I think most people would agree that a Jeep Wrangler is an awesome 4×4 vehicle with very capable off-road capabilities. It is brilliantly unstoppable on most terrains but what about Jeep Wrangler snow plowing?
As we head into the winter months and with extreme weather fast becoming a common occurrence, I think most Wrangler owners would be interested in finding out whether a Jeep Wrangler can plow snow. Last winter alone showed how bad things can get with the US National Weather Service reporting that over 100 million people across 1.6 million km² experienced winter storm warnings.
If you are thinking about upgrading your Jeep Wrangler or investing in a new one to cope with extreme weather conditions, then you will need to add a snowplow.
Can you put a snowplow on a Jeep?
The easy answer to this is yes. A Jeep Wrangler is very capable of carrying a snowplow and getting rid of snow.
Jeep Wrangler snow plowing means assessing some different factors before making a decision to buy a snowplow.
It’s important to be sure that the weight of your jeep will provide enough traction for the tires. It will also need enough torque to provide the power to push the snow.
This is just the start as your Jeep will also need to cope with the weight of the plowing blade. They come in different sizes and getting one that is too wide will cause stress on the front axle and suspension which can reduce the effectiveness of the brakes. Not great for slippery conditions!
Which Jeep is best for snow plowing?
Not all Jeep Wranglers will be up to the job of using a snowplow. Remember that it isn’t just the weight of the pl0w but also the additional weight of the snow that makes this a tough job.
A Jeep Wrangler with a 3.6L V6 engine and Rock Track 4WD system is a natural choice for a snowplow. The extra weight is handled well by the high-pressure adjustable monotube shocks and Dana 44 Front axels. Rough terrain is handled with performance suspension and Electronic Stability Control.
A 3.6L Pentastar will just about be capable but to be sure of success you might want to think about the Rubicon Wrangler. The Rubicon is the perfect jeep wrangler snow plowing vehicle with its 4.10 gears that will ensure you can navigate heavy snow.
What size plow for a Jeep Wrangler?
So choosing the size of a snowplow that will be right for your Jeep Wrangler is really important.
For successful plowing, you need a plow that is wider than your track width. A wrangler measures 61.9″ in width so you need one bigger than that. Most snow plows start at 78″ so the smallest plows will be adequate.
Many owners find that their Wrangler copes well with a plow that is 7″+ feet wide but you do need to think about where you will be using it. A wide snowplow may not fit down a narrow drive or road.
How much does a plow cost for a Jeep?
In my opinion, you are unlikely to get a decent snowplow that is suitable for your Jeep Wrangler for less than $1200. There are larger models by Meyer that cost over $5000.
It’s worth thinking about what you will be using your snowplow for. If you are just needing to clear your driveway then it’s probably worth sticking to a cheaper model. For larger land or a parking lot, then spend some more to get a more reliable plow. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend doing commercial work with a Jeep Wrangler snowplow.
This Meyer Plow is a good example of a mid-priced snowplow. Whilst it’s not intended for commercial work, it is perfect for home use. I have found that it is well made and heavy. It’s got a nice lift and angle that is definitely up to the job of clearing a driveway or even a small parking lot.
One of the plus points is that it is fairly easy to install so you will be ready in no time to clear your snow from the warmth of your Jeep.
How do you install a snowplow on a Jeep?
Every brand will work a little differently but the basic principle is the same. Most snow plows come with a front mounting hitch so once that is attached to your Wrangler you can easily remove and reattach the snowplow. This makes Jeep Wrangler snow plowing very convenient.
Some plows come with their own custom brackets that attach to existing holes in your Wrangler frame.