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    1. Member zmt's Avatar
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      03-31-2015 06:53 PM #1
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      **ok, only about 3 hours so far in Superleggera configuration***

      ***I made that up, there's no Wrangler Unlimited Superleggera



      In short, I love it! It's everything I wanted in a vehicle right now. Not sporty in any way (although 280hp, RWD, 6-speed, LSD sounds pretty good on paper, no?), but still kinda fun to hustle around sometimes. My baby rock chip/crack from the fall has traveled about 60% of the windshield, but that's not the Jeep's fault. Fuel economy is lame in absolute terms, but ~17.5 MPG isn't too bad for a jeep, and I expect that to go up with my new commute and warmer weather.

      Still don't really have any planned mods right now, as I haven't really done any serious work off road. Side mirrors are on order for when she's doorless. I'd like to upgrade the head unit at some point since I went ahead and installed the kicker "stage 3" (lulz) speakers and they seem to be severely under-driven with the base stereo. I've never heard a stereo with slower bass, I'm almost wondering if the stereo is doing some kind of behind the scenes DSP to make it sound like that, it's really weird. I'm hoping some more wattage will be a quick fix, as I don't need awesome quality when my car is a glorified PA system.

      Kiddo loves it, wife likes it, I like it. As I said when I bought the thing; I understand why wrangler people tend to keep one in the stable. I'm sure a day will come along when there's a new fast car that will vie for its garage space (M2? GT350?) but that's a ways off.

      One thing that I didn't consider was that I'll have to put the whole thing back together when I want to wash the car. Not a huge deal, but not the kind of thing that's obvious to the uninitiated.
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      03-31-2015 07:14 PM #3
      Why not go all the way.

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      03-31-2015 07:19 PM #4
      Cool stuff OP, I get all lusty for a Wrangler now and again
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      03-31-2015 07:59 PM #5


      Picked up a 2015 JKU for my wife, our first experience with any Jeep, and now I want a 2-dr myself They're fun, haven't had a chance to take the top off yet though.

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      03-31-2015 10:32 PM #6
      Top off is much like any convertible, which is to say awesome.

      Doors off and it feels like a street legal golf cart, in all the best ways possible. I'll probably leave it like this for most of the year, and only put them back on when it gets (texas) cold outside.
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      03-31-2015 11:46 PM #7
      Not sure about Texas law, but around here you would get pulled over for not having a rearview mirror mounted on the exterior. But of course I can't see the drivers side so you may have one mounted...if not, probably should.
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      04-01-2015 01:48 AM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by Iroczgirl View Post
      Not sure about Texas law, but around here you would get pulled over for not having a rearview mirror mounted on the exterior. But of course I can't see the drivers side so you may have one mounted...if not, probably should.
      I've read stories where people interpret it being kosher to just have the rear view, but I've still got the hinge mirrors coming via prime. I feel blind w/o any side mirrors.
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      04-01-2015 02:55 AM #9
      I would kill to get 17.5 in mine. Mind you it spends half its life in 4 low
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      04-01-2015 06:30 AM #10
      Texas law only requires a rear view with 20' of rearward visibility. Nothing beats driving around doorless and topless, but I do need to order some hinge mirrors for mine.

      Quote Originally Posted by Iroczgirl View Post
      Not sure about Texas law, but around here you would get pulled over for not having a rearview mirror mounted on the exterior. But of course I can't see the drivers side so you may have one mounted...if not, probably should.
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      04-01-2015 07:49 AM #11
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      04-01-2015 09:27 AM #12
      As the past owner of a very early CJ-7 (it was a barely-street-legal turd) I can say with conviction that there is nothing quite like driving/riding in a vehicle with one foot hanging out the door.
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      04-01-2015 09:41 AM #13
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      04-01-2015 09:53 AM #14
      Looks great, I miss mine

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      04-01-2015 10:28 AM #15
      I have the clone of this one, but with the hardtop. Doors off/hardtop is an awesome way to roll in TX right now. No sun on my receding hairline, but lots of wind.

      It turns a run to Home Depot to a fun family experience. The wife and kids are in love with it.

      [edit] I even have the rock chip crack. Pro tip . . . you can "guide" the crack down to the edge of the windshield so it doesn't block your field of vision and grow. I have a nice little loop-de-loop by the sunglasses holder on the dash.
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      04-01-2015 10:44 AM #16
      sometimes i miss my JKU sahara, it was fun for the year and a half I owned it. Super sketchy on the highway though, especially in the rain. I bought it from the dealership with 35s and a 3" lift and it never felt safe (it was new, but the dealership installed all the parts as part of their "off road" department) even after they tried fixing it numerous times.

      some day i'll own another but not as a DD.

