|08-06-2011 01:38 AM|
|08-06-2011 01:04 AM|
You could get a Scangauge II to help watch your gas mileage. I'm picking mine up this weekend.
|08-05-2011 10:49 PM|
|07-29-2011 06:38 PM|
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|07-29-2011 02:21 PM|
It's lifted ~5 inches, with 35x12.5x15 M/T tires kept under 25psi, and a couple hundred pounds of tools/gear in the back. And my gears are a bit too tall for the tires, i just can't justify $1500 to go from 4.10 to 4.88.
|07-29-2011 01:04 PM|
|rubihara TJ||12MPG??? wow! Im gettin 15 with my 2005 LJ with 33 inch tires... my YJ got 16 MPG and my CJ7 was gettin 17|
|07-29-2011 11:30 AM|
Wow! I consistantly get 16mpg highway in my 2004. If you're only getting 12mpg I suspect you have some issues that need to be addressed.
|07-29-2011 11:02 AM|
I always toss that suggestion out, but never bothered to do the exact math. The results are impressive. This would be a hypothetical week on the highway in my jeep.
500 miles at 12mpg (not drafting) = 41.6 gallons
41.6 gallons at $3.60 = $150
500 miles at 16mpg (drafting) = 31.25 gallons
31.25 gallons at $3.60 = $112.50
That's $37.50 per week at NJ gas prices. Your savings would differ based on fuel prices in your area.
That's still $150 a month ($1,800/yr) just for following a truck!
|07-29-2011 10:56 AM|
Also, if your commute is lengthy, switch to a street-oriented tire. I am in love with MT/Rs, but an all-season tire would be smoother and quieter for commuting.
|07-29-2011 10:54 AM|
Sounds like it's set up just fine as is. The 4 banger doesn't mind being wound up a bit more, so shift late to get up to speed on the highway. If wind noise/flapping becomes bothersome, it might be worthwhile to look into a used hard top. Even in the summer, i drive with the floor vents open and fan on. 90° moving air over your feet is better than 130° still air.
If you spend alot of time on the highways, keep an eye out for 18-wheelers to draft behind. They usually maintain a constant/reasonable speed, and DRASTICALLY reduce the wind resistance you are fighting. I see a minimum 30% increase in mpg for highway trips where i primarily draft a large truck or bus. If you log a few hundred miles a week, that adds up fast to upgrades money!
|07-29-2011 10:45 AM|
|computeruser||You're fine the way you are. Stay on top of your preventative maintenance and you'll be fine.|
|07-29-2011 12:27 AM|
My Jeep is my DD also. Just traded my 98 Sport off about 2 weeks ago for a 06, working on making the changes. I recommend changing all the drive train oils to full synthetic, to me it seemed to make things just a little easier. I know, it sounds off the wall, but she just seemed to drive/handle easier.
Also, give her a lube job,and if you haven't changed the plugs, wires, rotor & cap in the past 50000 miles or so, maybe do that also. I ran mine with 31's, and added a 2"BB not long ago, the BB made no difference other than looks, and the new shocks made a difference in handling and ride. Enjoy, and wear your seatbelt!
|07-28-2011 11:52 PM|
|JasonH||Oh yeah....I do have a stereo. Replaced the stock POS with a detatchable face unit with line in jack and usb port. Replaced front speakers and sound bar speakers as well. Still not much wattage when I'm on freeway. Oh well, that's what I get for not putting a lot of money into my upgrade...|
|07-28-2011 11:50 PM|
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|07-28-2011 08:31 PM|
|MikeMTJ||40" tires so you can drive over top of cars.|
|07-28-2011 08:08 PM|
x3 on the stereo, but remember, an expensive head unit without detachable faceplate or other security features can make your TJ a target. I've got a Kenwood Unit with iPod connections that came with the Jeep and I'm loving it. I live in the boonies where radio stations fade in and out depending on the day and the weather so my iPod is my music lifeline.
If you have a long drive and find your feet getting hot, get yourself a heat shield. I'm looking into one for Blue and have had lots of suggestions from other members on the forum. My regular drive is only about 40 miles round trip but I do alot of road trips in the summer and don't want to get blisters on my feet from the heat :-).
|07-28-2011 06:39 PM|
|BlackMetal 2004TJ||stereo x2 i would say a good sound system helps, new speakers etc.|
|07-28-2011 06:36 PM|
|flyfishnevada||Got a stereo? That would be the one major thing if you don't.|
|07-28-2011 06:27 PM|
|wirejock||Drive mine every day too. No changes. I enjoy being above traffic. People get out of my way.|
|07-28-2011 06:20 PM|
|BLK00TJ||Sounds like it's a good daily driver already to me. I drive my TJ back and forth to work 85 miles a day and enjoy my ride.|
|07-28-2011 05:45 PM|
Tips Request-Making TJ Daily Driver
Fairly new here although I've had several wranglers in my time. My current TJ has not been my daily driver as I've been able to carpool with the wife for the last couple of years. Just got a new job and will be driving on my own so will be running the freeways with my TJ.
Any tips to make this more daily driver friendly? It's a 1997 TJ, SE, soft top, 5 speed, no A/C. Yeah, the stripped down 4 banger! She's got almost 120K miles on her and I don't even know how many more before I start having major problems. Right now everything runs fine.
What can I do to make this more daily driver friendly? What have others done? I've considered a sail cloth top and maybe dropping down to 30" tires from 31's. Anything else? Any cheap little mods I can do....