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#22449 of 23397 Rubicons Take 1st and 2nd Place in "Four Wheeler of the Year"!
Dec 25, 2006 (11:01 pm)
That's correct, the 2007 Jeep Rubicon took 1st and 2nd place in Four Wheeler magazine's "Four Wheeler of the Year"! Here's the results:
7th place: Chevy Suburban Z71
6th place: Chevy Tahoe Z71
5th place: Kia Sorento
4th place: Hummer H3 Adventure Package
3rd place: Toyota FJ Cruiser
2nd place: Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon
1st place: Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
Complete story is in the Feb 2007 issue which should be in your mailboxes now of on newsstands Dec 26th.
Jan 08, 2007 (10:46 am)
We're trying to simplify the Wrangler boards a bit and some of the posts (especially the maintenance ones) have been moved. Our software doesn't like to keep the dates straight so some of the threads are out of sequence, so please just skip over that (ok maybe some of it is operator error, give an old CJ-5'er a break).
If you find yourself rereading old posts, please use the Mark As Read button to get caught up. Thanks!
#22451 of 23397 Re: Auto vs. Manual (off-roading and performance) [mac24]
Jan 08, 2007 (1:51 pm)
I had the same question before I bought my Jeep. My experience on my Auto so far is that the street performance is quite ok. A lot of the "slow going" I have been feeling is actully due to, partially, the farily loud engine noise which makes me feel it is slower than it actually is.
On the trail, I am suprisingly to find out with 1st gear and low range, it gives me more than enough power to climb or to move at crawl speed on rough terrian with complete control and no stalling. This is exactly what I want. With manual, you would probably need the help from a hand throtle to achieve the similar level of control. By then again, individual preference is still the main dermining factor.
Jan 08, 2007 (5:38 pm)
Hello again...i have a question regarding tires (re: my last post). I have 325/60-15 (30.5x12.9) BFG AT's and i love them. My wheels are AR 15x10 w/ -38 offset (I'm pretty sure). My suspension is stock and I've removed the "boxing gloves" so I've got plenty of room up front. So how big can i go? Can i go with 33x12.5? My tire size no longer exists in the All-Terrain tire and I don't do enough off roading to justify the Mud TA. I also don't want to go back to 9.5" wide wheels...or get any smaller (not like the BFG comes in any other size anyway).
So.....help.....I am now riding around on near-bald tires and slip n' slide in the WalMart parking lot has lost it's thrill.
...life is good
#22453 of 23397 Re: Tire questions... [diegotexera]
Jan 08, 2007 (5:48 pm)
I don't understand your offset figure so go here: Tom's definitive backspacing post, to check out how to measure it.
If you don't need full articulation of your suspension, i.e. you're going to drive highway only, then you can go to 33x12.5. However, if you want to continue offroading then 31x10.5s or possibly 32x11.5s will be most useful to you without a lift. The 32x11.5s are better suited to your rim width but you will get some fender rubbing on full flex. The 31x10.5s will be a little stretched on your 10" rims but their overall diameter will give better body clearance. Rubbing at full lock shouldn't be a problem as you seem to have decreased backspacing. Unless you do a lot of heavy mudding you'll be pleased with the BFG AT KOs.
Jan 09, 2007 (7:02 am)
I've been looking around and I found some BFG AT's in 32x11.5r15 and the price is right. Do you think they will fit well without much articulation loss? I don't want to be limited...I would consider getting a 1" body lift, but then what is the cheapest bang for the buck? Not too sure about those coil spacer things. Seems like they can come out if I catch air on one of my trail runs. btw, for all interested in off-road racing, there are some lovely dirt straights in the homestead farm roads !
#22455 of 23397 Re: another option... [diegotexera]
Jan 09, 2007 (7:49 am)
I've been looking around and I found some BFG AT's in 32x11.5r15 and the price is right. Do you think they will fit well without much articulation loss?
Hmmm.....didn't I just answer that very question for you in the post immediately prior to yours?
If you like driving rutted trails at speed then seriously consider the OME suspension lift. Those are the conditions it was originally designed for.
#22456 of 23397 Re: another option... [mac24]
Jan 09, 2007 (8:26 am)
yes you did answer...and i realized that after i wrote back....ergh....
as for trails...yes, i like to toss it around at speed. Safely, but always at max speed down those semi-smooth dirt roads. I would have an off road subaru impreza WRX if i could....heehee
thanks for your help again
#22457 of 23397 Just saying "hi!"
Jan 09, 2007 (2:48 pm)
I've been AWOL for a while. I'm delighted that Edmunds backed off on splitting up the Wrangler board - we've always had so much fun here, good to see things are/have gotten back to normal. It's taken me a while to get caught up in the couple of months that I've been involved with other things (but that's OK, I've got a bug that's kept me home, with extra time on my hands). I can't believe that the last time I was here was October!
We're back to using the Unlimited as our daily driver ('04, 85,000 miles) - we found out the hard way that bicycles on freeways don't do nice things to low clearance vehicles. At least we don't have to worry about the roads - we've had snow several times all ready. The only adjustment has been to our budget - going from 36+ average mpg with the Fit to the 17+ (if its not windy) with the Unlimited is hard to take (sigh).
#22458 of 23397 Re: Just saying "hi!" [mtngal]
Jan 09, 2007 (2:57 pm)
I was worried we'd lost you when the forum was closed a few months back.
I am glad to see you back!