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Ranger vs Jeep

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Ranger vs Jeep

Thinking bout going to the dark side and selling my ranger for a jeep, my trucks given me too many problems to mention as will all vehicles that are abused. The only reason i havent sold it yet is im kinda attached to it, what other reasons should i stick with a ranger over a jeep? Most likely go for a xj (cherokee) or a wrangler if i go through with this

Ranger:
-bed for hauling
-smoother ride
-better for long trips

Jeep:
-better after market support
-better mpg
-easier to fix from my experience
-more passengers

Both:
-can use both for hunting and fishing
-can wheel both
-both 4x4
-neither cheep to fix
-My Dc2s fit both if i dont sell them with truck
 
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Better MPG? Not from what my Jeep owning friends say. More a wash, or slightly favor the Ranger. I think my Ranger rides like garbage, so I don't think a Jeep could ride any worse.
 
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if you go wheeling alot, a jeep owns in that arena. However they suck on the highway, especially if its a bromobile with a lift and 35s. Easy as pie to roll over too, has a short wheelbase and high center of gravity. That being said i still want one for a trail rig.
 
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Im getting 8mpg with my 31x10.5s but i drive it like an indycar and it probly needs regearing, my buddy pulls a trailer and has 33s and gets at least 13-14mpg with a TJ, my ranger rides rough but i ride in yjs almost everyday and a lifted jeep with leaf springs front and back with M/Ts is horrible not to mention its a manual
 
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btw ive got a lot of friends with jeeps, 1tj, 2 yjs, 2 xjs
 
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if you are only getting 8 mpg on your truck there is something seriously wrong with it, and its not the 31s.
 
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if you are only getting 8 mpg on your truck there is something seriously wrong with it, and its not the 31s.
x2 lol thats horrible. i averaged 17 on 33's with a 3.0 all the way to michigan, 16 hours away
 
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i know a lot of the mpg is not the truck, most of the problem is the drivers lead foot but even when im behaving myself i can only get 10 or 11 out of it, i also live in a area thats got a bunch of steep inclines and stoplights, last week i swapped wheels with my buddy(he has a 2000 4x4 ranger) with his street tires the truck felt a lot better, i didnt have to floor it to get up to speed and it was a lot smoother the truck felt healthier but what should i start looking at to get better MPGs?
 
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Originally Posted by notsob2012 View Post
i know a lot of the mpg is not the truck, most of the problem is the drivers lead foot but even when im behaving myself i can only get 10 or 11 out of it, i also live in a area thats got a bunch of steep inclines and stoplights, last week i swapped wheels with my buddy(he has a 2000 4x4 ranger) with his street tires the truck felt a lot better, i didnt have to floor it to get up to speed and it was a lot smoother the truck felt healthier but what should i start looking at to get better MPGs?
fuel filter, air filter, plugs, wires
 
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im getting paid this weekend and have to get a rotor(my wheel studs just hang loose right now, idk how it happened but it did) and then ill be getting a new fuel and air filters and new plugs, i just replaced wires last fall, if i have some left over spending money ill probly take it to the car wash and pressure wash everything under the hood and frame, get it lookin good in case i do sell or trade it
 
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XJ FTW but you don't want a unibody an plan for it not to last lifted but my buddy hard core wheels his XJ and its BUILT and i mean BUILT and doesn't have issues and gets 18MPG. I've had 2 of them but they have some electrical issues other than that the engine is bullet proof.




 
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That's a bad rig, makes me want to get rid of my ranger even more, I'd obviously not have the money to build anything close being a full time student but it just seems like a better investment than a ranger, my big worry is that I'll sell it then 2 months later see it going down the road on 22s with autozone hood scoops glued on and a coffecan stickin out the back
 
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Wrangler for the win. not to add to the hate on Rangers-i love mine!
but my dads had 3 and there freakin sweet in the summer-no doors, no roof is love
 
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If I bought a jeep it would for sure be an xj. The unibody is kind of a downside but they look so good with the tailgate chopped and shortened so they have a little utility bed.
 
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Originally Posted by 05blackranger View Post
If I bought a jeep it would for sure be an xj. The unibody is kind of a downside but they look so good with the tailgate chopped and shortened so they have a little utility bed.
x2 i love xj's

wranglers are for men who hit their mid life crisis.
 
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haha i guess thats why my dad had them lol. its a looongg mid life crisis!
 
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i love wranglers but i'd just make fun of myself
 
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i just think there cool minus the new ones.
 
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I have a 1993 Wrangler 4.0L, manual, on 35s with lockers in front/rear. I also did a spring over axle and put a lot of work into it. I average around 12 - 14 MPG. Here's a pic.

I also wanted to add that if you're into rockcrawling then yes, I'd recommend the Wrangler. I'm not sure if I'd own one if I wasn't into rockcrawling though. Maybe I would, with 3 inches of lift, SUA, and 33s (like my old set-up).
 
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If I had a wrangler I would roll it within 5 minutes. I've always liked xj's but the susp. And lack of frame just seems very crappy to me
 
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Easy solution, own both!
 
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Originally Posted by 99offroadrngr View Post
x2 i love xj's

wranglers are for men who hit their mid life crisis.
Crap, i'm only going to live to 52!?
 
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Originally Posted by 99offroadrngr View Post
x2 lol thats horrible. i averaged 17 on 33's with a 3.0 all the way to michigan, 16 hours away
I average 17/20 city/highway. All the time. Specs in sig.
The only jeeps I'd consider would be XJ, LJ, MJ (commachie) or PJ.
 
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I used to own a XJ. I prefer my Wrangler over it. The Wrangler feels way more solid than the XJ over rocks.

I love the YJ because it has longer wheel base than the previous models and easier to work on. I hate anything newer than the YJ because it rides like a car with its retarded dash board and air bags. No offense to TJ+ owners.
 
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8 mpg? in a ranger? LOL I get that in my work truck.... a 12,000lb cube van, that has the aerodynamics of a cinder block.
 

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