New JL is causing right shoulder back pain help!

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Had a 2019 Rubicon JL and now a 20 Gladiator Rubicon in BOTH I am finding my right shoulder blade aches while driving it. None of my previous JK, TJ or YJ or XJ units since 1992 have ever done this. Looking for some ideas or help I'm perplexed. I'm 6'4" and 215 so not overweight or don't think I am :)

Any comments suggestions or similar exp?

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Awesome first post. Sorry can't help w your shoulder. My left one hurts.
 

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Do you have a wallet in your back pocket? Kills my back when I leave it in.
 

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My left shoulder hurts more now as well. I am certain that it has NOTHING to do with age!!!

I do believe that my frequency to drive with windows down and left arm resting on the window sill has drastically increased. The height of the sill from the seat is greater than with my other vehicles so I am almost certain that this is a contributing factor.

also on the wallet issue. I have found the same thing. So now if I am in the jeep any longer than 20 minutes the wallet is out and in the center console.

On a side note with some humor, my wife recommended that I possibly not drive the Jeep so much to help with my shoulder pain. NOT A CHANCE!!!!
 
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Old age hurts, and it's f'kng itchy too. I went to physical therapy after I shattered my old ass knee and the therapist gave me hell about driving with a wallet in my back pocket for 6 weeks even though I wasn't there for back problems. At least the knee explosion didn't itch, but the scar does...
 
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Old age hurts, and it's f'kng itchy too. I went to physical therapy after I shattered my old ass knee and the therapist gave me hell about driving with a wallet in my back pocket for 6 weeks even though I wasn't there for back problems. At least the knee explosion didn't itch, but the scar does...
no wallet in the pocket at all, who has money left after buying one of these anyway. Just right shoulder pain, I’m perplexed for sure here
 

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A common driving position in which the driver holds the wheel with his left hand while leaning to his right toward the passenger seat, usually bobbing his head or bumpin' with the beat. It's a pretty badass way to drive. This move works best in a Chevy Caprice or any pimp-style car with a 3-person front seat.

"...with a hellafied gangsta lean, gettin' funky on da mike like an ol' bunch of collard greens..." -Snoop Dogg

Sammy was gangsta leanin' so hard yesterday that his head was partially out the passenger window. What a pimp."

no wallet in the pocket at all, who has money left after buying one of these anyway. Just right shoulder pain, I’m perplexed for sure here
Are you leaning into the center console? I noticed it doesn't have much in the way of padding, it actually hurts my elbow on long drives. It's gotta be something with ergonomics. Possibly you are one of the people who's back doesn't like these wrangler seats, I know back problems can lead to shoulder pain also. Or is it possible that you don't have enough leg room and are twisting up while you drive? I'm only 6'1" and I feel any less leg room would be torture on myself.
 

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A key difference between JK and JL is that, in order to fit the 8-speed transmission, it needed a larger hump on the floor. This in turn resulted in foot wells that are much narrower than those in JK, and the front seats mounted 1 inch higher from the floor and 1 inch closer to the top.

I am 6’0” and the back of my head sits very close to the sound bar. Since you are tall, I wonder if you are subconsciously tilting your head forward or shrugging your shoulders, putting sustained pressure on your upper back.
 

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A key difference between JK and JL is that, in order to fit the 8-speed transmission, it needed a larger hump on the floor. This in turn resulted in foot wells that are much narrower than those in JK, and the front seats mounted 1 inch higher from the floor and 1 inch closer to the top.

I am 6’0” and the back of my head sits very close to the sound bar. Since you are tall, I wonder if you are subconsciously tilting your head forward or shrugging your shoulders, putting sustained pressure on your upper back.

I am 6 foot and well below the roll bar. You can adjust the seat height, mines old school yours is probably electric.
 

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Seriously, I would see a doctor about that.

I am a totally disabled veteran, with two bad shoulders and two back surgeries with lots of titanium (among a plethora of other issues). My shoulders only hurt driving my Jeep when they are killing me BEFORE I get in the Jeep. With cervical spine issues (neck), you can get upper back/shoulder pain from driving any vehicle. Usually, the source is in your neck, with an irritated neck nerve referring pain to your upper back/shoulder - the serratus muscles (posterior superior).

Good luck; I hope you work this out!
 

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A key difference between JK and JL is that, in order to fit the 8-speed transmission, it needed a larger hump on the floor. This in turn resulted in foot wells that are much narrower than those in JK, and the front seats mounted 1 inch higher from the floor and 1 inch closer to the top.

I am 6’0” and the back of my head sits very close to the sound bar. Since you are tall, I wonder if you are subconsciously tilting your head forward or shrugging your shoulders, putting sustained pressure on your upper back.
I'm 6'5" and find that my shoulders and upper back ache when driving my JL, but not in my JK. I tend to agree with your observation that due to the seat sitting higher and there being less room overall for the driver, I am likely subconsciously slouching to avoid hitting the sound bar. I've played with the seat, but just can't get to as comfortable driving position as I have in my JK. I'm really hoping someone fabricates seat rails that bring the seat down 1"-2".
 

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