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  1. Help the Noob, please.

    There is one mod no one seems to be mentioning. That's belly armor. It really makes a Jeep more versatile and forgiving of newbie or experimental lines. It's just one person's opinion, but FWIW, I think a JLUR on 35s (with stiff E-load rated tires, you don't need heavy beadlocks), a winch...
  2. Looking for this wheel style with Tires mounted

    That's a great looking wheel in both black and tan - I've admired it myself. But when I looked into it, I discovered it was quite a bit heaver than I wanted. Almost as heavy as steel wheels. You may feel that weight.
  3. Thoughts about winches

    Yep. It sucks to spend a few hundred and haul that weight around on the bumper all the time but being able to self-recover, whether you are wheeling on your own or when you slide off a snowy country road, and being able to help other people who are stuck whether on a trail or on the road side...
  4. Driving in the Snow - Traction Control On or Off?

    I am not sure, but I think you get some BLD (brake lock differential) in 4-Hi - the computer tries to brake the spinning wheel a bit to encourage power over to the wheel with some traction - kinda like poor man's lockers. But in 4-Lo I think you need to use the real lockers. And, yes, I find...
  5. Driving in the Snow - Traction Control On or Off?

    Keep in mind that a big part of its value is in 2WD - to help control an unexpected skid or fishtail when you end up in lower traction than you thought (fresh rain storm in hot weather with an oil slick on the roads, patch of ice on otherwise dry road, etc.). I don't mind having it on in those...
  6. Used Rubi vs new Willys

    If all your driving will be on-road, why on earth would you even consider a Rubicon? Its main features really only add off-road capability. Sahara is a superior on-road choice, plus you get more comfort and amenities, the full time AWD option, and a limited slip rear diff. Far better choice...
  7. 2021 Jeep Manual Transmission

    6-spd manual is a big improvement (had a 2015 JKU with that generationj 6-spd and now have a 2019 JLUR with the new generation 6-spd.). Lever and gear change throws are much shorter and the box feels quite a bit more refined. It is not a buttery smooth snick-snick little box like you might find...
  8. 3.6 engine and 87 octane a no-no

    The 3.6L has a very high compression ratio. FCA are trying to control the consequences of that with electronic wizardry. Their software and electronics just do not get it done with 87 octane. On 87 and even on 89 octane when there is some 87 left in the tank, mine consistently stumbles at...
  9. Front and rear D44s on Sport/Sahara 4xe?

    I stumbled onto that video as well and had the exact same question. I was wondering if I heard it wrong or if the narrator got bad facts. But then I figured, well, given that there is an extra 800lbs of battery weight to carry around, maybe they just decided to engineer one platform around...
  10. The no-drilling 10 second way to get through JL firewall to run electrical wire

    Has anyone with a manual transmission been able to locate this plug, because I have tried and cannot see it on my 6-spd JLUR. I am sure I am missing something, so any advice would be appreciated.
  11. Having 2nd thoughts on the Rock-Trac HD Full Time 4wd

    I think you'll like it since most Jeeps spend the majority of time on road. I have a JLUR which I wheel pretty hard and it probably would not be something I would add to that - I have enough of a mechanical bent to know how to use 4-Hi in bad weather, locked center notwithstanding. However, I...
  12. Does weight matter?

    Climbing up a steep slippery or loose hill is a battle between tire patch traction and gravity. The more your Jeep weighs, the more gravity pulls, and the sooner you run out of traction. Put another way, take a heavy Jeep and a light Jeep on identical tires & inflation and any driver regardless...
  13. Installing a 2.5" lift in my garage myself?

    It does not require a spring compressor - you can lower the axle enough to get the springs out easily. As far as doing it yourself, I would rate myself as pretty handy and have a decent set of tools and I did a complete lift with shocks in the driveway in one weekend by myself never having done...
  14. Newbie with a beach driving question

    You can definitely drive a bit on the road with sand inflation levels if you keep your speed down. It is tough on the tires because the extreme flex can lead to heat build up and the distorted shape can lead to accelerated treadwear. The vehicle is also not going to handle as safely -...
  15. Disadvantages of having the top off - whats your story??

    There are some overgrown fire roads I like to explore in the national seashore where I hang in the summer. On a hot day it is a lot of fun to explore the shady forests with the doors on, windows up, and A/C on. Doing it without doors is a whole different experience. You get more forest sounds...
  16. Newbie with a beach driving question

    I may accidentally have caused some confusion - I am not talking about any variety of boat anchor, I am talking about a specialized type of device made for winching on sand and soil. Just to give you an idea, here's one example of the many varieties available...
  17. Newbie with a beach driving question

    See my other response to this, but short answer, if you have a winch and a sand anchor you can rescue yourself all day long. If you don't own a sand anchor, some people swear by traction boards like max tracks. If you came unprepared, but have a winch, you can bury your spare tire with the...
  18. Newbie with a beach driving question

    It's really critical to air down - makes all the difference in the world - the tires float above the sand with much less resistance and don't dig in. Truly a night and day difference - worth the trouble. In terms of how low to go, there is no one answer - depends on the type of sand, type of...
  19. Newbie with a beach driving question

    Here's a tip on that from wheelers in Australia: when you get back from the beach, run a lawn sprinkler under your jeep for 30 mins - eventually gets in everywhere and gets the salt out.
  20. I've never went "offroad" before, but today I gave it a shot..

    Good for you. Well done! Everyone has to start somewhere! When it is safe and permitted, try getting out with some other folks - it greatly accellerates your learning, and it is much safer since you have help, so you can try more stuff and learn even faster.



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