Originally Posted by Toothfairy
GCMatt ehhh...... I'm a hobbit, kinda. I'm a short girl- 5'3". My bf is also 5'3". Right now my kids aren't taller than us, but with their dad being tall, and they're tall for their age, a lifted Wrangler wouldn't be ideal for us. I love the look of a lifted Wrangler with the step, but I'm not too set on that right now. It seems like it'd be much work just to get in and out of the vehicle? Idk what 3.21 or 3.73 gearing means. Also don't know what hotheads are, but will look
those things up. Thanks!
Saharas have side steps as standard equipment.
You can order them on the Sport S I think. ACE rock sliders, as someone mentioned, are also supposed to work well as steps.
There are three sets of gearing you can get for the Wrangler: 3.21, 3.73, 4.10. 3.21 is standard for Sport and Sahara. 3.73 is an option for Sport and Sahara and standard on Rubicon automatics. 4.10 is an option for Rubicon automatics and standard for Rubicon manuals.
Higher numbers represent lower gear ratios. That means the engine will run at a higher RPM for a given speed, in a given gear. With the same size tires, the higher numbers will feel more spunky than the lower numbers (and burn more gas). If you are going to tow, or have a bunch of hills (or just a really heavy right foot), lower numbers will force you to downshift more often (thus negating the mileage gains). Some people are perfectly happy with 3.21, especially if there are no hills or they don't tow. If it feels good to you on a test drive, your mileage will probably be better. Be sure to find some hills, merge onto the freeway, and pass someone as part of your test drive.
And try to drive both a 3.21 and a 3.73 on the same route (or 3.73 and 4.10 if you get a Rubicon). If you aren't going to off road and aren't going to lift, 4.10 is probably overkill.
Hotheads are stick on headliners for the hard top. There are some other brands, too. Basically, they help provide temperature insulation on the thin hardtop and reduce noise a bit, too. It'll help the stereo sound better.