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caojiong
12-31-2007, 06:46 AM
hmmm I am really close in getting JK soon, and I have some of the basic mods figured out. but I do need some suggestions or reviews on some of the following stuff.

well I am a chinese kid, after experiencing some off road with my Renegade Liberty, I fell in love with Jeep, well I wanted a TJ since high school but experiencing some "novice" off road experience and I wants more, but I am new to these stuff and it amazes me to see what you guys can do in your garage.

I consider myself pretty handy with stuff, but never in my life did any thing to a car, but I consider it just like a bigger version of lego or furniture.

I am currently considering a unlimited rubicon because i wanted the extra space at the back. because my liberty really suffers when it comes to sspace after I installed a boombox that took basically half of the trunk.

1. is MyGig thingy any good? is it worth the extra money?

2. whats the learning curve on installing stuff? i am thinking about doing the bumpers/flares etc myself to save some cash and leave the lift to the experts, I am just wondering for a person that never actually modded a car, is it easy to install those stuff or should I just pay some extra cash and let the experts do them, but I do consider hand on modding a part of a jeeper experience.

3. hows the gas consumption on a JK? i am getting 100km out of 12.5L on my 3.7L liberty, I am wondering if switching to bigger tires will have a drastic impact on gas consumption because I drive basically 100km per day to work so what size tire would u guys consider reasonable?

4. front bumper... I am considering either AEV or fab four? any inputs on which one is better? I like the "humble" and refined look on the AEV but I also dig the aggressive look on the Fab Four, whats you guy's thought on these two?

and happy new year to everybody. Love this board

JeepDog
12-31-2007, 06:29 PM
Hello and welcome aboard....first off....I think I can speak for most of us here. We don't care if you are Chinese, Japanese or from Mars....you are a jeep enthusiast and you are welcome here.....So welcome!

Ok...

Let me answer the questions that I can and leave the guru's...(yeah there are a few here, their jeeps are sick!)

1. Can't comment on MyGig. I don't have it on my Rubi Unlimited. BUT I do have the MOPAR GPS system added. I like it and I can take it out with me if I need too.
2.Learning curve? That really depends on your ability to turn a wrench. I honestly don't think a bumper, expecially the fender flares, are out of your scope.
3.Gas consumption. I can only tell you in miles per gallon my young friend. I get somewhere (according the the computer in the jeep) about 19mpg on the highway....I typically average somewhere about 18mpg between city/highway.
4.Between the bumpers you listed. Remember this. YOUR JEEP (re read that please its YOUR jeep) its an expression of yourself. Go with what YOU like. Doesn't matter what I like. Its not mine. Its yours my friend....Express yourself as you see fit. Personally I like the AEV.

Anyway.....I hope this helps. Stick around. These guys are sharp and know their stuff....Their jeeps are awesome with some excellent experience and knowledge.

Happy New Year.

Doug

Marauder
12-31-2007, 09:34 PM
Hello and welcome aboard....first off....I think I can speak for most of us here. We don't care if you are Chinese, Japanese or from Mars....you are a jeep enthusiast and you are welcome here.....So welcome!

Ok...

Let me answer the questions that I can and leave the guru's...(yeah there are a few here, their jeeps are sick!)

1. Can't comment on MyGig. I don't have it on my Rubi Unlimited. BUT I do have the MOPAR GPS system added. I like it and I can take it out with me if I need too.
2.Learning curve? That really depends on your ability to turn a wrench. I honestly don't think a bumper, expecially the fender flares, are out of your scope.
3.Gas consumption. I can only tell you in miles per gallon my young friend. I get somewhere (according the the computer in the jeep) about 19mpg on the highway....I typically average somewhere about 18mpg between city/highway.
4.Between the bumpers you listed. Remember this. YOUR JEEP (re read that please its YOUR jeep) its an expression of yourself. Go with what YOU like. Doesn't matter what I like. Its not mine. Its yours my friend....Express yourself as you see fit. Personally I like the AEV.

Anyway.....I hope this helps. Stick around. These guys are sharp and know their stuff....Their jeeps are awesome with some excellent experience and knowledge.

Happy New Year.

