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post #11 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-03-2016, 09:23 PM
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My apologies,,, I got confused on these two motors (liters).
I know. I'm still stuck on numbers like 318, 383, 409, 427, 327, 350, 454 .....

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I know. I'm still stuck on numbers like 318, 383, 409, 427, 327, 350, 454 .....
..... and you forgot about the 351?!!!!??!!! no!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I have a JKUR and the wife has a KLTH. The Rubi can go anywhere the TH can but the TH can't go everywhere the Rubi treads and I'm not just talking about 'rock climbing' or anything like that. With that being said, the KL is a much better ride although in near stock form, the JKU is fairly comfortable except in cross winds. The biggest difference is if I break the KL, I'm at the mercy of the dealership and stock parts but if I break the JKU I have many more repair options and updated parts to be sure to more bullet-proof the vehicle.
Cargo room is about the same. Seating space is about the same with a slight advantage to the KL. Fuel mileage goes to the KL. We tow with neither so that's a moot point as well.
Still though, JKU for the win just because it doesn't have that stupid 9 speed transmission and it has the stronger (and better IMO) engine. My wife and daughter would probably disagree based on creature comforts alone. I will give some credit to the KL in the fact that as miles start going up - we're at ~45k now on our '14 - it's breaking in nicely and riding and driving better but I still fret over the transmission. We just had the 'all lights on by the shifter' issue for the first time the other day although it did not affect the drivability and eventually reset itself. I don't hate the KL but I'm not overly impressed. I can do without all the options. I'm simple that way.
On road trips we default to the 2015 Expedition EL AWD/4WD but coming in second, we may lean toward the KL but it's really a tie between it and the JKUR. Still, I like the fact my wife has the comfort level she desires but the capability I want to be sure she gets home through pretty much whatever is thrown at her. It's come in handy on her Real Estate showing adventures out in the country. I'm a meat-and-potatoes kind of person but if you desire the trimmings, the KL fits nicely.
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Whomever said there is cargo space in the KL than a JKU (unless you meant JK) had better get a new tape measure! I could carry my 28" snow thrower in my JKU (rear seats down) and shut my tailgate!! I can't carry crap in my TH, I even hafta drain my gas in my power washer an lie it sideways to carry it.


Sure the TH is "a bit" more comfortable especially on longer trips, gas mileage on a whole not that exciting a difference. I treaded my loaded JKU Sahara 2012fo a loaded TH and all I can say is "I want my JKU back" !!!


Credit where credit is due, with the rear locker on the TH, pretty impressive as a "crossover" (I know you'll all hate me for that)!!! The TH certainly gives way in Ground Clearance off road, goes everywhere almost but constant worry and noises from the well placed protection plates.


My wie aid I'd be sorry for trading, she's right as usual! We had one TH that shoulda sufficed, but I really liked hers so off I went and gone was the '12 JKU??? Oh well it coulkd been something other than a Jeep, lord forbid!! Ya,after 26 of them I stillhave not learned!


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A month after purchasing our TH back in September 2014, my wife and I were on the Elephant Hill trail in Canyonlands National Park. We pulled into the Devil's Kitchen campground, and we gawked at by at least 5 Wrangler "groups" that wondered how a "station wagon" as they ribbed us, could make it all the way back in there. However, in talking with a group from Texas, they were really liking the space, comfort, luxury of the leather, etc that was found in the KL. The women in their group especially commented on how more comfortable their ride out from Texas would have been over their "bouncy" Wrangler.

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This was a good read for me since I'm seriously considering trading my TH in for a Wrangler Unlimited. The prime reason for this decision are the offroad limitations of the TH specifically ground clearance and articulation be/c of the unibody construction.

The TH is an awesome vehicle that is seriously 'multipurpose', but I hate having to have my ass pulled out of muddy water filled ruts or over rocks and I'm not too enthusiastic about the limited lift options that are available right now and realistically don't expect anything in the near future.

