Yeah... man this is so hard! My mind keeps jumping from 4.56 to 4.88... one minute i will be convinced 4.88 is ok... then i will see others say 4.56 for daily drivers... i just don't know anymore!
So please hopefully someone with JK experience chime in on this one... it's sort of apples and oranges when someone chimes in without any knowledge or experience with JK's.... my jk is 2-door sport currently rolling 32 inch tires with 3.21 gears BUT let me please tell you that in May I am really really thinking about getting the 2013 model Jk 2-door sport... please let me know what you think of this as well as the gear issue as from what I have heard the 2010 or the 2013 doesn't matter because drivetrains are all the same, but what do you all think about the new engines in the '13??? I hear it's very awesome!!!
I have heard some say it does start to wind up quite a bit with 4.88's going 70 mph. I think 4.56 would be best but I am just so unsure... I haven't found a good consensus among those who are daily drivers and also want to use it for an offroad beast to have fun in, all in one vehicle. I need to go probably 70 sometimes 75 without over stressing the engine and drivetrain. I think the problem lies in the fact that many people have different understandings of "rock crawling" or "off roading". So many that chime in on the boards are avid extreme offroad people and have a very biased idea of what fun and rock crawling is. So I am not talking about this definition of adventure, I am referring to pushing it hard but not like crazy... not trying to conquer every rock i see... just moderate fun/off roading/some rocks/some rugged terrain/etc. Not to go to moab and come out saying I climbed a 60 degree angle faced rock. Just to have fun and definitely take this beast places others can't go! Then I need to be able to turn around and put this son of a goat on the highway and go 400 miles at 70 mph much of the way most likely. Which gears are good for that?
Currently I live at 5,500 ft elevation but I move around the country. Is 4.88 going to really bog this beast down with 35 inch tires and added weight of bumpers, winch, possibly rock armor for panels and such?? Shouldn't be too hard to answer this question on the average. Come on no bull****/trolling.... now If I could just find someone that had 4.88's in a jeep that's about my build! I would test drive it!
Please someone just shoot us straight here. Is 4.88 gonna piss me off to no end when I want to go 70mph? Or is it just going to be slightly high rpm's in 6th that i have to worry about? To me that is not a big deal in the later case. For the offroad enthusiast/fanatic the main factor for me is that my jeep gets me places without me wishing i had a 7th gear all the dang time!
Thank you for any further advice or input from you all!