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post #21 of 69 Old 30th November 2009, 04:57 PM
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I'm running a '93 YJ wrangler. Just got the snow studs on it. They're great so far. I've never used snow studs before so I was a little worried the ride/noise would be bad in an already abusive setup (by comparison to the M5.) Real impressed so far. We'll see how they are in the snow/ice and how they handle later.
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post #22 of 69 Old 30th November 2009, 09:39 PM Thread Starter
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Snow studs are absolutely amazing when coupled with a Jeep. I had studs on my Grand Cherokee a couple years ago, and that thing would not and could not get stuck no matter what! Have you done any suspension work on your YJ? I wonder what the weather is supposed to look like for the next few weekends...

I think I saw that you posted in the gun thread in the E60 section... And I know now that Ron is a Gun Guy as well. Maybe we could set up something where we could all meet at a range and shoot...

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Yeah I'm a gun guy. I'm all about shooting. I think I still have a membership at the bullet hole on Shawnee Mission Parkway. Or I live on property if you want to get rifles and such involved.

Had a couple good snows now and you aren't kidding. I did manage to get my jeep stuck once but that was only with open differentials and my FL and RR corners weren't touching the ground. I stradled a ditch at just the wrong angle and it was square in a 3 ft drift.

The night the snow was the worst I was one of the few vehicles still on the road. Tow trucks weren't able to move. Everyone was 1st-gear crawling down the roads. I was still able to do 65 on the interstate and change lanes etc with no problem at all. It literally grips so well, it's scary. I think I pulled a total of 5 cars out of the median/ditch that night. Almost never had to use 4wd. I could stop on a steep hill that was completely iced over with no snow and take off again in 2wd.

The thing that has surprised me the most though, is I've already put close to 5k miles on the tires and the tungsten carbide studs still have the little nubs on the end to make them sharper. Almost 0 wear at all. All this being said, I still ordered a 10.5k winch for it.
As for suspension work. I'm sorry to say, I haven't really touched it. I've had it since Feb of 08 and it's just done so well that I haven't been motivated enough to crawl under it and throw a few grand at making it better.
I have a lifted '74 Chevy sitting on 35x12.50 BFG Mt's if things get really crazy. I still think I'll lift the Jeep some, put some 33's or 35's under it and maybe lockers in the spring. Except if I do that I'll probably want upgraded axles too. So I'm probably looking at a Ford 8.8 in the rear and dunno what in the front. I've been watching the KCjeepclub to see if I can find someone selling them, preferably with the correct leef perches and all, already installed. We'll see. I wanna ESS-SC and clutch the M5 and maybe get into a Ducati too so I gotta get some priorities in line. Everytime I drive my car, I can't wait to put time and money into it but then I drive my jeep and the $+simplicity make it an easy upgrade target too. I'll probably make the jeep my priority for now. I'll throw a clutch and tires at the M5 in the spring and save the upgrades for later. The car hasn't come close to getting spanked by anything and it's just so close to being perfect as-is, I don't see a big need to upgrade yet. The jeep on the other hand needs a little help before it gets around off road like my truck.
Then I face the option of maybe selling my jeep as it sits and buying one someone else has upgraded. I'm sure I'd be time and $$ ahead going that route and my jeep does so well on the road, I hate to lose it's ride, top end, fuel economy, reliability. I don't know, we'll see where spring finds me financially.

As I mentioned, I'm not driving my car much these days. As a result, I don't think to get on here much. If you or the other guys come up with a time you'd like to get together, cars or not, let me know. My work cell is 913-927-2715. Might shoot a text instead of call. The office phones go to the Supervisor on duty after office hours and we occasionally wind up forwarding calls from our work cells to eachother when we're off shift. Texts still go to the right phone though.
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Deep snow.



