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Old 08-26-2014, 10:15 PM   #1
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Highway driving/road trips?

Hey all. Just bought my 2004 TJ rubicon with 33 inch wheels meant for off roading. As such, it's not that great on the highway.

However, I plan on making a 450 mile round trip road trip in a week or so, how bad will this be?

What should my RPMs be while driving on the highway? Everytime I get even slightly above 2 I feel like I'm pushing it too hard, but I kind of have to to keep up with traffic. People were mentioning overdrive but I'm a noob jeep owner and am not sure what that means, should I use that my entire drive?

Love the jeep so far though. Thanks for the answers.

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Old 08-27-2014, 05:43 AM   #2
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- What brand/model tires and who says not that great on highway

- Manual or automatic? RPMs will depend on the differential geas. Automatic you can't do anything about the rpms. Overdrive is a function of the automatic

- I have 33s 4" lift daily driver and 10's of thousands of highway miles driving 80+ regularly.

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Much less than 2 and you are bogging the engine. You want to be between 2k and 3k for highway speeds.
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I'm running 33 also on a 01 tj. I just did a 950 mile trip going about 70-80. No problem except going back into texas with the heat at 98 which over heated the jeep alittle.
Just watch ur temp gage. If it gets too hot stop somehwere and eat at a sit down resturant or find a water hose and hose the grill down hahaha
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When you say "not so great on the highway" are you talking about noise or do you have steering problems with them? It should drive just a straight and be as easy to drive as when it had stock tires. If it doesn't you need to check for worn steering parts.
I have been on a lot longer trips than 450 miles in a jeep and they are actually pretty comfortable to drive so I wouldn't worry about that part of it.
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Let's see. Compared to your average late model car or pick up truck it will ride rougher, be louder, and get bad mileage. It's a jeep not a Cadillac.
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When you say "not so great on the highway" are you talking about noise or do you have steering problems with them? It should drive just a straight and be as easy to drive as when it had stock tires. If it doesn't you need to check for worn steering parts.
I have been on a lot longer trips than 450 miles in a jeep and they are actually pretty comfortable to drive so I wouldn't worry about that part of it.
The alignment is just a little out of whack (the steering wheel has to be turned to the left to be straight) but other than that nothing's too bad about it.

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Much less than 2 and you are bogging the engine. You want to be between 2k and 3k for highway speeds.
So I want to be above 2k? I've been not trying to go over 2 because it feels like I'm pushing it too hard. I'm not, though?
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The alignment is just a little out of whack (the steering wheel has to be turned to the left to be straight) but other than that nothing's too bad about it. So I want to be above 2k? I've been not trying to go over 2 because it feels like I'm pushing it too hard. I'm not, though?
the bigger tries will be sluggish. It's normal
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absolutely not. Some guys on here report typical rpms at 2500 for highway
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Hey all. Just bought my 2004 TJ rubicon with 33 inch wheels meant for off roading. As such, it's not that great on the highway.

However, I plan on making a 450 mile round trip road trip in a week or so, how bad will this be?

What should my RPMs be while driving on the highway? Everytime I get even slightly above 2 I feel like I'm pushing it too hard, but I kind of have to to keep up with traffic. People were mentioning overdrive but I'm a noob jeep owner and am not sure what that means, should I use that my entire drive?

Love the jeep so far though. Thanks for the answers.
What do you mean by you feel like you're "pushing it to hard"? Do you feel a vibration? Noise? Can you be a little more specific? The 4.0 I6 will cruise at 3000 rpm all day. Maybe there is a problem in your drive train.
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What did you drive before you got the jeep?
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I have driven my TJ Rubicon with 33X12.5X15 BFG ATs on several long trips including Kansas to western Colorado, to New Orleans and home in Louisiana and then to Key West and back. I hit on one section nearly 20 MPG. I drive at 60 MPH. I never was a speed racer. Auto and stock 4.10 gears.

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Mine is at 2600 rpm at 65mph and will do 3000rpm at higher speeds all day and be perfectly happy. You are not pushing it at 2000 rpm, and as mentioned above, anything on the highway between 2 & 3K is fine.

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