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Snow Capability?

New WK2 owner here - Question: What snow depth can I reasonably expect to be able to traverse with the stock Limited WK2? What have others been able to accomplish?

Supposed to get up to 25" in the DC/MD area...

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Old 01-21-2016, 02:29 PM
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Re: Snow Capability?

Depends on your tire choice. Depends on whether wet or dry snow. Depends on if you have QL or not. Stock Limited has poor tires for snow and does not have QL.
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Re: Snow Capability?

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New WK2 owner here - Question: What snow depth can I reasonably expect to be able to traverse with the stock Limited WK2? What have others been able to accomplish?

Supposed to get up to 25" in the DC/MD area...

You should have the ELSD just like the Hemi.

How deep depends on your driving skills, the type of snow, and your tires.

25 inches of wet snow is a bit much unless it is just something you have to get past, and can keep momentum up. Extended stretches can drag on the body enough to keep you from getting thru, particularly with ice underneath unless you have formidable studded tires or chains.

25 inches of dry powder is no big deal with decent snow tires [i.e. not the factory ones] particularly if you use OR-1 to raise the body a bit to cut drag.

On the other hand if you are not used to snow driving, 3-6 inches can mean you walk home--particularly if there is ice under the snow and you don't have really really good snow tires or even better studs or for really bad conditions and hills, qualified chains.

Run it in snow mode to keep the aggressive shifts down and take it easy on the throttle with all that torque available.

And, if you DO get stuck, look around for a buncha big black SUVs with flashing lights and guys in cheap suits standing around and see if the President has any extra coffee to share.
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Re: Snow Capability?

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You should have the ELSD just like the Hemi.

How deep depends on your driving skills, the type of snow, and your tires.

25 inches of wet snow is a bit much unless it is just something you have to get past, and can keep momentum up. Extended stretches can drag on the body enough to keep you from getting thru, particularly with ice underneath unless you have formidable studded tires or chains.

25 inches of dry powder is no big deal with decent snow tires [i.e. not the factory ones] particularly if you use OR-1 to raise the body a bit to cut drag.

On the other hand if you are not used to snow driving, 3-6 inches can mean you walk home--particularly if there is ice under the snow and you don't have really really good snow tires or even better studs or for really bad conditions and hills, qualified chains.

Run it in snow mode to keep the aggressive shifts down and take it easy on the throttle with all that torque available.

And, if you DO get stuck, look around for a buncha big black SUVs with flashing lights and guys in cheap suits standing around and see if the President has any extra coffee to share.
Thanks! hopefully won't need to test it out, but that depends on the attention level of our local DPW...

and unfortunately in Baltimore if I'm surrounded by some big black SUVs it probably means I'm being kidnapped!
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Re: Snow Capability?

I have a 14 Limited Hemi equipped with pretty aggressive winter tire (big blocks). We had a storm like your getting last year here in New Brunswick Canada. As long as you have good winter tires you'll have no worries. I had to drive 2 hours in the worst of it. The Jeep will bust through some pretty massive drifts. It'll push through 2 feet of wet snow pretty easy as long as it isn't for a long stretch, you'll eventually high centre.

If your in an empty area try sand mode. It'll do some nice 4 wheel drifts hehe.

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Re: Snow Capability?

This morning I went to the gym around 8am (Northern Bergen County, NJ). Around 4 inches of snow on unplowed roads. Main roads were semi-plowed. No problem getting up my inclined driveway or over the snow hump from the plow. I drove like a sane person so, very little slip. Main roads went around 30 mph. First real experience in the Jeep in snow... good times!
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Re: Snow Capability?

Third winter with Hankook snow tires on my 14 Limited, it is AMAZING in snow with these tires. If you know how to drive in snow, the right tires, it is a sweet combination!! Dave
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Re: Snow Capability?

2015 Summit here with stock tires (20k on them) Elizabeth n.j. Experience slight sliding on turns nothing major but weight and speed plays a factor.. Slower speeds you should be fine.. Drove through 8 " of fresh snow.. Body drag from snow build up can be a problem with traction but again drive slower you should be fine.. Stock tires are definitely not as good as my 04 jeep stock tires but these tires are wider and bigger then the O4 model.. Plan on changing these tires to snow tires in fall 2016 and going with another set of rims and tires for the other 3 seasons.. Great suggestion if you have the space for storage..


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Re: Snow Capability?

Last night I got up the hill I live on and down into my driveway that is a steep grade to get to the basement level garage in the rear. No problem.

This morning, the Jeep climbed the driveway to the street with no issues.

Coming down off the hill, I used the paddle shifters to engine brake so I could avoid using the brakes more than I had to. None of the 3 stop signs I had to stop at posed an issue.

In fact, I didn't even need to touch the brakes at all to slow down in the left turn lane leading into my workplace by using the transmission.

I only experienced one moment where a pocket of heavy slush and ice grabbed one of my tires and jerked the wheel a bit, but the Jeep stayed settled.

When I tried the Snow mode, I noticed the transmission shifted a bit later and started me off in 2nd at each stop.
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Re: Snow Capability?

Just had 30" of snow and my stock GY's performed great! No complaints what so ever 👍


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Just had 30" of snow and my stock GY's performed great! No complaints what so ever 👍


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I had to be on the road during the blizzard with the OEM Forteras. On Saturday morning on several inches of untouched snow, the '15 Overland with stock Forteras was fine. On Saturday evening on plowed and re-covered with many more inches (feet) of new snow on top of plowed, it also did fine.

The only problem I had was backing out of the driveway in the evening. Even on 20" wheels and ORII height, I got hung up on a self-created snow dam before going about 20 feet to the street. After shoveling out the snow from underneath, she drove like a charm.

One other thing I noticed: when I got hung up on my snow dam, the exhaust outlets were always well above the snow level. Snow never got even close to getting in them.
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Re: Snow Capability - tire pressure

I have a 2015 Limited with the stock 18" Lattitudes. I got it in Feb 2015 and did some snow driving last winter. I was not impressed. In this storm (we got 30") I actually went for a ride on Saturday when it was still snowing and the GC did great with the same tires!

The dealer delivered the vehicle with tire pressures between 41 and 42 psi. That was the pressure in the tires last winter. Since then I have lowered the pressure to the recommended 36 psi. I wonder if the tire pressure made the huge difference??
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