Doug

Well said

As far as MPG the dash computer really is not that accurate. last trip i took on the highway for 8 hours i got 21mpg and computer was saying 17mpg

caojiong
01-01-2008, 05:17 AM
thanks for the warm welcomes guys, I dunno, it just feels weird being a chinese driving a jeep. One of my chinese female friends stunned her interviewer when they found out that she drives a hummer and eventually landed the job, so i guess the cultural factor is definitely there.

and thanks for the mpg numbers, i did some rough calculation and got what I was looking for. But may I ask what size of tire you are using? and if going to a lets say... 35 or 37 will result in a drastic change in consumption and handling?

as for the installations, i read the AEV bumper installation manual thoroughly, only part that gives me the scare if when I found out that I need to drill stuff onto the Jeep. Turning a wrench is no problem as I have said that I am quite handy with stuff. So i will definitely give the self-installation thing a go.

as for the MyGig thing I am starting to consider to just scrap it, besides the GPS I dont see myself using the XM radio and the harddrive that much because I listen to my own stuff anyway, and a good quality GPS is dirt cheap now anyway. One thing that worries me with MyGig is that there are many cases in Toronto that people just steals the damn stuff. So I think I will just go with a removable GPS.

again. THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING, happy new years.

gcg
01-01-2008, 10:05 AM
Shrockworks makes a nice front bumper, too. I have their stubby version and like it quite a bit. I like the way the width of the bumper lines up with the grill and if you plan to consider a winch later on, the winch version of the bumper allows the winch to be mounted low, partially inside of the bumper, which is nice.

As others stated, it all gets down to your personal preference and particularly on how you plan to use your vehicle.

Welcome!

JeepDog
01-01-2008, 07:52 PM
thanks for the warm welcomes guys, I dunno, it just feels weird being a chinese driving a jeep. One of my chinese female friends stunned her interviewer when they found out that she drives a hummer and eventually landed the job, so i guess the cultural factor is definitely there.

and thanks for the mpg numbers, i did some rough calculation and got what I was looking for. But may I ask what size of tire you are using? and if going to a lets say... 35 or 37 will result in a drastic change in consumption and handling?

as for the installations, i read the AEV bumper installation manual thoroughly, only part that gives me the scare if when I found out that I need to drill stuff onto the Jeep. Turning a wrench is no problem as I have said that I am quite handy with stuff. So i will definitely give the self-installation thing a go.

as for the MyGig thing I am starting to consider to just scrap it, besides the GPS I dont see myself using the XM radio and the harddrive that much because I listen to my own stuff anyway, and a good quality GPS is dirt cheap now anyway. One thing that worries me with MyGig is that there are many cases in Toronto that people just steals the damn stuff. So I think I will just go with a removable GPS.

again. THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING, happy new years.

Hello again my friend.....

Ok....Hummer? Your girl drive a Hummer? You realize you can't see her if she drives that.....She has to get a Jeep. hahaha...just kidding...

As for XM Radio. its actually Sirius and you can get that without MYGIG. i have Sirius in mine.

I have the stock size tires on my Rubi. 32". As for gas consumption for 35's or 37's. If you regear. I have read on vairous boards your gas mileage could be the same and sometimes better....depending on who you ask.

Handling? Well...My Jeep doesn't handle like my Camaro...but then I didn't expect it too...I think it handles reasonably well...But when you lift the Jeep the stability can sometimes not be as good. So pay attention to what lift you purchase. I am going the Poly route. They are a board sponsor here and VERY active here. And a few people here have their lift and love it. And I hope to be among this crowd soon.

Keep reading my friend. When my friends ask me on a beautiful warm day what I prefer to drive. My Camaro SS or my Wrangler...I hop into my topless/doorless Wrangler and go for a nice drive... :D As a friend of mine says...."Driving my jeep everyday is like going camping!"

caojiong
01-02-2008, 12:45 AM
Hello again my friend.....

Ok....Hummer? Your girl drive a Hummer? You realize you can't see her if she drives that.....She has to get a Jeep. hahaha...just kidding...

As for XM Radio. its actually Sirius and you can get that without MYGIG. i have Sirius in mine.

I have the stock size tires on my Rubi. 32". As for gas consumption for 35's or 37's. If you regear. I have read on vairous boards your gas mileage could be the same and sometimes better....depending on who you ask.

Handling? Well...My Jeep doesn't handle like my Camaro...but then I didn't expect it too...I think it handles reasonably well...But when you lift the Jeep the stability can sometimes not be as good. So pay attention to what lift you purchase. I am going the Poly route. They are a board sponsor here and VERY active here. And a few people here have their lift and love it. And I hope to be among this crowd soon.

Keep reading my friend. When my friends ask me on a beautiful warm day what I prefer to drive. My Camaro SS or my Wrangler...I hop into my topless/doorless Wrangler and go for a nice drive... :D As a friend of mine says...."Driving my jeep everyday is like going camping!"


well that's not MY girl, but a good friend of mine. My girl is getting her driver license soon, (she is 21 and without a license... can you believe that?!!!!!!), been a hard half a year trying to convince her to get a jeep, and I believe I finally got through to her, and she will be looking for a 2 door this year.

and yes... summer time without top and door is gonna be heaven... cant wait