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Post  Scarytallman on 4/30/2014, 7:52 pm

I have been toying with selling my YJ and trading in my Subaru for a 14 JK. What are people's thoughts?
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Re: JK Question

Post  Mark on 4/30/2014, 8:26 pm

Are you going to use it to mall crawl or wheel?
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Re: JK Question

Post  Scarytallman on 4/30/2014, 8:46 pm

mostly commuting to be honest since it will be a dd but I want to take it around the back dirt roads. I obviously couldn't afford to rock crawl it. I would like to definitely do low risk wheeling.
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Post  dongalonga on 5/1/2014, 4:18 pm

Do it. I wish I never sold my '12 JKR. It was on 35s and a better DD than a stock TJ/LJ. I love my LJ, but the JK is a better vehicle.  Here is what was better:

-Seats
-Ride/Handling
-Interior Amenities (120 volt house style plug, better radio, more space)
-Engine (more power and better MPG)
-Soft Top (sunrider that work flawlessly and easy to fold all the way down)
-Ability to run 35s dirt cheap (Rough Country 2.5" spacers and trimmed fenders)

Do yourself a favor and get a Rubicon. I have driven both Rubicon tend non-Rubicons and the Rubcon rides better and has everything you will ever need around here once you're on 35s.
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Post  Mark on 5/1/2014, 4:37 pm

What Shaun said !! Do yourself a favor and get a Rubicon.
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Re: JK Question

Post  Scarytallman on 5/1/2014, 4:40 pm

just worried about giving up the dd reliability of a 2013 subaru outback.
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Post  Mark on 5/1/2014, 4:45 pm

I guess you can't have it all but you can try.
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Re: JK Question

Post  dongalonga on 5/1/2014, 5:29 pm

I've owned both an outback and several Jeeps. I enjoyed DDing the JK the most believe it or not.
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Post  nnovickzj on 5/1/2014, 5:49 pm

if you get rid of your dd youll be afraid to break the jeep and not be able to drive to work. i know i wouldnt whell as hard or have as much fun if i didnt have a second vehicle.
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Re: JK Question

Post  Scarytallman on 5/1/2014, 7:02 pm

Haha i can't afford to wail my YJ either. I am no mechanic and I can't afford to have it fixed. I do a lot of dirt roads in backwoods maine that have some terrain a little too gritty for the outback. I also am terrified ill break down in the YJ away from cell service. It makes me afraid to take it some places. I also am loving having a 5 speed in the YJ so I think a stronger 6 will be more fun especially with hill start assist.
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Re: JK Question

Post  dongalonga on 5/2/2014, 1:20 am

Mine was my DD and I wasn't nice to it.
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Re: JK Question

Post  Andrew Miller on 5/2/2014, 2:15 am

Its incredible how far the jeeps have come in terms of dd comfort and ability, go with JKR if you can pull it off. My boss has a '12 JKU Sahara, I drive it as often as i can. It helps when he gives it to me to take care of when he goes to Greece for a month every summer.

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Post  AquilesT on 5/2/2014, 3:15 pm

I went from a 08 mercedes to a 08 jkur as my DD and i dont regret it. 35" tires 2.5 lift and still get 15.5 mpg on highway (just drove 3k roundtrip to FL) 13.5 city (it has 78k miles on it and i dont know when the prev.owner did the last tune up. Which is probably affecting mpgs).
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Re: JK Question

Post  Scarytallman on 5/5/2014, 7:22 pm

this is turning into a tough decision. I test drove one and loved it this weekend. Now I have to figure out how to sell a car too. My YJ will have to go regretfully.
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Post  jcarozza on 5/10/2014, 10:29 pm

I have a 13 jkus and I love it use it to commute from Saugus to Dorchester everyday and can handle a lot of the trails around here just stock. Didn't regret a single second on buying it!!
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Re: JK Question

Post  CrawlingForward on 5/21/2014, 1:54 pm

Yeah, that's a tough decision. Love a good Subaru Can't beat a YJ for old awesome, but the new JKs are amazingly capable *and* great around town. Gas mileage sucks, but if you're not doing crazy commuting, maybe that doesn't matter.

I *personally* prefer having a DD (aka Subaru) and a toy (aka Jeep), but I don't think you can go wrong either way.

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Re: JK Question

Post  Scarytallman on 5/21/2014, 4:32 pm

Yeah i would prefer to have both too but... I am neglecting my Subaru and always driving the Jeep. I have been making all the fixes needed on it but i Keep having to pay to have it finished. I am finding I am not car savvy enough to own one this old even though at the moment it is running awesome.
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Re: JK Question

Post  CrawlingForward on 5/21/2014, 6:12 pm

Not to sway you either way, but I think most of the reason any of us know *anything* about cars is because of our old vehicles, ha ha.

When I bought my YJ, I had never so much as changed my oil or even a tire. I got made fun of by my father and relatives because I was so mechanically inept. 3 years later I did a drivetrain swap on the YJ. You will never find a better, simpler vehicle with so much resources to learn. Between the Chilton/Haynes Manual, Jeepforum, and the local guys on this club, you will never be at a loss of the ability to learn and fix what ails it. (Money is a different story, but that's why you have a DD to drive until you've got the time and ambition)

That being said...the JK is stupid simple as well. Less so, but still very straightforward. Biggest disadvantage from a mechanic perspective is that springs, while riding and articulating way better, and *way* more high maintenance and prone to....quirks.

If you're looking for reliability and *maybe* occasional wheeling with a relatively stock vehicle, the JK (or JKU) is a great way to go.

If you're *interested* in learning and growing and building confidence as a mechanic, you'll never find a better combo than a YJ with a reliable daily driver to take the heat off. It lets you not worry if a project is half done. If something breaks or is making a funny noise you don't have to worry about it. It can be a *toy* instead of a headache, and if the Subaru has an issue, you have a backup for that as well.

I'm a bit biased, but we have both a JKU DD (mildly built that we mildly offroad) and *also* a POS beast of a YJ that I like to slam into things and learn on along-side a 2014 Mazda3 Hatchback Babymobile. Both are great options, but for *my* personality type, I prefer having two.

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Re: JK Question

Post  Scarytallman on 5/22/2014, 12:58 pm

I really wish I had the time and funds to keep up with the YJ but I don't at the moment. I certainly don't want to be Jeepless. I have to make the gamble that I can put enough money together and get the new one. I also dont have the luxury of leaving the Jeep parts unassembled since I am using my parent garage. Means I have to start and finish anything i start within a weekend. My Jeep is running well now so I figure I will sell it while it behaves.
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