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Old 03-07-2012, 12:55 PM   #1
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Hey guys question for the experts!

Hey there name's Dennis and just got my dream car a jeep wrangler unlimited sahara 2012 yesterday and can't stop looking at it. My question for you guys is what do you do to get better gas mileage and performance the cheapest way possible? Also curious what the first things you guys did when you got your jeeps, stock looks very blah and looking to turn this into a black monster thanks guys!

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Old 03-07-2012, 01:00 PM   #2
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Welcome, and congrats on the new Jeep!

The first thing I did was throw out expectations of gas mileage.
Seriously, there isn't much you can do to improve it, better to just enjoy the ride.

As for hardware, I'll turn the topic over to our list makers, who will regail you with hardware temptation the likes of which you have just begun to experience as a new Jeep owner...

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Old 03-07-2012, 01:05 PM   #3
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Like said above, just throw out your expectations of great gas mileage. Best thing you can do for that is to adjust your driving habits.

As for a list of mods, entirely dependant on what you want out of the rig. What are your plans? Weekend warrior? Mall crawler? All out rock rig? What size tires you want to run? What gears do you have right now?

Just remember, other than minor appearance mods, most mods to make it into a more capable offroad rig will result in even less mpg than you are getting now.
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^^This, throw out expectiations. You have a 2012 so your already ahead of me but maybe a superchips so you can tune to the octane you are running.

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^^This, throw out expectiations. You have a 2012 so your already ahead of me but maybe a superchips so you can tune to the octane you are running.

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Old 03-07-2012, 01:07 PM   #6
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As for hardware, I'll turn the topic over to our list makers, who will regail you with hardware temptation the likes of which you have just begun to experience as a new Jeep owner...
Enter Kbwwolf, ESP, Kjeeper10 etc...!!
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Old 03-07-2012, 01:14 PM   #7
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Just about any changes you make, bumpers, lift, bigger tires, and anything else that adds weight, will have a negative affect on your MPG. Outside of that, keep your tires inflated to the PSI on your door and keep your foot off the skinny pedal.
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Old 03-07-2012, 01:28 PM   #8
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gas mileage already covered.... fugetboutit....
rock sliders
front bumper and winch... (did it on all 3 jeeps so far)
oh shit handles
cargo liner
roof rack (2 toddlers and an 80lb dog, doesn't leave much room inside)

But I second 4Lift's advice, be sure to set out a destination of what you are trying to accomplish. Without a destination and intent, you are aimlessly adding weight and mismatched components to a fantastic vehicle. Ultimately, you may change your mind, 1/2 way through your purchases, and regret your impulse buys you make in your euphoric state of new owner.

IMHO - daily driver --> it comes down to budget, ride comfort and looks
off road driver --> What does your budget allow you to do? sky is the limit, but then it is lift kit, wheels, rock rails and front/rear bumper/winch

just want to look tough --> budget... start from the bottom and buy what you can when you can. every mod will move you in the right direction
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Lots of great advice above. Pay attention to all of it. My only adds are to try to keep your shift points in the Eco range while imagining an egg under your right foot. Drive like you are on black ice. No sudden accel or decel.

Throw in the clutch when coming to a stop or slowing down.

Switch over to full synthetic oil when appropriate. Don't use blended or corn gas. I found it takes away about fifteen percent of my normal mpg.

My drivetrain stayed green until about the four thousand mile mark. Each will be a bit different. You will not be able to get peak mpg until your drivetrain is broken in.

I chalked my tires and add two to three psi for street use. If you do that, keep an eye on the wear and be sure to do a five tire rotation often.

Congratulations on your new Wrangler!
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Don't take this the wrong way but if you are concerned about fuel mileage you may have made the wrong choice in vehicles.

Any mods you perform are more than likely going to add weight and sacrifice economy even more.

As for me the very first mod when I got it home was debadged it. I don't think it was in the shop ten minutes and the heat gun came out and the decals came off.

As for the others my build thread attached below in my signature can explain what modifications followed.

Enjoy your Jeep and post pictures. We all like looking at pictures.

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Old 03-07-2012, 02:31 PM   #12
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Black?

Check out the lift sticky. Grab a cup for the drool
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Old 03-07-2012, 02:34 PM   #13
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The best you can do for gas milage is just drive it easy and don't worry about it. That being said, I'm no expert, but I did stay in a Holiday Inn once.....
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Old 03-07-2012, 03:05 PM   #14
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Black?

Check out the lift sticky. Grab a cup for the drool
I like black on Wranglers also! Debadging + Black = Minimum Aero Drag / Highest MPG.

Now, go get it dirty, then get home and drool over the lift sticky like kjeeper10 mentioned above.

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