Originally Posted by moezer
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!