Driving cross country - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ General Discussion Forum

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 06-14-2009, 02:47 PM   #1
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Fort Collins CO. by way of Honolulu HI.
Posts: 17
Driving cross country

Have any of you driven across country in your lifted/ modified Jeep? I have a 05 Unlimited and I am thinking about starting to invest some $ into a lift/tires. I would also assume that with a RE 3.5 short arm life, I am probably going to have to get a SYE/ CV set up and also regear both front and rear for it to function properly. Anyways, I drive 1500 miles each way usually around Christmas time to see my family. Does anyone else do this in their Jeeps? What kind of gas mileage do you get? Have you had any problems on the road? How much are 33/12.50's going to effect my gas? Any advice would be appreciated.

Wesley is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 06-14-2009, 04:51 PM   #2
Jeeper
 
603TJ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: New Hampshire
Posts: 191
Rent a Hybrid for the weekend when you have to make the trip. You'll probably save money on gas, and your sanity. My old roommate just drove from New Hampshire to LA in his lifted Jeep. I think he's still recovering.

__________________
98TJ. wheels. shocks. motor. other things that make a jeep move.
603TJ is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 06-14-2009, 06:14 PM   #3
Pushy, Loudmouthed, and Ballsy
 
Dare2BSquare's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Driving Around Arkansas In My Black XJ
Posts: 6,177
That long a trip, you will feel like you rode a horse. Wranglers are not the best highway vehicles for long trips. But, if you're young.... go for it!!!
__________________
99 XJ Sport
4.0l
AW4
NP231
d30/C8.25
3" Skyjacker lift
31 x 10.50 General Grabbers


http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h2...are/TMLogo.gif Are all fishermen liars, or do only liars fish?
Dare2BSquare is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 06-14-2009, 06:28 PM   #4
Jeeper
 
catITguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Metamora, IL
Posts: 449
Send a message via AIM to catITguy
+1 on rent a car. they are not that expensive, especially if you can squeeze into a compact. I have not even tried my jeep at interstate speeds and dont plan to - its a little unstable for my liking at that speed (pushed around by wind, bear with me my other car is a corolla = virtually unaffected by wind)....also the ride is so stiff I would need my back realigned after hitting a bump.....not to mention the gas mileage....
catITguy is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 06-14-2009, 06:46 PM   #5
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Fort Collins CO. by way of Honolulu HI.
Posts: 17
Hey, thanks for the replies. I don't drive all the way through, I usually drive 400 miles or so and then stop and find a place to bed down. I got rid of my honda because it had a lot of miles on it and I just didn't think it would make it for another cross country trip. I ended up picking up a 05 Wrangler Unlimited with 15000 miles on it because I have a dog and when I take these trips, I take her kennel etc so I wanted the extra space. Anyways, as far as renting a hybrid...we won't fit with my things (which isn't much), a 60 LB pitbull, and a kennel. I guess that I'll probably end up doing it since..well..I am still fairly young and single, but of course I'll be taking the trip in legs. Hey, it's good to know that someone is making the trip in their lifted jeeps...even if they feel like they got off a horse. LOL
Wesley is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 06-14-2009, 09:00 PM   #6
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 37
I take my jeep from RI to Montreal, QC every other weekend which is about 8 hours, and close to 400 miles. The trip is fine. I find that with the sunrider soft top, im able to have the sunroof section open, while the cargo area still has protection (in this case your dog will still be protected from the sun). The only thing that i would change for you is to install a cruise control if your jeep doesn't already have one. Also, I would do something about the factory seats that the jeep has in them now. I'm turning 19 soon and my "young-ness" cant ignore the uncomfort of the seats. Maybe look for something with a little cushion? Also, i think you mentioned wanting to lift the jeep... look for something that has a good suspension with ride quality...
That's all i have so far...

