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Old 12-05-2013, 09:50 AM   #1
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New Jeep Owner Questions!

All,
First of all, very pleased to see such a comprehensive forum out there for Jeep owners! I recently traded in my '07 VW Touareg for an '09 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited X, couldn't be happier to be out of the expensive euro money trap and into the Jeep family, feels like home.

I have a couple of questions for the community, would love to gather some answers!

1. I'm used to putting 91 grade gasoline in the vw, but would love to bump down to 85 in the Jeep - is that safe considering the manual instructs 87 grade?

2. The Jeep has a 3" lift and some meaty tires, which create a bit of drag in terms of mountain interstate driving to get to our various 4x4 destinations in Colorado and Utah, any way to ensure enough power is getting to the engine to muscle through those high elevation interstate passes? Any aftermarket power options?

3. Our family mechanic re-certified the Jeep, but did let me know that the front upper differential bushings needed replaced as they were blown out and the factory bushings are not beefy enough to handle the lift - any suggestions on some capable bushings?

Thanks in advance!

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Old 12-05-2013, 10:07 AM   #2
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85 is fine for the altitude. As far as power goes, well... It is a minivan engine and is what it is.
Depending on the tire size you might be due for a gearing change. Tuners, headers,exhaust, intakes will give you a little power gain but it will never be a power house. Super chargers exist but seem to be more trouble than they a worth. They are also spendy. Welcome to life in the slow lane, enjoy the ride and don't forget to wave.

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Old 12-05-2013, 10:09 AM   #3
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As far as the axle bushings go, you can convert to Johnny joints or krawler joints . Involves welding and such. I recommend just replacing them with stock and plan on every few years just replacing them. It really depends on how hard you wheel it and flex it .
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Out of your expensive Euro money trap.

You have no idea...

Only here is the difference. On Euro vehicles, normal maintenance is expensive because, well, they are Euro. (we replaced the alternator on our Jetta. Ugh!)

Jeeps are expensive because of everything you WANT to do to them. Go to Jeep Parts & Jeep Accessories From The Jeep Parts Experts - Quadratec and watch your bank account impload. The worst part is then they send you a catalog in the mail. That has become my dirty magazine in the bathroom.

"I have spent more on my jeep than you have on your BMW and I am having way more fun driving it than you are."
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Old 12-05-2013, 04:58 PM   #5
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Oh, by the way, another common thing you will find about our community.

Don't come around here saying you bought a jeep if you aren't going to show it off.

Pictures!!!
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We are simple creatures who survive of pictures of jeeps . Feed us
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wanderlust - Thanks! great info - haven't had time to do much research on Jeep engines, are they all V6 3.8?

joeuncool - I hear that! Just google image searching options gets the old blood pumping for mods. Thinking about a new set of BFG AT or MT and the standard american racing black wheels - thoughts?

Pics here - Would love to get some opinions so far!



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wanderlust - Thanks! great info - haven't had time to do much research on Jeep engines, are they all V6 3.8?
From 2007-2011 they were 3.8 liter Chrysler engines architecture shared with Dodge Caravan, etc. since 2012 the engine is a 3.6 liter Pentastar V-6 with a different architecture.
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Nice rig .. Keep hanging out here and it will change.
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Nice rig. I keep hearing thru the grapevine that jeep is thinking about Hemis. That's right Hemis. I would definitely buy one but it's not definite.
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The 3.6 isn't bad, hemi is heavy. Diesel would be the best option
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If a diesel unlimited comes out I may have to trade in the Lj.
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Old 12-05-2013, 08:33 PM   #13
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It is a rumor!
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So you don't think it'll come true?
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Dont trade the lj! If we do move back I want one!
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Yeah I hope to have it paid off then I could tow it with the diesel jk lol
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I will believe it when I see it .
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I thought it would be cool to tow my jeep with a jeep guess not haha
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I tow my jeep with a ram..
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I tow my jeep with a ram..
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Ohh!! Nice when did you do that?
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After breaking in BV I picked up the trailer. Picked the truck up last year in preparation for the set up. Works pretty well. This pic was leaving Moab on Monday before heading back.
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Old 12-06-2013, 11:19 AM   #23
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Just remember, offroading is for people who love work and hate money
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wanderlust - Thanks! great info - haven't had time to do much research on Jeep engines, are they all V6 3.8?

joeuncool - I hear that! Just google image searching options gets the old blood pumping for mods. Thinking about a new set of BFG AT or MT and the standard american racing black wheels - thoughts?

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Nice. You already have the lift, time to get 35's under that rig. On Wrangler Forum you see a lot of people liking Goodyear DuraTracs. I do like your wheels.

Hmmm, bumpers, winch, lights, rock sliders...
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I will believe it when I see it .
It is really starting to look like there will be one. One is going in the Cherokee and with all the demand I am sure it will get in the Wrangler. Problem is that it looks like 2016 at the soonest. I generally only buy vehicles that are at least 3 years old so that means I won't get one for another 5 years. :bummed:
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Already driven the new diesel. Very nice, going to be in the ram 1500s as well. Wrangler actually has one in different markets. US market is just starting to wake up to diesel. Hopefully we will see it.
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Yeah they are lucky overseas.
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The half ton diesel isn't anything like the one in the 2500 or 3500
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No, it isn't but 440 ftb's of torque is nothing to be ashamed of

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