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Cherokee & SnoWay ??

Discussion in 'Sno-Way Discussion' started by scottL, Aug 1, 2009.

  1. scottL

    scottL PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,600


    I'd like to get a Cherokee and have a sno-way on it. Looking for a 26 series 6.8 or 7.6 - or ST / MT series.

    First off I know many will say this is too big and suggest the 22 series. I just think having the extra roll height is important. Also, I like that the Cherokee has 4 doors and can fit in tighter spaces. I'm shying away from the Wrangler mainly because I like the foot print of the Cherokee better.

    Here's my issue.....

    1) What year Cherokee's should I look for? I'm not looking at a new vehicle year so keep in mind something much older.

    2) What is the sno-way model numbers I'd have to ask for when I'm calling around?

    When I called my dealer they said the 22, 26 and ST, MT series are all discontinued and there is not many laying around.

    Last edited: Aug 1, 2009
  2. festerw

    festerw Senior Member
    Messages: 986

    Biggest issue you'll have is finding the correct mount more than likely you'll have to find one used and it won't be easy.

    ST 7'6" would be a good match IMO the MT and 26 series are too heavy for an XJ. I had an old 6'8" DX series plow on a 98 Cherokee and to be honest the 18" moldboard height really isn't a problem since they roll the snow very well.

    As it is you'll want to add heavier springs or airbags to the front and a transmission cooler. A 3 core radiator wouldn't be a terrible investment either as it will get hot.
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2009
  3. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,990

    The Mt/24 will work but I suggest you run a Poly wearedge. Lightens the rig up considerably.
  4. scottL

    scottL PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,600

    Both great pieces of info!! I very much appreciate it.

    I'm a little confused on the 22 vs. the MT or ST. Which do I focus in on? Is the difference between the MT and ST really just height? ( ST = 18, MT = 24 )

  5. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,990

    At this point the only mount available is the MT/ST Snoway never made a 22 series mount.

    There are a lot of differences between an ST and a MT. The ST was designed for the littlest of vehicles while the MT was capable of use on a 1/2 ton pick up.The truck is capable of damaging the ST unit if used improperly. The MT is a much tougher plow and could probably hold up against everything the jeep could throw at it. If I was installing an MT I'd use a ploy wear edge to get the weight down.

    The limiting factor in most plowing operations is the operator and the way they use the equipment. I have a neighbor who clears his drive and walks with an OLD 12hp Sears tractor with a blade, he's been doing it for decades:nod . He starts when there is about an inch and then stays on top of it, in big storms I think he only shuts down to refuel:D He could run a ST and be very productive and never break a thing. Never in a hurry, thinks before he acts, makes deliberate actions and doesn't ask more of the equipment then it is designed for.

    Then there are guys who could twist a D5 track loader into a pretzel parking in the lot. They need at least an MT, then they will destroy the truck.
  6. scottL

    scottL PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,600

    That's a great explanation! MT it is.

    I have that email into you - basher.