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Old 06-02-2013, 06:01 AM   #1
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tj looking for a jk!

So, I'm a happy tj owner but I like the idea of a jk.
I know many problems came up with the earlier years. So what should I look for in a Jk?
Any particular years? Axel type?

Thanks!!

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Old 06-02-2013, 07:38 AM   #2
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Depends on what you plan on doing with it ? as a DD or something you want to seriously wheel if you plan on lifting it I.E. bigger tires try to find one with 3.73 gearing 3.21gears and anything over 33" tires will lug it down Esp on the 3.8eng the 3.6in the 2012 is a lot more power 3.8at 202hp vers the 3.6at 285hp if you are going to tow a small boat or camper I did not do enough homework when I bought my 2dr spt 2012. and about the only thing I would do diff is 3.73gears and max tow. deff go with the 3.73 gears and max tow pkg its easier to get it at the start than to wish you had it later if you start to add mods like I said it all depends on what you plan to do and what kind of mods you plan on any way you go any of the JKs are a very Capable vehicle bone stock they will surprise you what they will do good luck with your choice and a early welcome to the JK family Joe.

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I had an XJ before. Sold it. Missed it. Ordered a 2013 JK with the 23R option set and not much else, lifted it a bit, threw some 33s on it. It's a damn Cadillac!

In the old Jeep I got a used one with low miles, I lifted it, had it regeared, made the mistake of throwing a lunchbox out back, swapped over Ford Exploder rear disk brakes. It was good, but never quite "right". Should have just purchased a used TJ and built that out.

Anyway, buying new is really nice. I think it makes people a little more cautious and think through mods a little more. Maybe. Maybe not. Just my thoughts on the subject.

The new 3.6 is nice, noticeably different than the 4.0 I had. Better in many ways for every-day use and whatnot. With the minimal amount of time I've had to offroad it, the Rubicon crawl ratio is just sick. So, I don't feel like I'm missing any torque from the difference in power bands between the two. (Subjective, but that's what I observed)
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Old 06-02-2013, 11:37 AM   #4
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So, I'm a happy tj owner but I like the idea of a jk.
I know many problems came up with the earlier years. So what should I look for in a Jk?
Any particular years? Axel type?

Thanks!!
If you are happy with the TJ you'll be really impressed with the JK. Like the previous poster mentioned try to get the 3.73 if your not getting a Rubi.

Unlike TJs the JKs are much more forgiving to run 35s.It has better brakes and beefier steering components.
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Old 06-17-2013, 11:05 PM   #5
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I would be putting an OME lift on it with some 33's I think. Rubi is what I'm going for.
Auto or manual?
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Old 06-18-2013, 06:25 AM   #6
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I would be putting an OME lift on it with some 33's I think. Rubi is what I'm going for.
Auto or manual?
Had the AT in my 01 XJ (4.56 w/32s)
Have the MT in my 13 JK Rubicon (factory 4.10 w/33s)

I don't know if that helps in comparison but both had/have aggressive gearing.

Only 1200 or so miles but the MT is enjoyable. I'm told the new ATs are good too though. I just enjoy the MT.

The crawl on this thing is so nice. Easy mode....

The new JK handles 33s like a dream. May go up a size in a year or too. Easier to do than before ...

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