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For mountain\ice\snow driving SRT or Overland?

Is the SRT too much power for mountain driving and would I be better off with an Overland or 75th?

Does it really need the high traction summer tires or would something winter work without sacrificing safety for my wife?

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Re: For mountain\ice\snow driving SRT or Overland?

I guess it depends on how much snow.... I have never had a problem driving in ice and snow in srt with proper snow tires up to a foot. Srt is lower so it plows through snow but is just as capable as my other jeeps in the past. anything more than that you probably dont want to be out unless its an emergency anyways....


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Re: For mountain\ice\snow driving SRT or Overland?

Save the SRT buy something like a Lifted WJ or a Cheap Wrangler for those Mountain\Ice\Snow trips you will thank your self, Specially if it's icey and hit a curb or something and damage a $1400 rim and tire and hub etc.
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Re: For mountain\ice\snow driving SRT or Overland?

We live up above Lake Tahoe from Oct-Mar.. It's not a ton of snow but it does get icy sometimes. Overall the plowing is pretty good I just had a slight concern about the amount of power it puts down but if the snow tires can handle it I think it'd be fine.
Also travel cross country to FL during the spring-fall so it would be nice to have the SRT back and forth in that instance I would think over a strictly mountain built Jeep
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Re: For mountain\ice\snow driving SRT or Overland?

I've been fortunate to have owned both a WK2 Overland & and SRT8. Each has its driving advantages. I liked the Overland for having the 'go anywhere' flexibility. I drove the Overland where I wouldn't dare drive the SRT, e.g. my Overland had Quadra-Lift, & I used that a lot. On the other hand, I'm really glad to have the SRT8. Its road & track (handling & speed) performance is amazing.

I installed winter tires on both GC's, and have never had a problem in snow (keeping in mind, I've only driven the SRT8 on snow covered roads & not in the mountains).

Here's a pic showing both my Jeeps' centre consoles. The Overland has a lot more flexibility, on & off road.

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Re: For mountain\ice\snow driving SRT or Overland?

Whether or not an SRT is suitable for snow depends on the driver.
It is a powerful vehicle, and like any powerful vehicle requires respect for that power and the traction limits it is being driven on and the tires with which it is fitted.

At the extreme ends you have the folly of running extreme traction summer tires in cold winter conditions, or you have the hardcore folks running 20 inch Nokian Hakkapeliita 8 studs. The SRT will plow thru snow with good traction, but it does suffer from a lower ride height should you regularly get deep, wet snow.

With appropriate tires and a bit of respect for its power and one's experience driving in marginal traction, I can't see why it wouldn't make an excellent winter car like many of its similarly powered competition.
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For mountain\ice\snow driving SRT or Overland?

My solution was to get a JKU and a SRT.

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I have a winter tire setup for the SRT but will not drive it on snowy roads for fear of being sideswiped, rear ended or taken off the road by some crazy jersey driver. The potential damage and cost to repair the SRT vs JKU makes taking the wrangler a no brainier! I can interchange most of the parts myself and they're relatively inexpensive.

Guess my point is - if u are constantly gonna worry about damaging it on dicey conditions, I would get either an overland or JKU. It'll do snow as mentioned, but the SRT was not really designed/tuned for anything other than paved dry roads.


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Re: For mountain\ice\snow driving SRT or Overland?

It has snow mode for a reason .... It dials back the power and works in snow !


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Re: For mountain\ice\snow driving SRT or Overland?

Snow mode starts you in second gear I used it alot over last four years and never got stuck.... Besides this sports car has lower ground clearance and way more horespower and it does fine ;-)




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