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09-20-2013 11:16 AM
BushWrangler
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Originally Posted by Hockeymonster View Post
.... Wranglers are not the family grocery getters. I stand with true 4 wheelers that look at 4 door grocery getters as not true 4 wheelers.
....If you're dragging kids around get the grocery getter. If you're not the Wrangler will get more respect and attention. I don't know of any acura off road clubs..maybe in Japan but not here.
I went with the 4 door so my 7 year old daughter will have her own door and plenty of room to enjoy days out on the trail wheeling with our local Jeep club. Little did I realize there are some guys that view the Wrangler 4 door as not a true off roader and I should not get any respect. Funny, I thought Wranglers were pretty damn capable off road right off the dealer's lot. Silly me.
09-10-2013 06:32 PM
jkeith00
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Originally Posted by Trailer Park Boys View Post
I sold a 2011 Lexus RX450H to buy a 2013 JKU Rubicon. (actually got money back) It took a bit of adjustment but 4500 miles later I'm still happy. It is kind of like car vs. truck when comparing these two vehicles. I like to fresh and salt water fish and I felt like I was destroying the Lexus every time I pulled a boat or threw the kayak on the roof. The Jeep seems way tougher and like it's made for that kind of use.
Yep... traded in a 2011 Infiniti FX35 for the 2013 Rubicon JKU. Takes a little getting used to the lack of creature comforts (like strap on oh shit handles, homelink, power seats, AC seats, etc... but the Jeep is so cool you totally feel great about it!
09-10-2013 05:53 PM
Silverback51 Nope, no regrets. I have a pair of mall crawlers now.

And believe me, the Jeep is much more comfortable and quieter than the 2002 Corvette that was my prior DD.

09-10-2013 01:19 PM
DallasJKU Coolest vehicle on the planet. Nobody compliments an SUV. I smile everytime I look at my Jeep and then think I need 37's.
09-10-2013 01:13 PM
panthermark
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Originally Posted by EWhite37 View Post
I bought a 2012 JK Unlimited Sahara and love it. No real mods (I think about them but haven't had a chance to hit trails in the last year so haven't bothered) and its my favorite car. I traded in a 2007 MB CLK to get it and some friends thought I was nuts, but its the only 4WD, 4 dr, convertible out there. Quieter hardtop in the winter, top down almost all summer, 4WD whether driving on snow covered highways or dirt roads. With a few damaged discs in my lower back I was apprehensive but the chairs are much more comfortable than you'd imagine. Not hard 'sport' seats, they are made to ease out harsh bumps which makes the seats comfortable in city or highway driving. I could only do a couple hours in my F-150 without a rest, yet have driven over 350 at a stretch, a few times this year, and been very comfortable doing it. I'd rather drive it around than our Infiniti M37.
^Yeah, I'm amazed at how smooth the Sahara rides. I assume it is the shocks. Sahara shocks are clearly longer/thicker than Sport shocks, and I'm guessing damped softer than Rubi performance shocks.
09-10-2013 11:57 AM
1quick1 If I didn't need off road ability to get to my hiking trail heads and camping spots I'd get a Grand Cherokee. I know they can offroad but they are too pretty for me to kick rocks up and scrape on the rocks.
09-10-2013 11:42 AM
EWhite37 I bought a 2012 JK Unlimited Sahara and love it. No real mods (I think about them but haven't had a chance to hit trails in the last year so haven't bothered) and its my favorite car. I traded in a 2007 MB CLK to get it and some friends thought I was nuts, but its the only 4WD, 4 dr, convertible out there. Quieter hardtop in the winter, top down almost all summer, 4WD whether driving on snow covered highways or dirt roads. With a few damaged discs in my lower back I was apprehensive but the chairs are much more comfortable than you'd imagine. Not hard 'sport' seats, they are made to ease out harsh bumps which makes the seats comfortable in city or highway driving. I could only do a couple hours in my F-150 without a rest, yet have driven over 350 at a stretch, a few times this year, and been very comfortable doing it. I'd rather drive it around than our Infiniti M37.
09-10-2013 11:32 AM
Galenat
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Originally Posted by Mattk11 View Post
This 2013 Jeep Sahara is completely impractical as I still have 2 kids at home. One drives and the other in 7th grade.

