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Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 02-07-2014, 10:01 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,365
Posted By BManz
Re: Underbody Coating

A friend of mine hooked me up with Amsoil HD Metal Protector spray ($9/can) as a "rustproofing". I've had it on my 2011 since new and only sprayed one application but after 3 winters I'm still rust...
Forum: Suspension/Driveline/Brakes/Wheels/Tires 02-07-2014, 08:51 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,711
Posted By BManz
Re: Off Road Implications with 275/55/20 tires

I've had no, none, nada, zero rubbing over any bumps, dips, potholes, etc. The Zeons 275s do not rub anywhere, and I'm on the std non-adjustable heavy duty (Hemi) suspension. Now, this is as far as...
Forum: Suspension/Driveline/Brakes/Wheels/Tires 02-06-2014, 10:52 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,711
Posted By BManz
I'll second the Zeons being good in snow...

I'll second the Zeons being good in snow (275/55R20) but as with all non-dedicated snow tires aren't so hot on shear ice. Mine are wearing well too.
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 02-06-2014, 11:39 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,378
Posted By BManz
Re: Hemi sounds like diesel when cold

The Hemi pistons are a short skirt, free-floating type and, as with most high performance engines, expand to ideal clearances when at operating temps to provide performance and efficiency. The...
Forum: Suspension/Driveline/Brakes/Wheels/Tires 12-23-2013, 12:23 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 14,279
Posted By BManz
Re: Cooper Zeon LTZ 275/55/20 Review

FOLLOW UP REPORT:thumbsup:
I've run the LTZs ~18,000 miles as I use them only fall/winter and still run my stock Forteras in the summer. There is ~85% tread left and admittedly I do quite a bit of...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 12-23-2013, 11:28 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,493
Posted By BManz
Re: 2014 GC gas mileage 3.6L

I've got a 2011 Hemi Grand, and long round-trip highway runs I never see under 22mpg at 65mph cruise speeds. My 2012 Wrangler with the Penta/5spd can do 24mpg all day at ~65mpg and that's quite the...
Forum: Other Rides 12-23-2013, 11:15 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 7,336
Posted By BManz
Re: First Impression 2014 BMW X5

I have to agree and I used to like BMWs until --- oh gawd --- is Chris Bangle back at BMW?:eek:
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 02-02-2013, 12:16 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,079
Posted By BManz
Re: 5.7L vs 3.6L Actual MPG?

I do 20-23mpg highway with my WK2 Hemi on road trips longer than 50miles and loaded with people or gear. I usually only drive it on weekends and vacations so it's not the mpg that I look at, it's...
Forum: Interior/Exterior/Visual 07-10-2012, 01:33 PM
Replies: 266
Views: 39,209
Posted By BManz
Re: Winch Mount and bumper

Damn. That is fantastic!
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 07-10-2012, 01:24 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,914
Posted By BManz
Re: Zombie Apocalypse WK2

Yes, but I have to add it needs "Sharks with frickin laser beams on their heads" to patrol the moat.
Forum: Suspension/Driveline/Brakes/Wheels/Tires 07-06-2012, 11:14 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 14,279
Posted By BManz
Re: Cooper Zeon LTZ 275/55/20 Review

Yep, I know, and I think the AT3 is OK, but what sealed the deal was during my decision making process I got to drive in an LR3 with the Zeon LTZ, then an LR3 with Silent Armors, and then an F150...
Forum: Suspension/Driveline/Brakes/Wheels/Tires 07-06-2012, 08:17 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 13,505
Posted By BManz
Re: 275/55 20 All Terrain Tire Thread

I'm running Cooper Zeon LTZ in 275/55/20 ( http://www.jeepgarage.org/showthread.php?t=44137 )and positively no rubbing at all extremes. They're more agressive than the very good AT3 which I also...
Forum: Suspension/Driveline/Brakes/Wheels/Tires 07-02-2012, 11:29 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 14,279
Posted By BManz
Re: Cooper Zeon LTZ 275/55/20 Review