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      04-01-2015 11:09 AM #17
      OP, I have a little easier way for you to handle the mirror situation, if you are ok with spending a little more cash.

      I have moved my driver's side mirror to the windshield bolts, and blanked the hole left in the driver's door. With this set up, I just leave the mirror on the windshield bolts, and since the door doesn't have a mirror on it, I can take on and off easier, without having to add a mirror every time. You need the below parts:

      http://www.quadratec.com/products/13125_5000.htm

      It gives you the parts to also move the passenger mirror, but I didn't use that, and just go with the driver's side mirror when I'm doorless. No reason to mess with the passenger side if you don't have to.

      Also, welcome to the Anvil club. Any chance I get to whore my Jeep I'm going to:

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      04-01-2015 12:21 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by Iroczgirl View Post
      Not sure about Texas law, but around here you would get pulled over for not having a rearview mirror mounted on the exterior. But of course I can't see the drivers side so you may have one mounted...if not, probably should.
      Quote Originally Posted by zmt View Post
      I've read stories where people interpret it being kosher to just have the rear view, but I've still got the hinge mirrors coming via prime. I feel blind w/o any side mirrors.
      It's all in the language of the laws of your state, and the language on your window sticker.

      My TJ's window sticker didn't have doors or mirrors as standard equipment, they were listed as an added option, so no need for doors and mirrors in any state. That was a convenient distinction in a state like Maine where they are strangely strict on Jeeps come inspection time vs in Massachusetts where inspection laws don't seem to matter when getting a sticker on your Jeep.

      What does your JK say on it's sticker and build sheet, and what do the laws in your state say about mirrors?
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    19. 04-01-2015 12:31 PM #19
      So you guys coming from sports sedans and what not. How do you like driving Wranglers on the road?

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      04-01-2015 12:41 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by Rob View Post
      So you guys coming from sports sedans and what not. How do you like driving Wranglers on the road?
      I infamously sold my 911 turbo to get the wrangler. To me it's just more fun on the street. I get a bigger smile on my face while not worrying about coming off as a dbag/breaking the law. It's such a different experience that it's difficult to draw parallels. It makes my 335i feel faster, stiffer, more sporty whereas the 911 made it feel floaty and slow. The JKU, with it's longer wheelbase, stock suspension, and relatively mild tire setup (I run 33" Duratracs) is pretty docile on the road. Lots of roll, but the steering and braking feels pretty much like any non-sporty road car to me. the 6 speed with the 3.73s gets it off the line with enough shove that it never feels underpowered.

      I drove a TJ when I was first looking, and for whatever reason that was a far less enjoyable experience. I was afraid I wouldn't ever be happy in a wrangler. The JK/JKU changed that for me; but I can't speak to the condition of the older jeeps I drove. just FYI.
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      04-01-2015 01:08 PM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by Rob View Post
      So you guys coming from sports sedans and what not. How do you like driving Wranglers on the road?
      I cant get rid of a sports car. Its a different experience than a sports car . . . in a good way though.

      For example, my wife called me up crying last week because she was trying to be sweet and pull the jeep into the garage so it wouldn't get rained on with the doors off. She hit the garage. There were zero fks given.
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      04-01-2015 03:46 PM #22
      This thread makes me miss my TJ Rubicon. Topless and doorless was the way to roll here in TX, no doubt.

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      04-01-2015 05:50 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by shimps1 View Post
      How does the top work w/o the scaffolding stuff that goes between the door and top/side windows/etc? my JKU soft top is also like 50% longer, so I'm not sure how applicable it would be but I'm curious. I don't like the look of it on my jeep with the doors off, but it's kind of a PITA to install/remove and I already feel like I'm playing with Mopar legos with this thing.
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      04-03-2015 10:49 AM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by zmt View Post
      How does the top work w/o the scaffolding stuff that goes between the door and top/side windows/etc? my JKU soft top is also like 50% longer, so I'm not sure how applicable it would be but I'm curious. I don't like the look of it on my jeep with the doors off, but it's kind of a PITA to install/remove and I already feel like I'm playing with Mopar legos with this thing.


      The top doesn't work unless those are on there. I assume you're talking about the plastic door frame things. I only take them off when I have the top and doors off. They're really easy to remove, just two hand screws on top of the part by the roll bar. I'm not familiar with the 4 door top, but I assume it'd be similar. Honestly, there is no reason to remove them other than cosmetics with the top off, but I think it looks better without them. Really finishes the doorless look.
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