Long roadtrip in Wrangler.

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onyxdragon
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Long roadtrip in Wrangler.

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I just went from the D.C. area to the Chicago area. It wasn't that bad. I stopped for fuel 2 times, and that's including driving through the mountains. It was fairly comfortable, and a pretty enjoyable ride.

I do have the tires at 39 PSI, but I think I'm going to boost them to 40 PSI for the return trip (when they warm up, that'll put me around 42 PSI). The ride may be a little rougher on bumps, but I want to see how much of a difference MPG will make. 2 PSI will probably not net me much more than .2 or so MPG. If that's the case, I'll drop it back down.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with the performance and comfort. Even in the mountains I didn't have to downshift out of 5th or 6th (depending on the speed limit) going uphill.
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1999 Jeep Cherokee Sport, 2021 Jeep Wrangler Islander, 2001 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
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Re: Long roadtrip in Wrangler.

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Stock Wranglers are pretty decent road trip rigs. Back in 2004 I took my Rubi for a week of camping that was 16 hours from home. The Jeep did fine. Nowadays that Rubi is a horrible road trip vehicle. Since it is geared so low I get worse fuel economy on the highway (11 mpg) than I do on local roads (14-16 mpg) and the lift and big tires reduced the handling characteristics.
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Re: Long roadtrip in Wrangler.

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Warrior87 wrote: Thu Oct 06, 2022 6:49 pm Stock Wranglers are pretty decent road trip rigs. Back in 2004 I took my Rubi for a week of camping that was 16 hours from home. The Jeep did fine. Nowadays that Rubi is a horrible road trip vehicle. Since it is geared so low I get worse fuel economy on the highway (11 mpg) than I do on local roads (14-16 mpg) and the lift and big tires reduced the handling characteristics.
Yeah, I would never have taken my TJ on a roadtrip like that. 33" tires on a 3.5" lift with a 3 speed auto. I would have been stopping to fill up at every rest area.

On the flip side, both of my 4.0 powered Cherokees did great on road trips, lift and big tires included. My 95 Cherokee with a 4.0 and 5 speed would get around 26-27 MPG on flat land...it sucked in mountains, though.
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1999 Jeep Cherokee Sport, 2021 Jeep Wrangler Islander, 2001 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
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