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Old 01-12-2016, 08:47 PM
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Help w/high speed interstate hwy driving

Two weeks ago I bought a 2016 Willys Wheeler (2-door) & I could use some feedback/input about its handling at high speeds on the interstate highways. I live in Wisconsin, and today it was incredibly windy & about 7 degrees outside (roads were clear, however). Today I found that when I drove more than 60 mph on the windy interstate, my Jeep was being tossed all over the place. All other vehicles were able to drive 70 mph with no problem, and everyone was easily passing me by (pretty embarrassing...LOL). Is anyone able to provide me with some tips/things I can do to prevent being tossed around, especially on a windy day at high speeds? A friend of mine suggested putting a few salt bags in my trunk, to weigh my Jeep down a bit. Thank you for any feedback you have!!

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You drive a 1/4 ton box. Its tall, has a short wheelbase, and relatively light for its size. Wind will affect you more than others. That being said, it shouldnt be as bad as you describe. Is it stock? No lift?

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Two weeks ago I bought a 2016 Willys Wheeler (2-door) & I could use some feedback/input about its handling at high speeds on the interstate highways. I live in Wisconsin, and today it was incredibly windy & about 7 degrees outside (roads were clear, however). Today I found that when I drove more than 60 mph on the windy interstate, my Jeep was being tossed all over the place. All other vehicles were able to drive 70 mph with no problem, and everyone was easily passing me by (pretty embarrassing...LOL). Is anyone able to provide me with some tips/things I can do to prevent being tossed around, especially on a windy day at high speeds? A friend of mine suggested putting a few salt bags in my trunk, to weigh my Jeep down a bit. Thank you for any feedback you have!!
If you do put salt bags in the trunk make sure you secure them well. Last thing you want if you brake hard or have a crash is a couple of 50lb rocks flying around
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OP: i have a '15 2 dr jk w/soft top and live in NJ, when there is high winds and I'm on the hwy, I get pushed all over the lane i'm in. just got to use 2 hands on the wheel..I can feel the wind up against my soft top probably happens with the winds over 25 mph...
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You drive a 1/4 ton box. Its tall, has a short wheelbase, and relatively light for its size. Wind will affect you more than others. That being said, it shouldnt be as bad as you describe. Is it stock? No lift?
^This.

I live in WI as well, and can tell you, first hand, that windy days are a bitch. My Jeep on the freeway is like a sailboat. There are some days when I'll actually take a city route rather than head out on the interstate.

That said, maybe you're overstating it a bit?

Or maybe I'm just used to it...I know that on windy days, I'm gonna be steering back and forth. Doesn't really bother me...
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Check your tire pressure. They almost invariably come from the dealer over-inflated and it makes them twitchy on the road.

Getting the correct tire pressure will help, but it won't completely eliminate your problem, it's always going to get pushed around more than a lowslung car or an SUv that's a lot longer and heavier.
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Check your tire pressure. They almost invariably come from the dealer over-inflated and it makes them twitchy on the road.
This, too.
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Thank you all for the comments! I really appreciate the feedback! Yes, it's stock & not a lift. I will def check the tire pressure this week, & if I throw salt bags in the back I'll secure them down (great suggestions!). And for the two peeps who live in NJ & WI, it does feel kinda like a sailboat when it comes to steering on the highway. My recent car was a VW Beetle, and the steering was so straight & easy that I almost didn't need hands to drive . I've lived most of my life in NYC, so interstate driving in WI with a lively Jeep is new to me. Thanks so much for the helpful thoughts!! Kelly
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might get some wheel spacers to widen the stance a little but i think the short wheel base is still going to be a problem
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^ wheel spacers will help a little bit I found.
But I know he is talking about. My 14 JKR is all over the hwy as well at speeds of 70+ on windy days. It's just the nature of the beast, unfortunately they are the least aerodynamic vehicles out there lol. Also note roads are built different everywhere you go, we have serious crowns in our roads that will pull you off the road of your not paying attention . But I have been to California, Chicago and Florida and all the roads are made slightly different with different materials.
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I live in WY and 40mph is just a slight breeze here. We are driving billboards with wheels.

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Today I found that when I drove more than 60 mph on the windy interstate, my Jeep was being tossed all over the place. A
Welcome to owning a Jeep CJ/Wrangler..lol 2-door is worse than a 4 door. Wait till you lift it!!!!!


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The good news is once you take the top and doors off, you lose all that at resistance and it will be smooth sailing. You will get used to it over time.
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Check your tire pressure. They almost invariably come from the dealer over-inflated and it makes them twitchy on the road.
This, too.
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spacers, and tire pressure. Spacers will also make it look better and the better it looks ... the better it drives. It's a fact.!
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When I drive the wifes Focus HB I feel like im in a Indy car on rails..lol
My wife had a 2007 Focus sedan SE, and that thing was all over the road on windy days as well :-)

Sure the 2dr get tossed a bit on windy days, but I don't think it's that bad, I haven't used my 2 hands yet.
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BTW...some of you may know this, some may not. I'm gonna throw it out, anyway.

Dealerships and tire shops have a tendency to way overinflate your Jeep tires, especially aftermarket tires. I'm not sure why this is...liability, maybe?

Regardless, if you're running aftermarket tires, here's a rough benchmark of where your PSI should be:

33" should be 28-30 PSI
35" should be 26-28 PSI
37" should be 24-26 PSI

This is, of course, general. Do a chalk test to determine your optimum.

I run 35s, and use 30 PSI in em. A while back I had to take it to the dealership for a recall, and driving home it felt really...well, squirrely. Sure enough, when I checked the PSI, it was at 40. 40! Dropped it back down to 30, and all was well...

Even a small change in PSI can make a significant difference.
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I live in WY and 40mph is just a slight breeze here. We are driving billboards with wheels.

Every time I run down to Cheyenne or Gilette to play hockey, I have to cut my hair. If I don't I can't see when I'm outside half the time. Hats usually just blow off my head too.

To the OP, yea, jeeps handle horribly in the wind. Hardest wind I've driven in is about 30mph but even then, it was terrifying. I'm in a TJ or a 4 door when I drive so it is a little different but there isn't much you can do to fix it besides add weight. Sands bags or salt bags would be your best bet.
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My wife had a 2007 Focus sedan SE, and that thing was all over the road on windy days as well :-)

Sure the 2dr get tossed a bit on windy days, but I don't think it's that bad, I haven't used my 2 hands yet.
ST HB it doesn't go all over the road unless you make it

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