First road trip review

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Howdy all, just returned from a 700 mile road trip to South Padre Island. I'm a first time Wrangler owner, previously owned a CJ8 that I would never have taken on a trip like this due to reliability concerns and no AC in the TX heat. The CJ8 was a play vehicle I would cruise around the local TX countryside with. My previous daily driver was a 2014 F150 Limited, by all accounts a great truck. I was concerned about the comfort of the Wrangler versus the F150 but I rolled the dice for the 392 anyway because I'm a sucker for HP. I've got about 1250 miles on the 392 now and thought I'd throw out my two cents since I did read a few negative things about them and the Wrangler in general when I was doing my research.

The pros:

- The power is awesome (obviously), it hits the limiter quick when passing cars on two lane highways. The 392 is kinda violent when you get on it, this is a pro for me
- The sound is infectious, that button to quiet the exhaust is wasted space in mine. I like hearing her grumble
- It was comfy. I was a little nervous about this one, my F150 was spacious. I'm 6'1" 230ish and no problem on the road trip. Plenty of head room, no big whoop about the lack of a dead pedal. I used the cruise control when I could. I fit snug in the seats, not in a bad way but in a sports car way. The 392 was perfectly comfortable to me
- I read some complaints on the stereo system. I don't agree with this, I think it's awesome. I'm not a stereo head by any means but the 392's is legit in my book
- The Bulletpoint phone mount is fantastic
- The 392 looks just as good dirty as it does clean in my opinion
- I enjoy all the Jeep waves, feels like you are part of the cool kid club. I've seen some folks get really animated when pulling up next to them, a couple in a Gladiator borderline lost it. My kind of people. The 392 is just cool...period

The cons:

- Premium gas is expensive. I averaged about 15 mpg on the trip, don't care and I'm not complaining...just sayin'. Gotta pay to play and I'm good with that
- Everybody else seems slow in the 392. Hopefully this doesn't get me in trouble down the road. It probably will
- Wouldn't mind upping the limiter a bit. I get why it's set where it is but I'd vote for it to be higher if I could
- That's it, the 392 is an awesome muscle Jeep!

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Love it! Thanks for the review.
 
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The 392 is like a bottle of good wine. the more you use it the better it gets...
 
Howdy all, just returned from a 700 mile road trip to South Padre Island. I'm a first time Wrangler owner, previously owned a CJ8 that I would never have taken on a trip like this due to reliability concerns and no AC in the TX heat. The CJ8 was a play vehicle I would cruise around the local TX countryside with. My previous daily driver was a 2014 F150 Limited, by all accounts a great truck. I was concerned about the comfort of the Wrangler versus the F150 but I rolled the dice for the 392 anyway because I'm a sucker for HP. I've got about 1250 miles on the 392 now and thought I'd throw out my two cents since I did read a few negative things about them and the Wrangler in general when I was doing my research.

The pros:

- The power is awesome (obviously), it hits the limiter quick when passing cars on two lane highways. The 392 is kinda violent when you get on it, this is a pro for me
- The sound is infectious, that button to quiet the exhaust is wasted space in mine. I like hearing her grumble
- It was comfy. I was a little nervous about this one, my F150 was spacious. I'm 6'1" 230ish and no problem on the road trip. Plenty of head room, no big whoop about the lack of a dead pedal. I used the cruise control when I could. I fit snug in the seats, not in a bad way but in a sports car way. The 392 was perfectly comfortable to me
- I read some complaints on the stereo system. I don't agree with this, I think it's awesome. I'm not a stereo head by any means but the 392's is legit in my book
- The Bulletpoint phone mount is fantastic
- The 392 looks just as good dirty as it does clean in my opinion
- I enjoy all the Jeep waves, feels like you are part of the cool kid club. I've seen some folks get really animated when pulling up next to them, a couple in a Gladiator borderline lost it. My kind of people. The 392 is just cool...period

The cons:

- Premium gas is expensive. I averaged about 15 mpg on the trip, don't care and I'm not complaining...just sayin'. Gotta pay to play and I'm good with that
- Everybody else seems slow in the 392. Hopefully this doesn't get me in trouble down the road. It probably will
- Wouldn't mind upping the limiter a bit. I get why it's set where it is but I'd vote for it to be higher if I could
- That's it, the 392 is an awesome muscle Jeep!

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Great Review!! Thanks!
 
thanks for info.. your blue looks sweet... and yes the exhaust button is a waste for sure...
 
Thanks @SMC ! Good write-up!

Could you post a pic of your Bulletproof mount installed?
 
