Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Shifting Your Jeep into 4 Low

How to Shift into 4 Wheel Drive

In the past I had a hard time shifting into 4 lo when I was on the trails. Every time my gears would grind which told me I was doing it wrong. I tried several different ways. While I was out in Moab my trail guide, K.L., showed me the "right" way to shift to 4 Lo.  

How to Shift Your Jeep Wrangler into 4WD 👉 Watch Here

When to Shift to 4 Lo and 4 High 👉 Watch Here

3 EASY Steps to Shifting your JK or JKU to 4Lo

Step 1: While in Drive shift your transfer case to 4Hi.

Step 2: Once in 4Hi shift your transmission shifter into N

Step 3: Now shift your transfer case shifter from 4Hi thru N to 4Lo.  

Slow roll between 1 and 5 mph in neutral. Also shift quickly, don't drag it out. Some Jeeps engage better while slightly moving, and others lock in while stopped. 

The Jeep manual reads:

"With the vehicle rolling at 2 to 3 mph (3 to 5 km/h), shift an automatic transmission to Neutral or depress the clutch pedal on a manual transmission. While the vehicle is coasting at to 3 mph (3 to 5 km/h), shift the transfer case lever firmly through Neutral and into the low-range position."

"Shifting into or out of 4WD low-range is possible with the vehicle completely stopped, however, difficulty may occur due to the teeth of the gears not being properly aligned. The preferred method to engage the low-range is to slow down to 2 to 3 mph (3 to 5 km/h) and put the transmission in Neutral. While still moving forward, move the shift lever firmly into the four-low position. Then return the transmission to the desired gear. Refer to your owner's manual for detailed instructions."

Thursday, June 11, 2015

2 Door VS 4 Door

Know the Differences

The great thing about Jeeps is not only Go Anywhere, Do Anything, but there are different kinds of Jeeps you can personalize to meet your needs.

My Jeep is a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited... Unlimited is another word for 4 door -- a JKU. 

The JK is the 2 door Jeep Wrangler. I chose the 4 door because I have kids and needed more room, but how does that effect me on the trails compared to the 2 door.

2 Door JK 

The 2-door has better break over angle, less likely to high center when cresting hills. Easier to maneuver through tight areas and trees. It's lighter than the 4 door, but severely lacks cargo room. 

4 Door JKU 

The 4-door has a longer wheelbase which is more stable when climbing steep hills or ledges. It has more cargo space. If you like to get away and camp the 4 door is your Wrangler, it can hold a lot of gear.

When you are on the trails being spotted across the obstacles make sure your spotter knows the difference on how to spot a longer wheel based vehicle vs. a shorter wheel based vehicle. It can be crucial on some more challenging obstacles. 

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