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Old 09-23-2012, 09:43 PM   #1
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First test drive

I had my first test drive today of a jeep. Went out with a 13 Rubicon JKU. They didn't have a Sport Auto, so we took the Rubi. When driving, it seemed to float a bit. And when rocking the steering wheel to get a feel for handling, it seemed to sway quite a bit. Is this normal and what I can expect from a sport S with 2.5 lift and 33s? Or is the handling due to the stock tires or stock lift?

Also, it had 4.11 gears and seemed pretty sluggish to pass. Again, would this be similar or worse with sport and 3.73s?

Thanks, I'm going to try to find a sport S with 3.73s before I buy, but they seem hard to find.

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Old 09-23-2012, 10:16 PM   #2
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I am going to assume you are driving a car now. If you have ever driven something with mud tires, they drive different. The tread flexed because by nature it is deeper. Larger sidewall so you get more flex there, typically a softer suspension for better flex. All of these add up to the different on road manners of a jeep. A sport with 33's and 3.73 will be slower than the ruby with 32's and 4.10s.

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Old 09-23-2012, 11:03 PM   #3
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Yea, I drive a Murano now and like the handling, but I'm looking to go offroad a couple weekends a month. I've driven pickups before like F150s, but I guess I expected it to handle a bit better on the road. It's probably something I just need to get used to. Test drives with the sales guy on a specific circuit doesn't give much freedom to test things out.

Thanks for the guidance.
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:07 AM   #4
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A Wrangler will not handle like the unibody vehicle you are now driving. Only you will be able to decide if the trade-offs for outstanding off road handling are worthwhile to you. BTW, when you lift a Wrangler you will be generally further impacting on road handling and pickup as a tradeoff for better off road capability. The very best lift jobs minimize the impact but they cost a whole group more than budget lifts.
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:27 AM   #5
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Keep the Murano and rock a used TJ for the weekends?
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Old 09-24-2012, 10:06 AM   #6
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I drove my first Jeep early August. I am one who has always appreciated great handling in my vehicles and insist on it. I was disappointed all around in the Sahara I drove..2 door. Salesman told me to drive an unlimited and expect better.. I did and it was a toenail better.

I did some soul searching and concluded I wanted a 2 door Rubicon to open as much of the back country as could be opened to a rookie like me. I also faced the fact that this was the primary reason for my purchase and I had better understand that going 70 on I75 was not going to be comfortable, given the steering, brakes, and stability I'd need and NOT have in an emergency.

I have waited since Aug 15 and expect mine at the dealer before Friday. My wife and I are like children on Xmas eve. I'll just learn to handle my on road driving much more conservatively and accept the eyes-wide-open compromise. I'm more than happy to do so.
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Old 09-24-2012, 10:12 AM   #7
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I test drove 2 Sports with the S package. One floated much more than the other at 40+ mph. I bought the one that didn't. Dunno what's going on with the other one. Glad I didn't buy it.
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Old 09-24-2012, 10:58 AM   #8
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I went from a Mazdaspeed3 to my JK SportS. It handles like a school bus compared to my car, but I love it!

You just have to drive a couple and decide if it's right for you. Completely different vehicles with a different purpose.

I ended up custom ordering mine, I wanted the sportS with 3.73 and six speed, and couldnt find any (and 90% of them are Black or silver, boring!). Glad I did instead of settling for what I could find on the lot.

I have no issues with power when passing or merging, granted mine is a 2 door and a lot lighter. It's nothing like my car or bike but I don't expect it to be, can't zip around people in tight spaces with a Jeep.

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