PS- the only problem with riding a soft top is the noise and the security of it when you're leaving it in a parking lot, etc
jeeplove90 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 06-14-2009, 10:10 PM   #7
Jeeper
 
birdhunter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 1,495
I have done many road trips with my 94 YJ thats
what its for fishing /hunting
I camp and take my time

We used to drive a 76 cj7
Wisconsin to Colorado twice a year
5 years in a row till it was totaled

I had a 79 CJ 5 V8 33s soft top
that I took to panama city beach once
wow never again


Only thing I can compare it to is rideing a hardtail HD
hrs a day for a week or two

Wisconsin to El Toro cali
__________________

"locked and loaded"
birdhunter is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 06-14-2009, 10:47 PM   #8
Jeeper
 
Dfib's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: LaX, WI
Posts: 47
Did a 4000 mile road trip in a 93 YJ about 8 years ago. MN->CO->NM->TX->MN No major issues, but it was nice to stop at night... Did the last leg McCallan TX to Winona, MN in one straight shot. That sucked!
__________________
[SIGPIC]
03 TJ "Work in progress"
Dfib is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 06-14-2009, 11:11 PM   #9
Jeeper
 
tksnow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Pineville
Posts: 40
I have that lift on my jeep. I did not regear it and i max out at about 75mph, i researched regearing some and found out you cant go much faster than 55mph. it will be a rough ride, if you can i would rent a car. Mine is a little rough on the highway.
tksnow is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 06-15-2009, 12:36 AM   #10
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Fort Collins CO. by way of Honolulu HI.
Posts: 17
Believe me, if renting a car was an option, I would be all about it. Driving from Denver to Southern Illinois and staying 1 1/2-2 weeks is quite an expensive rental, on top that, the rental car companies will not allowing their cars to leave the state it is rented in. Unfortunately my parental units do not have a spare car to loan out for a week so that I can have wheels and flying with a dog is a pain in the winter. To top it all off, I'm not much of a fan of Southern Illinois and I refuse to be stuck in the house with no break from my parents for 2 weeks with an inability to go anywhere in those times where I just need a cold one.

Anyways, I'm still unsure if I am going to need to regear my Unlimited, but with that lift, I really don't want it searching for gears when I am driving. However, I do plan on doing the RE lift and changing out the SYE/CV before I do make the trip this Christmas. I of course I will have the hardtop on and I don't necessarily mind the rough ride and the fact that I will probably max out at 70 as I will be making this a mult-day travel event. Is there anything that I should be looking out for with a modified jeep when I'm on the road besides the usual fluid/ Preventative Maintenance issues that come along with any other cross country trip?
Wesley is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 06-15-2009, 02:08 AM   #11
Jeeper
 
B86W05's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Dayton, Ohio
Posts: 168
after the lift make sure your steering geometry is right to avoid the dreaded death wobble
B86W05 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 06-15-2009, 09:44 AM   #12
Jeeper
 
tksnow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Pineville
Posts: 40
Ya, before you go check your ball joints and wheel bearings and make sure those dont need replacing, also make sure you get it aligned also. It took me 2 weeks to get mine totally aligned after i lifted(ball joints had to ship in to napa) and it has chewed up my tires more than i ever thought it would. I would say whenever you stop check all your fluids and let it cool for a little while, my jeep starts to get hot after running it on the highway.
tksnow is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 06-15-2009, 09:51 AM   #13
Jeeper
 
tksnow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Pineville
Posts: 40
also your going to want to put a good steering stabilizer shock on there to take the vibration out of the steering wheel. This is the one i bought and it works great, not sure if this is the site i got it off of though cause i feel like mine was less expensive.:
Skyjacker Suspension 7119 - Skyjacker Steering Stabilizer Kit for 97-06 Jeep® Wrangler TJ & Unlimited - Quadratec
tksnow is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 06-15-2009, 09:57 AM   #14
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Salt Lake City
Posts: 95
... what kind of rental place won't let you take their car across state lines? I've never had that limitation even offered to me, let alone required. Alamo/Dollar/Budget/Hertz... rented from them all, never questioned... even when I told them where i was driving to-from.

You could fly into Ill and just go to different dealers each day and "test drive" a car... they'll never know you are using it for errands and lunch meetings... especially the Pontiac and Saturn places... they'll do anything to get rid of the cars, even for a day.

toplessartist is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Jeep Wrangler Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Crappy driving light stem CenARJeepChick TJ General Discussion Forum 1 03-09-2009 03:32 PM
4" Rough Country complete lift kit... SUPER REDUCED PRICE!!! $650 .:eMETAL:. Classifieds Archive 0 03-01-2009 08:13 AM
Interstate driving question about snow and ice scotiez General Jeep Discussion 16 03-13-2008 09:01 PM
Irratic idle and hestitation while driving jeeper95yj YJ Tech Forum 5 02-24-2008 12:54 PM



» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:57 PM.



Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC