Bunch of questions
Hey everyone, I introduced myself in the intro section along with asking a bunch questions. People told me I should direct my questions to this section. If you haven't seen the thread, I'm looking purchase a TJ in a few months and I have some questions about them so I copied the questions from that thread to this:
I joined to learn as much as possible about TJ's so I know I get exactly what I want when I make the purchase, and of course stick around and possibly meet some of you offroaders on the trails. Pretty much right now Ive been looking at all the different trims and trying to find out what options each one comes with. I did some searching and found some links to help explain the trims to me. All I know what exists are the SE, X, Sport, Sahara, Rubicon, Columbia Ed., Rocky Mountain Ed., and Freedom Ed. If I left any out let me know so I can find out about it.
I'm pretty much going to go for a Rubicon, but I haven't decided if I want to spend 20k on a car yet. If I don't I'm just going to find a 4.0L with full frame doors in a auto. in either red, black, orange, yellow, or bright green. (Pretty much I want a bright color). I really like that rocky mountain edition too! And looking for automatics is weird to me since Ive never owned one. I just figure an auto is better for pulling a wave runner and I also wouldn't have to worry about shifting when I'm driving over stuff.
I did come across some things during some searching and now I have some questions. The big question I have is on differentials. I'm trying find what trims come with what differentials and I'm trying to get an idea of how they apply in a offroading sense. I know in cars the higher the gear ratio in the diff. the faster the car will accelerate but the lower the top speed will be, but not sure what is good for offroading and pulling. First can someone explain to me about the differentials? Like what makes a Dana 41 better or worse than a Dana 44. I'm assuming a 44 is stronger but does it produce more torque and better for offroading? What are the better gear ratios to have for offroading. Can you put in different gears to get different ratios for the Dana 44 or other diff or is there only one size/ratio for each diff?
Secondly what is the purpose of obtaining a build sheet from jeep about your vehicle. Is it something that just lists what all the options and parts were installed on your jeep from the day of purchase? I came across this thought this was interesting.
Then do these trims: Sport, Sahara, X, Rubicon come with ABS and limited slips. If they do not how can I tell when I'm looking at the jeep if it has these items if the dealer does not know. Also how can I tell which differential it comes with because if I believe correctly you can order the Dana 44 as an option with the sport. What does the sport normally come with? Thanks in advance.