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fabian9931 07-21-2010 10:49 AM

looking into my first JK and was wondering
 
I never been offroading before and I seem to have fun in the snow here in jersey. I currently drive an 00' XJ and Since I am a family man now, i would love to get me a newer truck. Not new, used. I love the JK. I never liked jeeps until I was forced to drive the XJ and one snow storm and i loved it. Now I want a 4 door XJ. But I was looking and the rubicon 4 door JK is alot of money. I love the way the mountain edition looks. with the dark grill and wheels and tires. But I know it gets alittle deep into detail. I was wondering, I dont plan on going wheeling, or offroading to any extreme, if anything some snow and some fun in dirt trails which would be like 3 times a year if that. So I was wondering if the sport edition would be enough. I heard about axle 3.7 and 3.2 blah blah blah. is it better to go for the gear ratio 3.7? I do plan on getting rid of those goodyear wrangler sr-a's and getting me some wrangler silent armors or the rubicon wheel and tires. I do on plan on getting bigger tires and maybe a small lift just for looks. Like i said family guy here and just wondering what my options are. I do want the power doors, windows, etc. no need for navigation tho as i have my garmin. what do you guys think? does a 2007 or 2008 have the options i am looking for? what should i be looking for? dana 44 on front and rear? or just rear? newbie here. thanks!

Sf_Kilo 07-21-2010 11:01 AM

Jeep has some decent deals occasionally......
How about a 2010 Brand new unlimited..... they are about $24k
You have a lot of options but the 2010's are really not overly expensive.... $400 a month with a 72 mo term

cremaley 07-21-2010 12:24 PM

Recently purchased a 2010 Wrangler Sport for $19,810 It's a 6 speed manual and I added 33x12.5 tires with no lift. Comes with 3.21 gears unless you build your own and add the factory tow packge. That comes with the 3.73 gears. Word of advise if you go with larger tires on the 3.21 gears you will lose power in 6th gear if its a manual. Not sure what is does to the automatic. I would definately try to get one with at least 3.73 gears if you are doing a lift plus larger tires. Of course, 4.10 would even be better.

fabian9931 07-21-2010 08:33 PM

I am looking and will be getting an auto trans, just not sure still if sport will do.

daggo66 07-21-2010 08:36 PM

The sport is extremely capable off road. Especially since you said you're not looking to do anything extreme.

GroundHawg 07-21-2010 08:54 PM

I bought an 07 X and that year some have 4.10 gears. I love it. I got it cheap, but it's a 2 door.

you'll be ok with a Sport. Rubicons you'd just be buying things you won't need.

IMO...you sound like a Sahara person :p bit pricey, but they get lots of bells and whistles.

fabian9931 07-21-2010 09:33 PM

the sahara isnt bad but for some reason i like the black non colored fender flares.

pdubois64 07-21-2010 10:59 PM

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Originally Posted by fabian9931 (Post 696954)
the sahara isnt bad but for some reason i like the black non colored fender flares.

I have the Sahara and agree. Mine are scratched and paint is peeling on the front. I will be changing to the unpainted, they aren't that expensive. Someone suggested that they are just the same plastic ones painted so I may just get them sand blasted.

InfernoGirl 07-21-2010 11:23 PM

They are the same flares, just color matched. Don't know how the plastic will hold up to blasting tho', might be fine, Idk.... :confused: Someone will go flat flares and sell theirs, keep an eye out, if you'd rather just replace them.

OP, a Sport, or X or what ever they call them this week should do fine for you.

pdubois64 07-21-2010 11:27 PM

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Originally Posted by InfernoGirl (Post 697038)
They are the same flares, just color matched. Don't know how the plastic will hold up to blasting tho', might be fine, Idk.... :confused: Someone will go flat flares and sell theirs, keep an eye out, if you'd rather just replace them.

OP, a Sport, or X or what ever they call them this week should do fine for you.

From what I've experienced I could probably take most of the paint off with a pressure washer ;)

fabian9931 07-22-2010 08:55 AM

how can i tell what kind of gear ratio the sport or the x is if i find a used one.

Sf_Kilo 07-22-2010 09:38 AM

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Originally Posted by fabian9931 (Post 697268)
how can i tell what kind of gear ratio the sport or the x is if i find a used one.

If you look at the window sticker (assuming they have it) it will be listed there.
If not the vin decoders may be able to tell (not sure how detailed they are).

ddbowdoin 07-22-2010 09:59 AM

stupid question of the day: what does the JK stand for? I searched Google and didn't find anything besides the model history of Jeep. Again, stupid question... bare with me people!

Sf_Kilo 07-22-2010 10:01 AM

Got me I just take it for what it is, The latest gen wrangler.....

ddbowdoin 07-22-2010 10:08 AM

yeah, I was just wondering. Has to stand for something!

