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.
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!
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
-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
-sharp utility knife
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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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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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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.
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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No powerball here? How am I supposed to finance the mods?!?
'12 Sport...miss my YJ for all the wrong reasons though
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.