It was a total toy for ME. My wife hated it at first because it was loud, rough and didn't have lights on the vanity mirror. Can you believe that??

The jeep was freaking cheap compared to other vehicles. I have sunk thousands into a soft top, new wheels, new bumpers, and two new sound systems already (already upgraded again).

Funny thing is once the weather changed, I put on an Off Road Heros soft top and we have at least one of the panels off all the time making it even louder. Now we take it everywhere with her riding shotgun and loving it.

My favorite vehicle I've ever had including my bitchin Mustang GT in High School and a string of German and Japanese cars. I don't care if it rains in it, if I run over a curb and through the mud. Half the time I wash it in the driveway I do it with the top still off and just whipe it down. I used to spend hours detailing my cars, now it's a 30 minute process.

I'll probably buy another one of these in 3 years and hand this down to my kids to drive. Just fun.
I was looking at the Off Road Heroes fastback top. Are you happy with it? How hard is it to manage the tops? How is it on the highway? Is it easy to store the top panels in the Jeep when they are off? Sorry to change the topic.
07-16-2013 09:20 AM
Postmon
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Originally Posted by thinkxingu View Post
Saw you bought a JKU- pics?!
Yes and no regrets so far! Doing some mods and looking forward to posting some pics after complete.
07-13-2013 08:25 PM
sandnsaltwater I am a Mom of 6...Ages 24-12, only the 12 year old at home. Just traded a 2012 Cherokee for a 2013 JKU and I could NOT be happier!! It is my DD and I am sad I waited until 2013 to buy my first Wrangler! I feel like I am 16 again and in my first car! It was less than 24 hours old and it was in the mud one day and at the mall the next! Best decision of my life!
07-13-2013 08:12 PM
thinkxingu
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Originally Posted by Postmon View Post
Does anyone have any regrets going for a JKU as a 2nd family vehicle? For us it's primarily going to be used as a mall crawler and taxi for the kids (10/12 year olds). I've only had SUVs/Crossovers in the past and know they're more practical (e.g. safety, comfort, gas mileage, reliability, quality, etc.). But, I fell in love with the JKU and wondering how I might feel after the honeymoon is over.
Saw you bought a JKU- pics?!
07-13-2013 07:57 PM
sesak
I need that!!

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Originally Posted by Mattk11 View Post
This is my version of a Tuffy. I had a local metal guy make my cover then had it powder coated. Cost me $50 total. He gave me a hell if a deal...


Attachment 271739
Sorry lets try responding to the individual person who posted. That looks amazing on your Jeep. Love the price even better. I need to figure out how to get this done up.
07-13-2013 07:51 PM
sesak that is siiiick!! Can't beat the price either!!! I need to figure out how to get that done up!
07-12-2013 08:09 AM
SirRyan I run a car dealership and used to have a demo...anything on the lot I wanted. Truth is, I have always wanted a Jeep. So one day last month I started looking and got the fever. I located one, called my sister store (I run a Nissan store, sister store is a Jeep dealer) and they got it for me. I turned in my FREE demo and now receive a demo allowance which I use to pay for my Jeep...and I have ZERO regrets. It is my daily driver. I have two kids, both in baseball/softball, scouts, friends, etc. I dont have plans to rock crawl or go mudding, but if I want to, I know I can take trails and go camping and go places other suvs cant go...and like one poster said, no one is going to come up to you and say, "Cool MDX, bro." When I turn on my Jeep it turns me on as well...I dont think a crossover or suv can do that.
07-12-2013 07:29 AM
4WDGroceryGetter To me it is a matter of are you a summertime windows open-type of person or a windows closed a/c on-type of person?

