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  1. Jeep: give us a new power plant!

    The CJ7 was the first vehicle I owned. Left the Corps in 1984 and bought it a week later. Owned it for six years. I never said the CJ drove better on the highway, was a better daily driver, was a better tow vehicle, or any thing else. My CJ was a three-speed manual - so it drove no where near as...
  2. Jeep: give us a new power plant!

    As a primary vehicle - absolutely! But that wasn't really my point. My point was the enormous difference in power to weight ratio between a modern Jeep and one that is 43 years old. I was surprised; aren't you? For my end use, the 3.6 doesn't have enough low-end torque, and the 3.0 Ecodiesel...
  3. Jeep: give us a new power plant!

    Doesn't have to be bigger to be better. In 2019 FCA secured a patent for a new 3.0 liter turbocharged Inline 6, which has been given the nickname "Tornado" by the folks at FCA/Stellantis. Inline engines are better balanced than V-oriented engines, and when turbocharged, make excellent power. A...
  4. Jeep: give us a new power plant!

    Yeah, I get that the Pentastar works well for a lot of people. But load up your truck, and then come to Colorado and drive up any dirt road that goes to a trailhead at elevation (between 8,000 - 10,000 feet). All those roads are steep, and you won't be able to shift out of first gear in a...
  5. Diesel cooling options and ideas

    Another short video (2 minutes) to support what ShadowsPapa posted about air flow and tailgates, with the addition of how a topper impacts air flow - and don't you worry about that giant whose hand is the size of a Power Wagon, the bigger they come the harder they fall ;)
  6. Diesel cooling options and ideas

    With regard to cooling, is it fair to say that the lights on the AEV front bumper are a terrible idea for a diesel owner?
  7. Jeep: give us a new power plant!

    I still can't get over the fact that my 1978 CJ-7 had much better power to weight than the current Pentastar Gladiator, and that power came on so much earlier in the power band - where it is usable. The 3.5 NA V6 in the 3rd Gen Tacoma gets the same critique as the Pentastar, as do most other...
  8. Interesting fleet of JT test mules in Colorado mountains 6-28-21 PIX ATTACHED

    Couldn't they do a transverse engine layout? Honest question - not being a smart ass. I found an article that summarizes pros and cons of longitudinal vs transverse layouts, but this is the extent of my knowledge on the topic...
  9. Terrifying issue with forward collision system malfunction - anyone else experience?

    This happened to me in my buddy's Ram 1500 (I was in the passenger seat). We were pulling up his driveway and we think the truck "saw" his wife, who was on the grass a couple of feet off to the side. But who knows what the truck was "thinking". We weren't going very fast, but the sudden stop...
  10. Ecodiesel power derating as temps rise?

    A lot of engineering goes into engine bay designs with regard to air flow to maximize cooling. It is my understanding that messing with the design can have unintended consequences, and you might end up reducing air flow. But heck, I'm not an engineer, and you might know exactly what you are...
  11. I’m calling BULL

    This ^^ Heavy tires/wheels will affect acceleration, braking, and cornering. They also place more wear on steering components. Regearing can bring the truck back into factory-designed ratios, but the mass is still there. But if it matters to you, you can find light wheels and light tires that...
  12. Interesting fleet of JT test mules in Colorado mountains 6-28-21 PIX ATTACHED

    They've been developing a 3-liter Inline turbo-charged 6. It hasn't been put in a vehicle yet, but it might be coming in the Grand Cherokee next year: https://www.motor1.com/news/516432/jeep-grand-cherokee-tornado-engine/
  13. What do you guys do? Shop issue with re-gear

    Unfortunately, this is just how things go sometimes. Think of all the jobs you’ve done around the house or on your vehicle: you need to make an extra trip to the hardware store, or some bolt is rusted and what should take a minute takes an hour. How you react to setbacks is entirely up to you...
  14. Interesting fleet of JT test mules in Colorado mountains 6-28-21 PIX ATTACHED

    Ahhh, you took the thought right out of my head! A guy can dream...
  15. My rear seat delete

    I know this thread is really old , but wow! Nice work! This looks nicer than the Goose Gear production version. Theirs is wood coated with Line-X. You could sell this if you wanted to!
  16. Armorlite or just Bedline cab floor?

    Yeah, I was thinking about that too... Maybe its all a matter of degree - which will off-gas the least? I've actually been digging around a bit since I posted, and haven't found a source that I think is reliable yet. Anyone know of any decent research on the topic? P.S. If you had quoted my...
  17. Armorlite or just Bedline cab floor?

    From what I understand, bedliner contains some carcinogenic materials and shouldn’t be used inside the cab. Increased risk of lung cancer. I’m not a medical doctor, so you should do your own research and decide for yourself - but it seems like it’s worth looking into. Good luck!
  18. Payload Questions

    Hey there, you are writing like you are disagreeing with my post regarding liability, but this is exactly what I said. A driver of an overloaded vehicle can be held liable for any damages that result from an accident, and can be denied coverage by their insurance company. Maybe our wires got...
  19. Payload Questions

    Gotcha! Sorry I missed that!
  20. Jeep Announces Wrangler Xtreme Recon Package

    The Extreme Recon package is way overpriced. Not compared to aftermarket cost - but that is not the correct comparison. When you buy aftermarket, you are buying your tires, lift, and gears at retail price. The Recon package should be priced based on the difference in price between the 33 inch...
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