It's a 25 year old Jeep with 220,000 miles on it. Anything wrong with it at this point is from wear.
Sounds like you've already looked it over for rust, so other than that inspect the fluids, belts, hoses, gaskets, and anything else rubber (maybe the body mounts) and enjoy.
Nate Pickle (@dirtlifestylenate on Instagram, or Dirt Lifestyle on youtube) runs a VW TDI swapped Jeep and is a big advocate for the swap.
Look him up , if you haven't already, he'll have some good info to help you along.
It's a 3500# axle picked up off the shelf at tractor supply. It's about a foot wider than the HF axle.
Still using the HF leaf springs, which really do nothing since they're so short, but with the tires aired down it doesn't bounce around too much on bumpy trails.
I would like to see this package on a JL.
I've always been a minimal lift and big tire kind of guy. Just give me a leveling kit and 37s on a Mojave JL and I'd be a happy camper.
I would also like the seats from the High Altitude, but I'm not willing to pay for those.
This is Tugger. He just crossed 20,000 miles.
Originally started as a "I wonder if I could build one myself" kind of experiment, and has basically gone through continual changes since, and will see a few more this year while still staying simple and light.
Great trip report.
My son and I were there a week after you.
Were there deep footprints at the racetrack when you were there? Because there were when we were. Someone had walked out around the island and back making two tracks that were an inch or two deep, and it was terrible to see.
Yes the 4.0 makes a higher percentage of it's total power down low in the rev range, but by 1500rpm the 3.6 makes more torque than the 4.0 makes at any RPM, and by 3000rpm it makes more power.
I loved the 4.0 in my old TJ, but the 3.6 in my JK has been flawless for 130,000 miles and has been...
My son, dog, and I have camped all over the country in my 2 door JK.
As long as you only bring what you need and don't get caught up in the "but what if X happens? We should bring Y, just in case." game a JKU/JLU will be a great camping vehicle for the 3 of you.
Re-gearing to 4.56 or 4.88 will help you maintain or slightly improve your current power feel when going to bigger tires, but based on what you're saying (32" or 33" tires and looking for power on the highway) I think you're on the right track with the supercharger.
Maybe my butt dyno is...
The Gladiator has a 9 inch longer wheel base than the Colorado or the Tacoma, and about 5.5 inches longer overall. (these are all in the 4 door short bed configuration)
It's also the most expensive when fully equipped.