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Old 05-04-2012, 11:06 PM   #1
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I drive 80 miles a day to work....most freeway. Driving a jeep on the freeway is like the wind demons are pulling every inch of the jeep....bigger tires seem to make engine work extra hard.....I'm doing my best to make this work.....I may have to consider a beater to drive to work. Do you guys like the way it drives on the freeway?

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I drive 80 miles a day to work....most freeway. Driving a jeep on the freeway is like the wind demons are pulling every inch of the jeep....bigger tires seem to make engine work extra hard.....I'm doing my best to make this work.....I may have to consider a beater to drive to work. Do you guys like the way it drives on the freeway?
Nope.

In fact, I would've bought almost any other car on Earth if I was going to knock down 20k freeway miles a year.

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Old 05-04-2012, 11:11 PM   #3
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Unless it's really, really windy out, I don't have any problems.

Do you know what the caster is on your Jeep?
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Old 05-04-2012, 11:12 PM   #4
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80 miles is a killer commute, you should have bought a bmw!
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Old 05-04-2012, 11:14 PM   #5
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Nope.

In fact, I would've bought almost any other car on Earth if I was going to knock down 20k freeway miles a year.
Even the much sought-after Russian Moskvich 2140?

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Old 05-04-2012, 11:17 PM   #6
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interesting reference, I would have gone with "ford pinto" but you went all the way to the eastern bloc. points for distance
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Old 05-04-2012, 11:21 PM   #7
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Uh, open all the windows?
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Old 05-04-2012, 11:25 PM   #8
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Even the much sought-after Russian Moskvich 2140?

That depends, would it have to be that color? and if so, would I be required to "Wait" in the "Crush" waiting room until it showed up?

'Cause I'd rather get pancreatic cancer and spend my final days modding my Segway if that were the case.
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That depends, would it have to be that color? and if so, would I be required to "Wait" in the "Crush" waiting room until it showed up?

'Cause I'd rather get pancreatic cancer and spend my final days modding my Segway if that were the case.
You're in luck! They make em in blue.

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Old 05-04-2012, 11:56 PM   #10
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You're in luck! They make em in blue.

It's easy then, as long I'm not required to "Wait" in the "Azure" waiting room posting anything that I see on the internet that is azure, I'd take the Moskvich in a second.

Otherwise, I'd rather spend the night waiting for the test results on my polyps, to be frank.
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Old 05-05-2012, 12:11 AM   #11
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Ok I had the same problem I'm lifted 4 inches leaf springs. It felt like I wasnt driving my jeep only trying to
Point it in the correct direction until I spent some cash on it.

Rugged ridge heavy duty tie rod and drag link

Rubicon express steering dampner

New Steering box reman

Steering box brace



I dont have a trac bar nor sway bars.

After I installed those things and set my tow in correctly I can drive my jeep at 75 mph with my hand off the wheel.

Oh and by the way my jeep now feels really stiff I love it
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Old 05-05-2012, 12:24 AM   #12
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I drive a Yj you drive a jk so I would look into a new tie rod drag link and steering stabilizer


I'm gonna guess your tie rid ends are shot
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As much as I love being behind the wheel of a Jeep, and 80 mile drive in it on the freeway on a daily basis doesn't sound fun no matter how you put it. But then honestly I can't really imagine liking that drive in anything.

At the same time, parting with said Jeep is something you'd forever regret. So I'd go with an old beater, save the miles on your toy and enjoy your time behind the wheel instead of making yourself hate the Jeep in the long run.
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Old 05-05-2012, 05:17 AM   #14
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I do a 150km run every 2-3 days in my Rubi. Yes it's rough in high winds and brutal on gas but I still love her.

Coming from an 01 Ford Explorer so I'm used to pretty boxy, gas guzzlers.
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went on a 240mile run tuesday on the frwy winds on way up 25-35mph constantly almost got out and walked instead. I could see fear on my passengers face he made the comment that it would not take much to roll this peice of shit would it? and at that time a limp grip on the wheel was not an option so I could not slap him SAFETY FIRST ? roll with it but would not want to do it every day no wind =great ride
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Old 05-05-2012, 06:10 AM   #16
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I have a 120 mile a day commute. This is why my jk is our third car.
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Old 05-05-2012, 06:11 AM   #17
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I tried to like driving my Jeep everyday but finally gave up and go another vehicle. I LOVE having a Jeep as a second vehicle.

