Nwgs Jeep'n Thread

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by nwgs, May 20, 2007.

  1. Rogue_Ryder

    Rogue_Ryder 速 Flat Biller 速

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    I think there's some MPG difference between the old Renix system and the later Chrysler 4.0 HO. On a recent road trip down to Ouray, I averaged 19mpg with my 175K miles '95 YJ. I do have a 5spd, and I'm running 31x10.5 MTs with 4.11 gears. The Altitude helps some as well, but 13.5mpg is atrocious.
  2. Krang

    Krang Rides with hippies

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    Soon to be bro-wheel-less. Just got some black steelies - 15" and am staying with 33's so I gained another inch of sidewall.

    After that, a change of the diff fluids and this weekend will be my first time out in my jeep. Looking forward to some trails.
  3. Chad_NC

    Chad_NC Long timer

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    My 87 XJ got right around 15-16. My JK gets around the same with less ummph. I didn't buy my Jeep for gas mileage :D


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  4. DLFLHT

    DLFLHT I'm a little fuzzy

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    We just completed a 1,250 mile trip in our 2013 JKU Rubicon - about 250 off-pavement with some serious elevation changes (Hells Canyon, Steens Mountain) and averaged 19 (computer had it at 20). I was satisfied with that although it was a bit painful gassing up at $4.15/gallon in some places.
  5. Range Motorsport

    Range Motorsport Junk collector

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    That's what I average around town in the winter with it in 4 wheel drive all the time.

    Consistent 19-21 hwy and 16 city in the summer.
  6. KSJEEPER

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    You must be rolling the stocker 225's then. I haven't gotten anything approaching that, since I departed from stock tire size. Never did better than 17mpg, and that was a fresh motor with little donut tires. Anything with any tread to speak of will drop that right down too.

    You don't see many stock XJ's around any more, or at least I don't. If a person doesn't wheel theirs, and its just a vehicle to them, they have generally moved on to something more 'refined' by now. Considering the newest possible XJ is 12 years old. The XJ was one of the highest casualty victims of 'cash for clunkers' for that reason.

    If you truly get 21mpg in an XJ, you are one in a million, literally. You could scour the XJ forum all day long and not find anyone getting close to that. 14mpg is the prevailing average for folks with a decent amount of rubber and tread, and any miles to speak of on their 4.0. A few guys claim 16 or 17, which prompts everyone to ask them how on earth they achieve such stellar mileage. 21 is unheard of, so be happy that apparently you were delivered the premiere 4.0 ever assembled.
  7. Barry

    Barry Just Beastly

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    When my 1997 XJ was bone stock, I was getting 21.5 avg, driving it like I stole it.

    Bumpers, winch, lights, lift, tires with some tread, not getting anything close to that now. probably 14-16 maybe. Haven't checked, don't care. I'll check just for giggles, but I won't use the crap computer to do it. I will go by gas put in and miles driven.

    That mileage of 21.5 was with 160K+ on the clock. The 4.0 is just awesome.

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  8. Range Motorsport

    Range Motorsport Junk collector

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    I don't know what you read but I have heard of lots of people getting 20mpg out of the XJ. You must frequent the teenager Jeep forums where they drive like mad men and can't do math.

    I have owned 6 XJ's and every one of them has gotten better than 17mpg HWY. I correct my mileage with my GPS and know how to get the most out of the 4.0L. I am currently building a bastard motor out of a 1987 4.0 block bored .030" over, with a 1991 HO head, 2000 intake, stainless header, and the stock coil on plug ignition in my '00 XJ. I am hoping to squeeze about 210hp and 270 lb-ft out if it.

    My old XJ earned the nickname "The Silver Bullet" when it would upset 355hp ZZ4 crate engined CJ7's on the trail and drag racing. In stock form it was a 173hp engine, it had a bit more than that :evil It also got 21-23 mpg consistently on the highway.
  9. Big Bird 928

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    MPG? my CJ gets maybe 11 if you are driving with MPG in mind... 4 if you are horsing around. yes that is a tank average, not spot milage. :huh
  10. Mr. Magoo

    Mr. Magoo n/a

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    I get 20mpg general driving around with my little 2.5l 95 Wrangler.
  11. Chad_NC

    Chad_NC Long timer

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    Mike when did you get a Wrangler :huh And when do you get to drive it since you are either on the bike or taking horses somewhere lol!


