both sticks have to be in neutral before you go to 4L. Once 4L engages, you can shift back to Drive. The Jeep has to have some motion in order for 4L to engage, that's why they recommend to be at 1-3mph when going into 4L. It will make noises, and it will be fine. Enjoy your RubiconShift into neutral before shifting into 4L on the main Auto transmission (drive to neutral) or on the 4WD stick shift (4h to neutral)?
Perfect, thanks for the info! Going wheeling for the first time with a Jeep club I joined this weekend and figured having the basics down would be a good idea.Yes, only you don't really need to be rolling around necessarily. Just put the trans into neutral then pull the transfer case to the right and down. Once in 4L go back to drive. My transfer case will sometimes jump back into neutral like it wasn't "locked" in, I just firmly put it back into 4L and I'm good until I switch it out of 4L. One of those idiosyncrasies with my Jeep.
2H or 4H or 4L your "wheel" speed at a given mph is identical. I use 4H off road for a very different reason than those previously mentioned .... it's a smoother ride. Try it on a Forest road with mild switchbacks and elevation changes. There's no wheel spin or hop, making a much smoother ride..... can I just leave it in 4H?
Same in military , on snow and ice hard roads without chains , uphill inclines or downhill declines ; 4-H is safer than 2-H , which never harmed the M-151 Jeep as far as I know . That's Jeep versatile .Many times in CO you'll be on dirt/rocky trails that don't require 4wd but you're at a steady incline.
My curiosity was around if it's better to leave it in 4-H to distribute some of the load to the front axle which would likely take a little load off the rear axle. Many times if it's super steep I'll use 4-L for the gearing anyways.
Same in military , on snow or ice roads without chains , uphill inclines or downhill declines , 4-H is safer than 2-H , which never harmed the M-151 Jeep as far as I know . That's Jeep versatile .4H is perfectly fine for a default for off roading. If you have a Rubicon I don't recommend running around with the dif locks on. Past that no reason not to.
Not that is translates directly to a JL but my old Cherokee is only 4H or 4L. No 2 wheel drive option, and I can assure you that at least 200k of the 270k mile on it were on the road.
And San Diego has so much slippery snow and ice , and steep mountains and gravel roads up and down . How about New Hampshire in winter ? That is where a Jeep comes into it's own . No offense intended , but San Diego reads their owner's manual at the beach , while sipping an "arnold palmer" on a bench , lol .If I don’t need four wheel drive I keep it in in 2 high at all times, usually with traction control off to get the ass out around curves. Better gas mileage.
All the shifting procedures are right in the owners manual.
Here is the military instructions : push forward into "IN" for 4H , and pull backwards into "OUT" for 2H .For quite a few years in my 4wd driving, I've found that shifting to 4h-AS SOON AS
OFF-ROAD and using "swayb0ar release, makes for a very easygoing-TROUBLE FREE RIDE WITHOUT EMERGENCY TRANSFER CASE PROBLEMS-
I rarely use mine just -ON-ROAD !