Whether you like it or not it appears that electric is the future. There’s a thousand arguments on either direction and most have valid points – we aren’t going to get into it. With that said you may get the feeling that a 4xe is joining the jeepfan.com story and you are correct. One is on order and the wait has begun.
What’s the Jeep?
2022 Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 4xe
Color matched hard top (a first for us), black soft top
Color matched flares
Cold weather group
What’s the plan?
Each of the jeepfan.com Jeeps has been a bit different and this one will be no exception. This one, without sounding too boring will be on the simpler side. If you are a regular reader of this site you know that we don’t do extreme but rather focus on a Jeep that can be a daily driver as well as a great “blue trail” off road performer.
The jeepfan.com JLUR4xe will immediately get fitted for 35″ tires – BF Goodrich All-Terrain KO2 in the 315/70R17 size. What no mud tires you say…yup, we are going for a better ride and less noise. In truth, in much of the off roading that we have done really hasn’t been through the mud. With the Rubicon’s lockers good all-terrain tires perform perfectly.
If you’ve read up on the 4xe you know that it sits about 1″ higher than a non 4xe Rubicon and thanks to the wide track axles and high line flares 35’s fit with no lift and no spacers. That’s a win.
Over the 35″ tires there are some things we will do to the Jeep to get it better trail equipped.
It’s going to be interesting diving into the relatively new world of an EV. A JuiceBox 32 charger is already installed and ready to start charging.
The Jeep was ordered on 4/12 and finally arrived on 7/21 – a bit over 3 months wasn’t a terrible wait considering how availability on many products is an issue these days.
There is always some deep emotions when picking up a new Jeep and parting with an old friend. Our 2018 JLU was good to us and we can only hope it goes to a good home.
This first drive was so different. The Jeep is so quiet and smooth and feeling the torque of the electric motors is very evident. We are going easy on it for the break-in time on the engine. The Jeep was only charged to 80% when we took it for a test drive and when we left it was down to 40%. So our drive home was mostly on engine…still the 2.0L 4cyl has plenty of power – but even “dead” the battery still supplies power to help the driving.
From here the Jeep’s write-ups will appear on the 4xe project page – check in there to see what’s happening.