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Old 10-11-2011, 08:48 AM   #31
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Steering/Drive: With the Rubicon Mud Terrains and the old school steering linkage and box, the steering is very touchy. If feels like your riding on marshmallows, which is not uncommon for new Mud Terrains as I have worn out several sets of BFG MT's and Goodyear MTR's, but couple that with the steering, and the Jeep is very hard to keep going straight down the road. Any twitch of the wheel and your nearly changing lanes. I would recommend driving a Rubicon before you buy it if this sounds like a problem to you. The Sports I have driven have not been as bad, but still have the wandering and sensitive steering since the hardware for the steering is the same across all model lines. It is just the tires are street tires so there is less wallowing from the lugs.
I noticed the exact same thing when I test drove a 12 Rubicon a couple weeks ago. The steering was very touchy and the Jeep was wandering all over the place. I found it a challenge to keep it in a straight line, especially when accelerating to highway speeds.

The Sport model I test drove did not have this issue which makes me think it's all due to the off-road tires on the Rubicon vs the more highway-friendly tires on the Sport model. The Sport seemed a little smoother to me as well - I assume this is due to the difference in the shocks.

But tires aside, any vehicle with a short wheelbase and high center of gravity is going to wander a bit on the road I would imagine

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