OK friends I'm thinking I want to get rid of my nice(ish) car and my 98 TJ 2.5 and sort of flip flopping them. Get a JK and a cheap car to drive to work. What does it take to get a JK on 35's to be good on the highway and off road?
Ideally I'd like to be able to take road trips to go wheeling in Colorado or wherever I find as there's not much of anything around here. I'm thinking I'll be better off in the long run since the JK won't take so much to make it look, drive, and perform the way I want. With my TJ I would have to trade out the engine, tranny, TC, axles before it's even worth looking at lift, tires, armor, etc. I could see the TJ working fine if I could go wheeling nearby but at this point even driving 2 hours away is a little scary. What do you guys think?
JK/JKU Rubicon with 4.10 gearing off the lot can run 35's with a 2.5" budget boost. Gear ratio means fairly decent efficiency, 16-18MPG highway but YMMV.
You can go from a simple budget boost at low cost to an expensive suspension lift with control arms, springs etc, or anywhere in between. Depends on how much you want to spend and where your tolerances are for handling and ride quality.
Last year I traded my 2011 Challenger RT Hemi 6 spd in for a JK sport 2dr 6spd soft top. I added a 2.5" lift, 35" tires bumper and winch and couldn't be happier. My wife, 7 yr old son and I regularly take it on 3+ hour trips without issue and it gets around 20 mpg with 3.73 gears. I think you will be very pleased with a comfortable, reliable JK as a DD. I know I am.
Last weekend I beat it up pretty good at Rocks and Valleys breaking the rear fender flare loose due to tire contact and running it close to the headlights deep in mud/water and then drove home about an hour with no concerns. Washed it and it looks new again to drive to work Monday.
1992 Sahara "the dull chain saw"
2012 JK 2dr
1968 Barracuda Formula S
Awesome that's what I was looking for. I'd probably be looking for a little older JK as I'd be wanting to stay in the $15-18k range but I'm assuming they are pretty similar to the newer JK's (?). The new 3.6 won't be an option unfortunately. The good news is I've driven my 2.5 with stock gears and heavy 33's so I don't think anything will ever be as gutless. It has 31's now which are a lot better.
lets be clear, the 3.8l with an auto tranny and a manual tranny are two completely different beasts from what ive experienced. i have friends with both, and the 3.8l nanual with 3.21s still feels better than the 3.8l auto with 3.73s. both jeeps have 35s, auto said 14mpg, manual states 16-17 (just what they tell me). that being said ive also not dd'd a 3.8. but i have two 3.6ls. one with 3.73s and 35s. then one with 4.10s and 37s. first jeep got 16mpg, and my current rubicon i average 18. i think im rambling now
Can only speak of my experience. My 2008 JKU is my daily driver. running 6speed manual with 5:13 gears and heavy 37" Toyo O/C mt. Last year I added a RIPP SC more for my trips to the NC mountains as I haul a 3800 lb camper but didnt need it for daily driving. I also run a sprint booster Throttle response module wchich gives that little extra kick. I couldnt be happier. my gas mileage is 14mpg in town and 16mpg on highway if I behave.
2008 JK Unlimited X
RIPP stage 2 supercharger, R/K xfactor 5.5" long arm coilover susp., 40"x13.5" G/Y kevlars, 17x9.5 Raceline beadlocks, EVO gussets and sleeves, Yukon chromoly shafts, Artec trusses, T/W drive shafts, Eaton lockers, G2 5:13 gears, ORFAB front bumper with smittybuilt 12000 winch, Body Armor rear bumper, ORFAB roll cage, Mastercraft Baja seats, SPOD