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post #16 of 46 (permalink) Old 11-18-2011, 06:19 PM
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Hehehhe, Steph - you sure you want a 2wd (rwd) Jeep in Canada in winter?
With some good winter tires I think it would be fine. My trep does it with minimal hangups. Mind you, I'd probably be more tempted to go off-roading with the jeep!
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Your Trep does great in the snow because it is FWD - granted, with good tires on the truck, and enough weight in the back, it should do well enough - but no better than any other rear wheel drive car with good tires. Same with off roading. It will have better overall suspension travel, but I wouldn't say "It's a Jeep, so it is built for offroad use."

Built nice for creature comforts though, Devan.

Great gift, and certainly looks like a nice Jeep no matter what.
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2WD jeep can further off road than most other 2WD SUVs in the same area. And that is a Fact. Being 2wd has only a portion on the off roading abilities. Alot of the time 4wd is not even used that much with going offload. Also, the suspension is the same basic setup between the two, just the 2wd drive lacking the additional components. All one really has to do is disconnect the sway bar links and even more flex is attainable in an offroad situation. I do plan on trying the jeep on some trails, but will def get some recovery hooks put on it first along with decent tires.

I've chatted with several Jeep guys who said even with just 2wd it still is a very capable trail vehicle with the proper equipment. And that having a locker or atleast a LSD in the read helps it out even more.

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I swapped the Injector harnesses on the 1 and 2 injectors with absolutely no difference in idle quality. I do not know how that works out right but it seems to.The jeep still has a misfire at idle which is majorly pissing me off. I cannot get the compression tester we have to work at the end of the tester is not long enough to reach the threads deep in the head. So I still haven't been able to do a Compression test.

Tomorrow I attempt to do a Trans service and pray that whining noise goes away. If it continues I will just wait for it to break. After that I don't know what I will do with the jeep.

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Hehehhe, Steph - you sure you want a 2wd (rwd) Jeep in Canada in winter?

I want a 2wd in Canada as well!

snows and a limited slip no problems.

17" factory wheels and low profile tires for the summer "street rated package"

Intake manifold may have a leak or crack, i chased on my old New Yorker, found it by spraying carb cleaner over the manifold and the idle picked up ,thus finding a crack.

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Adding a limited slip changes the rule of the game - yes, having a limitted slip, or having it "properly equipped" changes the fact that it is as now a bone stock 2wd Jeep that will perform no better than a rwd sedan in the snow (ground clearance not withstanding - I can't argue that!)
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if you could get a rwd sedan with 5-6" of ground clearance then it would be the same....But you can't get donk snow tires!
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But you can't get donk snow tires!
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So, Because of the iffy looking fluid, and whining noise I dropped the pan to do the service.

Found some decent size flakes, and shavings, I've seen worse but I do not care for it. So, if the Trans goes I am just going to dump it for sure. If it was a 4x4 I would try and keep it but man this sucks. It's nice to work on a car without having to jack it up.


And no, I am not going to dump it on some body knowing what I know. The trans will fail on me not anyone else.

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^^^^ Sad to hear that! If you were local I'd strongly consider picking it up!
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Wow Devan, that really sucks... Good man for not selling it off knowing there are issues.
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So finished it up, Jeep shifts fine, strong no slipping. Just a howling, almost wheel bearing noise while in fourth. Mostly notice it around 40mph. I can avoid the noise by keeping the jeep from shifting into 4th (turning OD off)


In a bid to win my heart back I guess the ABS is running fine now. Before it wasn't then all sudden it's happy. No clue why.


Guess I'll be driving it til it breaks. I don't think I will be doing any tires or Intake gasket anytime soon however.
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Did intake/exhaust gasket few days ago. The jeep still has a slightly rough idle, but no where as bad as before. I cleaned alot of buildup (scrapped off with a flat heads really) on the intake ports and intake runners. Jeep def has alot more grunt and throttle response now.

Trans will still make a whine noise in 4th, but since I have been using it to go back and forth to work I keep in in 3rd with no issues. I really want to get some decent used tires on it soon. Even though it is 2wd I am itching to get it dirty a bit.

Overall I enjoy driving it. I get the sense of freedom I do not get in the eagle. Bumps, puddles, and other road factors I would try to avoid in the eagle I can easily tackle with the jeep.

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Cool... glad it came out of some of its issues with a little elbow grease.
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Interested in the fuel economy numbers when you get some.
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So, roughly 200 ish mile later the Transmission still makes a noise but have yet to see any negative side effects. I may drop the pan in the spring and re check for shavings.

Otherwise, I did a Intake/Exhaust gasket. The idle seems better but still rough. I still need to get the rear rotors either replaced or cut. Headliner still needs attention. The message center seem to dislike the cold, it has been freaking out a few times when the jeep is extremely cold.


So far, Just extremely short trips I am avg. 13 mpg in city. That is basically idling a bit, then driving half a mile to work and idling a bit, then turned off. Then repeat, rinse, and repeat again.

Still need to find some used tires for it.


Also been thinking of painting the lower cladding and bumper with some truck bedliner stuff, give it a rough look.

Other than that, still runs fine. During the gasket job I cleaned a large amount of buildup around the ports. Alot more throttle responsive and perhaps bit quicker now as well.

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