I can accept the 'creature comforts' I'll lose with a Wrangler in the knowledge that when I'm ready to start hacking it up and bolting crap on, the price and availability of after sale components will not be a concern. All I need now is my wife's blessing.. hahaha

Last word - trading to a Wrangler for the reasons I've stated, it would make sense to move to a Rubicon, unfortunately I don't have the finances to do that, so it'll be a Sport 'with options', maybe a limited edition like the Willy's, so initially it's more of a trade down in some respects.
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This was a good read for me since I'm seriously considering trading my TH in for a Wrangler Unlimited. The prime reason for this decision are the offroad limitations of the TH specifically ground clearance and articulation be/c of the unibody construction.

The TH is an awesome vehicle that is seriously 'multipurpose', but I hate having to have my ass pulled out of muddy water filled ruts or over rocks and I'm not too enthusiastic about the limited lift options that are available right now and realistically don't expect anything in the near future.

I can accept the 'creature comforts' I'll lose with a Wrangler in the knowledge that when I'm ready to start hacking it up and bolting crap on, the price and availability of after sale components will not be a concern. All I need now is my wife's blessing.. hahaha

Last word - trading to a Wrangler for the reasons I've stated, it would make sense to move to a Rubicon, unfortunately I don't have the finances to do that, so it'll be a Sport 'with options', maybe a limited edition like the Willy's, so initially it's more of a trade down in some respects.

Do It!!! You'll no regret your decision from what I read above. I "like" my TH's but "loved" my JKU Sahara's. Lots more room especially with back seats down and lots more height inside. Depends how you outfit the JKU as far as creature comforts the JKU is OK. If you load one up it'll be not so different than the KL. Long trips sure the KL better, it is after all a crossover! However my longest trip in my '12 JKU was almost 3K and absolutely no problems and the removable panels in the JKU MUCH better than the really expensive sun roof in my KL. Gas mileage in my KL TH on my last trip, 700 miles about 26. That 3K trip in my JKU my average was just over 21!! I will say that my top speed for that trip was only about 65 and with the KL trip more upwards at time 75 so...?


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@Wlfdog - thanks for the reply, I did actually 'go for it' and got a Wrangler Unlimited Willy's Wheeler... all very new right now, but I don't anticipate any regrets and looking forwards to taking full advantage of all it's capabilities.

By the way, I see you ride, me also. Despite being a Brit in the US I got a 2014 Ultra Limited - I worked on the basis of 'when in Rome' which is the same for the Jeep also :-)
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After owning six Wranglers Cj 5 up to 08 Rubi I made the switch to a 16 TH. After a few months I have no regrets. I loved my Wranglers but most of my driving is to work and back and two and a half hour drive to my vacation cabin in northern Pa. I must say the drive to camp is much more enjoyable in the TH. I can still have fun off road in the TH. Time will tell but so far I'm not disappointed that I made the switch.
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It really depends on what you are looking for in a vehicle. As owners of several Jeeps (most wrangler types) and still have a JKuR. I think it's stretching it a bit to even try to compare these vehicles.

Our JKUR has 3.5" of lift is running 37s, we have 12" or wheel travel on each corner, lockers, cage, and on-and-on... Still, we have heated seats, satellite radio, GPS and tons of "comforts". In fact, we ordered out TH with every option but tech and safety. I can't think of what it has that I miss or wish the JK had beyond the heated steering wheel. We have driven the JKU across the country multiple times wheeled trails like the Rubicon and Fordyce before driving it back home to Ohio. Often trading the pavement for dirt roads along the way. There has never been a time I thought, man I could use a break or I'm uncomfortable.

We love our KL, but the main reason we got it was we thought these longer trips would be more economical. Sadly, our JK gets similar fuel economy to our 3.2L KL so what was the point?

Even with the glass roof, the open top, doors off, experience we lost when we traded in our 2-door JK is no where near the same.

Then there is the resale value. We put 35k miles (over 2 years) on the 2-door JK and traded it in for $500 MORE than we purchased it for. Resale value on a Cherokee is a sinking ship....

Don't get me wrong, we are having fun with our KL and like it a bunch. I can even see where it is a better choice for some. But if you are really into exploring in the unknown, and having a fun vehicle to boot, the Wrangler is on an entirely different level.

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