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Jeep Wrangler, SUV
#21254 of 23393 Re: 2005 Wrangler Rubicon (side step/running boards)? [texasjeep]
Mar 27, 2006 (6:53 am)
Yep, those are TrXuX 33x12.5x15's on my Canyon wheels (I run SpiderTrax spacers behind the wheels).
Balancing? Up to about 55 they are smooth. I have a vibe on the highway that I need to have addressed, but wanted to wash my Jeep before taking it to a place to balance (too much mud on the wheels! ) Once I have them balanced, they will be golden.
On road, they are fine (except the vibes over 55). Offroad, they are incredible. I only got stuck once on my first trip with them as I got high centered a bit and just not enough traction to get me unlodged from a rock hugging just in front of my rear bumper. Nice scratches tho.
I was in some mud - got through no problems. Climbing - great grip. No complaints at all here.
Balancing is probably the only issue you have to worry about. Make sure they balance it up to about 70-75. With my gearing and engine, if I ever made it to 80, I'd be surprised (2.5L and 4.88 gearing). I did get to 75 tho.
Here's the Jeep after done wheeling and gassing up to go home...
#21255 of 23393 Re: Mirrors without doors [jeff62301]
Mar 27, 2006 (7:52 am)
Very nice and simple too...which IS the important thing.
Mar 27, 2006 (9:46 am)
Among other things, I gather they didn't air down their tires for their little photo-op. Someone's new SUV (think it was a VW Toureg) meets the Atlantic Ocean this weekend here at Carolina Beach. Several nylon runners were snapped until a guy with chains managed to pull it out before it was completely submerged. Still probably totaled, salt water got into the engine bay, interior, etc.
Mar 27, 2006 (9:56 am)
I thought only Jeep Commanders could do that.
Seriously - wet sand + heavy vehicle = bad times
If water got into the bay, it may be okay, but I bet the electrical is goofy from here on out. The engine itself may be fine, as long as it wasn't running and no water got into the engine.
#21258 of 23393 Re: wet sand [goducks1]
Mar 27, 2006 (10:04 am)
I would say LOL but I'm just too depressed for this guy. My early Jeeping was done on river beds, and even shallow water over sand makes for a really bad day.
I sit in Touraregs at the auto shows, and would love to have one as my "nice" sedan vehicle. They are REALLY pricey. I can't imagine taking one that close to the ocean...
You should send that in to 4wd or Jp for their worst stucks section.
#21259 of 23393 Re: wet sand [goducks1]
Mar 27, 2006 (10:04 am)
Ahhhh... Brings back memories!!!
While in school we were in the Virginia Beach area attending a concrete canoe race hosted by Old Dominion University at Mt. Trashmore Park, we decided to camp at one of the waterfront campgrounds. One of our campers, after imbibing some liquid bravery decides to take out his 4wd Ford Ranger for a drive with a buddy. Who knows how much later they both come walking back, jeans wet to the belt and very, very cold. I think it was March. Long story short, Nimrod got his truck stuck on the beach and the tide was coming in. We didn't have anything to pull him out with so he had already called a tow truck. Tow truck number one wasn't capable of pulling him out so they had to call tow truck number two. (It appeared to be a carefully orchestrated procedure, sending the whimpy tow truck first.) Luckily water did not get into the cab of the truck before it was yanked out. Good thing he got out or we wouldn't have had anything to tow the concrete canoe home.
Oh well, made for some good stories and chuckles on the way home.
Mar 27, 2006 (10:06 am)
Mac (or anyone),
I've been really considering the electric Wrangler fan conversion (takes off the clutch fan and replaces it with an electric and thermostatic on/off switch). Mostly, I was going to do it for the mileage gain it supposedly gets. What do you think of this? Supposed to really reduce rotating parasitic drag (according to the manufacturer). Quadratec carries them.
#21261 of 23393 Re: More power? [drewmeister]
Mar 27, 2006 (11:02 am)
I'm not really a fan of those (hmmm.......shouldn't that be Tom's line?).
The standard fan only comes into play when the cooling system temperature rises above a certain point, usually at a slow forward speed or when under a heavy load. When it does kick in, it has the potential to cool things down very quickly as the blades are at a relatively coarse pitch, and they have all the power of a gas engine to drive them.
An electric fan has a much shallower pitch due to the high current draw of an appropriately sized 12v electric motor. To even come close to matching the performance of the factory unit, an electric fan will have to run much longer and it will cut in earlier. Power for the motor will have to generated by the alternator (which costs gas). This will cool ok in the majority of short use situations, but for more continous operation it won't match the OE unit, either in efficiency or economy.
In terms of gas consumption, I doubt you could measure any difference, plus or minus, but there's probably a 'feelgood' factor. If you do get one it makes sense to wait until the standard clutch fan fails, and make sure to get a 'puller' rather than a 'pusher', as it's more efficient.
#21262 of 23393 Re: More power? [drewmeister]
Mar 27, 2006 (11:44 am)
I have often thought about replacing my belt driven fan. I am convinced mine is "engaged" most of the time. I can hear it wind up shortly after I crank up. Also the air it stirs up blows the paper towels and light stuff I have hanging on the walls of my garage. Even cold, It is very stiff to turn the blades with the engine off (same warm). My local dealer won't even consider if it is bad. I think it is costing me mpg.
If you do it, I want to know the results.
#21263 of 23393 BUYING A SOFT TOPS
Mar 27, 2006 (12:11 pm)
I JUST BOUGHT MY FIRST JEEP AND I'M LOOKING FOR A SOFT TOP. ARE BESTOPS WORTH THE HIGHER COST? IF YES...WHY?