Hey guys, I have an 09 jk x with a manual transmission. I bought it used with 25k miles about 8 months ago for $18k. It already had an AEV 4.5 in lift, 1"tbs, intake, and 35" tires on it.
Topic 1: I just took the top off for the first time last week (I've been deployed for the last 7 of the 8 months I've owned it) and after putting it back up I now have leaks from the front top corner of both doors, from everything I've read and looked at its on correctly, so maybe I'm just missing some sort of jk thing, (I'm new to jks, but I've had plenty of jeeps with both hard and soft tops and I've never had one leak after replacing the top that didn't have a leaks there before....) I know it's a jeep and leaks come with the territory but there's no obvious reasons for it to leak...
Topic 2: I recently took a 1000 mile trip and it was the first time I had the jeep out on the highway. Honestly I wasn't to unimpressed with the performance. (I've heard a lot worse about 35s on stock gearing) I was able to run in 6th doing 70 almost everywhere, except areas where the grade was reasonably steep. My jeep is my daily driver, I don't do too much serious off roading anymore, if I'm not on pavement it's mostly just trails. According to the gearing chart that's floating around the forum, my jeep with the manual trans would be able to take full advantage of 6th gear and do moderate off roading with 4.10 gears. I feel like that would meet my needs. So why do I see so many people going for 4.56s and higher? Is it just a "well if I'm gonna regear, I might as well go as high as ill ever need" sort of thing or is there something else I've missed?
I think gearing has a lot to do with what you want to do with your Jeep and the type of off-roading, or not, that you do. For your use as a DD, maybe you don't need to regear...it's that simple. But, say you like to rock crawl, like I do, then you want a better "crawl ratio" that allows you to drive extremely slow and yet maintain engine control in a reasonable rpm range. Then going to a higher gear ratio would help. Some people who live in very mountainous areas need higher gearing to drive the hills and mountains, then a regear would help. So, it really depends on what you want to do IMO.
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Roof leaks, touchy issue with me. Quite simply the freedom tops sucks, if they ever get my repaired to stop leaking I will probally never take it off again. I feeel your pain though, I can tolerate a few drips, I actually expect those, but mine leaks bad and the panels actually fill with water. One thing i can tell you though, when you put the panels back on, tighten the big screws in the rear by the roll bar evenly, if you crank one down then the other it will leak for sure.
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