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What Jeep mistakes have you made?

Discussion in 'Jeeps' started by Jeep_thing, Jul 18, 2014.

  1. Jeep_thing

    Jeep_thing Member
    Messages: 97

    Hello and thank you in advance for your input. Long time lurker and as I am approaching the time for my Jeep purchase and/or build I am putting together a plan. Like many or most I will be doing residential driveways, starting with friends and family. With ready made connections I can see my customer base growing very quickly through word of mouth.

    A I read all the informative builds and mods, a thought came to me and the idea for this thread was born-

    What mistakes have you made relative to your plowing Jeep build? What advise would you give a guy NOT to do? Here are some ideas to get you started-

    First- starting with the wrong Jeep-
    Too old (too many repairs)
    Too new (To be fair- maybe plowing tore up a nice Jeep?)
    Too small engine
    Wrong tranny
    Wrong diff gearing
    Too cold (interior heat)

    Wrong wheel/tire combo

    Wrong plow

    To be fair, maybe there are some that regretted the Jeep altogether- too small? Remember the intent is driveways only, not commercial lots!

    If you think of any other mistakes that you have been through, please share!
     
  2. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    Read everything the Plowmeister has written and the threads he has participated in, that should cover all the bases.

    IMO 97-06 4liter, stock height Rubicon package with REAL winter tires and correct counter weighting is the optimum Driveway plow motor vehicle without going to tractor/blower, obscure or single purpose vehicles.
     
  3. novawagonmaster

    novawagonmaster Senior Member
    Messages: 177

    If I had to pay labor on all of the repairs/upgrades I have done since buying the Jeep a couple months ago, I would say it was too old and too rusty. The frame rust alone would be a deal-breaker for most guys.

    However, I have not had any real surprises yet. So far, I have not replaced anything that I didn't know it needed when I was negotiating the purchase. I feel I bought it right, and I could still turn a profit on it if I sold it tomorrow.

    The best advice I can give is buy the cleanest one you can afford.
     
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2014
  4. fireball

    fireball PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 536

    I like basher's answer. More attention to wheels and tires. Attend a off road ralley in your area and pay attention to performance rather than paint jobs
     
  5. DeVries

    DeVries PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,614

    Buying one. I have been really happy up until now, but it hit 100,000 kms and now is using a liter of oil between changes. It does not have any leaks its using oil which shouldn't happen.

    Anyone else have the same issue?
     
  6. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    4 cylinder?
     
  7. DeVries

    DeVries PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,614

    Yes it is.
     
  8. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    Yeah that's why I'm a 4 liter fan.
     
  9. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,548

    I had a backup jeep that was geared too high (ended up burning the clutch out)
    never used a 4cyl but I know of people that do and still love the Jeep for plowing.

    I did do i mistake I got a 6 1/2 blade on my first jeep, long story but swapped it for a 7 1/2... been using them ever since (1988).

    I got an automatic for my helper to plow with (I HATE PLOWING WITH AUTOS) let me repeat that (I HATE PLOWING WITH AUTOS)

    If you normally drive a standard you should get a standard If you normally drive an auto get an auto trans
     
  10. Jeep_thing

    Jeep_thing Member
    Messages: 97

    Not sure if the oil consumption can be blamed strictly on it being the 4/cyl since the internal components are the same as the 4.0 AFAIK. You didn't mention if you have been plowing with it and maybe working it hard?
     
  11. Jeep_thing

    Jeep_thing Member
    Messages: 97

    Thank you for entering my thread plowmeister xysport

    I have tried to make my way through some of your past posts that I have not seen. By chance do you have a build writeup, summery or FAQ post of yours bookmarked?
     
  12. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,548

    Sorry no

    One more thing The heater fan switch is known to be a problem (over heat) I used a 30 Amp relay to carry the high current of the blower motor, the switch turns on the relay.
     
  13. novawagonmaster

    novawagonmaster Senior Member
    Messages: 177

    Just went though this on mine, too.

    The fan speed switch (and connector) was melted. After replacing the switch and repairing the wiring, the fan worked intermittently. I found the the connector on the back of the mode select switch was also melted. At that point, I repaired the wiring at that end and replaced the blower motor itself (figuring there must have been too much draw). It has been OK since, but the true test will be when constantly running on higher speeds during the winter.
     
  14. Jeep_thing

    Jeep_thing Member
    Messages: 97

    Plowmeister- would you be up to firing off answers to a list of questions, instead of individual posts?
     
  15. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,548

    As long as I dont have to think too hard :) ask away
     
  16. Jeep_thing

    Jeep_thing Member
    Messages: 97

    List in the works ;)

    But for now, talk to me about models and differentials-

    Rubicon takes care of everything, no?

    If a non-Rubi, then-

    What do you do (in purchasing a Wrangler) to insure limited slip or locking diffs? Or do you shop for the vehicle first and then if they are open diffs install lockers?
     
  17. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,548

    The robicon has Dana 44 axles BUT the low range is 4 to 1 instead of 2.73 to 1 inthe reg jeep making using Low range Slllllllooooooooowwwwwwww. in over 28 years plowing I have busted 1 front diff (ran out of oil) thats it ! if you drive like a nut (spinning tires ) you will blow the rear end.

    I plowed from 1988 to 2000 with D35's never broke one plowing, Off roading that is a different story thats why I have a D60 reverse cut on the rear of my plow/offroad Jeep.

    I have ARB lockers in my off road jeep, Have I used them plowing yes, are they needed no.
     
  18. jstevens66

    jstevens66 Senior Member
    Messages: 153

    Jeeps are great for plowing, but, when it comes down to it, putting a plow on any vehicle isn't great for it. As long as you don't drive like a friggin nut, you will be fine. I see more jeeps with plows than fords, lol. All the landscape/plow companies in my area have at least one Jeep in there arsenal. I would say toss a 6'9'' or 7'6'' fisher SD on it and make some money!!!!!!
     
  19. Jeep_thing

    Jeep_thing Member
    Messages: 97

    Ok, what about plowing in high with the 4.11s?

    So you can plow successfully with an open diff front and rear?
     
  20. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,548

    Yes LOTS/ most of the plow plow jeeps out there dont have lockers.