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Update: stock muffler back in so the truck sounds great again but still have the drone issue at cruising speed but it's so much better than the alternative muffler I had on for a day which was drone without the roar. So happier again 😁 the guys at Lous Custom Exhaust suggested duals that split after the muffler to get rid of drone. They would fab the pipes and it would be 2x2.5 inch pipes. I'll check with Jared and RubiTrux on their thoughts to see if it's worth a shot. The guys at Lous are pure gold btw
All you need is a J pipe to kill the drone. What rpm is it the worst at?

Edit, I see that above. a 29 1/2" J pipe should fix it.
 
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little update report. The HEMI has really grown on me and I thoroughly enjoy driving it around town. usually have the radio off and just listen to the V8. On long highway drives I just keep it in 7th which all but takes care of my drone for now. I'll do some work around that once the season is over and test J-pipe, duals and whatnot. Now to the important stuff:

Took it to the first wheeling event with the club. I was the only gladiator and this was a north east private property so very very narrow and technical with huge ass rocks everywhere.

We did mostly blues that felt much harder and I managed at least one black that I was aware was a black ha ha. I was able to get around all the turns and only had to back up a couple times to reset. There was not a in inch to spare sometimes. That was really fun. Going through the rock gardens and up the steeps the HEMI was fabulous. low end torque really came through. It was a lot of fun to slow crawl up and down the trails. Throttle response was mostly excellent and I don't think I spun the tires once. I would say the gladiator can definitely go on these type of trails but it's certainly not ideal with its size. but that makes its somewhat cool and fun and challenging.

One thing I noticed is that the truck wanted to lunge forward at times and I really had to push the brakes to hold it and not bump into something ahead of me. it's the idle revs that sometimes seem to spike a bit. Not sure how to describe it better. There was a JL AMW HEMI as well on the ride and he described the same behavior at times.

All in all total blast and I scraped every single piece of body armor as well as hit both diff covers.

In terms of 35s and gearing it worked perfect in 4Lo with the stock gears. I am thinking to maybe try 37s for that extra bit of clearance esp. after airing down but I don't want to spend on new axles and gears just yet. will see.
 

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little update report. The HEMI has really grown on me and I thoroughly enjoy driving it around town. usually have the radio off and just listen to the V8. On long highway drives I just keep it in 7th which all but takes care of my drone for now. I'll do some work around that once the season is over and test J-pipe, duals and whatnot. Now to the important stuff:

Took it to the first wheeling event with the club. I was the only gladiator and this was a north east private property so very very narrow and technical with huge ass rocks everywhere.

We did mostly blues that felt much harder and I managed at least one black that I was aware was a black ha ha. I was able to get around all the turns and only had to back up a couple times to reset. There was not a in inch to spare sometimes. That was really fun. Going through the rock gardens and up the steeps the HEMI was fabulous. low end torque really came through. It was a lot of fun to slow crawl up and down the trails. Throttle response was mostly excellent and I don't think I spun the tires once. I would say the gladiator can definitely go on these type of trails but it's certainly not ideal with its size. but that makes its somewhat cool and fun and challenging.

One thing I noticed is that the truck wanted to lunge forward at times and I really had to push the brakes to hold it and not bump into something ahead of me. it's the idle revs that sometimes seem to spike a bit. Not sure how to describe it better. There was a JL AMW HEMI as well on the ride and he described the same behavior at times.

All in all total blast and I scraped every single piece of body armor as well as hit both diff covers.

In terms of 35s and gearing it worked perfect in 4Lo with the stock gears. I am thinking to maybe try 37s for that extra bit of clearance esp. after airing down but I don't want to spend on new axles and gears just yet. will see.
Are you still happy with the stock axles after that trail ride?
 
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Are you still happy with the stock axles after that trail ride?
so far yes! that's a change I only want to make once I develop any issues. also being gentle and trying to maintain traction rather than power and spin through.
 
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Doors are off!!! figured out my favorite summer setup to be soft top on with quarter panels and rear window and front doors out plus tube doors for the rear. The HEMI really shines with the open air setup and this is really fun for cruising! I just wish someone made a rain cover that works with top on but doors off. Beyond me why this does not exist

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