I recently bought a black 2012 2 door Wrangler Rubicon with the 6 speed manual transmission with 122k on the clock. It came from Canada. Everything works and it looks to have been well taken care. It came with LT285/70R 17 Hankook mud terrains. It checked all the boxes- At the top of the list was the Rubicon 4.10 gears, 4: t case, lockers, heater/air conditioning and cruise control worked and heated seats. She looked clean, well taken care of and factory stock.
I fell in love on the first test drive. I’ve heard a lot of guys say while reviewing intakes and exhaust systems, the 3.6 V6 will never sound like a V8. Of course not! The 3.6 V6 has its own unique throaty growl and I love it.
We christened her The Black Gypsy.
A week ago, measured the suspension and to my surprise, found it was 3.75 inches over stock. That could explain the bad driveshaft u joint. Factory control arms were reinstalled with drop brackets. On the one hand, the brackets use up ground clearance. On the other, the control arms are still parallel to the ground for a smoother ride. The factory control were re-used in the rear as well.
The front axle is centered in the chassis. No relocation bracket was used with the track bar. I’m guessing a longer track bar was installed, but it looks OEM. Is there an after market track bar that looks OEM?
The drag link hasn’t been flipped. I will be doing that when I can. There's no rush, she hasn’t exhibited any bad habits going down the freeway.
There have been a few issues. The check engine light came on. Once for a bad thermostat and again for a bad gascap. I was shocked to learn that the thermostat, housing (made of plastic, no less!) and gasket all had to be replaced as a single assembly and cost $70! However, it paid for itself on installation. I’ve never had a thermostat installation go easier or more trouble free.
The gascap was an easy fix. I read the code with the Blue Driver app & dongle and after following the prompts, found myself on Amazon showing a selection of JK gascaps. Another click or two had the gascap on my doorstep the following day.
There have been a few other minor repairs and mods. LED headlights, JL hood latches, new tire pressure sensors, replacing the K&N intake, tightening a few hose clamps, replacing missing body buttons and so on.
I have plans for the usual mods. Better bumpers, upgrade the factory rear driveshaft, install a winch… and I’ll have questions. I’ve driven and modified Cherokees for years, but this is my first Wrangler and my first SWB Jeep. There are things about the JK that I don’t know what don’t know and I suspect that as I go along, I’m gonna get an education.
This journey has just begun