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post #1 of 11 Old 03-22-2007, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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Starting in Second

How many of you start in 2nd gear from a stand still?
The 06 Wrangler did it effortlessly, but my JK does not do it as well as I thought it would. Or at least it seems to prefer a 1st gear start. It is an Unlimited Rubi with stock tires. I finally decided to use 1st unless I'm still moving or heading down hill.

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post #2 of 11 Old 03-22-2007, 06:40 PM
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How many of you start in 2nd gear from a stand still?
The 06 Wrangler did it effortlessly but my JK does not do it as well as I thought it would. Or at least it seems to prefer a 1st gear start. It is an Unlimited Rubi with stock tires. I finally decided to use 1st unless Im still moving or heading down hill.

i usually use 2nd in a low geared vehicle, but i would have to agree with you that the JK seems to take off smoother in 1st. maybe once i have a few thousand miles on it i'll go back to the 2nd gear start.
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post #3 of 11 Old 03-22-2007, 07:08 PM
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I am ignorant here...why start in 2nd?

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post #4 of 11 Old 03-22-2007, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
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Many utility type 4 wheel drive vehicles have a "Granny Gear" for first, and a second gear that is comparable to a first gear in "normal" vehicles.
The "Granny Gear" is useful for low speed pulling or starting out with a very heavy load. It usually won't even get you through an intersection. Under normal driving though most vehicles with the "Granny Gear" start off in 2nd gear.
I would say that the JK's 1st gear is not quite as low as some other's, and I find myself using it almost always.
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post #5 of 11 Old 03-23-2007, 05:01 AM
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I think starting off in 1st gear is actually pretty standard and should be considered "normal".

Tyre size, internal gear ratios and of course the final drive ratio will all affect this. As will the PCM and throttle control module (I assume the JK is fly-by-wire??). And how the engine is tuned (where it makes it's power).

If it doesn't like pulling away in 2nd, simple - use 1st

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If I'm rolling at all I'll start in 2nd, but otherwise I'm in 1st.

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post #7 of 11 Old 03-23-2007, 05:42 PM
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I have to agree that it isnt so easy to start in second.

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post #8 of 11 Old 03-23-2007, 07:34 PM
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Do you have 4.10 gears?
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post #9 of 11 Old 03-23-2007, 08:04 PM
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2nd gear almost always

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Do you have 4.10 gears?
Yes, it's a Rubicon.
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post #11 of 11 Old 03-25-2007, 06:49 PM
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I can finally post my op on this thread! I drove my JK Ruby (4.10) for the first time last night, and found it to be very comfortable starting in 2nd. Of course I'm not heavy on the gas, like most people here in the NJ suburbs. Starting in 1st is fine too, it gives for a quicker take off, but who really needs that in a Wrangler? I also noticed it doesn't get through a light before needing to shift to 2nd. I prefer to take it easy, and enjoy the ride! Let the Honda import 'tuners' wait their turn in line!

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