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Old 07-29-2008, 08:21 PM   #1
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When is a Jeep no longer a Jeep?

Was talking with a bud the other day about all the things you can modify / manipulate / upgrade / replace on a Jeep and he posed an interesting question:

"When is a Jeep no longer considered a Jeep?"

Basically at what point with all the things you've done with it does it become not a Jeep (or a used-to-be-a-Jeep)...

Conversely, when building from a non-Jeep, when does a custom rig BECOME a Jeep?

We came to a conclusion, but I'm curious to see your take...

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Old 07-29-2008, 08:52 PM   #2
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IMO modifications to jeep parts are ok. like lockers, stronger axles, suspension lifts and more. if there are some non-jeep axles or a non jeep engine in a jeep i wouldn´t call it a jeep anymore.
p.e. my buddies with unimog axles and corvette V8s in their CJs call their cars crossbreed and not jeep.

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Old 07-29-2008, 09:31 PM   #3
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Considering you can take the full quadratec catalog and build a YJ FROM SCRATCH and not use ONE chrysler part is that still a jeep
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I would say its not a jeep if you replace the motor with a 22r and toyota tranny put yota axles in it and replace the tub with a taco (tacoma) body
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id say as long as it has the jeep grille and a jeep frame and can go topless, and at least looks like one, it is still a jeep, but all the mods need to be done so it can be better off road, not so it looks better or anything
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Old 07-30-2008, 12:53 AM   #6
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technically if it still has the jeep frame and jeep body its still legally a jeep right ? no matter what else is done to it ??

richp made a good point; you could almost build an entire thing from quadratec but not use any chrysler part. is that still a jeep?

new motors/trannys/axles are to common. we cant leave them out of the mix. i believe they are still jeeps

but what wouldnt I personally call a jeep? i really dont know! maybe something that takes it away from its original purpose. like lowering it, putting HUGE rims on it, stuff like that.
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well if it had to built by chrysler to bee a jeep the older jeeps are not jeep since they where built by amc
even farther back then that they where built by ford and then theres the willies
so I say yes the jeep yj you could build from all the parts in quadratec still make it a jeep

but this should not have happend (why would someone do that)
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ohhhh geez-us... is that first jeep even off the ground? man... why? WHY?!?!
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Old 07-30-2008, 08:55 AM   #9
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We basically came up with the fact that if it began life as a Jeep it will always be one regardless of the number of mods you do. (The VIN says it is one)

Conversely, making one from scratch...? Dunno...
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That one picture definatly has to be a photo shop. It is still horrible though.
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Old 07-30-2008, 11:42 AM   #11
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x2 Spanky. Who in their right mind thinks lowering a jeep is a good idea? I have seen a couple jeeps on KSL(local classifieds) w/ 20" rims and 33" tires. Something doesn't add up. If people wanted a pavement princess or asphalt H**ker why buy the most versitile off-road vehicle.
Just a thought!
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Old 07-30-2008, 11:57 AM   #12
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That one picture definatly has to be a photo shop. It is still horrible though.

I think the first pic has been photo shop to I just found them on the web
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Old 07-30-2008, 06:25 PM   #13
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Actually I wouldn't be surprised if it were real. I've seen trucks done like that...

Of course the owner should be shot for such a sacrilegious act...
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if the Vin still says it's jeep then it's jeep.
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if the Vin still says it's jeep then it's jeep.
Yup - even if it has a mixture of Ford and Chevy drive train components... It's still a Jeep on the insurance papers.
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Actually I wouldn't be surprised if it were real. I've seen trucks done like that...

Of course the owner should be shot for such a sacrilegious act...
The first pic HAS to be photochopped. Where is the top half of the front tires? Never-Never land?
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A "Jeep" exists in the eye of the beholder......
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Old 08-01-2008, 02:17 PM   #19
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Hmmmm.... this is an excelent quesiton. I'd have to agree that if it started as a Jeep and still has the tell-tale grille and relative body then I'd still have to call it a Jeep. All of the mods that you can do to them is what Jeep is all about.... other than lowering. I think I threw up a little when I saw those pics.
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id say as long as it has the jeep grille and a jeep frame and can go topless, and at least looks like one, it is still a jeep, but all the mods need to be done so it can be better off road, not so it looks better or anything
So you are sayin you have put nothing on your jeep to make it look better????Come on now Derek I just don't buy that!!!! Like the chrome grille inserts,diamond or stainless rocker guards?????
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Old 08-05-2008, 09:43 AM   #21
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A jeep is no longer a Jeep if you have to laugh at it like a Hummer, cuz the owner chromed it out on dubs and all that gay crap.
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Old 08-25-2008, 06:09 PM   #22
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Old 08-25-2008, 08:38 PM   #23
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A jeep is no longer a Jeep if you have to laugh at it like a Hummer, cuz the owner chromed it out on dubs and all that gay crap.
Agreed.

Should be a law stating that somebody that does that is allowed to get their heads smacked by other jeep owners.
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Well don't you first need to clearly define what a Jeep is to determine when it ceases to be one? What constitutes a Jeep? If you were having this conversation with a philosopher he would ask the definition first i think. Is it the tub? the frame? capabilities? all of the afore mentioned? With a clear definition it would easier to determine a stopping point. Maybe Im looking to deep lol.
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id say as long as it has the jeep grille and a jeep frame and can go topless, and at least looks like one, it is still a jeep, but all the mods need to be done so it can be better off road, not so it looks better or anything
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mr4x4 that pic actually made me nausious. who WOULD do that to a perfectly good yj? that owner needs some thrapy!

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