Some owners have had good luck with the the Silent Armors, but reviews I read and two current owners in Chicago I spoke to noted they were poor in the wet, didn't clear goop from tread quick enough...
Forum: Suspension/Driveline/Brakes/Wheels/Tires 07-01-2012, 07:29 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 14,279
Posted By BManz
Cooper Zeon LTZ 275/55/20 Review

This is an initial review of the Cooper Zeon LTZ in 275/55/20 on a 2011 Hemi Grand Cherokee 4x4 Limited with standard suspension and rear load-leveling shocks (tow package). Miles driven: 1130 miles...
Forum: Suspension/Driveline/Brakes/Wheels/Tires 06-21-2012, 05:14 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 13,505
Posted By BManz
Re: 275/55 20 All Terrain Tire Thread

Bought an extra, duplicate set of stock 20" wheels, extra set of TPMS sensors and just had Cooper Zeon LTZ 275/55/20 mounted this week at $995 out the door (KO Tire in Elk Grove Village, IL -- small...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 06-07-2012, 04:00 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,320
Posted By BManz
Forum: Suspension/Driveline/Brakes/Wheels/Tires 06-07-2012, 03:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,189
Posted By BManz
Re: 18's or 20's?

Cooper Zeon LTZ 275/50R-20 are a good all-around tire if you want 20" wheels from all I researched. I just had a ride in a 2012 Grand that has them, sorry no pics, and it rode really well. Quiet...
Forum: Trouble Shooting/Problems/Service 06-07-2012, 03:41 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,668
Posted By BManz
Re: Does your A/C compressor run full time also?

I heard my AC compressor coming on and then turning off again when I come to a stop with the HVAC system turned OFF. To verify it was the AC compressor, I rigged up my Hero HD2 video camera to see...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 06-07-2012, 01:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,247
Posted By BManz
Re: Your Opinion Please - Trade in 2011 Overland

Yes indeed. Although if he bought a Wrangler.....dealers in Chicago sell used base-Wranglers for more than new ones.
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 06-07-2012, 01:09 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,833
Posted By BManz
Re: For those who got $6500+ off MSRP

I recall getting mine for ~$4500 under MSRP and every incentive was applied (military/police, competitive conquest, mfr-dealer incentives) and end-of-month incentives. I bought right off the lot...
Forum: Engine Performance/Intakes/Exhausts 06-07-2012, 01:04 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,474
Posted By BManz
Re: 5.7 guys opinions needed

It costs me about $1200/year more in fuel to run my Hemi Grand than an econo car, but I wouldn't trade it for one. The ~3mpg difference vs the Pentastar is about $600/year and no, I still wouldn't...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 06-07-2012, 12:59 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,244
Posted By BManz
Re: pentastar tick

The Pentastar should have just a bit of valvetrain noise typical of OHC engines, but it'd be a muted noise like a half dozen sewing machines whirring away. If there's a very audible tick, I mean...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 06-05-2012, 05:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,758
Posted By BManz
Re: Hooligan Behavior

LOL, so that was YOU I saw at IL-59 & IL-64? :thumbsup:
Been guilty of doin' it too.
Forum: Suspension/Driveline/Brakes/Wheels/Tires 06-05-2012, 05:15 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 13,505
Posted By BManz
Re: 275/55 20 All Terrain Tire Thread

It's a good thread. I'm getting Zeons too after I do skid plates and rock sliders. Here's the thread: http://www.jeepgarage.org/showthread.php?t=30014
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 05-02-2012, 08:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,080
Posted By BManz
Re: How strong is the demand for JGC's you ask?

Every vehicle loses near 25-30% in the first year. My Audi did. My Harley did. My GM trucks did. My Corvette did. ete. etc. Let's take a look at the Grands selling price 5 years down the road...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 05-01-2012, 03:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,080
Posted By BManz
Re: How strong is the demand for JGC's you ask?

