While I was working today I saw a JK Unlimited Rubicon driving on the road. I saw it driving north on M-24 in Oxford. (For those outside of the metro-Detroit area, Oxford is about a 10-15 minute drive north of the DaimlerChrysler HQ.) It had MFG plates on it. I couldn't get right up next to it, but managed to take a few shots with my camera.
I noticed the muffler running parallel to the rear bumper and thought: WTF. That muffler is going to get banged up pretty easily. Then I realized that my gas tank is in the exact same place. Anyone think the aftermarket will be making a muffler skid plate? Wouldn't that make sense? Or am I nuts?
So far the only complaint I have about the JK is the size of the bumpers. They're huge. Also, the rear window on the hard top looks a little awkward, kinda like the rear window on a CJ-7. Otherwise I really like them, but I won't be giving up my TJ anytime soon (if ever.)
Enough of my rambling, here's the pics:
[COLOR="Navy"][SIZE="1"]2000 TJ Sport, 5-Speed
Dana 30/44 (w/ Trac-Lok), Alloy USA Shafts & Seals, 4.88's
Rockcrusher/Solid Diff Covers
4" SA Skyjacker/BDS Hybrid, 33" MT/R's
Jeeperman Front & Rear Swing-Away Bumpers
Skid Row Engine/Oil Skid, Kilby Steering Box Skid
NEXT PROJECT: SYE and CV Drive Shaft
I can't get pass the freakin huge plastic fender flares!
I agree. They just dont fit the Jeep very well visually. BUT, I bet they are easy to unbolt and replace with really cool aftermarket flares, unlike the TJ, having to cut and hack to put on aftermarkets..
Maybe someone will just make a quick release aftermarket version.
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JK driver: get off my tail you freak, get that camera away from me, you've been behind me for 40 miles.
TJ driver: don't freak! then no one will believe me I saw a JK, only 40 more photos
Great photos! Thanks for those! I saw a red Unlimited on the Ohio Turnpike a couple of weeks ago, but it was raining and I was doing 70 in the opposite direction!
And yes, those "flares" are removable from the factory so they wuld easy to replace, but notice that they aren't really "flares", they're the whole fender! So you'd have to replace them with something, or else you'd have stone chips all up the side of the doors.
The bumpers probably had to be that big for crash testing and such, but I'm sure they'll be easily removable too.