I love how people are quick to bash an IFS system in an age when like half of the KOH rigs were IFS and most if not all the desert racers are running IFS. While I agree, the rod diameter on the Black IFS JK looks a little thin, it may be plated to reinforce the A-Arms which isn't evident in the pics. It could be cro-moly, or thick walled DOM or Titanium for all we know, doesn't matter cause the owner obviously spent some serious time in the garage or wrote some hefty checks to a shop. Either way I am willing to bet the rig has some serious skills and it's what that owner wanted, so get off his case. So now you can bash me for defending him with my low post count, I spend way to much time in the garage to wax pathetically about which people can take which Jeep to the mall using the most non-paved route. Oh, P.S. Nice truck by the way, Killer look on that front end - love it.
Reality is that Chrysler/Jeep and Ford and GM all work their collective a$$e$ off to meet emissions, EPA standards, Crash requirements, and everything else while trying to make a product that people will buy, which ain't easy sometimes. Throwing solid axles under the back AND THE Front doesn't make it any easier. Especially when every customer wants their car/truck/SUV to roll down the pot hole stricken highway like it's glass. Despite who is calling the shots and paying the bills at Chrysler tomorrow, the folks that work on the Jeep Platforms, ALLLLLL the Jeep Platforms, take their job seriously and do everything they can to maintain approach and departure angles, ground clearance and four wheel capability. While their core customers aren't all weekend crawlers and fording 4 foot rivers, they know that they need to be more capable than the Fords, GMs, Hondas and Toyotas and still be competitive conscious. Are you running stock KL's WK's and Renegades at King of the Hammers, "No" but you won't see a stock JK out there either. Like somebody already said, regular Forum Members aren't the core audience. Are they dropping solid axles in the JK next year; heck no, that ship has already sailed, these cars don't get designed over night ya'know. Are they going to make a universally swappable production IFS to Solid Axle that you can option between? Likely not, any one who has tried doing that in their garage should know that those are very different animals. What's the solution? "Everyone keep buying Solid Axle JK's till they can't keep up and Jeep will likely continue making a solid axle JK until people get tired of buying them."
Now everyone go tell me what an idiot I am cause I haven't been a member for ten years and I don't have a four digit post count. Y'all have a good night.