If people buy off the lot when timing is right with end of year or quarter or monthly sales goal promotions in mind, deals can be had. My marketing sense is that there will be decent resale on these...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 05-01-2012, 08:36 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,554
Posted By BManz
Re: The Dalai Lama Drives a WK2

The Grands shown do look stock but are probably light armored for small arms and perhaps basic fragmentation protection. The secret squirrel alphabet agencies have vehicles with varying protection...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 04-30-2012, 03:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,015
Posted By BManz
Re: Skid Plates pics & weights

Thanks for the post. I've got to add these so I can go where I go, remote outposts, without worrying about the underside. Since the Grand weighs over 5000 lbs as it is, the extra weight of the...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 04-30-2012, 03:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,123
Posted By BManz
Re: Pennsylvania Lemon Law & Jeep

The best way is to handle it by working directly through Jeep with the aid of an attorney who can put your concerns and expectations in writing. The dealer is in the middle; they can't buy or...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 04-27-2012, 02:34 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,535
Posted By BManz
Re: How fast does your jeep go ?

It shouldn't be so much as how fast it will go, but more importantly WHERE it can go and how comfortable it is as it goes there, IMHO. Haven't had any issue going where I want, when I want and in...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 04-26-2012, 07:14 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,144
Posted By BManz
Re: Coming from Audi to Jeep

Had the same conversation with a friend who's also on this forum after I bought mine. We agreed that the newest Grand, aka "WK2", in Limited or Overland trim is like having an Audi, Mercedes or BMW...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 04-26-2012, 06:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 621
Posted By BManz
Re: Towing question

If you have the towing package, you'll have load-leveling shocks and do just fine. The real issue is what is the total weight you're towing and does the trailer have electronic brakes? It's one...
Forum: Suspension/Driveline/Brakes/Wheels/Tires 04-26-2012, 03:17 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,420
Posted By BManz
Re: Tire pressure

Get a better gauge and re-check. I was all over the place with uneven fills and constantly different pressures on the EVIC until I bought a better gauge. The electronic self-calibrating gauges are...
Forum: Suspension/Driveline/Brakes/Wheels/Tires 04-26-2012, 03:08 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,420
Posted By BManz
Re: Tire pressure

I'm using the 80% Nitrogen fill mixture -- std air from my air compressor.
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 04-26-2012, 03:00 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,554
Posted By BManz
Re: The Dalai Lama Drives a WK2

The US Secret Service has new Grands in addition to the ubiquitous G-mobile Tahoes/Suburbans.
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 04-26-2012, 02:58 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,034
Posted By BManz
Re: Cabin Air Filter Woes

Oh yeah! That's what the Hemi is for after all.:thumbsup:
Forum: Suspension/Driveline/Brakes/Wheels/Tires 04-25-2012, 01:18 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,803
Posted By BManz
Re: Would you go with Fortera's again?

I haven't had any issues with performance in snow or summer on my stock Forteras, but don't push my vehicles hard on the road much to test their limits. Is it possible the Forteras suck depending on...
Forum: Suspension/Driveline/Brakes/Wheels/Tires 04-25-2012, 01:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,889
Posted By BManz
Re: 275/55/20 Pics

VERY nice looking wheels! So many aftermarket wheels look "alike" to me but these stand out and ina good way too.:thumbsup:
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 04-25-2012, 08:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,471
Posted By BManz
Re: "ECO" display on Hemi-V8

The ECO light will come on for the Hemi even if MDS is not active but MDS will eventually activate if ECO stays on long enough and with a light engine load. There is a distinct change in exhaust...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 04-25-2012, 12:17 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,601
Posted By BManz
Re: Is my offer reasonable for 2012 Cherokee?

Regardless of how much research you have into what the price could be cut down to, the dealer won't move on the price they want unless they think it would be hard to sell at some point (for whatever...
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