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Old 10-13-2011, 04:26 PM   #1
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Just a Few Observations after 1 Month...

Just a few observations after having my 2012 2-door JK for about a month now...

Very poor visibility out the back window! Obstructions include the rear headrests, rear wiper motor box, spare tire, and 3rd brake light. Combine that with a puny rear view mirror and it’s a wonder you can see anything at all. I might replace with a larger rear view mirror.

Fit and finish is top shelf. I don’t think I will ever get tired of living with this interior.

The last Wrangler I had was a 2003 Rubicon with the 4.0L engine. This 3.6L is a solid performer and I’m never at a loss for power. All of my driving-about 675 miles has been in suburbia, so I haven’t had a chance to open her up yet on the highway. I don’t suspect I’ll be disappointed there either.

The six-speed manual transmission has some really looooooong throws. Also, when the JK goes over a pretty good bump/pothole, the stick vibrates like no other stick I’ve ever seen before-and I’ve been driving manuals for over 20 years.

Why can’t there be a back-lit transfer case shift indicator? I’ve owned multiple Jeeps, the MJ, ZJ,TJ and they’ve all had this feature. Not a big deal, but I’d like to have one. And what’s with the “K” in JK???

The Bluetooth is spotty in its effectiveness. There are times that I need to repeat myself multiple times before it confirms the correct request. Keep in mind, other than a mild Boston accent; I speak the King’s English very well. It’s just a little frustrating at times.

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I purchased front floor liners and the quality of the liners is great except that that the hole punched in the liners do not line-up with the hook stitched into the carpeting to hold it in place. This causes the liner to move around under your feet. I expect a better design for $60 plus shipping. I also bought the rear cargo liner for $70 and it floats back there too. Not a well thought out design. I would not recommend them.

The power windows are super quick. One-touch auto down on both windows is a nice touch.

During a heavy rain while driving, the hardtop started leaking by the passenger door. This is concerning, considering that I had not removed any part of the hardtop yet.

Where are the oil pressure and volt gauges??? Aren’t having idiot lights going backward…and I want my engine temperature gauge to have numbers-not lines!!!

When I turn the HVAC on it takes 5-6 seconds before any air comes out. Is this normal?

With that all said, I love her and have no regrets. Have I mentioned in this thread that I waited 97 days for her to arrive?






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Old 10-13-2011, 04:31 PM   #2
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Two of the most common mods in a JK is to remove the rear head rest and turn the rear view mirror upside down. Be amazed at how much visibility will increase
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Old 10-13-2011, 04:37 PM   #5
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Yeah Rics1997, I took my rear seat out. It never gets used anyway.
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Go to the main menu and let the system learn your voice. It's called voice training, once I did that I don't repeat myself very often now.
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Just a few observations after having my 2012 2-door JK for about a month now...

Very poor visibility out the back window! Obstructions include the rear headrests, rear wiper motor box, spare tire, and 3rd brake light. Combine that with a puny rear view mirror and it’s a wonder you can see anything at all. I might replace with a larger rear view mirror.
There's an easy fix for that. Remove the top.

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And what’s with the “K” in JK???
Same as the "T" in TJ.

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I purchased front floor liners and the quality of the liners is great except that that the hole punched in the liners do not line-up with the hook stitched into the carpeting to hold it in place. This causes the liner to move around under your feet. I expect a better design for $60 plus shipping. I also bought the rear cargo liner for $70 and it floats back there too. Not a well thought out design. I would not recommend them.
You obviously purchased the 2007 -2010 mats.
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Keep the back seat folded up when not in use.....visibility increases quite a bit!

My rear seats stay folded up until someone needs to sit back there....
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After 2 weeks with the new JK and 2400 miles, I've killed more bugs on the windshield than all my past vehicles combined!
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Tom,

Quadratec doesn't sell mats for 07-10 JK's. The liners I bought are sold for 07-12 JK's and therein lies the rub.

Also, I can't take the top off if I want to stay warm & dry on a cold & wet day. Perhaps I'm going soft.
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Keep the back seat folded up when not in use.....visibility increases quite a bit!

My rear seats stay folded up until someone needs to sit back there....
That is a great idea. I'll have to check how much visibility I get with the seats down. I don't use the back window much since the 35" tire and the wiper blade/motor fill up most of the window.

The only problem I have with folding down the back seat is that I don't like the gap that is created. I'm going to have to figure out a way to make the whole back area flat with no gaps when the back seat is down. I'm sure my dog will like it better too if there is no gap for her to fall into while she rides back there.
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FWIW, I bought the same floor liners, and thought that they didn't fit the tab in the floor to secure them. However, if you slide the mat into place and poke the protruding edge of that tab through the floor in the liner as you slide it forward toward the firewall, it in you will find like I did that they actually do fit. I was about to send them back when I figured this out.