I've pulled and been pulled more times than I can count of over the last week. Winch is on the way. This is right by my mailbox. The one you can't see. Even had a flooded river crossing at 0100 in the morning, resulting in a cracked coil, hydrolocked engine and me walking home 1.2 miles. in the snow, after 200 feet, barefoot wade through half frozen flooded road. By 0300, I had the water out of the block, the jeep pulled to a neighbor's house and I was home getting warm. Got her running the next day. but still had about 2 inches of water, frozen solid in the floorboard.
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I've pulled and been pulled more times than I can count of over the last week. Winch is on the way. This is right by my mailbox. The one you can't see. Even had a flooded river crossing at 0100 in the morning, resulting in a cracked coil, hydrolocked engine and me walking home 1.2 miles. in the snow, after 200 feet, barefoot wade through half frozen flooded road. By 0300, I had the water out of the block, the jeep pulled to a neighbor's house and I was home getting warm. Got her running the next day. but still had about 2 inches of water, frozen solid in the floorboard.
Where are you located? South of Topeka? I live in the country myself (east of Junction City right on I-70). Used to have horses (I see the hay in the picture), and miss them but wouldn't have them again unless I had a nice barn, which I don't. Nice jeep too! I have a 2002 (or 2003.....) Mitsubishi Montero Ltd. that has excellent traction. I have an F350 and a blade, but the blade isn't mounted on the truck due to the mounting hardware used to be on my F250 and that hardware isn't compatible with the F350. I sold my F250 to my son and I asked him if he minded if I had that hardware reinstalled on that F250 and use it for blading. He's overseas in the USAF and he said he didn't mind. Do you know of any snowblade place that is experienced with the wiring, lighting and stuff that could remount this blade and mounting hardware on the F250? Thanks, Ron
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Thanks. I love the Jeep. I live about 15 minutes North of KCI. We primarily have cattle but we also have a few (12) horses. They're all a pain when the weather gets like this.

As for your blade question. If it were mine, I'd take it to a friend of mine. He's nothing official but he's crazy with a welder and he does a lot of custom work for me and other people. He works at some steel factory in KC I believe. He built the bumper in the picture from tubing he had laying around. I even had him weld in some air fittings so I can use the bumper to store compressed air. He's up here in my area, about 3 miles from I-29. I can check into it if you'd like.
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Thanks. I love the Jeep. I live about 15 minutes North of KCI. We primarily have cattle but we also have a few (12) horses. They're all a pain when the weather gets like this.

As for your blade question. If it were mine, I'd take it to a friend of mine. He's nothing official but he's crazy with a welder and he does a lot of custom work for me and other people. He works at some steel factory in KC I believe. He built the bumper in the picture from tubing he had laying around. I even had him weld in some air fittings so I can use the bumper to store compressed air. He's up here in my area, about 3 miles from I-29. I can check into it if you'd like.
I don't need a welder, per se. I need someone who is knowledgeable with mounting hardware and wiring for the snowblades and lighting. Everything I have was already mounted on this 250 4x4 once, I just need someone who can remount the stuff. All holes are already drilled, etc.
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Ah I see. That makes things much simpler. Have you looked into it? It should be pretty cut and dry - Plug N Play. Is it just something you don't want to mess with? My Dad put a blade on his F250 a couple years ago. I'll ask him what all was involved.
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Ah I see. That makes things much simpler. Have you looked into it? It should be pretty cut and dry - Plug N Play. Is it just something you don't want to mess with? My Dad put a blade on his F250 a couple years ago. I'll ask him what all was involved.
I don't want to mess with it, and I don't want to mess it up. The dealership in Manhattan where I bought the F350 and initially traded in the F250 removed all the wiring, nuts, bolts, pins, etc. 24 hours later I bought the F250 back from them and sold it to one of my kids (wish I'd known earlier he might have wanted to buy the F250....). So I have a whole box of wire, big bolts, little screws, pins, etc. Some of the big pins and bolts will be pretty self-explanatory. However, getting the wiring all put back in where they're supposed to go is something someone with some knowledge on these things might want to tackle. If I ever build another building out here I'm probably going to put a lift in it so I can get stuff like this up in the air and things would be a lot easier.
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BG, nice jeep! I used to ride horses and got pretty good at it. I think its been years now since I've tried. Do you have any pictures of your animals?

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