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Old 12-27-2005, 04:52 PM
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I can't remember if the old FJ thread we had going was on the old forum and we can't get to it, or if it's just buried several pages back in the new forum.

So I started a new thread. This came through the LCML today:

FJ Cruiser Reviews

The actual link goes to the auto channel, but there are then links to articles in Left Lane News and in Edmunds.com.

They make refernce to Alan Loshbaugh's September trip to the Rubicon with the FJ. New specs I haven't seen elsewhere include gear ratios (two different diff ratios, depending on whether auto or manual tranny), t-case is 2.6:1, overall crawl ratio on the manula version is about 42:1, not bad for "off the shelf".

Can't wait to see one at Moab. In fact, one of the articles said they are thinking about making a special "Moab" version, maybe like the way D-C made the "rubicon" version of the TJ.
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This just came over the LCML today:
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Those are pretty good prices. Five colors!
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Here's another FJ Cruiser article that came over the LCML today:

MSNBC FJ Cruiser Review
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Old 01-06-2006, 11:37 AM
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From the above press release:


"Given the FJ's specs and solid, stable driving characteristics, there's no reason to doubt the Cruiser's ability to keep up with current SUVs geared for true off-road use, from Jeep, Hummer or even Land Rover."


Once again this shows that marketing is everything in the eyes of the comsumer.
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Old 01-07-2006, 10:23 PM
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From the LA Auto Show:
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Default New 2007 Jeep Wrangler

Looks like Jeep isn't sitting back waiting to be overtaken by Toyota. The new Jeep Wrangler was just announced. Those Rubicons are going to be even nicer (but I still want an FJ).
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Old 01-11-2006, 02:01 PM
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Looks like Jeep isn't sitting back waiting to be overtaken by Toyota. The new Jeep Wrangler was just announced. Those Rubicons are going to be even nicer (but I still want an FJ).
They still use Dana 44s, and while they say they're "improved", logic would suggest that they're still the same diameter where they neck down at the inner splines (which is where Danas always break in the rear). And unless they upgraded the tranny, it will still be the same one which reportedly has about a 50k mile life expectancy before major repairs are required.

Even with the "upgrades" I predict that the FJ will kick the bajeezus out of the Rubicon Dangler.
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From the press release:

"Providing unmatched wheel articulation and durability, Jeep Wrangler X and Sahara models feature an enhanced Dana 30 front axle and Dana 35 rear axle. For the all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon model - and optional with the trailer tow package on all models - heavy-duty front and rear axles are both Dana 44s, which feature numerous improvements. Providing significant underbody protection are three skid plates - protecting the fuel tank, transfer case and automatic transmission oil pan. "

I don't know much about dana axles but the 30/35s are considered crap are't they? The "heavy duty" option is 44s.


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"The all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon model features an Off-Road Rock-Trac NV241 two-speed transfer case with a 4.0:1 low-range gear ratio, as well as electric front- and rear-axle lockers and 32-inch B.F. Goodrich Off-Road tires."


Were the earlier Rubicons electric or ARB lockers? The 4.0 tcase is nice.
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I don't jeeps but for the most part that's all the same rubicon stuff. right?

I don't like the sloped grill. (unless it grows on me) same with the squared off hard top...
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