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Unread 10-07-2013, 08:48 AM   #16
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I've used the wiper fluid mod for years without any ill effect, and it gets to -20 here all the time. Just get a couple 1/4" sprinkler couplers and a section of 1/4" sprinkler hose (Maxijet brand is best) and do a couple wraps around the radiator hose. The fluid doesn't get that hot since heat transfer is inefficient, but it does help. I've seen more windshields crack when people blast the defrost on in cold weather.

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Unread 10-07-2013, 09:17 AM   #17
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Just a thread on you guys showing how you get your rig ready for winter driving. I know for me being that I havent had a winter with the JK yet, I added new brighter headlights and replaced the fog lights with some new warn fog lights for better visibility. What are some mods that you have done that youve noticed helped alot?

For me, my plans are..

1. Better light visibility
2. Roof rack rails for a snowboard/ski rack
3. Air down my tires lower than the normal for better traction
4. Upgraded windshield wipers
5. Winch (because you never know)
6. Sound system (for those road trips )

Just curious to see if there are things that some of us might not have done!

Great topic!

here's a few that come in handy for me:

-extra pair of insulated gloves
-LED flashlight with spare batteries
-spare cell phone battery
-reminder to move the WS wipers to the "vertical" position before it snows so they don't freeze to the glass
-ice scraper with a brush
-change the WS washer fluid to -20 deg F
-yellow lenses for glasses if it's foggy too
-extra ski hat
-keep gas tank close to full
-snow boots just in case
-tow strap
-shovel
-check CB radio operation, just in case
-if you are skiing with others, agree on where to meet later
-ICE contacts on your cell phone and wallet
-extra meds, just in case
-a few of those air activated chemical heat packs
-air compressor and hose
-jumper cables
-fire extinguisher
-sharp utility knife
-hammer
-ski stuff...
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Unread 10-07-2013, 09:25 AM   #18
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Not too much....because most of the stuff is in my Jeep year round.

*Remove Spiderwebshade.
*Put hard top back on.
*Lube and put door hinge bolts back in.
*Put ice-scraper back in Jeep.
*Make sure my stocking cap is in the pocket of my vest (see below).

I keep *two fleece blankets in the Jeep at all times. In winter time, they are for emergencies, in summer time, they are used to wrap the windows when topless...

I always keep a pair of *thick suede work gloves in the Jeep. You never know when you may have to grab something sharp or hot.

I always have keep a *tow strap, *100 feet of rope, a *fire extinguisher, *mini air compressor, a *road side kit, a *"puffy vest", and *two boonie hats in the Jeep anyway.

(Tuffy Trunk enclosure for the win!)

*LED flashlight, *magnesium fire starter, and *Swiss Army knife are always in the Tuffy underseat lockbox.
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Unread 10-07-2013, 10:02 AM   #19
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I make sure I have plenty of iced sweet tea for the drive home through the snow.
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Unread 10-07-2013, 10:07 AM   #20
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A couple of squirts of lube into the keyholes and door lock mechanisms is a good idea too. Sucks when they freeze up.
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Unread 10-07-2013, 10:08 AM   #21
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I just turn the knob from cool to hot......

Also I would not air your tires down unless your in deep snow. You want a smaller contact patch on icy roads. More biting force then.
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Unread 10-07-2013, 10:26 AM   #22
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Living in MN we are rather used to having a winter survival bag in our vehicles. We at least those of us that lived here for a long time and have a brain. I need to upgrade or replace mine. Normally I keep tow straps, collapsible shovel, blankets, insulated hunting jacket, extra gloves because gloves get wet. I also have an old Army mess kit and inside that is dry kindling and matches.

These things are essnetial for surviving a winter storm in any vehicle.
  • Keep Warm - extra jacket, blankets etc.
  • Stay Dry - have extra socks and gloves incase yours get wet.
  • Make Heat - candles, hand warmers, fire kit etc
  • Eat - energy bars
  • Communications - have a way to contact someone and a way to recharge that device.
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Unread 10-07-2013, 11:00 AM   #23
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Living in MN we are rather used to having a winter survival bag in our vehicles. We at least those of us that lived here for a long time and have a brain. I need to upgrade or replace mine.
Your brain or your survival bag?


I keep recovery gear, blankets, sleeping bags, jackets etc in my jeep all the time. It is always camp ready or very close to it anyway. In winter I just add snow chains to stay legal over mountain passes and an ice scraper. Nothing else special really.
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Unread 10-07-2013, 12:12 PM   #24
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Part of this is also based on where you live and how you use your vehicle.
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Unread 10-07-2013, 06:38 PM   #25
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Your brain or your survival bag? .
A lot of people seem to leave both at home when they go out driving in the snow around here
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Unread 10-08-2013, 10:12 AM   #26
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I've got a one of those little VDP bags with some basic survival gear (firestarters, signaling device, etc) shoved under the seat at all times (it's too noisy and tempting for a thief hanging up). I've got a tow strap, first aid kit, and some other things in the rear cubby at all times as well. During winter, I'll keep an ice scraper and a jacket in the back, too.
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Unread 10-08-2013, 06:10 PM   #27
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I tossed a blanket and tow strap into the back. That's about it.
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Unread 10-08-2013, 06:40 PM   #28
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Since mine isn't a DD, I don't change anything onboard and depending on prospective weather conditions, I just leaveit in 4hi-

Then I can leave the garage/w no adjustments, never airdown ( never say never) !

I take one of the winchs if the call warrants-

1 gal coffee thermos-

Ain't snow fun ??

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Unread 10-09-2013, 02:49 AM   #29
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Couldn't find pictures. I'll look around some more.

I recall folks turning to the defrost setting of a fully-hot heater with a cold windshield and cracking the windshield as the result. JKs can throw some heat!
That shouldnt be a problem unless there was already some type of damage to the windsheild

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Unread 10-09-2013, 08:07 AM   #30
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Winter prep:
I put the T-tops back on, roll the windows up. Winter is pretty moderate in Clovis CA. But I do head up to the Sierra a lot all winter.

Seriously though.... A nice wax job on the exterior to keep sludge from scratch the surface. New wipers, all season washer fluid (sucks when the washer fluid freezes). Nice coat of Adams undercarriage spray keeps the bottom looking as new as the top.
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