So this past weekend I had the chance to get the YJ out on the highway for a short trip to visit a friend and his family (4 hours away) and to do some wheeling while there. I found some things that I am please with and some that IMO need some attention (trying to find that fine balance between daily driver and wheeling Jeep). Mind you my wife and young sons went along too.
For starters, the good
- OME suspension is worth every penny. Rode great on and off road!
- Kuhmo Venture AT 31x10.50 tires had next to no road noise. Ran great off road, BUT lacking in mud. IF you strickly are a mudder do not use these.
- Uniden BCT 15 scanner functioned great.
- Kargo Master congo roof rack was easy to mount straps to hold all the bags, fishing poles, etc...
- 4 Low in this baby will really creep (given the axels, gearing and such are still stock).
now the not so good
- Soft top is stretched out, needs to be replace (flapping and smacking a lot) felt like I was almost having to yell just to have a convo with the wife. Upside to this is all the noise put the boys right to sleep
- 5th gear partially sucks on the highway. I think it acts more like an overdrive, just got a little annoying having to shift between 4th/5th more than I'd like.
- Emergency brake light is stuck on after wheeling - not the brakes but the dash light. Not sure why, ANY IDEAS
- A box on wheels does not do well for speed or mpg when really windy out.
All in all it wasn't bad. MPG overall averaged 17.3 and made it through several clay/mud soup pits about 2' deep and several miles of forest trails.
I have a lot more I want to do to the Jeep yet (axle swaps, diesel conversion, brake upgrades, tranny swap, etc..) and hopefully over the next month or two all the fab work and wrenching will be done in time for surf fishing out at OBX, Onslow Beach, and Carolina Beach. Im making a platform to go on the roof rack to fish off of, so I gain another 6' of height over the breakers. Gotta think outside the box.