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  12. Mr. Magoo

    Mr. Magoo n/a

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    I've had it about a year. Drive it all the time. I love exploring the gamelands in it. Nothing special but it does what I want.

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  13. Chad_NC

    Chad_NC Long timer

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    Of course it's special, it's a Jeep! The VW truck still around?


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  14. HardCase

    HardCase winter is coming

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    I see that this thread has been quiet for a while, thought I'd contribute a little bit. I got a new Jeep a couple of days ago! I'm pretty excited about it. It is a 2013 Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon. Here are a few pics taken the day I bought it in front of the dealership. I think I got a decent deal as they had a number on the lot, although not many with the features I wanted. Mainly I was looking for a 4-door Rubicon with a 6-speed manual, and most of the Wranglers there were automatics. Curious. I wonder what the percentage of new Wranglers sold have manuals versus autos? I was a little unsure about the color at first, have tended to be more 'conservative' in color selection, but like the interesting colors Jeep has been using in recent years, and this one, called Rock Lobster (which has been discontinued), is growing on me.

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    I will probably do a few mods. This will be my daily driver, but also a recreational vehicle. I don't see myself doing any real hard-core off-roading or rock crawling, but I do live in northwest Montana, hunt, and like to explore areas of the backcountry, occasionally camp in remote areas, that sort of thing. I'd doubt that I'll lift it. I would like some better steel bumpers eventually, would consider a winch although wonder whether I'd ever be likely to use it, maybe add a few bits of armor, possibly some sort of rack.

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    I have always loved Jeeps and bought my first Wrangler in Y2K. It was my only car for about 8 years, and I sold in in '08 to buy a pickup which I needed. I liked the Wrangler, but it was the 2-door variety and there were times where it was not the best for an only vehicle. The 4-door suits my needs better, and I have a truck, so this one should fit into my lifestyle a lot better.

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    I'm pretty excited about it and looking forward to learning more.
  15. anotherguy

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    The first big rutted rocky hill you encounter one of two things will happen. You will think this offroad stuff is crazy and never do it again or surfin' the 'net when you get home for lifts,tires and lockers. Good luck. I never intended to lift the Jeep let alone do some of the stuff I've done with it.

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  16. HardCase

    HardCase winter is coming

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    :lol3 I'm sure you're right, although I did drive a Wrangler for 8 years and got into a few situations like that. It handled them very well. The new Rubicon is pretty well-equipped, has lockers and decent sized tires, and that's a good part of why I bought it. I'm not much of a wrench and wanted it to be as capable as I could get, stock. But I'm open-minded and sure you're right, that I'll be wanting to tweak and mod it now and then! :thumb
  17. Barry

    Barry Just Beastly

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    Here is a pic of my XJ that was on 33's and 6.5" of lift. Now on 30.95s's and a OME 2" lift plus a wee bit more. OME worth every penney.

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  18. Jeffy

    Jeffy Hmm...

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    Congrats! If I was buying a Jeep today I'd be getting a Rubicon as well. They're very plush and I think really give you the best of both worlds experience. OK, they aren't as simple as an older Jeep but then again an older Jeep isn't as comfortable, And definitely not as capable out of the box.

    I'm betting they sell a lot more automatics then manuals. Wranglers have gone mainstream. They aren't the niche vehicle they once were. Automatics have been out selling manuals across the board for a few years now.
  19. Krang

    Krang Rides with hippies

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    I spent a good amount of time hemhawing about getting a Jeep, FJC, XTerra.

    Been an awesome decision thus far. Took a little work to get it to where I wanted it, but loving every minute with it so far. Much easier to take on some trails than the KLR would have been. I hope I can get a few more good runs in by the end of the year here in Colorado. Planning for a four day trip to Ouray in the beginning of next month.

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  20. HardCase

    HardCase winter is coming

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    Thanks, yeah, it's quite a bit more plush than my W2K TJ......which, somewhat curiously at that time, had a three-speed automatic. At that time it wasn't that easy to find an automatic Wrangler. I happened to find mine on a dealer lot in a small town 60 miles south of here, and he'd discounted it quite a bit, guess he'd had it around for a while, and gave me a good deal even though I really didn't want an auto. It turned out to be a decent Jeep, however.

    This time around I wanted the 6-speed manual. The dealer had a good dozen or more on his lot, but most were automatics. The red one happened to have the 6-speed, was a Rubicon, and an Unlimited, and that translated into a sale. :clap

    PS: Another thing I didn't like about the automatics is that it adds $1100 to the sticker!