Re: Jeep Rubicon wheel hop
Locked, unlocked, high tire pressure, low tire pressure, Hi or Lo range. 2 wheel drive actually does better!
It acts just like the older Broncos did - they had forward pointing control arms just like Ford trucks nowdays - a bad design. First attempt I knew what it was right off from my Bronco days. Got a friend to watch, he confirmed it - wheels don't stay down -- bounce like crazy!
Since it's just a glorified TJ I'm surprised that some folks have never experienced it.
Picture this - drag a broom handle around at an angle pointing downward - like the control arms - it goes over bumps fine - as long as you are dragging it.
Now push it over those same bumps - catches on everything. Going forward the rear's draging, front's pushing.
Dampening it with stiff shocks merely slows down the hop vibrations. We had to do that to the old Broncos - double, triple, quadruple shock on the front - didn't stop it, just slowed it down some.
Seems like a 30K "Jeep?" right out of the box should be able to go down a sandy wash and climb a hill that isn't that much of a hill.
So far I'm dissappointed - I'm wondering if it's worse than the H2?
My Chevy 4x4 truck, my Jeepster, my M38A1, my "built" Tracker, even my stock Suzuki Sidekick on 205's make that hill without difficulty.
Anybody try the remote controlled 9000's?
I'm about to take it back and throw it at them.