If you are one who enjoys putting your hair up and feeling fresh air...a Jeep is for you. If you are afraid your hair will get messed up and your make-up might get smeared...a Crossover is a better fit.

My wife was the second type until she turned 40. Now that she has she felt as if she has missed out on s much by being isolated to the world...in her own little cocoon.

We traded her fully loaded Buick Enclave for the JKUS and she has yet to miss her a/c seats, AWD, electric tailgate, xenon lights, etc.
In fact she has never been more excited to own a car, ever.
07-12-2013 05:36 AM
Mattk11 This is my version of a Tuffy. I had a local metal guy make my cover then had it powder coated. Cost me $50 total. He gave me a hell if a deal...


Attachment 271739
07-09-2013 11:07 AM
sesak
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Originally Posted by panthermark View Post
Sorry, been away for the last 10 days with a new kid.

Yup, I have the Tuffy trunk enclosure on a my 2013 JKU. It provided pretty solid security when topless, and isn't "too" difficult to remove if you need more room. It will prevent the "walk by" theft, but if someone really wants to get in (and brings tools), they can get in.
No worries! Thanks for the info! Looks like the Tuffy deck cover is exactly what I'm looking for! I can't imagine I'll ever have something worth enough for a calculated attempt at robbing me. Work clothes/gym bag/ first aid kit all have some value mostly to me. If it can't be swiped out quickly is basically what I'm after.
07-03-2013 01:28 AM
panthermark Sorry, been away for the last 10 days with a new kid.

Yup, I have the Tuffy trunk enclosure on a my 2013 JKU. It provided pretty solid security when topless, and isn't "too" difficult to remove if you need more room. It will prevent the "walk by" theft, but if someone really wants to get in (and brings tools), they can get in.
06-26-2013 09:29 AM
sesak
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Originally Posted by woansleftpeg View Post

If I may speak for panthermark, and I don't think I can but I'm going to anyway, I believe he has the Tuffy Security Deck. I have the same, it's relatively simple to install and pretty secure - if you leave it in a quiet, secluded area where a thief would have a quarter of an hour to work on it uninterrupted and undisturbed with a socket set and/or power tools then he's going to be able to get in, but it will happily deter the opportunist. My experience is that it isn't the greatest of designs, but it will certainly do the job.

Panthermark may have an entirely different view. I really don't speak for him.
Thanks a lot!! My vehicle can be relatively unattended since I don't park in a garage at home and overnight at work depends which hall I work at. I can't imagine someone will be wanting to try THAT hard to get to my trunk when at most is work gear or gym bag. I just want to deter the obvious such as people walking by and picking out whatever is in the back in a second or two.

The tuffy security deck is a bit pricey but as long as it does a decent job at moderate protection I will be more comfortable topless at more places. I definitively need to invest in something such as this.

Haha.. errrr.. With my jeep topless :$
06-25-2013 08:46 PM
woansleftpeg
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Originally Posted by sesak View Post
This is a little off-topic for this thread but just wondering on the trunk enclosure. Which kind do you have? Where did you purchase it? Do you find it seems effective for keeping things locked up? Also year what year is your Jeep? Thinking of getting one for my 2011 JKU. Being a paramedic I frequently live out of my vehicle with things such as my jacket/boots/utility belt/ sometimes full uniform, and want to be able to not unload and reload my truck constantly all summer when my top is in varying degrees off being off.

Thanks for any info!
If I may speak for panthermark, and I don't think I can but I'm going to anyway, I believe he has the Tuffy Security Deck. I have the same, it's relatively simple to install and pretty secure - if you leave it in a quiet, secluded area where a thief would have a quarter of an hour to work on it uninterrupted and undisturbed with a socket set and/or power tools then he's going to be able to get in, but it will happily deter the opportunist. My experience is that it isn't the greatest of designs, but it will certainly do the job.