Mr. Sinister 07-22-2010 10:13 AM

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Originally Posted by pdubois64 (Post 697020)
I have the Sahara and agree. Mine are scratched and paint is peeling on the front. I will be changing to the unpainted, they aren't that expensive. Someone suggested that they are just the same plastic ones painted so I may just get them sand blasted.


DO NOT sand blast them, you'll eat right through them. You want to do a media blast that uses small particles of plastic. The blast media isn't any harder than the fenders, so you'll remove the paint and only the paint.

InfernoGirl 07-22-2010 10:41 AM

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Originally Posted by fabian9931 (Post 697268)
how can i tell what kind of gear ratio the sport or the x is if i find a used one.

Build sheet, or look on the rear axle, at about the 10 o'clock position there is a metal tag with a bunch of #'s embossed in it. The last 3 are the gears.

daggo66 07-22-2010 11:46 AM

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Originally Posted by ddbowdoin (Post 697336)
yeah, I was just wondering. Has to stand for something!

You currently have an XJ, right? What does that stand for? :rolleyes:

JIMBOX 07-22-2010 11:57 AM

:rolleyes: You're just being polite Dag, you know that JK stands for

----------------------------JEEP KING----------------------------------

:rofl::rofl: JIMBO

daggo66 07-22-2010 12:01 PM

I already got in trouble once for using that kind of language. :rofl:

Blackbeard1718 07-22-2010 02:15 PM

First of all..... Jim is absolutely correct..... JK stands for "JEEP KING"!!! .......... in OUR minds, anyway! http://www.maxi-scoots.com/postnuke/...iratelaugh.gif

Fabian!

Yes, the X/Sport will more than be enough Jeep to do the Off-Roading you're talking about. Do you intend on doing any Rock-Krawling or Stump-Humping with it? No? Then you don't need the Rubicon and the additional expense.

The X/Sport will have Dana 44's on the Rear, and Dana 30's on the Front. The Sahara has the same Drive System as the X/Sport, however, you're buying Farkle Stuff like Painted Fenders, Chrome Bumper Appliques in the middle of the Bumper, etc.

I have an '09 X, and I got the 24S Package, which has the Power Convenience Group, 17" Wheels, Auto Tranny, and the 3.73 Gears. More than enough BEAST to handle the Trails and do some light-medium Rock-Krawling.

I refer to X/Sport for the Base Model Wrangler, because the '07's-'09's were X Models, and 2010's changed the name to Sport. Same Jeep! I like Sport, better.

Best of Luck!

Cheers!

BB

Nogear 07-22-2010 05:46 PM

I have a JK Unlimited Rubicon and love it. This is the third Jeep I've owned. If you aren't going to Stump hump then you don't need a Rubicon. The other JKs are still the most capable Jeeps ever made (hey, not just my opinion! JPmagazine).
Anyway, don't spend the extra money. Save the money for all the goodies you will want (and you will want them....oh, yes you will!!! )

Warthog 07-22-2010 06:44 PM

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Originally Posted by ddbowdoin (Post 697326)
stupid question of the day: what does the JK stand for? I searched Google and didn't find anything besides the model history of Jeep. Again, stupid question... bare with me people!

"When these dedicated owners gather to discuss their rides, the talk is not so much about Wranglers, but about CJs, TJs, and, soon JKs. Those are the corporate engineering codes identifying the various generations of Jeep's small, two-door, open-top 4x4s--the quintessential Jeeps.

The World War II versions were the Model MJ, for Military Jeep, and were built by Willys-Overland Motors and Ford Motor Company. After the war, Willys continued production based on the MJ. It called these the CJ, for Civilian Jeep.

Gaining a numeral suffix with each design update, the CJ series sustained through ownership under Kaiser, from 1953, and then American Motors Corporation, starting in 1970. Heavily modified examples of AMC's CJ-5, CJ6, and CJ-7 models can be found today on Jeep trails everywhere.

In 1987, AMC replaced the CJ series with the Wrangler. Identified by its square headlamps, it was more street-friendly than the CJs and designed to appeal to a wider audience. But it was less-adept for off-road use. Hard-core Jeepers said its code name, YJ, stood for "Yuppie Jeep.":eek:

Chrysler Corporation bought AMC that same year, and took the lessons learned from the YJ to create the next-generation Wrangler, code named TJ. Introduced for 1997, it revived the classic round headlamps and was an advance both in on-road drivability and off-road prowess. No mocking nicknames for this one.

Officially, YJ and TJ were simply internal engineering codes; they were not abbreviations or initials. When it came time for the next-generation Wrangler that would become the 2007 model, Chrysler's engineering-series code said it should be the TK.

But there was a problem.

"There wasn't a 'J' in it," Kevin Metz, Wrangler brand manager said. The Jeep crew tossed around various alternatives, and came up with JK. "It actually was very arbitrary," Metz said. Beyond the letter J linking it to "Jeep," JK doesn't officially have a meaning, Metz said. "If nothing else," he said, "I guess I like to think it stands for 'Jeep King.'"
"
-There you go from the mouth of Kevin Metz himself...:punk:

fabian9931 07-23-2010 09:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Blackbeard1718 (Post 697586)
First of all..... Jim is absolutely correct..... JK stands for "JEEP KING"!!! .......... in OUR minds, anyway! http://www.maxi-scoots.com/postnuke/...iratelaugh.gif

Fabian!

