a year now for the tj.
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Unread 01-15-2004, 08:38 AM   #3
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Any and all information on this subject would be greatly appreciated. Plow types, lift setups, do's and dont's, etc, etc. Thanks.
Fisher, Western and Myers are big plow names around her in fairly snowy northeastern PA. They all have websites.
However, I see very few Jeeps, and they tend to be old Gladiators, with a plow.
In fact, I can't remember the last time I saw a Wrangler with a plow. FWIW
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Unread 01-15-2004, 12:51 PM   #4
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I have only seen 1 or 2 TJs with plows. How do you deal with the airbag sensors.
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Unread 01-15-2004, 01:02 PM   #5
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MisterJeep you'll get much more info about this at the plowsite.com. Do some searches there and you'll find a bunch of threads on the subject.
I'm a member over there and my Jeep is in this thread http://www.plowsite.com/showthread.p...threadid=12730

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Unread 01-15-2004, 01:56 PM   #6
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My next-door neighbor has a plow on his Wrangler Sport, he sometimes does the bottom of our HUGE driveway. It's a steep hill, but he does a good job with it.
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Unread 01-15-2004, 10:37 PM   #7
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My next-door neighbor has a plow on his Wrangler Sport, he sometimes does the bottom of our HUGE driveway. It's a steep hill, but he does a good job with it.
Page 201 of the '04 owner's manual specifically says "Snow plows SHOULD NOT be added to the front end of your vehicle." (emphasis is theirs)
Why would DC take that position? Is this another 'litigation' thing, or is there an acutal mechanical reason?
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Unread 01-16-2004, 05:51 AM   #8
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Page 201 of the '04 owner's manual specifically says "Snow plows SHOULD NOT be added to the front end of your vehicle." (emphasis is theirs)
Why would DC take that position? Is this another 'litigation' thing, or is there an acutal mechanical reason?
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With a 70,000 mile power train warantee, I wouldn't want my customers plowing snow either. Plowing snow is tough on a vehicle. Even with big 3/4 ton trucks, I've heard people talk of the havock plowing can cause. If you were just doing it to clear your own driveway and maybe a neighbor or two, I wouldn't worry too much. But if you were going to hire out and do many driveways, things willprobably wear heavy and break.
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Unread 01-16-2004, 09:05 AM   #9
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plowing driveways

I can't answer the reason why it would say such a thing in the 04 owners manual. TJ's are great vehicles for driveway plowing, properly equipped with the right size plow.

I've been plowing up to 40 driveways per storm with my CJ's and TJ for 15 years now and honestly have not broken, or prematurely worn anything directly due to plowing. It's all in how you treat your vehicle. Whether it be rock crawling or snowplowing, if you beat the living crap out of it, things are going to break. It is best to put Timbrens in the front coils to compensate for the weight of the plow to keep it from making the front end dip.
As I mentioned, the original poster should do some research on the plowsite.com where there is a group of people such as myself who actively plow with their TJ's.


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Unread 01-16-2004, 09:55 AM   #10
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I can't answer the reason why it would say such a thing in the 04 owners manual. TJ's are great vehicles for driveway plowing, properly equipped with the right size plow.

I've been plowing up to 40 driveways per storm with my CJ's and TJ for 15 years now and honestly have not broken, or prematurely worn anything directly due to plowing. It's all in how you treat your vehicle. Whether it be rock crawling or snowplowing, if you beat the living crap out of it, things are going to break. It is best to put Timbrens in the front coils to compensate for the weight of the plow to keep it from making the front end dip.
As I mentioned, the original poster should do some research on the plowsite.com where there is a group of people such as myself who actively plow with their TJ's.


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That's what I couldn't figure out; Jeeps, with their short wheelbase, weight, and 'grunt' should make great plow trucks, especially in places that require short turns.
How does yours handle with, what, 300lbs, hung way out front? I am suspicious that handling is the reason for DC's position; another "It's a lawyer thing; you wouldn't understand"; have to dig out the Chrokee's owners manual and see if they say anything in there.
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Unread 01-16-2004, 10:41 AM   #11
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I have only seen 1 or 2 TJs with plows. How do you deal with the airbag sensors.
You wouldn't have to since the sensor is ontop of the hump in the floor below the dash.

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Unread 01-17-2004, 11:09 AM   #12
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Meyer plows...

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here you go. http://www.meyerproducts.com/product...?EquipmentID=3 it is suggested that you install air shocks in the front of your tj when using any plow.. this is the best one in my opinion. i have been looking at plows for over a year now for the tj.

There is also the Meyer Max plow, which is made out of Polyethylene. One advantage of this is it won't rust. It also comes in a 6.5' version:
http://www.meyerproducts.com/product...EquipmentID=16
I have this on my 2000 Cherokee and it works great.

One other brand to check out is Blizzard. They make a 6.8' plow that is fairly lightweight and seems to have a good construction.



I agree with Mechele, check out www.plowsite.com, there is a ton of discussion on Jeeps with plows.
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Unread 01-17-2004, 03:28 PM   #13
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A local car dealership complex uses a fleet of YJ Wranglers as their plow vehicles. The facilities manager says they like the Wrangler due to the tight turning radius. Due to the short wheelbase, he says they have to use some significant counter weight in the rear. Otherwise, he reports no problems with wrangler plowing. They aren't a Jeep or DC dealership. Holmes(of Clive, IA) sells Honda, GMC, formerly Olds, and various used makes, but he says the Jeep is the best plow vehicle they've ever had.
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Unread 01-17-2004, 05:07 PM   #14
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my grampa plows w/ his jeep. It's like an old "willys" jeep or something. It's from like the 40's. He uses it just for plowing. I don't think theres anything special done to it.
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Unread 01-17-2004, 08:19 PM   #15
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I work for a company that's also a Fisher distributor. We install 4 - 5 Wrangler setups each year. That's actually a lot for that vehicle. You will need a boost up front but DC no longer has the air shocks that were approved for the plows. Now an air bag within the coil spring is used. Fisher and western are both owned by the same parent comapny but thier designs are different. I've seen a number of designs but still prefer the Fisher (not biased simply becaue of my work either) One importnat thing pople foget is that they cannot abuse the vehicle just bcause it has the plow on it. lso, it's a SNOW plow not a dirt grader! (A lot forget this) The Fisher series for the Wrangler is the LD series and it accepts a 6'9" blade (steel) and comes with a polymer cutting edge. The whole assembly weighs in at around 450lbs if I remember corrctly. they're avail in Minute Mount 1 and Minute Mount 2 applications. It's actually a pretty simple instal so save the $ and install it yourself.
Whatever brand you decide on, maintance is a good thing. Change the fluids annually and keep the connection covered in dialectric grease.
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