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Old 01-24-2011, 01:40 AM   #1
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Smile What makes a jeep special at offroad?

Compared to other 4x4 what makes a jeep so special, that are are crowned the king; if so? I know i like my jeep because its fun factor, even though its slow like a snail, and guzzles gas. Im wondering how jeep made them geared toward offroading. The stiffer suspension, ect, But besides the stock suspension, how strong is the drive train, transfer case, axles, brakes, frame, and body compared to another stock 4x4, for example a toyota tacoma? Why choose a jeep over a toyota besides the fun factor. Both last 170,000+miles if taken care of, what makes a jeep tough?

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Short wheel base an solid axles

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Old 01-24-2011, 07:20 AM   #3
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i always wonder about this also, untill last weekend when i went to some nice trails and there were some pickups and a pathfinder with wheels my 11' jku is stock and i was flowing much nicer then then only getting stuck once as compared to the non-jeeps who were getting stuck way more often...just the legacy i guess lol
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I think experience-ie the Jeep basic design has been around for a looooong time. And the smart engineers aren't changing it, if it isn't going to make it "better".

Initially think it was power to weight ratio. To me a 400 pound linebacker is not going to make a good dancer. (Full size dually diesel) A vertically challenged person would have difficulty in the NBA.(a car on 13" tires) And an overdeveloped body builder is not as agile as a gymnast. (a top fuel dragster vs street racer) It was designed from the out set for off-road independence. I know of no other vehicle made that way- built for off road first-from the begining. Yes we have lost some things as "they" try to make it good at on road and off road-but we have gained a lot as well. Perfect balance? If anyone ever achieves that they will never work again as no one will be able to make the vehicle fast enough.
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Old 01-24-2011, 12:17 PM   #5
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First, it is the only 4 wheel drive vehicle that was conceived, engineered, designed and produced to be a 4 wheel drive vehicle.
Second, it has been world war tested, redesigned and reengineered using real world info.
Third, Approach and departure angles, aftermarket availability, produced since 1941.
It's a Jeep thang, ... If you don't get it by now, you never will!
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High approach, departure, and breakover angles.
Solid axles front and rear (and the articulation to go with).
Short wheelbase - and with that a tight turning circle
High ground clearance
A low crawl ratio

For strength - its built to survive off-road with whatever axle/tire package it came with stock.

Aside from that it has massive aftermarket support.
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High approach, departure, and breakover angles.
Solid axles front and rear (and the articulation to go with).
Short wheelbase - and with that a tight turning circle
High ground clearance
A low crawl ratio

For strength - its built to survive off-road with whatever axle/tire package it came with stock.

Aside from that it has massive aftermarket support.
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