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    TJ daily driver in winter feedback.

    Looking for some feedback on TJ as daily driver in winter. I commute daily for work about 1.5hrs each way, been parking my jeep during winter but tranny went in my other car. Planning to use my TJ this winter... I have a good set of winter tires, just looking for feedback or discussion. Likes/dislikes. Etc.
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    Run a stock size tire but 3 hours a day lol I betting you'll only for this for a week then you will add up the fuel cost
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    TJ daily driver in winter feedback.

    Put smaller tires in it. And you should be good to go. I do it only got stuck once an it was my fault loll


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    Thanks for the input. I'm well aware of the fuel mileage, been doing the same commute for about a year and a half now, well summer months anyways. 1997 2.5l 5speed. Last summer was completely stock (no lift and 225/75/15 on steel rims) averaged around 11L/100km. This summer put in 4" zone lift and 33x10.5 KM2's and have been averaging between 11.5 and 12L/100km depending on wind direction.

    I'm more looking for views/experiences with temperatures inside the cab? Handling on hwy in winter conditions? reliability of jeep's in colder temperatures? Etc.

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    TJ daily driver in winter feedback.

    Well my heat is broken so flipping cold lol


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    Re: TJ daily driver in winter feedback.

    I had temperature related issues with my LJ last winter. It was my office all day so I get about 6+ H of seat time a day.
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    Cab is more than warm enough, especially if your heater works well.

    Handling on the highway in ice is abysmal. Snow is good.

    No problems starting in extreme cold.

    Change your fluids before winter and you should be good.

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    Thanks guys, that's more the answers I was looking for. Wasn't sure how warm the interior would be without any insulation, but figured the small area to heat might be ok.

    drizit . What kind of temp issues on the LJ? Heater/blower related or more lack of insulation.

    Hustler . Ice concerns more due to tires or the short wheelbase?

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    Re: TJ daily driver in winter feedback.

    Sorry that was supposed to be "no temperature related issues"

    It takes an hour at least to get the air in the cabin warm but as long as the vents point at you it's all good. I suspect the back seat would suck.

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    Drive mine all winter as dd and never had any issue with it other than sliding on ice. That's a by product of the wheel base and physics but the way I see it. Everything slides on ice so as long as you know it's going to you are prepared for when it.
    Heat is alright because it's a small space. Hard top is the obvious choice there as it certainly helps.

    Other than that normal preventative maintenance and you should be good to go.


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    Has anyone installed seat heaters? I don't know if they are an option for the JK's but I looked into it for my TJ. The cost of the heaters (seat and back plus switches) was $160 per seat plus installation. That was through an auto upholstery shop so I imagine you might be able to get the parts a bit cheaper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LEYLAND View Post
    Ice concerns more due to tires or the short wheelbase?
    Yes to both.

    It's hard to get winter tires in the right size, so the next best thing is a decent set of AT tires. With the short wheelbase, if you're going to spin it will happen quick but I suppose if we don't have that icy of a winter its no biggie. Last winter was not a problem at all.

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    I have a good set of winter tires off my torrent. Only 28's so will look a little goofy with the 4" lift but that's same as factory size so the jeep will like it. Gonna miss the heated seats though. Maybe plug in heated seat cover will be the trick. Nothing worse than spending the day outside in the cold on a construction site then waiting for an hour for the jeep interior to warm up. Lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PCO6 View Post
    Has anyone installed seat heaters? I don't know if they are an option for the JK's but I looked into it for my TJ. The cost of the heaters (seat and back plus switches) was $160 per seat plus installation. That was through an auto upholstery shop so I imagine you might be able to get the parts a bit cheaper.
    I installed seat heaters in my TJ. I bought a kit from ebay for about $80. It had pads for the seat and back. Also included wiring harness and switch. I installed it all myself. It took me about and hour to do it

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    Re: TJ daily driver in winter feedback.

    I picked up wet okole covers with heaters for mine, works great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tool_guy View Post
    I installed seat heaters in my TJ. I bought a kit from ebay for about $80. It had pads for the seat and back. Also included wiring harness and switch. I installed it all myself. It took me about and hour to do it
    At $80 per seat that's half of what I was quoted. If you mean $80 in total that's a hell of a deal (I knew the quote I got was high!). Based on an hour of work, do these sit on top of the seat or did you re&re the original covers? If so, they must come off & go on a lot easier than I thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drizit View Post
    I picked up wet okole covers with heaters for mine, works great.
    Thanks - that's good to know.

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    Maybe he just tapes them on his legs before his pants go on in the morning.

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    4.0 heats up fast for me, nice and warm...defrost leaves room for improvement (drivers side a-pillar ices on the outside). BFG ATs were awesome, and I travel some nasty roads - short wheel base requires you be conservative and drive defensively.

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    I'd recommend getting your jeep under coated or oiled to help keep it from rotting away. If you decide to get it done its best to have it done early when it's still warm out. It gives the oil a good chance to creep into all the body seems. My wife dd's her 03 tj with 31x10.50 snow tires and it seems to handle the winter roads ok. I need to replace the tires before the snow flies this year and think ill go with goodyear duratracs. If the roads are icy or snowy we always run it in 4x4, it's a lot less likely to spin out or slide around.

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