Driving in the snow

Discussion in 'KJ General Discussion' started by jdonovan, Nov 8, 2012.

  1. jdonovan

    jdonovan Full Access Member

    Messages:
    41
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2012
    Location:
    New York
    So yesterday was my first time driving my 06 Liberty sport in the snow, is there anything I should know about the 4wd? I was in 4-hi on a hill and the tires were spinning.
     
  2. ONTHEPIPE

    ONTHEPIPE Full Access Member

    Messages:
    74
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2012
    Location:
    Ontario
    Try to keep it from spinning, but it you can't PIN IT TO WIN IT!!!!! ;)
     
  3. jdonovan

    jdonovan Full Access Member

    Messages:
    41
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2012
    Location:
    New York
    If this is the way it drives in the snow, I'd rather have another Subaru
     
  4. Dave

    Dave Administrator Administrator Moderator

    Messages:
    15,590
    Likes Received:
    6
    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2006
    Location:
    on here
    No problems with mine in the snow. Good tires and easy on the throttle will get you places you wouldn't think you could go in 4wd.

    Dave
     
  5. Jaber

    Jaber Full Access Member

    Messages:
    183
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2011
    Location:
    Des Plaines, IL
    Sounds like tires are not too great in the snow. What kind of tires do you have on it?

    When I had GoodYear Integrity's, those things would spin all day on a warm, wet day. Unless I accelerated like a granny. Glad I got rid of them before winter, last year.
     
  6. tjkj2002

    tjkj2002 Full Access Member

    Messages:
    10,614
    Likes Received:
    5
    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2006
    Location:
    Somewhere between being sane and insane!
    Get better tires.

    I have yet to even lock in my front hubs during the last 3 winters.Rocking 2wd only in the snow/ice with no issues.
     
  7. Cardhu

    Cardhu Full Access Member

    Messages:
    683
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2011
    Location:
    Great White North
    my stock wrangler HP's were abysmal in the snow /ice/ or anything that wasn't bare pavement. SR-A , ST or whatever have the same story.

    Get real rubber and a lot of those issues go away even in 2WD. After i stuck my rental truck last winter on stock SR-A last winter, it was the last time i consider highway tires. This tends to be the sentiment of most on this board.

    A decent AT tire will help significantly. If you don't see lots of snow its a good compromise.

    My duratracs are a tad aggressive for summer time highway but very nice this time of year for the following 6 months. The snow flake symbol isn't complete bullshit.
     
  8. jdonovan

    jdonovan Full Access Member

    Messages:
    41
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2012
    Location:
    New York
    So, is it best to get snow tires?
     
  9. Luke

    Luke Full Access Member

    Messages:
    3,800
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2008
    Location:
    North 'o' Barrie, Canada
    No just good tires .... if you have the stock GY's on there ... that is your main problem.
     
  10. dude1116

    dude1116 Full Access Member

    Messages:
    3,370
    Likes Received:
    3
    Joined:
    May 31, 2011
    Location:
    Pompton Plains, NJ
    No snow tires necessary. I have Hankook Dynapro A/Ts that I just drove yesterday in their first snow. The performed amazingly. I tried to do donuts in 2WD, and to my surprise, I COULDN'T! Be it this was only 3 inches of snow, but still! The SR-As I had before these would spin the Jeep like a top.

    And as for the Subaru comment, even with the GY SR-As, I ran circles around an ex-buddy's Subby Forester using my 4WD. Had to dig him (and a Mazda Tribute) out of snow I was just cruising through.
     
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2012
  11. rockymountain

    rockymountain Full Access Member

    Messages:
    1,713
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2007
    Location:
    Spencerville, IN
    Tires.
     
  12. first&lastKJ

    first&lastKJ Full Access Member

    Messages:
    1,108
    Likes Received:
    31
    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2010
    Location:
    Indiana
    It's all in knowing how to drive in winter conditions and a good set of tires.
     
  13. hectikart

    hectikart Full Access Member

    Messages:
    358
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2012
    Location:
    Wilmington NC
    I agree. I was driving around last night in the snow through town and on untouched back roads with no problem whatsoever. Even with stock tires I've never spun, slipped or slid in 4wd unless I wanted to. I've been nothing but impressed with how the KJ performs in the snow.
     
  14. first&lastKJ

    first&lastKJ Full Access Member

    Messages:
    1,108
    Likes Received:
    31
    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2010
    Location:
    Indiana
    I don't know what it is about the KJ's but both of our's get around better than any vehicle I have ever drove on snow covered roads.
     
  15. jdonovan

    jdonovan Full Access Member

    Messages:
    41
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2012
    Location:
    New York
    My old 1997 Subaru Outback Sport with almost no tread never spun the tires in the snow, I am disappointed that my 1st snow with decent tread I can't make it up a hill in 4-hi without the tires spinning. I have been driving in the snow for 27 years btw.
     
  16. rockymountain

    rockymountain Full Access Member

    Messages:
    1,713
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2007
    Location:
    Spencerville, IN
    What tires do you have? We can't say anything to help unless you give this information. You could have brand new goodyear sr-a tires and still have crappy traction. Tires are everything in the snow.

    Go get some Duratracs and then come back and tell us how good those are. The KJ is not an AWD car, it is a 4x4 Jeep and weighs 4200 pounds. It is NOT a subaru.
     
  17. tjkj2002

    tjkj2002 Full Access Member

    Messages:
    10,614
    Likes Received:
    5
    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2006
    Location:
    Somewhere between being sane and insane!
    That right there I know is 100% false.I was born at night but it wasn't last night.
     
  18. Red07KJ

    Red07KJ Full Access Member

    Messages:
    133
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2012
    Location:
    BC
    It's all about the tires and how you drive. The Liberty is great in the snow.

    I live in Canada and in the mountains - trust me I know what I am talking about. Do yourself a favor and Subaru up some decent tires for your Jeep.
     
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2012
  19. osufans

    osufans Full Access Member

    Messages:
    563
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2009
    Location:
    Central Ohio
    I'll reiterate what everyone else has already said...get some good tires. I had some crappy generic tires on my Liberty when I bought it. Even though they were brand new, they sucked! They would spin out on wet pavement, and were terrible in the snow...but even that being said, I could still go places in the snow with it I couldn't go with a FWD van or car.

    Do yourself a favor and get some real all-terrain tires. You'll be happy.
     
  20. Jaber

    Jaber Full Access Member

    Messages:
    183
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2011
    Location:
    Des Plaines, IL
    ^ Agree.

    This topic reminds me of this video I made of my friend's 2009.5 G8 GXP on A/S Kumo Escta's. New tires too. He was testing the limits on the tires, as he bought the G8 few weeks before the snow hit. Too bad he sold it, miss that car :pp:
    [YT]ar7typAcWyk[/YT]