Yep, everything you came to know with the JK is out the window with the JL, particularly with an auto. Even with the manual, though, it is clearly much better. I drive them back to back every day. The only change I'd make, if I could, would be to make top gears a little lower, making the JL's 6th gear ratio equal to the JK's. 6th is just a little too tall, with 35's, although my JL's 3.6 is pulling it quite a bit better now that it is broken-in. With the stock 33's, the 6th gear ratio would be fine where it is.im comfortable with manual
You pretty much loose 8th with an auto and 37s but it compensates fine. An outfitter in moab runs MC JLs on 37s and stock rubi gearing and have a great time with them. As mentioned, Kevin and Brittany do as well with out complaints. These JLs and 8 speed are an entire different animal vs a JK.