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Building a Used Jeep Plow Rig

Discussion in 'Jeeps' started by danproveto, Dec 4, 2012.

  1. danproveto

    danproveto Junior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 3

    Hello All - First post here and have been lurking for quite some time now. Really great information here from some really knowledgeable people. It's really cool that this site exists and with so many resources.
    I'm building Wrangler plow rig from the ground up on a budget ($6k or so). I've used the search function and couldn't really find a similar thread so I apologize if this is an annoying recurring type of thread (I really thought it would be...)

    Some of the things I've decided that are necessities to me: inline 6 and manual transmission... Other than that, other decisions I'm still debating and was hoping to get guidance from the experienced people here.

    When buying used, I figure it's nice to get the Wrangler and plow in one shot, there are many mid 90's Wranglers with a plow for around $6k, but I'm thinking it's more wise to buy a Wrangler that's never had a plow on it simply because the car will have less wear and tear and attach a plow myself even though it will end up costing more to do so. Does that make sense or am I overestimating the amount of wear and tear delivered to a clutch and suspension and frame on a Jeep and plow rig that has a couple hundred hours of use on them (or many more) over the course of 15 or so years?

    What suspension modifications to a stock Jeep are typically done to a rig that may have 50 or more hours/season plowing? Air shocks (or some other front end susp mod) seem to be pretty necessary. Any good ideas to beef up any other areas? Battery, alternator?

    Sorry for the routine newbie questions and I appreciate any help/input.
    Thanks in advance
     
  2. ken643

    ken643 Senior Member
    Messages: 818

    Welcome!! I have a 2004 Rubicon with a Fisher 6'-9" minute mount. Dealer installed Timbren blocks in to help with front end sag from the weight. I have no complaints what so ever. As for the transmission I have plowed with both manual and Auto trans. I prefer the Auto trans. Gets awful busy shifting, clutch, plow controls. Auto is nice and easy. But again its personal preference. I know "Plowmeister" prefers a manual. I do agree on the inline 6 its bullet proof. Wear and tear? Well it depends on who was driving it before you just like any other car. I dont beat on my jeep at all and if I ever sold it, no one would ever have an issue with it. hardtop is nice to quieter, lol I use Blizzack tires they are awesome in snow and ice, just have to come off in summer. anything else ask away. Jeeps are tanks in the snow. best of luck!
     
  3. KEC Maintaince

    KEC Maintaince Senior Member
    from N.J.
    Messages: 265

    Welcome Dan I just brought a 1988 wrangler with 6ft6in western plow truck has blizzack tirers Cyrus trans cooler and electric fan set up. Motor has 5000 miles on it and it has been a plow truck most of its life but kept in excellent cond. yes it has a few rust spots and a dent or 2 I paid 2750 for it plow is all rebuilt and ready to roll
    This will b my first wrangler plow truck and I know it will run good. When lookin try and get a auto trans it will b much easier doing drives
    Good luck
     
  4. danproveto

    danproveto Junior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 3

    Thanks Ken! The Fisher Minute Mount that you have is the one on the top of my list so I'm glad my research seems to be bringing to decent conclusions. Good points made on going automatic, but I like the economics of a manual more than anything (I can change out a clutch, gas mileage improved, etc...)
    Also good points on the wear and tear aspect. At the budget level (not certified pre-owned) it definitely is a bit of a crap shoot hoping you get a vehicle that wasn't abused too badly, but I've had good luck on my budget searches before so hopefully that trend will continue on. I'm a big fan of the inline 6 and have had good luck with it in a Jeep years ago.
    I'm seeing a good number of Wranglers in my price range coming with two sets of tires/wheels, and some with the steel wheels (preferred) so I'm looking forward to putting together a pretty fun snow rig.
    Thanks for your insight! Much appreciated.
     
  5. danproveto

    danproveto Junior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 3

    Sweet deal! If I had seen that one I may have driven to NJ to snatch it up. :)
     
  6. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,551

    I mount the plow controller ON the **** lever. cant loose it, always there you got your hand on the shifter anyways.


    I HATE AUTOMATICS FOR PLOWING
     
  7. ken643

    ken643 Senior Member
    Messages: 818

    Happy to help any questions you have you will find answers on this site. Ask me anything if I can answer I will. Auto or stick Jeeps are not good a fuel. lol
     
  8. hobbyjeep

    hobbyjeep Member
    Messages: 54

    Don't want to hijack the thread... but PLOWMEISTER, what mileage do you get on your a clutch before it needs replacement?
     
  9. Mems

    Mems Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 202

    Not answering for him but I have replaced mine once and I have 90K. I also wheel it very hard during the summer. Plowing in 4L is the best thing for keeping your clutch working and not burning it up to badly.
     
  10. hobbyjeep

    hobbyjeep Member
    Messages: 54

    90K is great mileage - would love to see photo of a controller mounted on the shifter.
     
  11. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,551

    I replace my clutch sometime after 75K to 90K, I dont wait for it to go in the middle of a storm
     
  12. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,551

    I got it posted on hear someplace
     
  13. hobbyjeep

    hobbyjeep Member
    Messages: 54

    I've dug around old posts, could not find a photo of plow controls mounted to transmission lever. Can you repost one for everyone? thanks/
     
  14. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,551

  15. hobbyjeep

    hobbyjeep Member
    Messages: 54

    nice...thanks