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Unread 10-03-2013, 03:41 PM   #1906
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How does that Curt hitch compare to the mopar one?
It sits about 4" lower, maybe a little less but the OEM one tucks up nicely. There is an outline molded in the plastic facia that has to be cut to clear the OEM hitch where all of the others are well below. I'm sure the capacity is fine but the location isn't, unless you never intend to go off road.

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Unread 10-04-2013, 09:30 AM   #1907
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Unread 10-04-2013, 10:59 AM   #1908
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The Curt was cheaper and a quicker, easier install being I didn't have to cut out the outlined area in the bumper.... 6 bolts and good to go....

I see the point of wanting it tucked up higher for off road use, but like I said our KK is the wife's for grocery shopping and bring the baby to Dr. Visits etc... I only tow cars with it when one of my VW's or TJ needs a tow to the shop or if a friend breaks down and needs a tow.... Recovery vehicle.

The more reasonable price of the Curt setup did it for me...
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Unread 10-05-2013, 12:05 PM   #1909
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The Curt was cheaper and a quicker, easier install being I didn't have to cut out the outlined area in the bumper.... 6 bolts and good to go....

I see the point of wanting it tucked up higher for off road use, but like I said our KK is the wife's for grocery shopping and bring the baby to Dr. Visits etc... I only tow cars with it when one of my VW's or TJ needs a tow to the shop or if a friend breaks down and needs a tow.... Recovery vehicle.

The more reasonable price of the Curt setup did it for me...
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Unread 10-05-2013, 07:54 PM   #1910
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I removed my air dam (yesterday).
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Unread 10-05-2013, 11:28 PM   #1911
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I removed my air dam (yesterday).
Free inch of extra clearance for the front bumper.
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Unread 10-06-2013, 02:22 PM   #1912
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Yep. Now I'm trying to figure out (and budget) what's next for the KK.
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Unread 10-06-2013, 04:31 PM   #1913
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Yep. Now I'm trying to figure out (and budget) what's next for the KK.
What were your thoughts? How about just some fluid changes that are cheap and give peace of mind?

That was my last thing I did to the Jeep. All driveline fluids have been changed under my KK.
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Unread 10-06-2013, 04:47 PM   #1914
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Well I've only recently (last week) rolled over 10,000 miles. Is it necessary already?

I was looking to start with new tires. I was looking at 225/75/16 Duratracs. But I'm on the fence. I thought about getting them to replace my "summer" tires and to run them this winter. I'm scheduled to throw on some Cooper Discoverer M+S tires in November. The price is a couple hundred more than the Coopers but I would just run them year round instead of swapping each season. But I commute 44 miles per day on the highway and would hate to wear those tires out just cruising.

Since I have so few miles at this point, my warranty is good for a while so I'm holding off on a lift until the warranty is up. I know modifications can be hit or miss as far as their effect on warranty (as well as the mindset of the dealer) but I don't want any headaches. I'm also considering the Wrangler light bar for some extra vision. I also want to finish up my LED conversion.
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Unread 10-06-2013, 05:20 PM   #1915
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Well I've only recently (last week) rolled over 10,000 miles. Is it necessary already?

I was looking to start with new tires. I was looking at 225/75/16 Duratracs. But I'm on the fence. I thought about getting them to replace my "summer" tires and to run them this winter. I'm scheduled to throw on some Cooper Discoverer M+S tires in November. The price is a couple hundred more than the Coopers but I would just run them year round instead of swapping each season. But I commute 44 miles per day on the highway and would hate to wear those tires out just cruising.

Since I have so few miles at this point, my warranty is good for a while so I'm holding off on a lift until the warranty is up. I know modifications can be hit or miss as far as their effect on warranty (as well as the mindset of the dealer) but I don't want any headaches. I'm also considering the Wrangler light bar for some extra vision. I also want to finish up my LED conversion.
Wow that thing is brand new! That's the size Duractracs I was looking at. Of course you'll get some flack for not upping the size, but whatever. You could switch to synthetic engine oil if you haven't already.

Might want to check the manual, but I believe at least the rear fluid gets changed at very short intervals of 15-20K, but don't quote me on that. Front diff, transfer case, and rear are very simple. If I can do it, anyone here can.

I vote for the light bar, but that also means you'll spend money on some more lights, unless you already have some.
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Unread 10-06-2013, 05:56 PM   #1916
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98ZJ, what part of Vermont? I grew up around Northfield, near Barre & Montpelier. Drove I-89 for years in winter, and wish I had a Jeep back then! Duratracs would be awesome up there in the snow. 225/75/R16 is the right size if you don't have a lift (or even if you do and want to maintain the majority of your gas mileage). I miss snow down here in Philly, but enjoy being able to get around in it when we get the occasional big storm.
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Unread 10-06-2013, 06:10 PM   #1917
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Wow that thing is brand new! That's the size Duractracs I was looking at. Of course you'll get some flack for not upping the size, but whatever. You could switch to synthetic engine oil if you haven't already. Might want to check the manual, but I believe at least the rear fluid gets changed at very short intervals of 15-20K, but don't quote me on that. Front diff, transfer case, and rear are very simple. If I can do it, anyone here can. I vote for the light bar, but that also means you'll spend money on some more lights, unless you already have some.
Good to know, thanks. I'll check the manual and keep my eyes on the mileage. I bought from a dealer who offered a 12 month/12,000 mile warranty that includes all manufacturer recommended service. So I'm good for a little while longer on them taking care of things. I don't think I need to up the size of the tires just yet. Doesn't make sense for my needs in the immediate future. I'm a little sheepish at the moment for cutting into the front bumper
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98ZJ, what part of Vermont? I grew up around Northfield, near Barre & Montpelier. Drove I-89 for years in winter, and wish I had a Jeep back then! Duratracs would be awesome up there in the snow. 225/75/R16 is the right size if you don't have a lift (or even if you do and want to maintain the majority of your gas mileage). I miss snow down here in Philly, but enjoy being able to get around in it when we get the occasional big storm.
I'm in the Stowe/Waterbury area and work in Berlin. So I know exactly what you mean about I89. I'm curious about running the Duratracs year round. But the change in gas mileage is a concern given my daily commute.
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Unread 10-06-2013, 07:38 PM   #1918
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Making my first post here.
Just bought my Arctic yesterday so all I've done to it so far is drive it home from Des Moines, Iowa. I did get to test to make sure the gas light works...I knew what I was getting into. I'm looking forward to joining the Liberty community after browsing the forum and wanting a Liberty for many, many months. Just need to get it registered in IL and get it officially added to my insurance policy. So far the only additions I really want to make are some cross rails and a snowboard rack. It already has the factory towing packing and step rails. Has a slight stain in the headliner around the corner of the sunroof, so I'm going to have to clean out the drain tubes. Is there a permanent fix for this?

Anyway, I love this vehicle and I'm really happy with my purchase.
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Unread 10-06-2013, 07:41 PM   #1919
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Congrats on the purchase!
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lfhoward, think gas mileage would change from stock to that size Duratracs? That's the current size I have...
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