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Verne and the JK

Posted in News on January 8, 2013
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Contributors: SerneVimons

 I've been driving Jp's 2007 JK for several months now. And this is what I think of it...as if anyone cares.  At first I was skeptical of the JK (Like any good monkey I fear all things different and new...at least for a little while. They usually smell funny). I like TJs, so I guess I was also a little resentful of the new kid on the block. Several months back I took the keys to our JK Rubicon. Since I have spent quite a bit of time behind the wheel of the thing. I have to say that now that Christian has asked for the JK back I realized I actually really like it...but there are things I don't like and here they are along with some things that I do like that surprised me. Oddly I greatly dislike the 6-speed transmission. I am a life long manual transmission guy, but I cant stand this tranny.  A lot of this has to do with the fact that the transmission needs a rebuild and wont stay in first unless you hold the shifter. I also cant ever get the damned thing  into Reverse without lots of searching. Annoying. Also every time I try to shift from Fifth to Sixth I accidentally downshift to Fourth and loose all my momentum. Also annoying. I am further annoyed that a six-speed does not have, either a very low First gear, or a very tall Overdrive. Instead it just has an extra gear stuffed in the middle between a normal OD and First. Pete claims its to get rid of the 3-4 split. I think I know what he means, and OK it does do that, but this is a Jeep not a track car. I'd much rather have a transmission with a low First gear and a normal low range ratio in the transfercase. Off-road the JK is awesome. It works well everywhere I have taken it. I thought I would hate the ESP, but its kind of cool that you can hit dirt roads and washes with quite a bit of speed without fishtailing or excess tire spinning. I wish you could turn the ESP off all the way for some good ol' dirt drifting. I actually kind of like the minivan motor. Its not that bad...OK it definitely needs more low end torque and if it were in a big heavy 4-door with tons of armor and big tires it would suck. I am always amazed at how good the gas mileage is with the 3.8L. Its pretty amazing that the 3.8L is turning 35s and has only 4.10 gears. I'm sure I'd love the 3.6L, I haven't driven one yet. I ll have to do that soon. Also I am still a little scared of all the technology that comes with the 3.6L. Ill look for an auto tranny on the test drive. Basically the JK is awesome, and a great replacement for the TJ. It definitely ups the bar of what a Jeep is on-road and off-.  The suspension is awesome. It flexes, rides well on-road, and can handle bumps at speed better than a short Jeep should. I was also stoked to find out that the glovebox is HUGE for a Jeep. The other day I got a Digital SLR and external flash in the glovebox. Its almost like it has a real glovebox. OK, so I like the JK...now I just need to sell off most of the fleet or wait till the price on these things come down so I can get really comfortable with one.

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