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post #1 of 11 Old 02-14-2017, 08:39 PM Thread Starter
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Considering a new JKU

I'm considering swapping my daily driver car for a new JKU, hard top. Going through the possibilities now. It will be my daily driver, and my current TJ will remain the off-roading vehicle. My logic is to go with the Sport, keep it stock, and then possibly modify it heavily in a number of years (e.g. 39" tires)... unless I can get a Rubicon for like 5-6K more then I'd surrender and get that.

My question is--and it's a subjective one, a fun question if you will--how much WILLPOWER does it really take to own a 4-door JKU and KEEP it stock? No mods... I mean stock. Just drive the thing. I'm resolved not to do anything halfway. No slightly larger tires, nothing for like 5-8 years. This is going to be my CAR.

Edit: Perhaps I'll add that I just finished modifying the TJ and really love driving it. I guess I should already know the answer to my question: it's impossible not to change a Jeep from stock. But I can hope...


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post #2 of 11 Old 02-15-2017, 03:51 PM
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post #3 of 11 Old 02-15-2017, 06:39 PM
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My JKU has the soft top - for me personally, that is the only way to go.
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Got a 4 door soft top (mostly cuz the wife wanted to go topless in the summer months. Picked up a hard top for it a week later. (Cuz I just like the look better)) But other than that, I plan on keeping it stock. That being said... it makes it hard if you cruise the forums often.

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So how soon will you have it paid off?

When I bought my TJ new, my goal was to get it paid off first before I spent any serious money. I did so a little early on a five-year loan, and then to me, I could justify doing so. Plus I have to say, it gave me the time to research here on JF, talk to local guys, wheel it stock, and think it over. I actually had several other lift ideas and even bumpers that I didn't do, due to waiting.

Also, just the other day, I was passing a new two-door JK that still had the temp tags on it, and it had a lift-kit, and even a winch already on the front. I assume he bought it like that? Or even if he drove it straight to a 4WheelParts, I would just think he'd later regret something about it. I'm not saying that's your case, especially since you already own a modified TJ. Personally, I'd really have to read up about modifying a JK.


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My JKU has the soft top - for me personally, that is the only way to go.
Same here.

My JK is my DD and toad, eventually I will swap to a JKU.

The ONLY way I will drive a jeep is a soft top and a row-it-yourself.

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I test drove one today. I've decided to go with the JKU Rubicon, 4.10, color hard top and fenders. I'm going to drive it stock for a while, maybe indefinitely. It's tempting to put 35s on there, but they just never drive the same no matter what you do. My TJ will remain the wheeling vehicle.

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My JKU has the soft top - for me personally, that is the only way to go.
I like the soft top for the spring/summer/fall months for sure... but I would rather go mudding with a hard top. Easier to clean and you won't have to worry about scratching up the soft top windows.

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I like the soft top for the spring/summer/fall months for sure... but I would rather go mudding with a hard top. Easier to clean and you won't have to worry about scratching up the soft top windows.
I live in SC, so mild winters not a problem here. Excellent point on the mudding - that is not my thing, but if it were, hard top a must
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I run a soft top all year long and we have long harsh bitter cold winters up here. No hard top ever again for me.

I haven't had a problem cleaning my soft top, but yes the plastic can get scratched pretty easily, just a trade off, and one I am very happy to make.

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post #11 of 11 Old 02-21-2017, 04:41 AM
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I live in SC, so mild winters not a problem here. Excellent point on the mudding - that is not my thing, but if it were, hard top a must
Yeah... we're in SC as well, but drive up to Illinois/Iowa area during the winter months sometimes to visit family. Having the ability to defrost/use window wiper blade while driving is a plus in the snow/slush/slurry that can make quite a mess on the back window.

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