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post #1 of 10 Old 01-26-2014, 04:02 PM Thread Starter
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preparing for frigid temps

Heading up to the u.p for the soo 500 this coming weekend. I don't have much experience with cold that Damn cold. What if anything should be done to prepare the jeep? Has been in storage for winter, so I'm a little nervous. Probably no reason to be, but I don't want to be stranded or stuck because I wasn't ready for it. The only things I can think of off hand are my rear diff fluid (75w-140) and no block heater. Any tricks to reduce/ prevent lifter noise in crazy cold temps? What sorts of accessories should I pack incase of anything?
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post #2 of 10 Old 01-26-2014, 04:42 PM
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The jeep will be fine. You can run a thinner oil if youre really worried about cold start wear. Just let the jeep warm up to temp before you stomp on it.

Id pack the following:
Blanket
Change of warm clothes
Heavy gloves or mittens
Shovel
Hatchet
High calorie snacks
Jumper cables
Standard recovery gear (straps, hitch pin, d-rings, snatch block and tree saver if you have a winch, etc.)
All the other normal good idea stuff (first aid kit, lighter, tarp, etc.)
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Shovel for sure and I have a high lift jack mounted to my jeep. Gets really cold here, -30 C or lower and I don't have a block heater just a high cranking amp battery, 800 cca or so works and 5w20 or 5w30.

The hard pack snow drifts will get you every time.

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post #4 of 10 Old 01-26-2014, 07:07 PM Thread Starter
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Ok cool thanks guy's. Like I said, I'm sure I'm way over thinking this but want to be sure I won't have to blame myself for lack of preparation. I do have a winch, straps, shovel and switched to a group 34 battery over the weak factory group 91, however no hi lift. Thinking about ordering one, might be the perfect excuse to.
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Really good boots and gloves.

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Spare socks, woolen. More than one pair.
Thermals.
Pocket heaters maybe. Maybe scarf, balaclava, mask or something for face if windburn likely. Hat that covers ears.
For gloves I have shooters ones that have fingers, and flip back mitten covers.

These are a few things I found really useful paintballing in the woods in canada in the winter around -40.

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you could insulate your hardtop! check that out. i live in tahoe, 7000ft, and we get cold winters, i also lived in my jeep for a month or so on a road trip through southern BC, and alberta and it would be -14f. no problem sleeping with tons of blankets, but in the AM when the sun hit the hardtop, it would melt my condensation which would drip back on me.

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post #9 of 10 Old 01-27-2014, 08:54 AM Thread Starter
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thanks again for the tips guys. I should be set personally, my main concern was the jeep considering low's in the -20's last I checked. I guess we are staying in a casino.....so i'm solid. i think.
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post #10 of 10 Old 01-27-2014, 10:26 AM
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-14 with the windchill this morning


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