Yes, the X/Sport will more than be enough Jeep to do the Off-Roading you're talking about. Do you intend on doing any Rock-Krawling or Stump-Humping with it? No? Then you don't need the Rubicon and the additional expense.

The X/Sport will have Dana 44's on the Rear, and Dana 30's on the Front. The Sahara has the same Drive System as the X/Sport, however, you're buying Farkle Stuff like Painted Fenders, Chrome Bumper Appliques in the middle of the Bumper, etc.

I have an '09 X, and I got the 24S Package, which has the Power Convenience Group, 17" Wheels, Auto Tranny, and the 3.73 Gears. More than enough BEAST to handle the Trails and do some light-medium Rock-Krawling.

I refer to X/Sport for the Base Model Wrangler, because the '07's-'09's were X Models, and 2010's changed the name to Sport. Same Jeep! I like Sport, better.

Best of Luck!

Cheers!

BB

thanks blackbeard just what im looking for. i mean i like the rims and tires from the rubi or the mountain but i guess i can just get them aftermarket style you know, cant wait.

InfernoGirl 07-23-2010 09:36 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by fabian9931 (Post 698414)
thanks blackbeard just what im looking for. i mean i like the rims and tires from the rubi or the mountain but i guess i can just get them aftermarket style you know, cant wait.

Keep in mind you are very limited in how wide a tire you can put on a stock wheel.... This might make it a bit easier to give up those Moabs... ;) If not, you can pick up used ones for much less $ than you'll pay the dealer if they are on the Jeep...

landmarkbuilder 07-23-2010 11:17 AM

Just FYI, i know from pruchases that 2009 and 2010 2dr and 4dr JK's, if you get an automatic, then you have the 3.73 gearing. The tow package simply adds hitch, 4 pin harness and Trailer Sway Control turned ON in the PCM. Unless you get a RUBI, then 4.10 all the way around, regardless of tow package

ddbowdoin 07-23-2010 12:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Warthog (Post 697915)
"When these dedicated owners gather to discuss their rides, the talk is not so much about Wranglers, but about CJs, TJs, and, soon JKs. Those are the corporate engineering codes identifying the various generations of Jeep's small, two-door, open-top 4x4s--the quintessential Jeeps.

The World War II versions were the Model MJ, for Military Jeep, and were built by Willys-Overland Motors and Ford Motor Company. After the war, Willys continued production based on the MJ. It called these the CJ, for Civilian Jeep.

Gaining a numeral suffix with each design update, the CJ series sustained through ownership under Kaiser, from 1953, and then American Motors Corporation, starting in 1970. Heavily modified examples of AMC's CJ-5, CJ6, and CJ-7 models can be found today on Jeep trails everywhere.

In 1987, AMC replaced the CJ series with the Wrangler. Identified by its square headlamps, it was more street-friendly than the CJs and designed to appeal to a wider audience. But it was less-adept for off-road use. Hard-core Jeepers said its code name, YJ, stood for "Yuppie Jeep.":eek:

Chrysler Corporation bought AMC that same year, and took the lessons learned from the YJ to create the next-generation Wrangler, code named TJ. Introduced for 1997, it revived the classic round headlamps and was an advance both in on-road drivability and off-road prowess. No mocking nicknames for this one.

Officially, YJ and TJ were simply internal engineering codes; they were not abbreviations or initials. When it came time for the next-generation Wrangler that would become the 2007 model, Chrysler's engineering-series code said it should be the TK.

But there was a problem.

"There wasn't a 'J' in it," Kevin Metz, Wrangler brand manager said. The Jeep crew tossed around various alternatives, and came up with JK. "It actually was very arbitrary," Metz said. Beyond the letter J linking it to "Jeep," JK doesn't officially have a meaning, Metz said. "If nothing else," he said, "I guess I like to think it stands for 'Jeep King.'"
"
-There you go from the mouth of Kevin Metz himself...:punk:

that was awesome! thanks


:punk::punk:

Ozarkharleyguy 07-24-2010 08:02 AM

I bought a Sport, 2 door. I live in NW Arkansas. I wanted a Rubicon but dealer supplies were limited and the price was high. Jeeps are very much in demand here. I have some land and we get some snow. Neither are extreme. The Sport is great for what I need. And I always thought if there were things I needed for it later on the after-market world for Jeep is limitless. Compared to the other stuff I've had the Jeep did great in 2 wheel drive in the snow, and I was shocked at how well. Of course its your decision, but keep in mind later on are you gonna say "darn wish I'd got that Rubi?" But then again you can add to the Sport those things you want.

Good Luck


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