Panthermark may have an entirely different view. I really don't speak for him.
06-25-2013 08:20 PM
BManz
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Originally Posted by Dragonscape View Post
Yes, but in 2023 ten years from now the Wrangler will still return 50-75% of purchase price.
And it's this little nugget that overcomes any fuel economy penalty. The major mods for me were Duratracs (day 1) and then I made my own hardtop "lift" (4 cargo tie down straps) and my own mesh shade.
06-25-2013 06:58 PM
RTStanger Have had my 13' JKU for little over a month now and I still love it! It's fun to drive, my dogs fit perfectly in the back. Love the convenience of having 4 doors and cargo area. I can take the top off when I feel like it and it's still a Jeep Wrangler. 3.73s do make a huge difference though, and even then highway driving could be better, but I've got my Mustang for that.
06-25-2013 06:22 PM
sesak
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Originally Posted by panthermark View Post
Sure....

I had a list of items I knew I would purchase for my Sahara that is a mall crawler.

*Wheel locks
*Hood lock
*New headlights (take one night drive and you will see)
*New speakers
*Underseat Lockbox
*Trunk Enclosure
*Door detents (which I never got around to buying)
*Lockpick and rear view camera (which I'm in the middle of getting)
*Hoist (needed to remove hard-top...which is needed if you really want to enjoy a mall crawling Wrangler)
*Spiderwebshade


Something like a cargo cover is fairly common an inexpensive for an SUV. For a Wrangler, you could easily spend +$400 on a Tuffy Trunk enclosure. That is already $1000 worth of aftermarket stuff and we are not even into lifts and tires and rails and stuff.

If you buy a JKU, and you don't plan on going off road or taking the top off, you might as well not get a Wrangler. If you do plan on taking to top off, you will see that there can be a lot of work involved. For instance, do you park on the street, in a driveway, or in a garage at night? What about at work?

This is a little off-topic for this thread but just wondering on the trunk enclosure. Which kind do you have? Where did you purchase it? Do you find it seems effective for keeping things locked up? Also year what year is your Jeep? Thinking of getting one for my 2011 JKU. Being a paramedic I frequently live out of my vehicle with things such as my jacket/boots/utility belt/ sometimes full uniform, and want to be able to not unload and reload my truck constantly all summer when my top is in varying degrees off being off.

Thanks for any info!
06-03-2013 07:56 PM
Mcrock
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Originally Posted by myrtlebeachjeep View Post

I have hoist in garage, back in lift top. Doors off and gone
Yup, I'm with ya on that
Here's my hoist before I hung freedom top up for summer soft top

Attachment 257354

Dual top group..only in a jeep.
06-03-2013 07:45 PM
myrtlebeachjeep
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Originally Posted by Mcrock View Post

Now now....
It's just a case of soft top envy. Leave him alone
I have hoist in garage, back in lift top. Doors off and gone
06-03-2013 07:44 PM
Dragonscape
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Originally Posted by Postmon View Post
I'm definitely buying this more for the "toy" value as opposed to an SUV. It's just an expensive toy especially considering that I can get a new 2013 Acura MDX for about the same price!
Yes, but in 2023 ten years from now the Wrangler will still return 50-75% of purchase price.
06-03-2013 07:40 PM
Mcrock
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Originally Posted by Hockeymonster View Post
Yeah right. I call BS on that. Lol
Now now....
It's just a case of soft top envy. Leave him alone
06-03-2013 07:39 PM
Hockeymonster Yeah right. I call BS on that. Lol
06-03-2013 07:34 PM
myrtlebeachjeep
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Originally Posted by Hockeymonster View Post
I can drop the top windows and all in 5 minutes. Do that in a hard top.
I can drop top and all on hardtop in 10. Also dont worry about top being cut
06-03-2013 07:28 PM
myrtlebeachjeep
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Originally Posted by Hockeymonster View Post
I can drop the top windows and all in 5 minutes. Do that in a hard top.
I can take the hardtop and all 4 doors in about 10 and not worry about someone cutting my softtop
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