Originally posted by Xtremjeepn:
Here are some highlights of the JK.
-Bigger tires stock than any other Jeep ever!
-More ground clearance than any other Jeep ever!
-Stronger axles than any other Jeep ever!
-Better ride than any other Jeep ever!
-More power than any other Jeep ever!
-Better approach and departure angles than any other Jeep ever!
-More cargo room than any other Jeep ever!
-slicker underside for wheeling than any other Jeep ever!
-Better control arms than any other Jeep ever!
-Bigger wheel well openings any other Jeep ever!
-Better stereo than any other Jeep ever!
-More power outlets than any other Jeep ever!
-More safety features than any other Jeep ever!
-Bigger brakes than any other Jeep ever!
-Better Lockers than any other Jeep ever!
-Better tops than any other Jeep ever!
-Requires fewer mods to do hard trails than any other Jeep ever!
-Stronger transfer case than anything other than a TJ Rubicon.
-Only factory Jeep with a sway bar disconnect.
The list really does go on and on. I LOVED my CJs, I LOVED my YJs, I LOVED my TJ, all to the tune of over 1,000,000 miles. Now I LOVE my JK more than any of those. BEST JEEP YET!
Let's start with a little perspective.
I put 220,000 miles on my first YJ, 280,000 on the second YJ, then 165,000 on the TJ. (not even going to include the CJs, WJ, FSJ, ZJ, etc).
I bought the 1998 TJ new and spent the last ten years building it as a project rig for Rockcrawler.com.
I just sold it and bought a 2008 JKUR.
The basic feeling I got was that everything I did to make the TJ cool and more functional the JK already has most of. Here is a grocery list.
-Biggest, stongest axles ever offered in a Wrangler. Even the standard D30 and D44 are stonger than previous models. Rubi axles have huge shafts.
-Strongest, lowest geared t-case offered across model range. (241 tcase in all of them, 4:1 in Rubi).
-Best approach and departure angles ever.
-Flatter underside, no more road grater skid plate.
-Bigger tires with smaller lift equal better climbing, side hilling, COG.
-Longer control arms stock. Easier to run 35s/37s without the need for long arms.
-more interior space, rear cubby.
-sunrider and freedom top stock.
-I have always wanted more interior room for my dogs and a longer wheelbase for steep climbs but refused to cut my TJ. 4 door is awsome.
-outboarded rear shock mounts on rear axle.
-dual power outlets.
-MUCH MUCH easier to hold highway speed.
-Easier to go insane with no metal front fenders.
-Slight factory "comp cut" in rear.
-Most Jeepers put on wider off set wheels. The JK does not need as much offset in the wheels due to larger fender openings. So the hub center is more centered in the wheel. This protects discs, less stressfull on ball joints, etc etc. Jks tend to be very similar in total width to a TJ when built, its all about the offset.
-Can mount winch inside front frame rails to keep COG low for steep climbs.
-electronic sway bar.
-Factory stereo kicks the TJ factory stereos butt.
-factory keyless entry, remote start.
-Heat/AC vents that you can blow ANYWHERE.
-Overall it is just a more usefull rig beyond just rockcrawling it. First ever 'expedition" ready Jeep in my mind. There are tons of us out there that love to camp, ski/snowboard, mountain bike etc etc that just can't get all the gear in a two door. I love wheeling with my 2 large dogs, but once you put them in a TJ there is no space left for gear.
I could go on. I LOVED my TJ and nearly cried when it left. I NEVER wanted to "REALLY" get rid of it. Once I wheeled the JK I was VERY happy to have made the switch.
Some FACTS for you below.
Keep in mind that even a plain "x" JK has a 241 t-case and stonger axles. Only Rubi TJs come close.
If only I had pictures of how much stronger the JK axles were