Tuesday, June 30, 2015

How to Shift Your Jeep into 4 Low

How to Shift into 4 Wheel Drive

In the past I had a hard time shifting into 4L 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 but the grinding continued. It was stressful every time I would go to shift to 4 low because I was nervous about ruining the gears.

I had several off-roaders show me the right way which coincides with the Jeep manual.

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 4H.

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

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

It is possible to shift into our of of 4L with the vehicle completely stopped. However, it could be difficult because the teeth aren't properly aligned. Several attempts may be needed and a slow roll between 1 and 5 mph in neutral might be needed.  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. Jeeps come in various shapes and sizes, each tailored to different needs and preferences.

Understanding the Terrain

When venturing off-road, the terrain can be unpredictable and challenging. Whether you're navigating rocky trails, crawling over boulders, or traversing muddy paths, your choice of Jeep can significantly impact your experience.

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

My 4 Door Jeep Wrangler Rubicon - 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. 

The 2-door JK, known for its agility and nimbleness. It has a better breakover angle, making it less prone to high-centering when cresting hills. Its compact size allows for easier maneuverability through tight spaces and dense foliage. This Jeep is ideal for off-roading enthusiasts who frequent narrow trails. Additionally, being lighter than its 4-door counterpart, the 2-door JK exhibits a livelier handling, offering a more exhilarating ride on rugged terrains.

Considerations for Off-Roading

  • Superior breakover angle reduces the risk of getting stuck on obstacles.
  • Enhanced maneuverability in tight spaces and wooded areas.
  • Lighter weight contributes to agile handling and improved performance.
  • Shorter Wheelbase can be beneficial for maneuvering tight turns. When tackling obstacles that require more stability, such as steep inclines or declines, the shorter wheelbase might not have as much stability as a longer wheelbase.

4 Door JKU 

On the other hand, the 4-door JKU has a longer wheelbase, providing added stability when tackling steep inclines or negotiating challenging obstacles. Despite sacrificing some agility, the JKU compensates with its spacious interior, offering ample cargo room for gear, equipment, and even camping essentials. For adventurers who prioritize comfort and convenience without compromising off-road capability, the 4-door JKU emerges as the vehicle of choice.

Considerations for Off-Roading

  • Longer wheelbase enhances stability on steep hills and uneven terrain.
  • Ample cargo space facilitates extended off-road excursions and camping trips.
  • Requires strategic spotting due to increased length and potential clearance issues.

Trail Spotter Must Know the Differences

When tackling challenging obstacles, it's essential to a trail spotter understand the differences between the 2 door and 4 door. Understanding the nuances between spotting a shorter wheelbase vehicle versus a longer one can make a world of difference. Spotting for a 4-door JKU requires anticipating clearance issues and adjusting guidance accordingly, ensuring a safe and successful off-road experience.

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