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Old 07-27-2015, 04:06 PM
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long trip in the yj?

I am possibly considering taking my yj from nj to clearwater fl. It's about 100 miles each way. My jeep is the 4cyl with the 3 speed auto. It's mostly all highway down i95. Cruising 65-70 is about 2800-3k rpm for me. I was also thinking about trailering my jet ski on the back which is 700lbs. My jeep is in nice shape it's a 1995 with 125,000 miles. I'm confident in the motor but a little concerned about how the auto trans would handle it. Other than the rough ride and noise are their any con's to this or has anyone done something simular?

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1000 miles each way sorry for the typo above

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Old 07-27-2015, 09:41 PM   #3
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If it's in good shape, I'd go for it. Just keep the speed to an easy pace, to keep things on the lower part of the duty cycle.
Of course, I tend to do roadies with a diesel pickup with cruise and ac. Best of luck.
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I did a 300ish mile each way trip in my YJ in early july; 5spd, but the general outcome is the same.
Don't try to keep up with traffic, if you cruise at 60-65ish, your RPM's will be far lower than if you try to sit around 70.
So long as you keep your RPM's down, if it's mechanically in good shape, I'd go for it, the 300 miles didn't seem to phase my '95.
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Old 07-28-2015, 06:20 PM   #5
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Drove mine from Florida to Tennessee back in December. I would recommend earplugs or headphones. The wind noise with the soft top got really old after the first 4 hours of the trip. I'll be doing the trip again this year with the old YJ.
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I honestly forgot to mention earplugs.. (thanks for mentioning them RBD) My trip was taken topless, had plugs in for the whole thing. I definitely would also recommend them for anything long distance
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I drove a few times from Houston to El Paso, about 1,000 miles. Not the most comfortable drive but the Jeep did better than I did. I much prefer trips where I'm shifting and turning a lot, like a Colorado or Utah trip. On highways I agree it's much easier and safer to hold it around 60 - 65 and it seems to be a lot easier on the drive train. Just be careful with the trailer when you have to turn or stop.
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Thanks for the imput I think I'm going to go for it
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Unless time is a factor - (which I doubt considering making the trip in the YJ) - why not look for a route more off the beaten path -- ie. less I95??

More scenic and a slower pace.

Just a thought
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Unless time is a factor - (which I doubt considering making the trip in the YJ) - why not look for a route more off the beaten path -- ie. less I95?? More scenic and a slower pace. Just a thought
I'm with you, I take the road less traveled in my YJ on long trips.
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I hate driving interstates. I'll drive 100 miles out of the way to stay on back roads. It's a lot more interesting and much more Jeep friendly. Hey, life is short-- stop and smell the roses along the way.

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