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I drive 80 miles a day to work....most freeway. Driving a jeep on the freeway is like the wind demons are pulling every inch of the jeep....bigger tires seem to make engine work extra hard.....I'm doing my best to make this work.....I may have to consider a beater to drive to work. Do you guys like the way it drives on the freeway?
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Old 05-05-2012, 06:17 AM   #18
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I bought a 2012 Sahara Unlimited as a daily driver right before Thanksgiving. I drive about 100 miles a day and it has been great. I traded in an '07 Grand Cherokee. There is a little more wind noise, but I get better gas mileage and about 80 more miles out of a tank of gas. That said, even though I would like to, I can't put bigger more aggressive tires on it, a lift, or take the hardtop off. I think it those changes would make the commute difficult. When I bought it, I decided a stock Sahara was better than no Wrangler or another Grand Cherokee.
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Old 05-05-2012, 06:21 AM   #19
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We don't have high winds in IN very much...but when we do I ALMOST dread highway with the TJ. Not too bad if I can take top and doors off just allow more time and enjoy the drive.

The STOCK JK (with soft top) does fine on the highway..but it is STOCK and it is a '12.....the TJ is to play...my JK is for road trips and more "formal" stuff.

Just a thought...... how much would beater cost in comparison to modding the JK to "handle" the highway and still be good off road?
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as much as i love being behind the wheel of a jeep, and 80 mile drive in it on the freeway on a daily basis doesn't sound fun no matter how you put it. But then honestly i can't really imagine liking that drive in anything.

At the same time, parting with said jeep is something you'd forever regret. So i'd go with an old beater, save the miles on your toy and enjoy your time behind the wheel instead of making yourself hate the jeep in the long run.

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Old 05-05-2012, 06:41 AM   #21
Really liking the Jeep...

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I like mine.
I look forward to the time spent in it.
I do about 35 miles a day in mine, so I'm not a heavy duty DD. (duty )

I'll be getting a taste of some long range driving next month when we drive the Blue Ridge Parkway next month though! We can hardly wait!
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Old 05-05-2012, 06:47 AM   #22
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If you think a jeep is bad in high winds try driving a toyota tacoma. With my 06 prerunner it was a constant battle to keep it on the road when it was windy the jeep isnt nearly as bad.
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Old 05-05-2012, 06:50 AM   #23
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2009 Stock JK drives like a dream on the highway.
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I wouldn't do it in a JK and absolutely not in a YJ, that's why they're not our primary vehicles. Both are great for what they're capable of and the Rubi is fantastic. However, commuting isn't one of the strong points. I would pick up a good used awd something for your commute.
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Old 05-05-2012, 06:58 AM   #25
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I used to do 60-100 miles a day. I was telling my uncle the other day I would not have bought a wrangler if I still had that commute. Now I live 3 miles from the office and could care less about mpgs!
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2009 Stock JK drives like a dream on the highway.
I did a 90 mile daily commute in my TJ( also I'm 6'2 350lb) and I enjoyed it in that. In my Jk I do 800 mile trips straight through.

My brother is a drug rep and already put 20k on his 2011 in only 4 months.

I've never bought a fancy car or truck( jeeps or mustangs) but we don't see an issues.
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Old 05-05-2012, 07:49 AM   #27
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strider mt2k are you going to do the whole Blueridge prky me and a friend did the whole 469mile run from Cherrokee NC to Williamsburg VA last august on our Harleys it took us 4days but had rain delays take your time and stop at most of the main lookouts man I would love to do that run topless in my JK I have done the dragon the devils triangle Cherrahola prky on my bike but would do it all again in my jeep have a great time and take alot of pics its a ride you will never forget Joe.
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Old 05-05-2012, 08:13 AM   #28
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I think some of you guys are wearing your skirts too tight . . .

I drive 70 miles per day to commute, mostly freeway. I've got 2.5" of lift on 33s. I just drove 300 freeway miles last night into Virginia, mostly through thunderstorms. I've put 30k miles on a 2010 already.

If the OP has some beastly lift and tires, then he needs to spend some money working on his caster and the like.

Otherwise, I don't see the problem. Stock or PROPERLY lifted, I don't see any issue (other than mpgs) with commuting in a wrangler.
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Heavy offroad tires and M/T's are your biggest culprit for killing highway driving. Heavy bumpers, winches and skidplates add weight. Lifts add wind resistance. If you leveled your jeep to get rid of the factory rake, you made what little aerodynamics Wranglers have, worse.
What you do to make your jeep better offroad, makes it worse on the road and reduces your MPG. Maybe you need to regear because you went to a too large tire size.
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strider mt2k are you going to do the whole Blueridge prky me and a friend did the whole 469mile run from Cherrokee NC to Williamsburg VA last august on our Harleys it took us 4days but had rain delays take your time and stop at most of the main lookouts man I would love to do that run topless in my JK I have done the dragon the devils triangle Cherrahola prky on my bike but would do it all again in my jeep have a great time and take alot of pics its a ride you will never forget Joe.
We are going to do as much as we can in the 9 days that we've got.
I don't want to rush it, and it's a slow ride to begin with at 45 the whole way.
I've been reading about The Dragon. Wow.

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