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post #1 of 8 Old 08-02-2010, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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LJ Unlimited options and opinions?

I'm considering trading my 2004 Rocky Mountain TJ for a LJ Unlimited. It will fit my growing family better and my sales territory (I can really use the room).

I really like my TJ and was wondering what people think of the 6 speed tranny or the automatics for the 2004 to 2006 models. Mine has the 5 speed and its been trouble free.

Also what do people think of the 2004 to 2006 Rubicons now that they are getting some mileage. I found an Unlimited LJ Rubicon with a manual in the right price range.

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post #2 of 8 Old 08-02-2010, 07:49 PM
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I have an '05 with the 42rle auto and I love it...drives great and gets decent gas mileage for an auto. My friend has an '06 with the 6 speed and it shifts smooth and drives great every time I drove it, and he has had it for about a year now and has about 75k+ and still runs great!

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I have an 05 Rubicon Unlimited with the six speed and I absolutely love it. The six speed and 4:1 transfer case is good to go up to a 35" tire. No regearing needed. The ride is much better than my old tj and the extra room is just awesome. You wont be disapointed.

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post #4 of 8 Old 08-02-2010, 09:10 PM
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i have the auto (42 RLE) i think its properly called. but i swear its bullet proof...ive pulled many trailers and some so heavy that ive warped my trailer hitch over time! some loads going well over 5k lbs! but it has never acted up, gotten hot, or anything to complain about!

on the hwy it shifts smoothly, and the O/D is really good on gas. ive seen 18+MPG on the hwy.

the down side is the O/D is pain when you get tires that weight alot or are larger than me i just down sized from 33's...but im running 31s and lovin it!

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While we're at it lets sue the pants off 'em for ever considering using the dana 35!
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Your Jeep is a real work horse man! Seems like ive seen at least one picture of it on every page of this forum.
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post #5 of 8 Old 08-02-2010, 09:28 PM
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I absolutely LOVE my LJ I've had it for.. about 4 1/2 years now (got 'er brand new in 2006). The only thing i would change now is i wish i got the rubicon. Definately go for the rubicon.. you'll love it even more in the end! Even non rubi LJ.. you'll still be in love with it. Nice thing about LJ's is they come standard with the dana 44 in the rear (non rubicon models)

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post #6 of 8 Old 08-02-2010, 10:53 PM
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Bought my LJ brand new exactly 5 years ago this week, still love it, six speed is trouble free and shifts very smoothly when you shift it like a truck and not a sports car. With the Unlimited, was able to haul my daughter and her friends around easily, but now that she is in college, I have taken the rear seat out!

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I've had mine since 04 and it runs great with 75k miles on it and does really well with the automatic tranny on the trail, perfect wheelbase for wheeling. And the extra space is great for hauling gear. The only thing is that the stock non-rubi gearing (3:73) on 33's blows goats.
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post #8 of 8 Old 08-03-2010, 06:10 AM
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I'm on my second LJ. My first was a 2004 that met it's match in the form of a bridge. My second is a 2006 and I can't say enough good things about it. I have a 2.25" spacer lift and 33x10.5 KM2s and do have to turn the OD off for hills and any type of pickup with the 3:73 gearing. The extra room is great for camping and whatever else you might need to carry.

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