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Old 10-10-2015, 01:59 AM
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I've been a lurker for a while, and now a member.

I was the guy who wanted a Jeep in high school, daydreamed over the ads in PopMech for "$25 Surplus Jeeps," but never got around to one.

When the wife and I were at the Chrysler dealer this past spring for an oil change we started looking for a new vehicle for when we passed on one of our daily drivers to our oldest. Ever budget-minded, my wife wanted to look for a $20k something ride and we started at the Journey (too boring, said she). Next was a Jeep Patriot (nice but boring, another small SUV), then a Renegade. Now she was starting to warm up, and the Orange looked good but her Fear of Fiats made her leery. Next was a Cherokee- I have never warmed to the styling ( I still love the Cherokee of the 80s-90s) and she did not like it all.

Now I was ready- I smoothly suggested we try a "real" Jeep, and we took out a 2 dr Wrangler that had no window sticker in it- let her fall in love, then let her adjust to the price.

My dream came to a crashing halt when we drove it. It actually felt far more solid and quiet than I expected, but she did not care for the busy steering from the short wheelbase and my youngest daughter's protests from the back seat mean a big "NO."

I'd almost given up when I suggested we try a JKU. Half a mile later she was hooked. "This is fun to drive" said the wife. "This is cool back here" said the sprout. I played dumb on cost-"I'll check that out and see what we can get one for."

My oldest daughter fell in love too, imagining it would be hers, and all that remained was color. "Tank" was the family choice, and then...life intrudes on reality. Unexpected personal issues and business expenses made the Jeep a low priority, and our dream was put on hold. I sweated out the disappearance, then the reappearance of Tank, and its disappearance again.

So now I'm looking at placing an order after the first of January, as soon as I see what Sarge looks like. I was hoping for Rescue Green, and I'm the only one in the family to like Hyper Green. At this point, I'll take almost anything as long as I get my 6 speed!

I can't wait to visit this forum as an owner, not a drooler!

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Old 10-10-2015, 02:30 AM
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Welcome!! A wrangler is a big no-no if ur partner doesn't agree lol

When u get hooked on mods u can't turn back

Make sure u get the lower gearing stay away from the 3.21 gearing

With the 6 speed and lower gearing 3.73s u can still manage but will lose 6th gear if u run 35s

Just a heads up lol
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Welcome!! A wrangler is a big no-no if ur partner doesn't agree lol

When u get hooked on mods u can't turn back

Make sure u get the lower gearing stay away from the 3.21 gearing

With the 6 speed and lower gearing 3.73s u can still manage but will lose 6th gear if u run 35s

Just a heads up lol
No doubt about spousal agreement being a must, or at least a plus! My dream mid-life car has been a Challenger after Ford ruined (IMHO) the retro look of the Mustang- but even the Challenger has a tight back seat. My wife is ok with the Wrangler for its "cool" factor and the fun of something different. Months of relentless campaigning have even got her to agree with the 6 speed- "I'll learn how to drive it"

After reading the boards for months now, and looking at the Quadratec catalog like Ralphie at a Red Ryder ad, I can see the Jeep must be at least as popular a vehicle to mod as the Mustang. I am sure you are right about mods- I can see it would be as addictive as crack!

I will admit the Jeep for us will be an around-town mallcrawler more than a highway cruiser or trail mule- at least initially. Being in Chicago suburbia, trails are hard to come by. So stock rims and meats are to be there for a while at least (plus my 5'1" wife and 5' daughters will not appreciate any increase in entry height).

Given that, would you still recommend 3.73s? I have a feeling that may be standard with the manual tranny anyway. I am leery of anything as short as a 4.10 for around town (which includes some 55mph plus driving). I know a Jeep that needs low down grunt is different than a 71 Camaro with a TH350, but my buddy's high school rod SCREAMED at anything over 60mph.

Thank you for the heads up, because I probably wouldn't have even thought of that as a consideration!

Watch- when we do get our Jeep, my wife will be the one asking to go off road, talking about lift kits and big rubber!
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I got a Rubicon hard rock, I'm running 35s and I don't mind it, with the 4.10 gearing, my 6th gear is OK with small hills but anything bigger and it starts to bog down, take u I can still maintain 140kms on the hiway in 6th gear,

With my stock tires the 255.75.17s I like the grunt that it has but my jeep looks funny with them on haha but I only run them in winter even tho they r the mudterrain stockers

When I got my jeep I told my self and my wife that I won't mod it tell past 5 years when the warranty was over but I didn't make it threw the first year hahaha
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Howdy! Welcome to Jeep Garage

Great intro The wife will be just as hooked as you will. I usually have mods on order before my next Jeep is even in the driveway, hubs just asks what he's doing this weekend when he see's the boxes.

Hopefully we can change your name to MeHavvaWrangler in the future.
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moezer, I have a feeling mods will start fairly quickly too- probably utilitarian initially, then...less utilitarian. In fact, the wife acknowledged that- "You love tinkering around, the Jeep will be perfect for you."

SRTgirl, I hope to change my name soon as well. I'm picturing a Sarge green JKU with a tan top. I don't think I can swing an SRT8 GC as the companion piece to the Wrangler (one kid on way to private high school and the other knocking on the door of college), but maybe someday I'll do the Hemi swap on the Wrangler...
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That would be nice a hemi weee lol other cars have too many sensors
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