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  1. JL Wrangler vs JT Gladiator Pickup - Differences and Crawling Comparison Test

    Not likely, they'll offer an extra cab with a longer bed, perhaps, but nobody buys short wheelbase pickups anymore. For one thing, a shorter wheelbase would impact the towing.
  2. FYI found the cause of my death wobble

    The JL uses crossover steering, so a lift doesn't affect the alignment other than caster (which is not adjustable so). It does affect steering wheel centering, which in turn could cause the electronic stability system to do weird things.
  3. Confirmed: Tread Lightly Discount (Affiliate Rewards Program) Applies to 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL

    Costco is not a member of the Chrysler affiliate program as they are not a Chrysler supplier nor owned or founded by Chrysler. Chrysler was a co-founder of Tread Lightly, thus why TL can offer the affiliate discount.
  4. 2018 Wrangler JL Factory Service Manual

    Yep. That's TechAuthority for the JL Wrangler boiled down to a CDR. A good stop-gap until your Jeep is available on AllDataDIY which will get you the latest data as of a few months ago, including current part numbers, TSB's, and recall information. The CDR goes out of date quickly as far as...
  5. Vehicle Break-In and Out of State Purchase

    It doesn't matter. It literally doesn't matter. The engine is already largely broken in before it arrives at the dealership, and ESS doesn't affect the rest of the drivetrain at all.
  6. Vehicle Break-In and Out of State Purchase

    The big breakin item on a modern Wrangler isn't the motor, where the most important breakin happens at the factory so it'll pass emissions (as required before being sold in many states), it's the axles. They are pretty "tight" from the factory, both the bearings and bearing preloads, and the...
  7. Vehicle Break-In and Out of State Purchase

    You would burn oil. HOWEVER: Modern engines have coated rings and cylinder walls so that they seat quickly, because they must pass Federal and sometimes State emissions tests before they're allowed to be sold. This can't happen unless the rings are seated. Generally this now happens at the...
  8. Why I'm not buying a JL Wrangler: 2 month wait for warranty service

    Which is why we designed this computer that you're reading this on, and the switches and routers that power the Internet that is carrying it from the server to your home. Because we're illiterate. :). But seriously, shipping my Jeep to West Virginia to be repaired really isn't an option for me...
  9. Why I'm not buying a JL Wrangler: 2 month wait for warranty service

    And if I owned a Toyota, Chevrolet, or Kia, the same would be true for me here.
  10. Why I'm not buying a JL Wrangler: 2 month wait for warranty service

    Consumer goods cost exactly the same here as they do in Texas. I've lived both places. I know. The only thing more expensive is gasoline due to Californians preferring not to choke on smog when they walk out of the house, and it's not a major expense for me. What is driving me batty is housing...
  11. Why I'm not buying a JL Wrangler: 2 month wait for warranty service

    99% of which is housing costs. All other costs are pretty much the same as anywhere else. Housing costs in the SF Bay area are high because of three reasons: 1) The SF Bay area is a bowl surrounded by mountains, and the bowl is built out, there is no place inside the bowl to build new houses and...
  12. Why I'm not buying a JL Wrangler: 2 month wait for warranty service

    I think part of the problem is that FCA reimburses dealerships on a flat scale, so if you're someplace where it's expensive to live, like NYC or the south SF Bay, the reimbursement is insufficient to pay mechanics enough to live nearby. So any mechanics they get are inexperienced or are...
  13. Why I'm not buying a JL Wrangler: 2 month wait for warranty service

    I live in the South San Francisco Bay area. *EVERY* single dealer in the area has a 2 month wait for warranty service. Every. Single. One of them. And this isn't new. This has been true for at *least* two years now. The problem is that Chiseler Corporation doesn't reimburse them enough to pay...
  14. Gas milage and drivability of 4.10 Rubicon gearing vs 3.45 Sport gearing

    On the JK you're limited to around 20mph in top gear with the 4:1, otherwise you are revving too high. If you're on a fire road that lets you go around 35mph, you end up having to shift into 4-hi because it's just not doable in 4-lo. Your YJ has the 2.72:1 transfer case. So you know how that...
  15. 2019 Jeep Wrangler JL Info - What's New (So Far)?

    The key in the JK is a chip key. So it may *look* old fashioned, but it really isn't -- if you made a copy and tried to start a JK, it wouldn't start. The JK has at least three separate CAN busses that I know about -- diagnostic, engine/transmission, and instrument panel. The whole instrument...
  16. 2019 Jeep Wrangler JL Info - What's New (So Far)?

    Yup. That said, as a daily driver I much prefer the new Wranglers to the old CJ's. CJ's punished you on the highway. I live 300 miles from the nearest offroading areas so I have to drive a *lot* on the highway to get where I can offroad, and no, I'm not going to tow -- paying insurance on two...
  17. 2019 Jeep Wrangler JL Info - What's New (So Far)?

    Won't work. Two words: Crumple zones. Can't sell cars in the US unless you have them, and the Jimny doesn't. It's not emissions that keep out things like the Jimny, it's the insistence that every single car sold in America must meet the highest safety standards in the world, even if in the case...
  18. 2019 Jeep Wrangler JL Info - What's New (So Far)?

    For Rubicon: 1) Electric lockers. 2) Electric sway bar disconnect 3) "Highline" fenders 4) 33" tires standard 5) 4:1 transfer case. 6) Stronger front axle. 7) Comes with rock rails to protect your rocker panels from rocks For Sahara: 1) Optional full-time 2.53:1 transfer case 2) Better gas...
  19. 2019 Jeep Wrangler JL Info - What's New (So Far)?

    Regarding the diesel, the EcoDiesel has had... mixed... reliability reports. Lots of early failures, high maintenance costs, long waits for repairs because everything has to come from Italy, expensive repair costs (ditto) for units out of warranty. It's valued in the RAM 1500 because its...
  20. Keeping it under 60 mph for first 500 miles?

    Nowadays in order to reduce emissions the engines come with ultra-slick internal coatings on the pistons, rings, and cylinders rather than requiring the old breakin period. This lets them run much tighter tolerances than the old school way of doing things. What *may* require breakin is the...



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