I think I understand what is going on now but wanted to toss out my situation to see if anyone has any other ideas that I am missing. I will try to keep it short as possible...
Bought an 08 JKU, stock drivetrain(6 spd, 3.73), DD + went wheelin' for the first time a month or so ago and am totally hooked....
Looking at upgrades (lift, wheels, maybe locker?) but didn't have a ton of money to invest right now...
So... found an 07 JKU (same color even..) similar setup except it already has some nice PC wheels, new 35" tires, leveling kit, Detroit rear locker, OX selectable front locker and 5.38 gears, 6-spd. Pricewise it was an even swap for mine so I ended up buying it... (Haven't sold the 08 yet)
The road manners of the new one is getting to me a bit. The gear ratio is a bit crazy for DD duties, but swapping that is getting me into the $1k+ range again.
Also, the shifting is much more touchy/sloppy than my other one. From reading this sounds like it is the locker on the rear (combined with the gearing). But I get more clunks and can't shift anywhere near as fast without getting a grind.
So my questions:
- Should removing the locker help with the grinding/clunky feeling? If so I think I could give that up wheelin, and just keep the selectable front. How much might that cost?
- Does that sound more like a tranny issue? In which case would it be worth swapping the diff/wheels/etc to the 08, which then would have better gearing for DD now as well. But that will probably cost quite a bit as well. (The 08 also has 3 yr left on warranty which is nice)
- Any other changes I might have missed?
I know, pay to play and in the long run I don't mind making the bigger changes, but for now I was looking for ways to get the DD a bit better.
Wheelin' it is great though!! So maybe I just deal with it and be happy :-)