I'm driving my '08 JK from Fresno, CA to Boston, MA this summer with some friends. I go to school in Boston, and decided I want to bring my car over here and get a fun trip out of the process.
A few months ago I put on a 4-inch suspension lift and some new 35" MTR's, but didn't regear or buy a tuner. I have a 2-door automatic, with an otherwise unmodified powertrain.
So I have a few options for my road trip, and I'm wondering which one will be the cheapest overall way to go. I'm trying to minimize the total cost of any of these options plus the cost of gas for the whole trip.
- regearing is expensive, but obviously has the best results on gas mileage
- I've heard running one of those programmers can help a little bit, but those are also around $300
- I can put my stock wheels/tires back on and throw my new 35's in a trailer. Kind of expensive because I have to install a hitch, and hurts gas mileage from towing a trailer and extra set of tires. On the plus side, I get my old mileage back as far as the Jeep alone, just have to deal with the trailer.
if you have any idea which will be the most cost effective solution, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE help me out here. I really want to make this trip, but I have to be able to afford it as well.. I need to get this figured out SOON so I can start getting things ready.
HELP THIS BEAUTIFUL JEEP CROSS THE STATES!!!
P.S. - Moab is a stop on my planned route, so you'll be helping a fresh young jeeper make his first trip to wrangler mecca