Can't help you on the rear liner, mine seems to fit ok and stay where it needs to be.

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That is a great idea. I'll have to check how much visibility I get with the seats down. I don't use the back window much since the 35" tire and the wiper blade/motor fill up most of the window.

The only problem I have with folding down the back seat is that I don't like the gap that is created. I'm going to have to figure out a way to make the whole back area flat with no gaps when the back seat is down. I'm sure my dog will like it better too if there is no gap for her to fall into while she rides back there.
I'm guessing the gap you speak of is a JKU thing??

My 2 door has no gap when the seat is folded up....
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FWIW, I bought the same floor liners, and thought that they didn't fit the tab in the floor to secure them. However, if you slide the mat into place and poke the protruding edge of that tab through the floor in the liner as you slide it forward toward the firewall, it in you will find like I did that they actually do fit. I was about to send them back when I figured this out.

Can't help you on the rear liner, mine seems to fit ok and stay where it needs to be.

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There you go. If they fit the 11, they fit the 12. You don't have the left and right reversed by any chance do you? What do you mean the rear liner floats? You have to completely remove your rear seat to install it. With the seat back in there is no way it can move around.
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Totally agree with the OP regarding visibility through the rear view mirror!

A trip to Auto Zone helped with a mirror twice the size of OEM and a wider field of view.
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Rich,

Right you are-my fingers are sore but the liners are in. Many regrets to Quadratec.

Ok, why are there no under-dash courtesy lights? Perhaps I'm just a complainer!
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I wired some LEDs' on my last vehicle (FJ). Fused them w/the rear defroster backlight. When the headlights are on so were the LEDs. Will investigate when I'm back from TDY.
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Two of the most common mods in a JK is to remove the rear head rest and turn the rear view mirror upside down. Be amazed at how much visibility will increase
Haven't tried the mirror but I yanked the rear headrests after the drive home. Of course hardly anyone rides back there especially when the tops on since its almost impossible to get in there.
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Hey, MJ, glad that worked for ya!!

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Haven't tried the mirror but I yanked the rear headrests after the drive home. Of course hardly anyone rides back there especially when the tops on since its almost impossible to get in there.
I just use those things on the doors that have the reflective surface. I figure somebody put them on there for a reason
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Mine is one month old also and 1600 miles. My 2012 JKU takes several seconds also to start the fan when turned on also. Taking it to the dealer this morning as the drivers armrest has a large "bubble' in it and the drivers seat creaks worse than my lazy boy at home. Other than that I am very pleased. Could be I was just lucky to get one that was built in July. I believe that was the first month of production for the 2012.
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After 2 weeks with the new JK and 2400 miles, I've killed more bugs on the windshield than all my past vehicles combined!

YeP! I too set the record for bug-kills in my 2012 JKU
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Its only been close to 3 months and 1800 miles for me. I share all your observations with the exception of floor liners (they fit great) but I must say I have zero complaints thus far with my JKU. Again not many miles on it, and this is my first so nothing to compare it to. Oh wait, one minor complaint.....13.1- 13.6 MPG, everytime. All big city driving. Stop lights and stop signs every block. But Im good with that for now. Knocking on wood.
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After 2 weeks with the new JK and 2400 miles, I've killed more bugs on the windshield than all my past vehicles combined!
same here-forgot what it is to have a window shield with a near vertical axis--had to quit using the windowx for shaving lotion - back to it's original purpose...
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I just consider mine a two person vehicle. The rear seat has been in the garage since day 1. There is a lot of great space with the rear seat gone.

I love this vehicle. Pop off the "t" tops, and drive. This past week we had 6 days of near perfect fall weather and the tops stayed in the garage for all 6 days.......its a ton of fun to have the open air feel in a vehicle that can go anywahere......what a blast!
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I just consider mine a two person vehicle. The rear seat has been in the garage since day 1. There is a lot of great space with the rear seat gone.

I love this vehicle. Pop off the "t" tops, and drive. This past week we had 6 days of near perfect fall weather and the tops stayed in the garage for all 6 days.......its a ton of fun to have the open air feel in a vehicle that can go anywahere......what a blast!
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I'm guessing the gap you speak of is a JKU thing??

My 2 door has no gap when the seat is folded up....
It must be a JKU thing. Mine has a gap when the back seat is folded down. The floor is almost flat, but there is a gap of several inches where the seat hinge is located. It is at the edge of the seat where it is anchored to the floor. I didn't realize that the 2 door didn't have that issue.
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