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post #1 of 75 Old 09-05-2010, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
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Make your JK a snow monster!

I have lived in Florida my entire life. I just moved up to the northeast and want to make my Jk as capable in the snow as possible!

what do you guys recommend doing?

At the moment im on a small lift and some 34" goodyear duratracs. I have a hi lift, basic recovery gear, and some extra lights.

Whats my next move? planning on an AEV lift after tax returns next year. So waiting on a 'real' lift until then.









i wanna do this!!



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post #2 of 75 Old 09-05-2010, 06:14 PM
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I've lived in snow country my whole life. Good tires go a long way. Duratracs are possibly the best snow tires you can get at the moment. If you're looking to get serious in some snow, get a set of chains. Chains will get you out of ANYTHING!

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how much do chains run? and where do you buy them? (other than the internet..)
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Any tire store will carry chains. They may be $50 to $75 a pair. Get the rubber bungie tightening cord with them. They're kind of a pain, but totally worth it if you're getting serious.

Your setup is fine right now for heavy road pack and getting to the ski hill, but if you want to get in the mountains for hunting, sledding, or backcountry snowshoeing/skiing/snowboarding, you'll want chains.

You'll have to chain up BEFORE you get into the nasty stuff. Once you get stuck in the snow, you'll need something else to get you out.....like a winch, gravel/kitty litter, or another vehicle.

Oh yeah, a shovel is crucial, too.

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thanks for the info! i got a shovel! first thing i did!
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Do yourself a favour, when the first significant (4-6") hits, find a big open parkinglot and figure out how your jeep handles. ESP will surprise you. Untill you can mess around, drive conservatively and leave lots of room to stop.
Tire chains and visions of deep snow exploring are great. You have to survive the rodeo getting there first.
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i definitely plan on doing a lot of that. Thanks for the input!
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post #8 of 75 Old 09-05-2010, 06:58 PM
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and when the snow flies, post back here and tell us how you did, I'd like to hear what works for you, and what doesn't!
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post #9 of 75 Old 09-05-2010, 07:00 PM
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post #10 of 75 Old 09-05-2010, 07:00 PM
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And remember 4 wheel drive doesn't mean 4 wheel stop. I rarely go faster than 40 when the roads are slushy seen too many idiots spin out.
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Like others have said, tires are the biggest thing. From there it is recovery to get you out WHEN, not if, you get stuck. I have lived up in the snowy north for as long as I have been able to drive and I absolutly HATE going offroad in the snow. Don't do it alone unless you like the idea of walking through lots of snow for a long way to go get help.
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post #12 of 75 Old 09-05-2010, 07:15 PM Thread Starter
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hahah, well see how i like it! im hope i get into it. the low here tonight is like the middle of winter in florida. so i have a lot more to get use to than just snow!
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Recovery, tires, and lockers. On road, obviously open diffs are the best. Offroad, having both ends locked in snow makes a world of difference. With that said, selectable (ARB) is your best option. Good time to regear too.

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i know there is a lot of discussion about this. but if i were to do 1 locker. front or rear? and why
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post #15 of 75 Old 09-05-2010, 07:42 PM
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If I were to only do one locker, I would do the front. With that said, the one major downside of lunchbox lockers is their road manners specifically in rain or snow. They tend to catch when you wouldnt want them to and throw you into a not so fun ride...

If you are planning on a lot of snow driving definitely save up for an adjustable locker
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