What do you mean by different? The JK is a hydraulic clutch, was the TJ cable?
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It may be the hydraulic clutch plus fly by wire throttle, it may be the rather low 3.21 gears compared to maybe a 3.73 in your last jeep (last jeep may have had 3.21s also), also many have stated the 3.6l having a different clutch compared to past jeeps. Id say it reminds me more of a cars rather than truck.
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I am dealing with the same thing. My TJ was a 4 banger and had the 4.10 gears and the new sport has 3.21's and I think that makes some difference. My only real issue with the JK is 1st gear, I seem to want to let out the clutch too fast without enough gas pedal and have stalled it a couple of times in the past 3 weeks. My TJ seemed a bit more forgiving as far as the clutch was concerned. On the TJ, however, I had to be going slowly enough to downshift from 3rd to second (hardest gear to downshift to was 2nd) and then from 2nd to 1st. With the JK I can go from any higher gear directly to first with no problem or resistence. I also don't seem as inclined to downshift and use the clutch for braking which I did with the TJ as a matter of course. On the other hand I did a full brake job on the TJ and had to pretty much compeletly rebuild the rear drums so I think I was protective of those darn drum brakes!
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There are several brands of little computer-type boxes you can connect (Flashpaq, pro-cal, Diablo, etc), that override stock settings (since everything is computer driven). I have my speedometer gauged to bigger than stock tires, for example. (they're detached when you're done)
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Your TJ clutch was probably worn a bit and the new JK is likely feels really grabby. You just need some time on it.
True but the JK clutch has barely any "feel" at all. That's the issue that is most problematic in learning the clutch on these babies. I stall mine all the time. Partly because I need to re-gear, partly just operator error. Lol
I didn't like the clutch engagement on a new JK test drive last year. I'm sure I could have adjusted to it but it nevertheless seemed inferior to my 03. There was certainly no such "adjustment" period getting used to the 03. It was comfortable from the very first drive.
A 97 TJ would have been a 5 speed originally. I wonder how yours got a 4 speed, and where it came from?