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Unread 09-12-2013, 01:26 PM   #16
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Having a fun DD makes all the difference though. Hence I don't drive the jeep much anymore
Yes. My DD is a non VTEC 5 speed Civic hatchback, but it's a blast to drive. Not the fastest, but much more fuel efficient, comfortable, and more fun to drive on the street than my XJ.

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Unread 09-12-2013, 08:49 PM   #17
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I drive mine daily and it's my only car for now... Lifted 6-7", 35s, 4.88s, front locked and OTK steering. I love driving mine everyday even drive it 3 hours to my aunts every now and then to go hunting, handles great around town and on the highway. Its all about how you set it up and not taking any shortcuts. I've had to spend more then I would if it were a trail rig just to keep it as road worthy as it is now, the 4.88s help out a lot though! The two things that scares me now is the trails I run and having an accident on the road. Im more afraid of breaking something out on the trail and not having a back up and I know at speed with any abrupt maneuvers or any contact with another vehicle I'm most likely going over. Those are the only two downfalls to DDing and wheeling my Jeep as much as I do.

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Unread 09-12-2013, 09:12 PM   #18
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I drive mine daily and it's my only car for now... Lifted 6-7", 35s, 4.88s, front locked and OTK steering. I love driving mine everyday even drive it 3 hours to my aunts every now and then to go hunting, handles great around town and on the highway. Its all about how you set it up and not taking any shortcuts. I've had to spend more then I would if it were a trail rig just to keep it as road worthy as it is now, the 4.88s help out a lot though! The two things that scares me now is the trails I run and having an accident on the road. Im more afraid of breaking something out on the trail and not having a back up and I know at speed with any abrupt maneuvers or any contact with another vehicle I'm most likely going over. Those are the only two downfalls to DDing and wheeling my Jeep as much as I do.
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Unread 09-13-2013, 09:07 AM   #19
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Unread 09-13-2013, 10:01 AM   #20
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my huge XJ is my daily driver and it makes me happy to see the look on other peoples faces when I drive it.
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Unread 09-13-2013, 10:27 AM   #21
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Its all about how you set it up and not taking any shortcuts. I've had to spend more then I would if it were a trail rig just to keep it as road worthy
THIS is a good point. Gotta keep everything nice and tight to keep it driving good. If I never had to DD mine Id have a lot more done by now.
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Unread 09-14-2013, 08:50 PM   #22
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I agree it's all how you set it up and what your intentions for the rig are.

DDing is a different beast than something you only wheel and run errands in. Road manners tend to take priority for one while trail functionality take precedence for the other.
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Unread 09-14-2013, 09:47 PM   #23
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I agree it's all how you set it up and what your intentions for the rig are.

DDing is a different beast than something you only wheel and run errands in. Road manners tend to take priority for one while trail functionality take precedence for the other.
Also well said. If you DO go out and do some legitimate (i.e. lockers mandatory) wheeling, maintaining the rig enough to keep it DD friendly WILL keep you busy. I do intend to get wilder with my rig in time and pull it from DD duty, but I ALWAYS want it licensed.

