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Unread 09-10-2014, 06:13 PM   #1
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Why Wranglers?

I have been looking around and talking to a bunch of my buddies about Jeep builds mainly because thats what we do and I have a question, what is it about the Wranglers that makes them so popular with the offroad community? Why do you see almost every Jeep person that is building a Jeep building a Wrangler or Jeep with that body style? Am I missing something? This is not meant to cause an argument, I an genuinely asking for information, I want to know what I am missing. Please enlighten me o'wise ones.

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Unread 09-10-2014, 08:22 PM   #2
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Its basically because they can take the top off
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Unread 09-10-2014, 08:59 PM   #3
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Its basically because they can take the top off
This and the amount of aftermarket support for the wranglers. There is no other make/model that gets as much attention to new innovative products. Companies are still designing and building products for models built 30 years ago.
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Unread 09-10-2014, 09:39 PM   #4
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Bit doesn't the XJ get as much support?
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Unread 09-11-2014, 04:47 AM   #5
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I believe, from my experiences, several reasons.

1. You can take of the top
2. You can take off the doors
3. As stated before, there are MANY options for tops, doors, bumpers, etc. Aftermarket options are readily available
4. Short wheel base allows for much more manuevarability when out in the woods
5. Most of the older wranglers are simple and easy to work on
6. There is an available source for any parts you might need
7. The Jeep wave
8. They are cool
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Unread 09-11-2014, 08:00 AM   #6
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Bit doesn't the XJ get as much support?
no, and its not even close
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Unread 09-11-2014, 06:25 PM   #7
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Take off doors
Take off Top
couldnt find a 97-99 xj with 5 speed for what I wanted to pay
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Unread 09-11-2014, 07:21 PM   #8
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They are LEGO's. All you have to do is remove one part and stick another one in its place.
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Unread 09-11-2014, 07:41 PM   #9
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Size and parts availability.

Not everyone removes the doors or top that builds up one for offroad. Removal tops are a motivator for many, but it isn't the entire reason for the vehicle's popularity.

The vehicle footprint is small which makes it maneuverable and an excellent breakover angle.
The fender/Body shape makes it easier to gain modest numbers on ground clearance so you can keep a low center (don't need 6" lift for minor tire increases).
Parts, so many parts. I recently helped my dad buy a set of YJ leaf springs. Most vehicles at 25 years old are a trip to a scrapyard for parts.
Easy to fix. Everything is easy to reach compared to other SUVs and Trucks.
Bulletproof engine. The XJ has the same engine but compared to anything else of it's time? the 4.2 and 4.0 I6 is extremely durable and torquey for offroad.

The XJ has a lot of parts as well, and can be easy to work on. Overall it's longer than the 2 door Wranglers and takes more lift to get tires out of the wheel well.
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Unread 09-11-2014, 07:53 PM   #10
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I believe, from my experiences, several reasons.

1. You can take of the top
2. You can take off the doors
3. As stated before, there are MANY options for tops, doors, bumpers, etc. Aftermarket options are readily available
4. Short wheel base allows for much more manuevarability when out in the woods
5. Most of the older wranglers are simple and easy to work on
6. There is an available source for any parts you might need
7. The Jeep wave
8. They are cool
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Size and parts availability.

Not everyone removes the doors or top that builds up one for offroad. Removal tops are a motivator for many, but it isn't the entire reason for the vehicle's popularity.

The vehicle footprint is small which makes it maneuverable and an excellent breakover angle.
The fender/Body shape makes it easier to gain modest numbers on ground clearance so you can keep a low center (don't need 6" lift for minor tire increases).
Parts, so many parts. I recently helped my dad buy a set of YJ leaf springs. Most vehicles at 25 years old are a trip to a scrapyard for parts.
Easy to fix. Everything is easy to reach compared to other SUVs and Trucks.
Bulletproof engine. The XJ has the same engine but compared to anything else of it's time? the 4.2 and 4.0 I6 is extremely durable and torquey for offroad.

The XJ has a lot of parts as well, and can be easy to work on. Overall it's longer than the 2 door Wranglers and takes more lift to get tires out of the wheel well.
I think these 2 have said all there is to say on the subject. Oh, and yes they WAY COOL!!! How ever my 7 year old can spot a Cherokee at least 100 meters away and for some reason loves to say Cherokee.
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Unread 09-11-2014, 08:10 PM   #11
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Fun to drive. If I walk out of the door on Saturday to run an errand I will almost always head to the Wrangler instead of my Ranger truck.
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Unread 09-11-2014, 08:16 PM   #12
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what everyone else said basically. They are bolt on queens. you can buy and bolt on darn near anything for them. that, and as of recent the only smallish solid axle SUV, which makes it a better offroad option compared to its IFS counterparts.

older stuff, its the top of thing pretty much. short wheelbase is not it, as most choose to lengthen it who are serious about off roading.
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Unread 09-11-2014, 08:44 PM   #13
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I did mine because it's not a Liberty.
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Unread 09-11-2014, 09:09 PM   #15
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Darn.... that did not quite work correctly.
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