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Wesley 06-14-2009 03:47 PM

Driving cross country
Have any of you driven across country in your lifted/ modified Jeep? I have a 05 Unlimited and I am thinking about starting to invest some $ into a lift/tires. I would also assume that with a RE 3.5 short arm life, I am probably going to have to get a SYE/ CV set up and also regear both front and rear for it to function properly. Anyways, I drive 1500 miles each way usually around Christmas time to see my family. Does anyone else do this in their Jeeps? What kind of gas mileage do you get? Have you had any problems on the road? How much are 33/12.50's going to effect my gas? Any advice would be appreciated.

603TJ 06-14-2009 05:51 PM

Rent a Hybrid for the weekend when you have to make the trip. You'll probably save money on gas, and your sanity. My old roommate just drove from New Hampshire to LA in his lifted Jeep. I think he's still recovering.

Dare2BSquare 06-14-2009 07:14 PM

That long a trip, you will feel like you rode a horse. Wranglers are not the best highway vehicles for long trips. But, if you're young.... go for it!!!

catITguy 06-14-2009 07:28 PM

+1 on rent a car. they are not that expensive, especially if you can squeeze into a compact. I have not even tried my jeep at interstate speeds and dont plan to - its a little unstable for my liking at that speed (pushed around by wind, bear with me my other car is a corolla = virtually unaffected by wind)....also the ride is so stiff I would need my back realigned after hitting a bump.....not to mention the gas mileage....

Wesley 06-14-2009 07:46 PM

Hey, thanks for the replies. I don't drive all the way through, I usually drive 400 miles or so and then stop and find a place to bed down. I got rid of my honda because it had a lot of miles on it and I just didn't think it would make it for another cross country trip. I ended up picking up a 05 Wrangler Unlimited with 15000 miles on it because I have a dog and when I take these trips, I take her kennel etc so I wanted the extra space. Anyways, as far as renting a hybrid...we won't fit with my things (which isn't much), a 60 LB pitbull, and a kennel. I guess that I'll probably end up doing it since..well..I am still fairly young and single, but of course I'll be taking the trip in legs. Hey, it's good to know that someone is making the trip in their lifted jeeps...even if they feel like they got off a horse. LOL

jeeplove90 06-14-2009 10:00 PM

I take my jeep from RI to Montreal, QC every other weekend which is about 8 hours, and close to 400 miles. The trip is fine. I find that with the sunrider soft top, im able to have the sunroof section open, while the cargo area still has protection (in this case your dog will still be protected from the sun). The only thing that i would change for you is to install a cruise control if your jeep doesn't already have one. Also, I would do something about the factory seats that the jeep has in them now. I'm turning 19 soon and my "young-ness" cant ignore the uncomfort of the seats. Maybe look for something with a little cushion? Also, i think you mentioned wanting to lift the jeep... look for something that has a good suspension with ride quality...
That's all i have so far...

PS- the only problem with riding a soft top is the noise and the security of it when you're leaving it in a parking lot, etc

birdhunter 06-14-2009 11:10 PM

I have done many road trips with my 94 YJ thats
what its for fishing /hunting
I camp and take my time

We used to drive a 76 cj7
Wisconsin to Colorado twice a year
5 years in a row till it was totaled

I had a 79 CJ 5 V8 33s soft top
that I took to panama city beach once
wow never again

Only thing I can compare it to is rideing a hardtail HD
hrs a day for a week or two

Wisconsin to El Toro cali

Dfib 06-14-2009 11:47 PM

Did a 4000 mile road trip in a 93 YJ about 8 years ago. MN->CO->NM->TX->MN No major issues, but it was nice to stop at night... Did the last leg McCallan TX to Winona, MN in one straight shot. That sucked!

tksnow 06-15-2009 12:11 AM

I have that lift on my jeep. I did not regear it and i max out at about 75mph, i researched regearing some and found out you cant go much faster than 55mph. it will be a rough ride, if you can i would rent a car. Mine is a little rough on the highway.

Wesley 06-15-2009 01:36 AM

Believe me, if renting a car was an option, I would be all about it. Driving from Denver to Southern Illinois and staying 1 1/2-2 weeks is quite an expensive rental, on top that, the rental car companies will not allowing their cars to leave the state it is rented in. Unfortunately my parental units do not have a spare car to loan out for a week so that I can have wheels and flying with a dog is a pain in the winter. To top it all off, I'm not much of a fan of Southern Illinois and I refuse to be stuck in the house with no break from my parents for 2 weeks with an inability to go anywhere in those times where I just need a cold one.

Anyways, I'm still unsure if I am going to need to regear my Unlimited, but with that lift, I really don't want it searching for gears when I am driving. However, I do plan on doing the RE lift and changing out the SYE/CV before I do make the trip this Christmas. I of course I will have the hardtop on and I don't necessarily mind the rough ride and the fact that I will probably max out at 70 as I will be making this a mult-day travel event. Is there anything that I should be looking out for with a modified jeep when I'm on the road besides the usual fluid/ Preventative Maintenance issues that come along with any other cross country trip?

B86W05 06-15-2009 03:08 AM

after the lift make sure your steering geometry is right to avoid the dreaded death wobble

tksnow 06-15-2009 10:44 AM

Ya, before you go check your ball joints and wheel bearings and make sure those dont need replacing, also make sure you get it aligned also. It took me 2 weeks to get mine totally aligned after i lifted(ball joints had to ship in to napa) and it has chewed up my tires more than i ever thought it would. I would say whenever you stop check all your fluids and let it cool for a little while, my jeep starts to get hot after running it on the highway.

tksnow 06-15-2009 10:51 AM

also your going to want to put a good steering stabilizer shock on there to take the vibration out of the steering wheel. This is the one i bought and it works great, not sure if this is the site i got it off of though cause i feel like mine was less expensive.:
Skyjacker Suspension 7119 - Skyjacker Steering Stabilizer Kit for 97-06 Jeep® Wrangler TJ & Unlimited - Quadratec

toplessartist 06-15-2009 10:57 AM

... what kind of rental place won't let you take their car across state lines? I've never had that limitation even offered to me, let alone required. Alamo/Dollar/Budget/Hertz... rented from them all, never questioned... even when I told them where i was driving to-from.

You could fly into Ill and just go to different dealers each day and "test drive" a car... they'll never know you are using it for errands and lunch meetings... especially the Pontiac and Saturn places... they'll do anything to get rid of the cars, even for a day.

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