Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Brownsville, Texas
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Reflections from a 1st time JK owner
It's been a little over a week since I took delivery of a new burnt orange metallic 2 dr. Wrangler Sport. Been 4-wheelin' for about 45 yrs. now and this is my first Wrangler. A little bit of background since the early 1970's it was always stick shift Chevy Blazers (old style) or SWB pickups. Four years ago I switched to a Liberty 6 spd, but for a variety of reasons (starting with ground clearance) I wasn't too happy with it. Then I started to develop bone spurs in the left leg and the cramped clutch and stick shift of the Liberty became very painful. So, for the first time ever I had to make the switch to an automatic.
OK, 1 week with the new Wrangler, and, yes, I do miss the stick shift, but that is me. The long travel suspension makes the Wrangler ride like a Cadillac compared to all the previous vehicles I've owned. On potholed city streets, it just glides over the bumps, ruts, etc. Every other vehicle I've owned would bounce.
I'm not so much an extreme vehicle rock climber, but rather a very long distance bad road, washed out road, road used to be there, but now is a rocky trail type four wheeler. I did most of my travel in the mountains of northern Mexico, but, for obvious reasons, that is out. Looking forward to taking the jeep into West Texas, then maybe the Appalachians - forest roads in PA and WV.
So what does the Wrangler remind me of? Not the Blazers or the Chevys, but, of all things and mid-1970's old style Ford Bronco, which was worshiped
by many as Ford's best off-road machine. Size is similar, coil springs similar,
and many of the old Bronco's had automatics.
Speaking of automatics, I'd like to bullet proof mine. Some type of external transmission cooler with metal fasteners, not simple tie straps.
Thanks for listening. I'll be having many more posts.
Gene, Brownsville, Texas