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Thanks for the review, I'm about to do almost the same trip in a few weeks. Except I live in the Drip, I believe it took me 5 hours last time. I just hope I get it in time, its on a rail car, so hopefully soon. I'm getting pretty gassed up about it, I've had 392's and Jeeps, but never a 392 Jeep...ha!
 
Howdy all, just returned from a 700 mile road trip to South Padre Island. I'm a first time Wrangler owner, previously owned a CJ8 that I would never have taken on a trip like this due to reliability concerns and no AC in the TX heat. The CJ8 was a play vehicle I would cruise around the local TX countryside with. My previous daily driver was a 2014 F150 Limited, by all accounts a great truck. I was concerned about the comfort of the Wrangler versus the F150 but I rolled the dice for the 392 anyway because I'm a sucker for HP. I've got about 1250 miles on the 392 now and thought I'd throw out my two cents since I did read a few negative things about them and the Wrangler in general when I was doing my research.

The pros:

- The power is awesome (obviously), it hits the limiter quick when passing cars on two lane highways.
- The sound is infectious, that button to quiet the exhaust is wasted space in mine. I like hearing her grumble
- It was comfy. I was a little nervous about this one, my F150 was spacious. I'm 6'1" 230ish and no problem on the road trip. Plenty of head room, no big whoop about the lack of a dead pedal. I used the cruise control when I could. I fit snug in the seats, not in a bad way but in a sports car way. The 392 was perfectly comfortable to me
- I read some complaints on the stereo system. I don't agree with this, I think it's awesome. I'm not a stereo head by any means but the 392's is legit in my book
- The Bulletpoint phone mount is fantastic
- The 392 looks just as good dirty as it does clean in my opinion
- I enjoy all the Jeep waves, feels like you are part of the cool kid club. I've seen some folks get really animated when pulling up next to them, a couple in a Gladiator borderline lost it. My kind of people. The 392 is just cool...period

The cons:

- Premium gas is expensive. I averaged about 15 mpg on the trip, don't care and I'm not complaining...just sayin'. Gotta pay to play and I'm good with that
- Everybody else seems slow in the 392. Hopefully this doesn't get me in trouble down the road. It probably will
- Wouldn't mind upping the limiter a bit. I get why it's set where it is but I'd vote for it to be higher if I could
- That's it, the 392 is an awesome muscle Jeep!

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Great review! Although reading it didn't help lessen the anxiousness I feel waiting on my 392 order. Especially, this part "The 392 is kinda violent when you get on it, this is a pro for me." My only complaints ever about Jeeps I've owned is the power when passing and cutting through the wind on the highway. Off-road the V6 has been plenty capable, even with a lift and 37s. With the 392, it sure sounds like my lone complaint will be eliminated.

We have taken several road trips around the country in our JKUR and it's always been comfortable enough for my family of 5. With the JL being a larger/wider vehicle and the seats a better quality. I imagine the 392 is plenty comfortable enough.

I am surprised about complaints on the stereo system. The Alpine system in our JK is pretty awesome and the JL has improved upon that unit as well. I was totally amazed the first time we had the doors and top off and could cruise the highway at 75MPH and still hear the radio clearly. I am guessing, if you wanted, the Alpine unit could drown out the 392 growl...but why would you want to?

I am sure there will be an aftermarket tune to deal with the limiter soon. The Xtreme Recon version already surpasses the 99MPH limiter (110MPH for the XR) while coming stock with larger tires.

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Thanks @SMC ! Good write-up!

Could you post a pic of your Bulletproof mount installed?
Here you go, pretty straight forward. Thing is rock solid, seriously great quality product! They sent a killer bullet style bottle opener with the purchase, these guys get me lol.... Highly recommend!
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Very nice! Appreciate you posting those. Never hears of them before your initial posting. Thank you, Sir!
 
Great write-up!

I was wondering what actually hold's the base down? Suction cup? screw's, I looked on line and couldn't really tell, also what model is it?

Thanks for the info.
 
Uses existing dash screws - there are three options from what I found: left, center, and right. Appears they can be used all together as well as individually.

https://www.bulletpointmountingsolutions.com/collections/jeep-wrangler-jl-and-jlu-2018

There are various options: mounts alone, or with included phone or ball mount.
I installed the mount a week ago and it really does work nicely and seems to be well built. You’ll have to cut the tray liner or leave it out though.
 
Thanks guys, went to the site again and I see what you mean factory screws and mounting positions, I don't know how I missed it but I did.
 
Here you go, pretty straight forward. Thing is rock solid, seriously great quality product! They sent a killer bullet style bottle opener with the purchase, these guys get me lol.... Highly recommend!
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I'm liking the low profile/reduced amount of intrusion as opposed to a windshield suction cup type mount. Blends in with the interior as well.
 
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