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Old 07-22-2008, 08:30 PM   #1
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drive there jeep an obnoxious long drive. i am driving from my house in roanoke va to indiana. its 615 mile one way and i am going to be wheeling it hard all weekend, then driving back to va the following week. any ideas of common wear parts i should be aware of? are the engine and tcase and tranny good for the long drive??? i have a 4.0 ax15 and np231. it'll have 35's and an soa by the trip time. i am gonna bring more ujoints. anythign else...anyone???

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Really though...I drive mine about 800mi, 4 or 5 times a year to visist back home and dont have any problems. My Junk is kept up on all maint "obnoxiously". I do wheel it at home and once even stop halfway there to hit up Kansas Rocks offroad park. As long as you know your "Vehicles" limits not what your buddy says it can do you'll be ok.

Spare parts is always a good idea and make sure to know of the closest place to get parts where you are going.

Are you still going to be running stock gears and your D35 when you do this? !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Really though...I drive mine about 800mi, 4 or 5 times a year to visist back home and dont have any problems. My Junk is kept up on all maint "obnoxiously". I do wheel it at home and once even stop halfway there to hit up Kansas Rocks offroad park. As long as you know your "Vehicles" limits not what your buddy says it can do you'll be ok.

Spare parts is always a good idea and make sure to know of the closest place to get parts where you are going.

Are you still going to be running stock gears and your D35 when you do this? !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
hell no. first off i swapped in the whole drive train in place of the 2.slow
so i have 4.11 gears. and next weekend when i do my soa i have a ford 8.8 that will be gracing the rear end. i am replacing the front axle shaft ( two piece) with a solid one, and doing all general maintainance on the vehicle.
i actually just had to replace the alternator yesterday, but alot of stuff is advance auto parts stuff...kinda worried about that. but i drive it 1 1/2hours
to work every day so it should be fine!!!!!!!!!!! thanks for input
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Old 07-23-2008, 05:39 AM   #5
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I drive mine 320 miles each way, and wheel for two days in between, a couple times a year.

One time I got a nail in my tire on the highway, pluged it, pumped it up, and stoped at a mr. tire when I came accross one and had it patched.

Just be careful while you are wheeling, know you need to drive it home. You will be suprised what you can put the Jeep through. It doesn't do a bad job long distance with the hard top. With the soft top, I get pretty tired after about 5 hours in the mountains.
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Old 07-23-2008, 11:24 AM   #6
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Are you kidding? These are motor vehicles not toys. Of course you can drive it to South America and back if you like (assuming your Jeep isn't ready to fall apart already).
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I drive mine 320 miles each way, and wheel for two days in between, a couple times a year.

One time I got a nail in my tire on the highway, pluged it, pumped it up, and stoped at a mr. tire when I came accross one and had it patched.

Just be careful while you are wheeling, know you need to drive it home. You will be suprised what you can put the Jeep through. It doesn't do a bad job long distance with the hard top. With the soft top, I get pretty tired after about 5 hours in the mountains.
x2 - perhaps a little less pressure on the skinny pedal when offroading and driving long distances. I just trailered mine on my latest trip to the Adirondacks. I still took it relatively easy (just in case I needed to get out of the mountains in a timely manner).

Running at highway speeds for more than a couple of hours (without a top or sides) can fatigue you quickly. The wind noise and the sun can get to you.
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x2 - perhaps a little less pressure on the skinny pedal when offroading and driving long distances. I just trailered mine on my latest trip to the Adirondacks. I still took it relatively easy (just in case I needed to get out of the mountains in a timely manner).

Running at highway speeds for more than a couple of hours (without a top or sides) can fatigue you quickly. The wind noise and the sun can get to you.
I totally agree. IF you are relying on driving it to and from wheeling, you need to wheel it accordingly. Where I play is 3 to 3-1/2 hrs from home. I play accordinly and have a nice Sunday drive home.
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I would jack up one wheel at a time, Ck for excess wheel Brng Movement, then remove each wheel, check the brakes & clean up the Lug nuts & Wheel Studs......nothing is worst than trying to get a wheel off for a flat to find out a wheel stud is stripped. Don't forget to pit the Wheel Lock back into the Glovebox...! Also check your Air Pressure & double check the tires for nails.
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I've driven old CJ-5's cross-country with soft tops - through the Mojave at 116 - with no issues whatsoever. Change your oil, lube all the lube points (including wheel bearings if you've been in the water), check the air in your tires, have clean filters (oil/air), and plenty of water in the radiator and you should be fine.
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now i know you've been wheeling your rig already a lot, and you likeahthemud. change your trans fluid before the trip, and i know you're getting new axles, but if you've wheeled on the new axles before the trip, change the fluid in the diffs to. and then, when you get back from the trip, do it all over again.

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