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Unread 12-02-2006, 06:06 PM   #16
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I do alot of highway driving and I get from 21.4 to 25.1 mpg according to the computer in the jeep. I drive easy. I set the cruise on 64 when I'm on the highway. I shift early and often. If I get a chance I'll take a picture of it for the non believers. I have the 6 speed and the 3:21's. I have no problems around town or the highway. Coming from a 4 banger in my Tj to this was like night and day. The thing has plenty of power for what I use it for. Enjoy.

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Unread 12-03-2006, 08:37 AM   #17
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I do alot of highway driving and I get from 21.4 to 25.1 mpg according to the computer in the jeep. I drive easy. I set the cruise on 64 when I'm on the highway. I shift early and often.
That's what I've been hoping to hear.
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Unread 12-03-2006, 10:36 AM   #18
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The only thing I don't like about the Jk is getting into the back seat. I have the 2 door and it is very hard to get into the back. If there was a way to disconnect the seat belt to make it easier it would be better.
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Unread 12-03-2006, 04:57 PM   #19
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You might as well get the 4.10 gears, because you will want to upgrade it very soon. Since the JK's can go up in tire size with really small lifts, I anticipate seeing a LOT of them on 35's. With the larger tires you want the lower (higher numerically) ratio.
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Unread 12-03-2006, 06:24 PM   #20
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You might as well get the 4.10 gears, because you will want to upgrade it very soon. Since the JK's can go up in tire size with really small lifts, I anticipate seeing a LOT of them on 35's. With the larger tires you want the lower (higher numerically) ratio.

Alright, I understand that the axle ratio has something to do about things, but what does it mean?
Is it the OD of the tire related to the length of the axles or what?

I think I am confused.
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Unread 12-03-2006, 06:32 PM   #21
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Alright, I understand that the axle ratio has something to do about things, but what does it mean?
Is it the OD of the tire related to the length of the axles or what?

I think I am confused.
The axle ratio is the number of rotations of the driveshaft vs the tires.

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http://auto.howstuffworks.com/gear-ratio.htm
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Unread 12-16-2006, 07:56 AM   #22
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Welcome to the Forum. I went from 92 Jetta to 99 Audi A4 to 04 Wrangler TJ. Although the previous vehicles were "the driving machine" with excellent road handling I don't think I can ever go back to them -- I just love the Jeep Wrangler. And, I get to wheel it and go where no VW or Audi can go! Also, there's no end to getting toys for the Wrangler. They do require more TLC, but that's the fun of it. Good luck in your future purchase.
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Unread 12-16-2006, 12:19 PM   #23
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My only complaint about everyday driving is there's a lot of blind spots in the vehicle.
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Unread 12-16-2006, 01:04 PM   #24
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I went from a 2003 Dodge Neon to my 2DR Sahara. I think it does fine as a daily driver. I think the engine is pretty strong, and in 4-Lo nothing can stop it. I kinda wished I went with the 4.10 gears (Dealers around only had the ones with 3.21 rear axle).
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Unread 12-17-2006, 09:29 AM   #25
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Well, I sold my golf yesterday (a lot sooner than I expected) and now I have to come up with a bit more to get the payments where I would like them.

As far as the gear ratio to tire size, how does that relate? I understand that a shorter gear (4 something) accelerates better than a longer gear, but do the big tires serve to even it out?

Also, when you upgrade tire size what do you do to keep the speedo accurate? I spend a fair amount of my driving time on the turnpike and am always worried about getting sucked into speeding by following the other cars around me.
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Unread 12-17-2006, 11:14 AM   #26
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Well, I sold my golf yesterday (a lot sooner than I expected) and now I have to come up with a bit more to get the payments where I would like them.

As far as the gear ratio to tire size, how does that relate? I understand that a shorter gear (4 something) accelerates better than a longer gear, but do the big tires serve to even it out?

Also, when you upgrade tire size what do you do to keep the speedo accurate? I spend a fair amount of my driving time on the turnpike and am always worried about getting sucked into speeding by following the other cars around me.
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Tire size & gearing go hand in hand. Typically, 4.10 is great with 31s, 4.56 for 33s, 4.88 for 35s. Personal preference, transmission gearing, and engine power can affect those numbers either way, but the examples I gave should be accurate for the V6 the same as they were for the I6.
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Unread 12-18-2006, 11:21 AM   #27
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I test drove it too. I had two problems with it. The first was head room. My head hits the speaker bar above the drivers seat. I am 6'5 but it was a good 2-3 inches low so I can't be the only one with this problem.
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I'm right around 6'-0" and I thought that I was pushing tight in the head room department as well. I think that I mentioned in my initial post that I felt like the rear view mirror was a bit low... Having owned smaller cars all my life I can definently live with all of the above, I felt like the seating position is very comfortable and I felt safer than I have in other bigger vehciles I have driven. (The Jeep is definently wider, and feels sturdier)
Did you guys resolve your headroom issues?

I'm 6'2" and sat in an X with a hard top at the LA Auto Show, I didn't notice any headroom issues at all?
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Unread 12-18-2006, 06:07 PM   #28
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I drove a Sahara and was not unhappy with the seating position or headroom. Do the models you are concerned with have the seat height adjustment (std. on Sahara)? Even with the adjuster in full up position I had about 2 nches to the hardtop. I'm 6'3" and was not unhappy. I didn't have it bouncing on the trails either. Might feel differently after that??
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Unread 12-18-2006, 08:26 PM   #29
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I drove a Sahara and was not unhappy with the seating position or headroom. Do the models you are concerned with have the seat height adjustment (std. on Sahara)?
According to the website, the adjustable front seat comes with every package with the exception of the absolute base entry X/B model.
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Unread 12-18-2006, 08:59 PM   #30
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Well I had a 98 TJ and made the wife happy and traded it in on a 2003 Liberty. She made a promise that we would buy another Wrangler for me when funds would allow. DAMN I am sneaky

Well I told her 3 years later I think its time for me to get another Wrangler

I started looking at used TJ's and seen a BEAUUUUUUTIFUL 2006 Rubicon on Ebay in Knoxville TN at a BMW dealership. It had 10,000 miles. Only thing it didnt have that I wanted was a hard top. $22,900 .

I was ready to make the 20 hour round trip to pick it up when I decided to look one more time locally.

Didnt see any TJ's that I liked and I seen the JK in magazines and on TV and said that is one ugly *** Jeep!

Well at the dealer I seen a JK up close, I looked, sat and drove and was hooked!

For a few thousand extra I got a BRAND NEW JK and saved a 20 hour round trip to TN and back to IL

By the way, while I was there the wife fell in love with a Compass and a Chrysler Sebring, we left with the Sebring and left the 2003 Liberty behind, she hated the Liberty ( thats another thread)

Look, sit and drive a JK before discounting one, just bring your checkbook
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