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Old 06-10-2011, 09:59 PM   #31
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Awesome Jusdoit2, welcome to the forum and the world of jeep.

Don't forget to wave to other jeepers.

It took me a while to get used to the handling on the highway especially in gusty conditions. I wasn't used to being up so high from the road and it actually affected my steering. I would tend to over-steer. Under control after a year and don't even think about it after four years.

Most important the jeep is the most fun vehicle I've ever owned.

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Old 06-10-2011, 11:08 PM   #32
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I'll go against the crowd and say I would not want to commute 50 miles a day in a JK Rubi. I have a '10 Rubi 2 door which is my daily driver, but my commute to work is only a few miles.

If very high fuel costs and poor highway manners (relatively speaking) are not a concern for you, then by all means get the Rubi. I know this is probably blasphemy on this forum but if my main intention were commuting, I'd go with something like a Honda Civic. Horses for courses, as they say.

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Old 06-10-2011, 11:41 PM   #33
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^^ Jeep is an addiction. You either have it or not. 50,000 miles on my JKU Rubicon over the past 3 years, 14,000 on its predecessor JKU Sahara over its 9 months with me and the purchase of a 92YJ last December has been somewhat of an addiction for me. If gas goes up, I may buy a motorcycle rather than a honda for reducing costs. I think the JKU Rubicon has decent highway manners. Been to Florida and up to Maine pulling 2500 to 3000 lbs in a covered utility trailer and 4 kayaks up top with 4 passengers inside. It handled it well. You just have to be aware of what it is that you are driving....just as much as a trucker pulling 40,000 lbs has to be aware of what he/she is driving. A little different than driving a Prius.
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Old 06-11-2011, 08:00 AM   #34
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I'll go against the crowd and say I would not want to commute 50 miles a day in a JK Rubi. I have a '10 Rubi 2 door which is my daily driver, but my commute to work is only a few miles.

If very high fuel costs and poor highway manners (relatively speaking) are not a concern for you, then by all means get the Rubi. I know this is probably blasphemy on this forum but if my main intention were commuting, I'd go with something like a Honda Civic. Horses for courses, as they say.

I agree i have a 2010 2dr rubi also. I commute 14 miles total a day with it. Of course i bought mine for bad winters and getting around in storms for my employment though so no problem there because I drive it slow under those conditions. I went with A/T tires and that makes a world of difference on the road and especially in slippery conditions. I love it though. I would drive a 2005 vette or newer for my commuter if i had to log more highway miles. If it's all/mostly city driving then the jeep will be awesome.
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^^ Jeep is an addiction. You either have it or not. 50,000 miles on my JKU Rubicon over the past 3 years, 14,000 on its predecessor JKU Sahara over its 9 months with me and the purchase of a 92YJ last December has been somewhat of an addiction for me. If gas goes up, I may buy a motorcycle rather than a honda for reducing costs. I think the JKU Rubicon has decent highway manners. Been to Florida and up to Maine pulling 2500 to 3000 lbs in a covered utility trailer and 4 kayaks up top with 4 passengers inside. It handled it well. You just have to be aware of what it is that you are driving....just as much as a trucker pulling 40,000 lbs has to be aware of what he/she is driving. A little different than driving a Prius.

Somehow I have gone from being overwhelmed the first day I brought my Jeep to being totally addicted in 3 days. Already spent $150 on an accessory, can't stop wanted to drive it,, and can't stop dreaming about it in my sleep...all dreams with the top off driving by the beach. Thinking about it feels like a stress reliever! Driving it is even more awesome! (I have a lot of stress at work. I think this thing might be my cure!)
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Old 06-11-2011, 09:17 AM   #36
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Welcome! I drive at least 110 miles every week day, and use it for business I even have logos on door. I love it and my clients love riding in it to lunch!
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Old 06-12-2011, 07:43 AM   #37
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I would agree that a Rubicon or any jeep is probably not ever going to be considered a "Commuter" vehicle but it really depends on you. I know a lot of people that would say a stripped down Harley with no front fender stiff shocks isn't a great commuter vehicle, especially in winter...but it was great for me. If you're a jeeper and you love your jeep it will be a great commuter...for you.
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Old 06-12-2011, 11:47 PM   #38
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Thanks for all the great feedback everyone. 60 mile commute or not, I have the bug. Started back in the mid 80ís while taking my family on vacation at the ocean. Jeep and Samurais (remember those?) everywhere. Tops and doors off, surf boards strapped on. Pretty romantic stuff for a young guy with a couple of little kids to raise. Came back from that trip and after much nashing of teeth, bought a new Isuzu Trooper. What I really wanted was a JKU but it wouldnít be invented for another 20 years! You all donít know how lucky you are. I loved that Trooper though. 4WD, auto locking front hubs and 5 speed manual tranny. Powered by a mighty 4 cylinder with all of 130 HP. And folks say todayís 3.8 liter JKs are under powered! Come on! Anyway, put almost 100K miles on that Trooper. Never took it off road, but got a big kick out of the fact that I have the rig to do so.

Then had to give up the Trooper for a Buick Regal. Nice car but no fun. Test drove a Wrangler in í97. I think it must have been one of the last YJs. Hard top (no freedom about it), automatic and I think it had a 4 cylinder. I hope I donít offend anyone here but that Jeep really put me off. Seemed way under powerd, and was dragged down down further by that heavy old hard top and a 3 (okay maybe 4) speed automatic. Didnít handle well - seemed to be all over the road. Back in those days I had about a 75 mile round trip commute so disappointed I knew that YJ just wouldnít work for me. Instead, went the practical route and bought a V6 Accord, another in 2003 then an Acura RL in 2007. Thatís what Iím driving today. Great car, but I canít shake my Wrangle cravings. There are a ton on the road where I live.

Anyway, thatís why I appreciate all your comments regarding a Rubicon as a commuter. Thanks for the therapy session!
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Rubi commuters, how do you like the Mud Terrain Tires for daily driving, specifically in rain and packed snow? Any problems, have any of you Siped the tires?

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Rubi commuters, how do you like the Mud Terrain Tires for daily driving, specifically in rain and packed snow? Any problems, have any of you Siped the tires?

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First two winters I ran the stock tires. This past winter I ran these.
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Rubi commuters, how do you like the Mud Terrain Tires for daily driving, specifically in rain and packed snow? Any problems, have any of you Siped the tires?

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Siping would probably help I just saved my set of M/T's for off road and bought a set of michelin ATX2's and new rims for the majority of my driving. The M/T's were only good in deep snow for me. Not too noisey though just didn't like them on the pavement.
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Rubi commuters, how do you like the Mud Terrain Tires for daily driving, specifically in rain and packed snow? Any problems, have any of you Siped the tires?

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I think the stock Mud Terrains are an excellent all around tire. I've had no problems in snow or rain. I'd be more concerned about prudent driving technique in adverse weather. The tires will perform fine as long as you drive within the limits of the vehicle.
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I think the stock Mud Terrains are an excellent all around tire. I've had no problems in snow or rain. I'd be more concerned about prudent driving technique in adverse weather. The tires will perform fine as long as you drive within the limits of the vehicle.
That was the answer I was looking for............Thanks
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I think the stock Mud Terrains are an excellent all around tire. I've had no problems in snow or rain. I'd be more concerned about prudent driving technique in adverse weather. The tires will perform fine as long as you drive within the limits of the vehicle.
X2 on this. Going slow on icy conditions is the thing to do even when everyone around you is in a rush to get where ever they are going. Including myself, I have to think about getting there alive an late rather than end up in a ditch. So, yah, trying to stay within the limits...difficult at times. But necessary to keep humpy dumpty together.

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