I know there aren't all that many out there yet, but I'm thinking about getting a Patriot as a 'grocery-getter' truck-something I can drive instead of the Wrangler so I can a) afford to take the big-boy trails and not have to worry about not being able to drive to work on Monday and b) not have to sell organs to pay for gas. Mostly A, that and I'd like a bit of cargo space.
But, obviously, while many of you will rag on the Patriot for being a JINO (I personally don't think so, but, hey, everybody's got an opinion), it's still a Jeep either way, so you gotta mod it. So, let's see those modded Patriots!
"Buying a Jeep for on-road handling is like downloading porn to savor the cinematography."
Gotta tell ya. I havent modded the wifes patriot yet, but i love that ride. It actually beat the pants off my TJ in the snow. The absolute only complaint i have is the lack of merging power when on the interstate. It really could use a v-6 or a real tranny instead of CVT, but then it wouldnt get 28mpg anymore.
Coming from a guy who has owned a TJ and now an XJ... the MJ is a real jeep and dont let anyone tell you otherwise..
here is the wifes with a 2.25" lift (only lift available) and 29" tires (bout the biggest you can go.) i didn't buy i for major wheeling, just for her to get around and occasional beach wheeling.....
after lift ,before tires.... next to a stock:
"IF YOU CAN'T DAZZLE THEM WITH FACTS, BAFFLE THEM WITH BS"
2" RRO lift on a FDII
235/70-16 General Grabber AT2's
16" X 8" X 5"BS Cragar Soft 8's
Roof basket with lights
full size spare on the roof
1" tweeters in the dash
rebadged - Jeep moved from the rear to the driver side door
and no, it's not a grocery getter, although I have been known to eat once in a while.
as in trimming the struts where the springs mount? I'd love to as well, but I accept it for what it is - a very capable light offroad rig that has dry cargo space and doesn't need me to donate blood to fill the tank.