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post #16 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-29-2009, 02:08 AM
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I'm there every 2 weeks 12 months a year. In Anchorage there some reliable shops that can install the block heater and blankets. You will probably be better getting them there rather than in the lower 48 states as they deal with them on a regular basis. The fuel there is treated with anti-gel in the colder weather and is usually good to -40F or -40C (they are the same at that temperature) Narrow tires cut thru the snow better than wide tires which tend to sit on top of the snow with limited traction so most folks up there have 2 sets of wheels and tires. Another item you will need is a winter front which is a cover for your grill, without this you will never get your engine to warm up in the minus weather.
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That's something I hadn't considered, battery heaters, I'm glad you mentioned that...

I would recommend using battery blankets instead of the battery pads that go on the base of the battery... I've heard a few stories about the battery heater pads being worn through from the batteries sliding around and resulting in engine compartment fires. Definitely not a happy experience.

Battery blankets will instead wrap around the sides of the battery and can be held in place with zip ties or a similar fastener.

That's what I did on my truck for up here in Fairbanks, AK. The weather in Anchorage though is warmer than Fairbanks.

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Blizzaks and green something tires work well ... err... as well...
Green Diamond are the type of tires. I've never used them but I've heard some good things about them. At the moment I run Blizzaks... when I wear them out I'll probably try some of those Green Diamond tires to see how well they work to develop my own opinion.

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