Sad to say, i use my TJ as a daily driver. I wish i had something with better fuel economy for my daily commute, but i dont. Its not all bad, the TJ is a blast to drive, especially with the doors and windows off. Just wish i had a bikini top.
Another DD here. I also just finished making a cargo carrier so I can haul more gear for family trips or vacations.
My wife drives a 07HHR that gets 30 mpg, and it would be more sensible to take it on long trips, but we don't mind trading M.P.G for F.U.N
The early bird may get the worm, but it's the second mouse that get's the cheese
DD here too. I in sales so I drive about 15k-20k per year. Just got my JK about 3 weeks ago, and it's been great so far, looking to put a super chip in it to help with the MPG and HP, and a small lift kit because I got to get this thing in the mud soon.
The reliability of JK seems sufficient to run it as a daily car. The score at TrueDelta.com is only 2 times as bad as FJ's, and FJ is an industry benchmark. A new JK will definitely return much better dispatch reliability than a $1000 beater. So I am not unduly concerned.
Fuel expenses are noticeable, but not debilitating. At my ~18 mpg and 20,000 miles/year I rack only about $4000 in fuel costs a year. I think I would not care much even if gas hits $7/gal.
BTW, I always keep my hard top. It's too much hassle to play with it and I do not like to be exposed to elements. I hike enough for that.
Have a 2010 Wrangle Sport with 33x12.5 tires. About to install Superchips Flashpaq to gain some additional power. Would like to do a gear upgrade but not sure the Dana 30 front end would handel what's available in today's market. This is my first Jeep and I absoultely love it. Since I am retired I drive it when ever I want which is often. The only thing that draws my attention away from my Jeep is my Harley Street Glide so it's a difficult decision when I walk into my garage. Such problems!
5.13 is the lowest I've ever installed in a front JK D30. if you want 5.38 or lower you need a larger axle.
for 33's, if you're running 3.73 gears...a Superchip should give you what you're lookin' for. 5.13's are a little overkill, even with an automatic transmission. 5.13's are generally reserved for 35's and an auto, with 4.88's being used with a manual w/35's, and 33's w an automatic.
chip it first. if you want more for your 33's, gear to 4.10 or 4.88…depending in transmission style.
5.13 is the most gear you can run in a D30. You need to go to a bigger axle beyond that, as the spline size gets WAY too tiny 5.38 and beyond.
As for re-gearing for 33's, 3.73 or 4.10's are your best bet with the 6-speed, or 4.10's with auto- Mark W.
Mine is the DD - after last winter, I was "shown the light" to needing a dependable 4x4, and I always wanted a Jeep! Torques off my friends and family (and GF!) when I leave the Mercedes SLK230 Kompressor in the carport and drive the YJ!
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The only thing that draws my attention away from my Jeep is my Harley Street Glide so it's a difficult decision when I walk into my garage. Such problems!
We have the same dilemma. I find myself choosing the TJ on days I would ordinarily choose the Heritage. Last week was freakin' classic around here, if a little warm, and I drove every day instead of riding. Go figure! Wife has the same problem with her '10 Rubi. Bikes notwithstanding, the Jeeps are our Daily Drivers by default...they're the only "cars" we have.
'05 Black 6-speed RME TJ
'05 Black Harley FLSTCI
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