I am not trying to be hateful to ourbeloved Jeeps, but I am definitely a bit disillusioned with the performance of my JK. So far I have modified my Jeep with the standard stuff: 37's, 5.13 gears, axel sleeves, gussets, e-lockers, etcetera.
I love how it looks, but the more I drive it the more I'm frustrated with its lack of performance. Once the new starts to wear off and you can remove the rose colored glasses, the lack of motive power really starts slappping you in the face. Heck, I don't know how people daily drive one of these that actually have to be on a freeway in merge with moving traffic. And yes, I will admit it, my biggest frustrations are on road, not off. So far, I have been pleased with what it can do offroad - but then again, I'm not trying to make it to 30 mph off road either.
I never thought that I would be considering a engine swap in this new of a vehicle in this short of amount of time of ownership. I just don't see being able to enjoy it long term otherwise. All of those LS motor theards are starting to make a lot more sense.
I find it amusing how there are people out there talking about how quick their 3.6 Pentastar Wranglers are. I have a '12 Rubicon Unlimited with the manual transmission, so it even has the 4.10 gearing. This vehicle is dog SLOW. It has trouble passing a Toyota Prius, and in most cases, it's playing "catch-up" with that Prius.
What further amazes me is how I constantly read about how his/her JK (mainly two-door) is "nimble" and fast. That's some funny shit right there, because I drove a two-door, and yes, while the handling and maneuverability is superior to that of my Unlimited, they are nothing of the sort.
The ride is bouncy, the handling is "floppy" and unresponsive, and they drive like the Titanic on roller-skates. Clearly, these people have never truly driven a quick vehicle or one that actually does
Yep, I'm gonna say it. Jeep Wranglers SUCK, they really do, however
, it's one of the most fun vehicles I've ever owned, and I've owned some pretty fun vehicles. They suck to drive down tight, back roads, they suck to drive on bumpy pavement, they suck to drive at speeds over 55 mph, they suck to parallel park, and they suck to have to see behind you to back out of a parking space...
...but how many vehicles out there make you feel like you're going on an epic adventure every time you get behind the wheel, whether it's to the grocery store or to the beach...
This damned Jeep has no redeeming qualities from a driving perspective, but the Jeeping experience is a unique one. We deal with all this shit just for those few redeeming traits; the feeling of adventure, popping the lids or dropping the top for a drive under the stars, whether it's to get ice cream or to an off-road destination, driving through deep water, snow, mud, grass, what have you...
No regrets about owning my Jeep. It's the worst driving vehicle I've ever owned, yet it's also one of the most fun. It can be slow, handle like shit, and follow every rut in the pavement, because everything else about it is fucking fun.