I see no point in having a rig you have to trailer 5 miles down the road unless its just a built up comp rig. Its rewarding to be able to wheel with your buddies trailer queens and drive the rig home. Just takes a lot of preventative maintenance and planning. Luck always favors the prepared.
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Unread 09-14-2013, 10:02 PM   #24
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Your daily drive is a pretty big factor as well. I only drive about 4 miles to work and I work off hours (7-4 instead of 9-5) so I encounter very little traffic. If I was driving on the highway every day I doubt I'd drive my XJ to work as much. I love getting to drive mine daily but at the same time I'd have some much more lengthy projects done if, but then again if I had somewhere to keep the Jeep immobile for any length of time I could just drive my pickup anyway lol
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Unread 09-14-2013, 10:08 PM   #25
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Your daily drive is a pretty big factor as well. I only drive about 4 miles to work and I work off hours (7-4 instead of 9-5) so I encounter very little traffic. If I was driving on the highway every day I doubt I'd drive my XJ to work as much. I love getting to drive mine daily but at the same time I'd have some much more lengthy projects done if, but then again if I had somewhere to keep the Jeep immobile for any length of time I could just drive my pickup anyway lol
I am only 4 miles from work as well so that certainly makes a difference. My XJ does fine for longer trips but there are definately better options for daily work commutes. Heres a shot from today, using the XJ on an 80 mile date night with the wife, with cruise set at 70.
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Unread 09-14-2013, 10:18 PM   #26
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I am only 4 miles from work as well so that certainly makes a difference. My XJ does fine for longer trips but there are definately better options for daily work commutes. Heres a shot from today, using the XJ on an 80 mile date night with the wife, with cruise set at 70.
Once I regear I'll be fine for highway, but the XJ burns some serious gas over 55 or so with 33s and stock gears.

It's not just that though, I've got mud tires, no carpet, no headliner, no cruise control, loud exhaust, no swaybars, ect, ect so it's just really no built for highway use. When I was a bit younger and more arrogant I always looked down on trailer queens but in reality I'd rather have a tow rig just for the piece of mind of being able to really tear it up on trails and still be able to get home if something major breaks.
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Unread 09-14-2013, 10:21 PM   #27
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Also well said. If you DO go out and do some legitimate (i.e. lockers mandatory) wheeling, maintaining the rig enough to keep it DD friendly WILL keep you busy. I do intend to get wilder with my rig in time and pull it from DD duty, but I ALWAYS want it licensed.

I see no point in having a rig you have to trailer 5 miles down the road unless its just a built up comp rig. Its rewarding to be able to wheel with your buddies trailer queens and drive the rig home. Just takes a lot of preventative maintenance and planning. Luck always favors the prepared.
That's the kicker and pretty much a must for me - always want it licensed. It has to be street legal for me to even bother having it.

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Your daily drive is a pretty big factor as well. I only drive about 4 miles to work and I work off hours (7-4 instead of 9-5) so I encounter very little traffic. If I was driving on the highway every day I doubt I'd drive my XJ to work as much. I love getting to drive mine daily but at the same time I'd have some much more lengthy projects done if, but then again if I had somewhere to keep the Jeep immobile for any length of time I could just drive my pickup anyway lol
Having a "spare" vehicle is huge when doing work on any other ride. Not to mention splitting the work load.

I drive my XJ a lot more than I planned or thought I would. I too live within a couple miles of the house I work out of and when I get there my pov sits for 24 hours. Then goes a couple miles back home. Runnin around dding for me is rarely more than 15 miles or less in a day. If it's more I drive the WK.
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Unread 09-14-2013, 10:25 PM   #28
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Oh, and Vegas, x2 on the whole "run whatcha brung" thing.

Definitely cool to drive to the wheelin spot, wheel a good stretch, and drive it home. Then to work the next day.
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Unread 09-14-2013, 11:05 PM   #29
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I drive my 95 xj everywhere, living in gunnison colorado it's great to be able to go anywhere I would like. My xj with 31's and stock gearing (for now) and manual tranny is so much fun to drive. may not look liek much but as everone knows it takes time to build it right. being a DD does prolong that. I would have to agree that doing things right is the biggest challenge. but worth every penny. preparing for winter have heated seat kit waiting to install and injectors arriving monday from presicion auto injectors lets hope they work... There is nothing like getting in a xj every morning and asking yourself where to?
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Unread 09-15-2013, 03:40 PM   #30
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With all these replies I'm feeling much more comfortable, my last DD was a 85 k5 lifted 10" on 40" ******s, but I was only driving to work 4 miles once every two days. I've only had this Cherokee for a week before I got sent to Puerto Rico for work where I've been the past month. Just been curious and happy bow to see that it doesn't seem like there are a lot of huge maintenance issues, and as soon as I get back I'm getting those 4.56 gears in to help out
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