I got 33" duratracs and they still hum on hwy. The 4.0l sounds like a diesel so yep thats another noise. Tcase drop tilted the engine back to a point that it rubs the firewall, i have a hardtop and soft uppers so a 55- up mph you cant hear yourself talkand it has some squeaks here and there. Noisy, bumpy, slow, but hey builds character. People hate riding in it but they dont understand.
"Its a Jeeps World, other 4x4s just get stuck in it."
I would guess a Number 4. I have multiple issues; huge hole in the muffler and said muffler bent in two, the Super Swamper TSL's, no carpet, and, at this time, no top. I've had the muffler like this for about two years now. I need to fix it, but, it sounds good, and I want to find something that reproduces that sound.
I don't listen to the radio, because I can't hear it until I'm stopped. It doesn't matter if no top, soft top, doors, no doors, still have to yell to talk to someone in the back seat. I can't use my cell phone because the Jeep is too loud to hear the person on the other end (I kind of like that).
I have a 4cyl., brand new exhaust all the way to the tailpipe, newer 33x12.50 KM2s (which are relatively quiet tires), no carpet, Bestop Supertop, and full soft doors. Even when I had steel half doors with fiberglass uppers and a hardtop it was still the same.
Lots of road and wind noise. One more thing that it makes it a Jeep thing, that everyone else is trying to understand.
Mines loud. Just like the vast majority of the others on here. Its a combination of large tread lugs slapping the pavement, the lack of carpet, lack of doors, no top and flowmaster muffler. Add in the marine cd player and Ipod and I cant here much of anything when going over 45mph.
I have found that a soft top, and soft doors dont do much to quiet it down. However, 8 inches of snow on the jeep, and on the street really seem to quiet things down...
Loud? Loud, you say? Compared to what? A jet aircraft? A hammer mill? A teenagers car stereo? By comparison to those, my Jeep is whisper quiet.
But compared to any reasonable car, it's noisy. I still have carpets and stock exhaust. I've tried to keep it quiet but it's a no go. Everything makes noise. The tires, the soft top, general rattles, wind noise, traffic, rain. You name it, it's noisy. At least the drive train and exhaust is quiet. I'm glad it is not my daily driver.
So, I take the only defense. Ear buds for my iPod and Sirius sat radio or ear plugs. This is good just for the general health of your ears. But, once on the trail, it's OK and I am happy.
My hard top is insulated and no wind noise till bout 65 but I took the carpet out and can now really hear the 33" super swampers so rides nice for now. But will soon have a straight pipe into a glass pack so will increase the noise by hopefully a lot
I have a case of the Jeep tick for sure. But I can't hear it going down the road so I picked #1. With the top off I don't really hear anything (in town). No exhaust noise, no tire humm, etc... I would certainly not say that it's annoying as a DD like you describe. And I can talk on the phone in town as well.
On the highway there is some wind noise of corse.
With the hard top on I would have had to pick #3 though. But the top is only on for the snowey months. It goes on in late November (after all of my hunting seasons are done), and comes off in March or maybe April depending on the year and how bad I've got "the itch".