||04-06-2013 01:04 PM
Originally Posted by FreedomEdition
Hi JVLemur, Thanks for the education. On top of not knowing much about the Jeep Wrangler in General... I'm also learning more about manual transmissions and related. Recent spine surgery, and now rehab, allow me the time to educate myself about the vehicle...
I've always felt that my JW can't hardly get out of it's own way... It came with P225/75R15... which seem to me, somewhat Large in size, I'm not sure what the standard size is. I moved from Florida to Upstate, NY about 3 1/2 years ago... pulled a BIG Uhaul... oh boy! ...was that ever an adventure... quite a few times I thought that trailer was going to drag me back down some of them hills I was climbing. On the other hand, it seems it will pull or push, as necessary, no matter what, and never leave one "stuck" in snow or mud.
They sure are Tough!!! 10 Years/150K miles, and honestly, Very Little maintenance, oil changes, a TPS, Oil Pres. Sensor, Battery... Rear Brakes... and just now had the clutch replaced. I've a few other issues that I'm working on (ever annoying EVAP issues, now looking for the Golden Gas Cap for starters)... the rear windshield wiper intermittent op... got a warped rotor, needs shocks (could use a recommendation)... but ALL little stuff, really... maybe some of the joints might have a little arthritis but... oh, and a "ticking" when driving... otherwise, considering, their reputation for "Tough" is well deserved.
What does "f/r" D44 and lockers" mean?
Ah ok since yours is an 03 and the 4l I believe you have the nv3550, it's a decent tranny and pretty tough, although a few have said that it gets tough to get it into 1st/reverse on cold days and I'm part of those guys, overall love it until I can afford a swap to an auto.
The 225/75 is about a 28" tire which is about the size that the stocks came in, I think stock is 215/75?(someone correct me if I'm wrong) did you haul the trailer behind the jeep? The wranglers have a max towing of 2k lbs due to the short wheel base, and with 307 gears you are not equipped to haul much as you don't have the towing package(unless you do) which is the 373 gears and up, might have been the reason as to why it was an adventure hauling a trailer.
They sure are tough, take care of it, it'll take care of you(except with mpgs lol). For shocks, are you wanting to go cheap and a bit harsh ride or maybe spend some cash and have a more "comfortable" ride? Since I read you had spine surgery we'll go with the latter, so the top performers are either OME(old man emu) and rancho 9000s(note that they are 9000 not the 5000 they also sell, as the 5000 are a bit rough) those two are praised basically by everyone that's used them as being the most comfortable ride.
F/r I was referring to the Front Dana44 and the Rear dana44 axles offered in the rubicon edition wranglers. They are a lot stronger than the normal combination of D30/D35 offered in sport edition wranglers. And as for lockers, that's another option the rubicon models came with, and are an aftermarket upgrade for the axles to lock the wheels together in situations where there is very little traction. There's a whole lot more on the subject.
Have a good recovery, and hope I helped a bit.
If anyone needs to correct me, please do so, thank you:thumb: