I would have been happy with an older TJ, but these dang kids and all of their junk take up way too much space. After installing the gobi rack I am very very happy that I upgraded to the new engine. With the wind and mountain passes that I am going to drive through that extra 75 hp is going to be nice once it is loaded up.
The new setup is nice. While the 3.6 does have more power, the transmission is the key. With 4.10's and the stock 32's on my old rig it was searching for the right gear all the time. Constant downshifting. With the new engine/trans combo it holds in overdrive way more. The new Rubi's come stock with 3.73's but I opted for the 4.10's anyways. On the highway at 70mph it is still turning a little higher RPM than I want though. But I have heard that you can easily run 35's without regearing when you have the 4.10's.
I am still waiting for the engine to break in some more, but the new motor was right around where my old one was for mpg before putting the rack on. I am hoping once everything is broken in I should be able to get almost the same mileage as the old one with the rack on the new one.
On a side note Ripp has been working on the supercharger kit for the 3.6 and rumors have the power up around 350ish. The new superchips interceptor (plug and play harness that fools the signals going to the ecu) advertises 20hp gains. I am way happy with the 285 hp and I don't foresee any power adders besides a drop in filter or possibly a snorkel kit down the road.
Stupid truck, just when you think you're done with something you realize you must've pinched or cut a wire during install so the entire thing needs to come back apart to fix what should've been the last install between now and race day! Ugh... I can rip out and install this interior in my sleep almost at this point! LOL
4:10 would be ok for 33". Not 35". Huge difference there. Although some guys do it. I know Someone with 3:23 and 35" (pentstar ) and is completely happy.
well a friend of mine in SoCal has 2 jeeps. A 2010 and a 2013, both of them are automatics. His 2010 has 5.38's on 37's and his 2013 has 4.10's on 35's. He said that there is a large hill that he has to go up to get to his house. He said the 2013 makes it up the hill easily while he has to shift the 2010 into 2nd to get up the hill.
He said driving wise the 2013 is way better than the re geared 2010. He said that he keeps finding himself doing 80mph in traffic with the 2013. The last time that I talked to him he said that he was going to swap the lift/tires between the two of them and he was going to run the 37's with 4.10 gears.
I will say that if I was never planning on bumping up tire size, that the 3.73's are a good match for 32's and the new engine combo. @ 70 mph I am turning almost 2900 rpm, where with my old set up I was around 2400-2500 rpm.
Man, can you imagine what my yard would look like if I had an acre lot? There have been so many parts rigs and project trucks I'd have jumped on!
I think my wife is scared once we settle down somewhere. I already have her on board that I need a 3+ car garage. We are talking about maybe a 2 car on the house and another 2+ car garage out back.
My father in laws garage is set up nice. He has 2 single doors up front and a single side door. With three cars parked you still have room to tool around. Then he has a huge shop out back for all of his construction/plowing stuff.