Xtreme Recon daily driver?

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You bought an XR for the gears because paying for them to be done is expensive? Interesting economics ideologies, I'd love to hear more. ;)
Nope. Im just not a fan of installing them myself. I will do it if I have to. Smelly nasty job. Cost really does not come into it for me but seems to for most. That seems to be the argument for not getting the XR. I am simply saying its a poor reason not to get it.

 
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Had my XR for 2 months now. 3500 daily miles. Compared to my 21 JLR it drives like a Lexus! Lol. Only thing Is the 15.5 average mpg, compared to 21 mpg with the 2.0 I had in my 2dr. Hoping it will get better with some miles.
 
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Had my XR for 2 months now. 3500 daily miles. Compared to my 21 JLR it drives like a Lexus! Lol. Only thing Is the 15.5 average mpg, compared to 21 mpg with the 2.0 I had in my 2dr. Hoping it will get better with some miles.
That's quite a drop in MPG! Did you get the 2.0T again with the XR?
 

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I DD my 392 XR 50% of the time. Coming from a Mercedes GLK- this is so much more fun. And compared to my 2010 Rubicon, completely different animal. Very smooth ride. Love the height (and sound!). I consistently get 15-16 mpg but I baby him a lot.
I didn’t want to mess with lifts or gearing, so the XR fit what I wanted perfectly.
Dragging our 2 fishing kayaks to Florida tomorrow, so we’ll see how I feel about it after an all day car ride.
 
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Who has been daily driving their Xtreme Recon equipped Wrangler?

Is the XR package a more or less fun and engaging on-road driving experience compared 'normal' Willys/Rubicons?

If I'm honest, my Jeep will likely be 99.5% mall cruiser driven on congested commuter routes and highways. Just love the look!
We DD ours. It is about to turn 10,000 miles and a high percentage of off highway. Love it.
 

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You bought an XR for the gears because paying for them to be done is expensive? Interesting economics ideologies, I'd love to hear more. ;)
For me, I kinda looked at as 1500 for gears, iron knuckles, and a little better brakes in rear. The XR wheel/tires sell for around 2500 all day 🤷‍♂️
 

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It rides great but for looks, not worth it...
Besides that you can get your jeep to look the same for much cheaper
I would go one further and say if you're not planning on wheeling- don't bother with a Rubi. I love Wheeling/ Off-Roading but if I was just getting a Jeep to daily drive as OP's intended use case? I'd go Willy's and just change the wheels/ tires and call it done.

That's coming from someone who has a JLUR on 37's and tries to get out wheeling as often as life will let me (but not nearly as much as when I was younger and had my old TJ's and next to zero responsibilities).
 

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I DD mine, I have a 21 XR, so the 3.6L with etorque. It’s been solid, drives great, plenty of punch (for a jeep) when I need to give it the beans. Handling isn’t great, but no worse, and probably better, than my prior Jeep. Doubt it’s any worse than a Non-XR.

I’m about 8000 miles and 7 months in. I’m getting 17-18mpg.
 

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For me, I kinda looked at as 1500 for gears, iron knuckles, and a little better brakes in rear. The XR wheel/tires sell for around 2500 all day 🤷‍♂️
And you get a warranty and have factory gears. Aftermarket gears are all over the place right now. Quality control or the lack of it, seems to be more in play these days. I have several people interested in my take off stuff for 3000.00. So yeah, factory gears with warranty, front diff, brake upgrade and spare tire upgrade stuff for 1000.00 seems like good economics / ideologies to me.
 
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How are people getting such low MPG? I get that it depends on your driving habits and roads, but someone did a direct comparison with a regular Rubicon 2.0 and the mpg delta was close

 

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I get average 18mpg with my 22XR as a daily. For comparison my daughter gets less with Sahara on 35s with factory gears. The 4.56 gears do help.
For someone that doesnt wheel much, a Willys XR is probably a better choice then a Rubicon XR. If you are gonna swap to 35” tires right away the XR pkg is the way to go.

 
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