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Re: Any of us WK2 people test drive a SRT8 yet?

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I'd also lose the ability to tow which I need
The WK2 version of the SRT8 has a real tow package and torque distribution control for towing. This was not the case in the previous version.
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Old 02-22-2012, 11:54 AM
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Re: Any of us WK2 people test drive a SRT8 yet?

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The WK2 version of the SRT8 has a real tow package and torque distribution control for towing. This was not the case in the previous version.
Okay your not helping me deny why I dont need it...


But thanks for the heads up I actually didn't realize/know the wk2 srt8 can tow now... 5,000 pounds per jeep.com. I knew for sure the wk srt8 lacked that capability.
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Re: Any of us WK2 people test drive a SRT8 yet?

^J, you can use the SRT8 to tow your Overland to the trailhead.
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Re: Any of us WK2 people test drive a SRT8 yet?

My buddy keeps insisting that I take his srt8 out. So far I haven't had the time, but I'll report bak when I do. He said its about as fast as his challenger srt8.
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Re: Any of us WK2 people test drive a SRT8 yet?

i would love to have one. But I would rather just slap a nice blower on mine and make the same power, better mpg, and have a solid tow rating and still save 10-15k. One problem, there's no damn tuners or blower kits. I swear this is the reason chrysler has made it so difficult to crack the tune.
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As a former WK1 SRT8 owner and a current WK2 SRT8 owner I'll give some input. Yes, driving will really make you want to buy. That's what sold me on the WK1 SRT8. Now that I've gone SRT I can't go back. The WK2 SRT8 gets good mpg, just depends how much fun you want to have with the go pedal 9-15 city with average of 12mpg. 14-22 highway with average of 18 highway. That's what the window sticker says. I can say I've seen all those numbers too. Actually if you keep it in Eco mode it's high 20's-30 mpg in the city. But stopping and harder acceleration is what kills the Eco mode and mpg in the city. Cruising without stopping and you're golden.

The WK2 SRT is very practical, part of he reason I traded up. It's an awesome daily driver. Yea' it's rated to tow 5,000 lbs, a little less than the 5.7, but I don't know what the limiting factor is. Maybe the suspension or something in the drive line? Transmission cooling or gearing perhaps? It has plenty of power to tow more than 5,000lbs IMO. BUT, it's rated for 5,000 for some reason. Anyone know?

The standard features in the WK2 SRT8 are awesome. Love the 19 speaker system. SRT seats are rated as some of the best by magazines for comfort and support. The new steering wheels beg to be held. Top notch materials inside and classy interiors. If you can afford the SRT I say go for it. You won't be disappointed. There's nothing like feeling the power of a 6.4L hemi hurtle you forward. Or slam on those brembos and stop on a dime


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Re: Any of us WK2 people test drive a SRT8 yet?

I would say the drivetrain, tires etc. etc. limit the towing on the SRt
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The WK1 SRT8 was rated for 3500lbs. It was said because of the parking pin in the transmission would shear at that load. Also, the factory hitch was a 350lb tongue weight, hence 3500lb trailer. Many guys fabbed custom hitches and towed heavier loads without issue. Just had to make sure to park on level ground and engage the parking brake.


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Re: Any of us WK2 people test drive a SRT8 yet?

ok, perhaphs I am a minority here. But I find SRT-8 WK2, so as WK1 foolish. I mean you want to go fast get a fast car! you get a jeep that;s not really for hayfield that weights as much as moon and you try to make it sportier? WHY?! that's like some people get diesel truck, tune to run a 1/4 mile... what's wrong? well your truck/money but if I buy a truck I want to utilize its payload capacity not trying to make a 2 ton truck be a sports car... Sorry guys, for my money and frankly if SRT8 price would equal to my hemi overland i am still going for Overland... don't get me wrong, I buy stuff on a fly with my desire, not simple logic. However I find very hard to justify SRT8 jeep... want quick car get M5/ MB AMG/Viper/Z06/ V-series caddy and you will be much quicker.
I bought jeep as compromise to tow and be somewhat in comfort/manuverability vs a 3/4 ton truck. But heck, if you really think SRT8 is for you- great! and I wish you enjoy it to the fullest!
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Re: Any of us WK2 people test drive a SRT8 yet?

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ok, perhaphs I am a minority here. But I find SRT-8 WK2, so as WK1 foolish. I mean you want to go fast get a fast car! you get a jeep that;s not really for hayfield that weights as much as moon and you try to make it sportier? WHY?! that's like some people get diesel truck, tune to run a 1/4 mile... what's wrong? well your truck/money but if I buy a truck I want to utilize its payload capacity not trying to make a 2 ton truck be a sports car... Sorry guys, for my money and frankly if SRT8 price would equal to my hemi overland i am still going for Overland... don't get me wrong, I buy stuff on a fly with my desire, not simple logic. However I find very hard to justify SRT8 jeep... want quick car get M5/ MB AMG/Viper/Z06/ V-series caddy and you will be much quicker.
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i would love to have one. But I would rather just slap a nice blower on mine and make the same power, better mpg, and have a solid tow rating and still save 10-15k. One problem, there's no damn tuners or blower kits. I swear this is the reason chrysler has made it so difficult to crack the tune.
Let's assume some type of forced-induction is available for the 5.7L Hemi, the cost of components and install would be (roughly) $10-15k. Now you have a SUV with a lot of HP and torque that could go 0-60 or 0-100 very quickly. Now the problem exists with controlling the new found power. The non-SRT8 WK2 doesn't have the level of capability in the stock suspension or braking to support the potential power gains and subsequent acceleration and velocity. This is reason and cost-justification of the SRT8.
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Re: Any of us WK2 people test drive a SRT8 yet?

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Let's assume some type of forced-induction is available for the 5.7L Hemi, the cost of components and install would be (roughly) $10-15k. Now you have a SUV with a lot of HP and torque that could go 0-60 or 0-100 very quickly. Now the problem exists with controlling the new found power. The non-SRT8 WK2 doesn't have the level of capability in the stock suspension or braking to support the potential power gains and subsequent acceleration and velocity. This is reason and cost-justification of the SRT8.
Totally agreed 100%. It's not just about straight line acceleration. Performance vehicles offer a total package at a cost cheaper than making your own. I guarantee you to add the SRT brakes to a standard WK2 will be in the 5k range! Plus you need new spindles to support them, wheels that clear them, etc...

One mods usually justifies another supporting mod.

Another big one. How's the tranny gonna do with the new torque? Transfer case gonna handle it?
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