Man I’m right there with you my 2015 JKUR is not a daily it spends most of its time on the trails and weekends running around to jeep meets or just enjoying the drive I myself am concerned with the DEF tank on my current Jeep I’ve removed the muffler from it current spot in the rear to a custom one that is under the driver rear floorboard in the factory silencer or what ever that thing is that looks like another muffler lol than it’s dumped up high at the rear bumper so no contact can be made. That being said as soon as they hit the aftermarket will get skids for it I’m sure and if not I’ll make my own. My plan is to run it through 3 tanks of DEF so approximately 30k miles and pray someone comes out with some deleting software and parts living in Texas we don’t test emission on diesels so I want to get rid of all of it and if it makes it 30k miles with no issues I’m good with it.Well, I read through all the posting and it went from talking about the new diesel to fighting! Yikes!
I would like to talk about the new diesel.
I currently own a JLUR 3.6, 37” tires, that has been completely modified for my type of use. I have owned it for roughly 17 months, it currently has 27,000 miles on it, around 15,000 miles are from hard off road.
I have a diesel on order, I went to the auto show to check one out in person and one thing that was screaming at me, that looks like it could be a problem was what looks like the deff tank hanging low on the driver side rear end of the vehicle. Yes, there is a skid plate on it, yet I can see myself hammering that thing a lot. My JLUR has the steel bumpers and my right rear bumper is bent up to the point there is almost no gap between it and the body from landing on rocks.
I have hit the spare tire a few times to the point I thought it was going to be ripped off or brake my back window.
Yet for my type of use the better gas mileage it going to be a major plus. Here is why, my JLUR is getting between 15-16 MPG HWY and 11-13 off road, I average between 3-7 days a month off road camping, each trip is between 400 - 1,000+ miles. Our trips have to be planned around filling up every few days or carrying extra fuel.
If I can squeeze 20-25 MPG out of the new diesel the extra $4k will be paid for in 1-2 years.
This would also cut what it cost me every month for my trips right out of the gate.
Not having to plan our trips around getting fuel means we can stay on the dirt longer.
One of my buddies who has. JKUR changed out his gears two years ago at a cost of $1400, the new gears only added a few extra miles to his MPG and way better power. After one year he did the math of the cost of gears vs fuel. He was ahead by $200 for the year. This does not seem like that much, yet it did pay off after just one year.
For someone like myself who looks ahead three to five years I can see the diesel saving me a lot of money in the long run. This means more money for my upgrades! Lol lol
I read some folks saying the diesel could have problems. I completely agree it could, yet my JLUR has been in and out of the dealership almost every month for problems. Blown bearings in the rear end, oil and trans leaks, wind noise, door seals not working, and the one problem that just keeps coming back has been with the radio. It’s been in around 13 times for just the radio going nuts. The latest over the air update everyone got was due to my radio. FCA engineers have been working with the dealership and myself trying to figure out what is causing the problems. The latest spitball was to replace a computer behind the glovebox, vacuum any dust us, check all the connection points. I give it a month before it goes crazy on me again.
I for one am looking forward to the diesel.