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Old 06-15-2013, 09:22 PM
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Well, hello there! Boring intro from FL

Hello Wrangler forum, nice to meet you. I don't own a Wrangler yet, but expect to hopefully this year.

Or next.

Or maybe I'll wait for a diesel version...

Anyways... I've always wanted a Jeep, and to me, the only jeeps were CJs, then Wranglers. The only Jeep product I ever owned previously was a 1975 DJ-5, retired from service. it's nice to see a few people on here still drive them. Although it was 2 wheel drive, and had a shelf where most vehicles had driver seats, it was a fun ride. Never fast, didn't handle well, and not terribly comfortable, reliable, or fuel efficient... but just fun.

For a while I have been more into Subarus, and had 2 STi's, an 07 then an 08. They were fun, but after a few years of having cars beat the crap out of me, I decided to go a completely different direction, and traded the 08 in for an '11 Outback. Everything an STI is, the Outback is not, and vice verse. One thing the Outback had that the others did not was the ability for off-road use. And... I discovered that going 3 MPH could be as exciting as going 150 MPH in the right place!

I'm not normal... as far as grocery getting middle aged Outback owners with a wife and kids go. I lifted that sucker 2 inches, put larger all-terrain tires on it, got a real brush/lightbar with 400 watts of light hanging on it on front. Also put skidplates under the engine, tranny, and rear diff. I usually have a long handled shovel in the roof basket (I've had to dig my way out of sand before with it.) I tossed the mini spare in favor of a full sized one, carry a tire pump, and a compressor, and if I'm headed out into the wilds I strap the air tank in the roof basket to re-inflate when I'm done playing. I'm on my second tow strap... because it gets used. Don't be afraid of being rescued by the family wagon, it beats walking.

The winch goes in the rear hitch receiver. Still need to fab one for the front...

I still love my Outback, and still go off-road in it. Even today I saw a path off into the weeds and wondered where it went, so I followed it it. But, the AWD is not a dedicated 4WD system. No locking anything, not even a center diff, does hold it back. Fortunately, that isn't really a limitation, as the long overhangs on either side make an approach and departure angle that stops you long before traction becomes an issue. Not much you can do about it. Sometimes you've just spending time and effort on the wrong thing.

So. Time to get a Jeep again! My wish list is a 2 door Rubicon with a Hard top. Other than that, not so picky. I like the look of Commando Green and Dune, but the White looks pretty sharp as well. In any case, I'll probably hold off until I can afford the new Jeep and keep the Outback. If I traded the Outback, I would pretty much need to look at Unlimited ones.

And that's all I have to say about that.

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Old 02-24-2014, 10:12 AM
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And finally got one this weekend. Picked up a used 2013 Wrangler Sport with 5,500 miles, ,6 speed, hardtop, tow package, Dune colored. The Outback was gone a while ago... And so is FL, living in MD now. Less sand where I'm at, but more snow.

Anyways... I'd throw a pic up, but I'm pretty sure anyone here knows what a Dune 2dr JK with a black hard top and the 16" tires looks like. And that's what this one looks like!
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