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  1. 8 Speed Behavior

    Yes it's "normal". No, it shouldn't be that way. It's WAYYYY too aggressive for a light duty vehicle like a Jeep. It's annoying actually. But yes, they are all that way.
  2. New JT Gladiator Steering Issue TSB 08-074-20 (for "Improved Steering Feel")

    Ah ha!!!!! I've been telling people for two years that the software is the culprit!! My JL Wrangler was HORRIBLE. It was like driving a bass boat on a lake in the wind. They totally reinstalled and updated the vehicle calibrations and INSTANTLY the issue went away and it drove like normal...
  3. First problem - Oil leak

    She's home! Running good and dry so far, but solidified in my mind that I don't want this in my driveway long term. Injector rusted to the head and timing cover spitting oil at 5,500 miles? C'mon man...
  4. K&N filter

    The thing about it is that the damage done from a K&N happens slowly. Perhaps tens of thousands of miles. It's a cumulative effect of particulate wear over time. So, it's virtually impossible for the average owner to prove that the filter caused the damage. At the end of the day, running one...
  5. K&N filter

    Nope, it's one or the other. And I think Project Farm's video proved that. Paper filters like Wix and Purolator by far trap more contaminates and will prolong engine life. But, they also had the worst airflow, which makes sense. The K&N destroyed all others in air flow and power, but, it...
  6. First problem - Oil leak

    They did it for me with the Wrangler JL when the ESS system died and it was in the shop for 2 weeks. They also did it for my buddy when his Ram 1500 had a water leak that the dealer couldn't find after keeping the truck a few weeks. On August 27, my EcoDiesel will be a "lemon" under KY law...
  7. OPINION: Sport/S w/ Max Tow

    You can add parts to a Sport to make it a Rubicon. You can add parts to a Rubicon to make it haul and tow like a Sport. But one thing you can not do is alter the legal payload and towing capacity. And that's why the Max Tow package with it's 9% greater towing and 30-35% greater payload is the...
  8. First problem - Oil leak

    So just to update on my particular issue.. Next week will be week 3 without my truck. The dealership has an EcoDiesel mechanic but he's already working on another one. So they have my parts but can't start on it until next week. Then, 2-3 days of labor. It's ridiculous. If this was out of...
  9. Progress of building and delivering the Eco-Diesel

    Yeah that's exactly what I use, except mine doesn't have offroad tires on it (yet). Dry weight is 2,200 lbs. I haul my UTV in it, and when we get to the campground I unload the UTV and set up the matresses inside to sleep on. It's not high profile camping like some prefer, but it gets the...
  10. LED Bulb Replacement - IT WORKS!

    I think it's worth posting this again, just to make sure people are aware that there are genuine LED bulbs, and then there are clones. The quality of the bulbs you buy will make ALL the difference. I would personally avoid Amazon, eBay, and vendors who post wild claims on their sites. I'm not...
  11. Progress of building and delivering the Eco-Diesel

    You're right. GVWR and specifically payload will be overloaded well before you get to the max towing rating. That's the biggest issue with 1/2 ton trucks regardless of mid or full size. A Gladiator Rubicon EcoDiesel will have one of the lowest stamped payload ratings you can get. Only the...
  12. Drove a Diesel JL Today

    So now that people are getting miles on these, several of us have had a new issue. Not only is the throttle lag horrible due to the calibration and use of a butterfly valve in the tailpipe for backpressure to operate the low pressure EGR, but now there's also a random DEAD throttle condition...
  13. The 3.0 is actually $2,572 more than a 3.6...right???

    I had a Gladiator Sport S Max Tow and obviously now a Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. The curb weights, payload, etc. are pretty darn similar between trucks. If I was ordering a truck again today, my choice would be a Gladiator Mojave with the Pentastar gas V6. I have gotten to the point where I'd take...
  14. Auto Park

    It's sort of both. The door won't trigger it unless the seatbelt is unbuckled. Fix it at the seatbelt and the annoying feature goes away forever.
  15. The 3.0 is actually $2,572 more than a 3.6...right???

    After towing with both and living with both engines... Will the EcoDiesel tow better than the Pentastar? Absolutely. Will you save money now, tomorrow, or 5 years from now with the EcoDiesel? Absolutely not. If you decide to go diesel, make sure you establish a good relationship with a...
  16. Auto Park

    I bought some cheap seat belt extenders from Amazon and plugged them in to my seat belt receptacle. That kills auto park permanently and still functions just like normal with the seat belt.
  17. Porcupines eating my Gladiator !

    I don't have salt in my truck, but I do have lead.....
  18. First problem - Oil leak

    They're saying it's the timing cover. 5 days to get the parts, then 1-2 days of labor. Have to remove a lot of engine components including fuel lines, injectors, etc. Nothing like having a brand new engine taken apart! Wee!! That's what we all expect when we drop $5k just to upgrade to a...
  19. Understanding Dana 44 Axle and M210/M220

    Also the friction modifier has to be installed in the proper quantity or you'll get lurching in tight turns. It can be a little annoying as miles rack up. As far as icy roads, LSD tends to push the rear end to the right rather than allowing the truck to keep a straight path. It's physics...
  20. Understanding Dana 44 Axle and M210/M220

    For the first 8-9 months of production, you could not get Trac-Lok with Max Tow. Early this year, I suppose people griped about it enough that Jeep added it to the Max Tow package, but also jacked the price of the package up $100. Personally, I'd rather not have it. It adds complexity...
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