Wrangler for desert!

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Re: Wrangler for desert!

Post by harib » Tue Aug 01, 2017 11:26 pm

trq wrote:
Sun Jul 30, 2017 2:48 pm
Hi.
I am a newbie and drive Prado. Have done a few drives with DO. I don’t want to kill my Prado or modify it.
Hence, wanna buy a used Wrangler for the purpose.

Budget: Minimum.

Request experts’ recco.


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Re: Wrangler for desert!

Post by trq » Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:33 pm

Sebastien wrote:
Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:09 am
trq wrote:
Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:39 pm

Need some time to convince myself in the closed room, that my dream for Jeep is over :(
I might again need your expertise while checking an old FJ (maybe, not sure though).
If you dream of a Jeep ... go for it! it's never a good idea to give up on your dreams...

Thanks S. will surely think 😀
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Re: Wrangler for desert!

Post by trq » Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:34 pm

Sahil Trehan wrote:
Tue Aug 01, 2017 10:15 am
Sebastien wrote:
Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:09 am
trq wrote:
Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:39 pm

Need some time to convince myself in the closed room, that my dream for Jeep is over :(
I might again need your expertise while checking an old FJ (maybe, not sure though).
If you dream of a Jeep ... go for it! it's never a good idea to give up on your dreams...
EXPERIENCE SPEAKS AGAIN!!

Sounds like your next 4x4 is definately a Jeep, a dream you'd like for to come true! :))

Sahil you seem quite experienced 😀
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Re: Wrangler for desert!

Post by Dara » Sun Aug 06, 2017 10:17 am

From personal experience, don't buy a 3.8 or previous, it is way under powered and they like to overheat. Without gear ratio changes the long steep climbs will be hard work/no fun... I never had any mechanical issues during 1 year of desert action. The 3.6 is a very different story, very capable and similar performance and torque as an FJ/your Prado.
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Re: Wrangler for desert!

Post by GrandDubai » Sun Aug 06, 2017 10:13 pm

I drive a 2009 3.8 Wrangler Unlimited automatic and it gets me most places the FJs can go.
Ok, I retuned the engine and regeared the diffs to 4.88, which gives it a bit more pep, but the steel bumpers, winch and big tyres soak some of that up.
One day I'll upgrade to a 3.6 but for now I get all the fun I need for not much money.
And my ac works just fine! Look after the scheduled maintenance and you won't go wrong.
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Re: Wrangler for desert!

Post by Gallo » Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:42 am

My 2 cents are:

I share all opinions on pre-pentastar jeeps. Very underpowered for desert and lot of maintanance.

If you want to stay very cheap, go off-roading with the Prado!
It's one of the best cars out there. It's basically an FJ Cruiser (same Mechanics with another body).
If you are a careful driver and not willing to go close to rolling over (which is fun but risky...) you will not make any damage to the car.
Spare the money for putting offroad tyres, skid plate and maybe raising up just a little bit to clear better the bumpers.

If you wan to be cheap and want a car to smash without too much care, my advise is to go for Pathfinder. At the moment is the cheapest good/reliable car out there with the power you need here.

If you want to make the leap and go for a 2012+ Jeep (Pentastar engine), consider still extra budget for maintanance (+ some mods to make it look less goofy).
In which case, for the same price I'd go for an xterra (more reliable, ready to go).
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Re: Wrangler for desert!

Post by Cocoa » Thu Sep 21, 2017 11:10 am

So what did you buy at the end.?

Guys, another question if I am going for a similar option, since I am going for an old model, so to limit the choices, what would be my main criteria?? Low mileage , specific modification, year, etc... mainly thinking of FJ, or even older patrol...

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Re: Wrangler for desert!

Post by GrandDubai » Thu Sep 21, 2017 4:42 pm

I drive a 2009 3.8 JK Wrangler 4 door and it goes most places the FJs and newer Wranglers can go.
That being said, I have added a 2.5" lift and modified the gearing in the diffs to 4.88 from the stock 3.73 which transforms the performance.
It costs about AED 5k to do all that properly.
I must admit that most other mods on JKs are designed for US rock crawling where weight doesn't matter. In the desert, try to keep the weight down and you'll be fine!
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Re: Wrangler for desert!

Post by Cocoa » Sat Sep 23, 2017 11:01 am

In other words, I am offered an fj looks good but very high mileage, 200k... is that too high for an fj?

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