Honestly, I went into this with hesitation. While researching you read the good and the bad, but I was scared that it probably wouldn't drive that well and it would be a complete dog even with the 5.38 gears. I have to say I am completely in shock. It drives better than any of my other Jeeps. It's not perfect yet, but its close. It hesitates a little when shifting. I pulled up a GPS app this morning and noticed my miles per hour was off significantly. Jeep said I was doing 50, GPS said I was actually doing 65. So I need to go back into the computer and check the info I thought I entered. I believe once I get that corrected my shift points will come back in line.WIW , Just WOW!
Looks awesome !
How does it feel driving ?
Shift points aside, the drivability is outstanding. The suspension feels a little stiffer than the Metalcloak on my red Jeep. I have always felt like the Metalcloak suspension felt soft. I have not experienced any bump steer either. Possibly due to the long arm suspension? This is also my first experience with the PSC steering box and hydraulic assist. You literally could turn the steering wheel with your little finger. It's effortless. I'm also not sure if the Swayloc swaybar is that much stiffer then the antirock swaybar, or if its the much wider 73.5" axles, but it feels like I am driving a stock Jeep again. It corners much better than my red Jeep. I wish I could put my finger on exactly which item helped what scenario, but there are several variables to each.
Lastly, I was a little nervous driving around some of our country backroads because they aren't the widest so I did some measuring last night. Vader sits at 92" wide from outside of tire to outside of tire. I measured my trailer at 96" wide. Not sure if it should have, but that made me feel a little better. lol