Seeing Red - 2012 Jeep Wrangler Long-Term Road Test

2012 Jeep Wrangler Long Term Road Test

2012 Jeep Wrangler: Seeing Red

March 09, 2012


Tonight my wife and I discovered a quirky downside to the lift kit (+3 inches) and tall 33-inch tires (+2 inches) I've installed on our 2012 Jeep Wrangler. The undercarriage is now too far off the ground to trip the inductive coils that control the lights of at least one nearby intersection.

We sat there with no other cars behind us waiting in vain for our green light while cross traffic, opposing traffic and left turn cross traffic alternated amongst themselves for at least three full cycles. I was about to give up and tiptoe through -- with an excuse pre-loaded in case I was observed by the law and pulled over -- but then a second car rolled up behind me. I decided to continue waiting to see if that made any difference.

It did. Immediately. We got our green and were on our way on the very next go-around.

About 45 minutes later I came back to the same intersection -- with a camera this time -- and the exact same thing happened. I tried rocking forward and back a bit in an attempt to get my relatively low-hanging differentials directly over to the underground inductive coils, but once again I was stuck until a second car finally came up behind and tripped the signal for me.

Traffic being what it is around here, this shouldn't happen often. And I'm sure there's a trick to it that I haven't yet learned.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 10,610 miles

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