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Old January 16th, 2016, 09:45 PM   #1
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I am considering a Wrangler Unlimited for my next DD.
It will taken to the trails once in a while.
School me on the good and the bad.

I will be looking to lift it as well, so pros/cons on suspension kits would be appreciated too.

I am looking at going with the sport model, hard top, blue tooth.

Thanks in advance,
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Old January 16th, 2016, 10:00 PM   #2
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Why do you want Bluetooth, you can't use it with the top off,

Typical jeep stuff, get the newest you can afford, try to find one with a trailer pkg so it has lower gears, try to find one with a d44 rear axle, I'd get the 3.6 over the 3.8.
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Why do you want Bluetooth, you can't use it with the top off,

Typical jeep stuff, get the newest you can afford, try to find one with a trailer pkg so it has lower gears, try to find one with a d44 rear axle, I'd get the 3.6 over the 3.8.
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All JK's have 44 rears. I think that you can get a rear locker in Sahara package JKU's. I have a 4" teraflex long arm and cleared 35's with no trimming at all a guy I work with has a 3" teraflex and with flat fenders and very minimal trimming clears 37's.
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All JK's have 44 rears. I think that you can get a rear locker in Sahara package JKU's. I have a 4" teraflex long arm and cleared 35's with no trimming at all a guy I work with has a 3" teraflex and with flat fenders and very minimal trimming clears 37's.
I could have swore I had a coworker with a d35 in his.
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30 front 44 rear unless it's a rubicon then it's 44 front and rear
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It's a jeep, so it's bound to disappoint you when you need it the most.
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Going with the "power dome" hood?

Forget the lift, most do just fine as is without any lift on many light trails . Invest in a selectable locker(s) and good road/trail tires like 255/80/17 BFG KM2's.
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They ride decent, have some wind noise at highway speeds but all around a nice vehicle. I think the bluetooth for phone use will be fine unless you have the doors or top off. So it will work fine all winter long. Bluetooth for tunes will work year round.
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The Willys wheeler package gives a rear locker and most have 3.73.
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Why do you want Bluetooth, you can't use it with the top off,

Typical jeep stuff, get the newest you can afford, try to find one with a trailer pkg so it has lower gears, try to find one with a d44 rear axle, I'd get the 3.6 over the 3.8.
The bluetooth will be nice when the top (hard top) is on. However I hope it is not often.
Yes they all have a d44 rear axle.
as for the trailer package, what does this upgrade include besides a factory rear bumper with receiver that I will most likely change out and a wiring harness? I beleive I can add the wires and get the 2" receiver via an aftermarket bumper.

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Going with the "power dome" hood?

Forget the lift, most do just fine as is without any lift on many light trails . Invest in a selectable locker(s) and good road/trail tires like 255/80/17 BFG KM2's.
Solid advice here. The trac-lock diff rear axle is only a $395 upgrade and available on the sport model.
However this forces me to go from 3.21 to 3.73 gearing jn the axles is a 695 upgrade, is it worth it?
will that change in gearing effect mpg?
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All depends on what your long term plans are. Your original post says this is mostly a DD. If you are only going to do occasional offroading and stay with stockish size tires, I would go for the 3.21 ratio and get better mileage out of it. And honestly, if you are eventually going to go with bigger tires, you will want a lower gear than 3.73.

Agree on the towing package if you are planning to swap the rear bumper out.
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my daughter drives a 2008 jku rubicon. I did a 2" lift and tossed on some 35s for looks.

the 3.8 is anemic with the 4.10s and 35s. the newer 3.6 HAS to be much better to drive. it's been a solid vehicle for us so far, but nothing to write home about.

rides like craps, handles like crap, interior is very basic. it does what we want it to do and it's fun to drive with the top and doors off.

I sold the hard top and we run a TrekTop soft top all year round and it works great.
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I am having trouble finding the expected mpg of a jku 3.6, auto, 4.10, 35" tires. Does anyone know where this can be found or have experience with a similar set up?
I'm curious how much the 16/21 drops.
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I am having trouble finding the expected mpg of a jku 3.6, auto, 4.10, 35" tires. Does anyone know where this can be found or have experience with a similar set up?
I'm curious how much the 16/21 drops.
My 12 JKUR is completely stock and has NEVER seen 21mpg.
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I may have seen 21 once with the cruise set at 60 on flat ground with a tail wind. Otherwise it's 18 or so. Our 2010 with the 3.8 was lucky to see 18 ever.
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If you have plans of fuel economy with anything lifted, don't. You will get 10-14 mpg
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