You know how it is when you see an old CJ-7, Land Cruiser, Bronco or Land Rover Defender in stock, unmolested and good condition and how it makes you want to own it? That's the way my Rubicon is going to be in a couple of decades.
'12 JKUR, 3.6, AT, Crush, all options except leather, added Smitty Rock Armor steps.
Before this one... '00 XJ Cherokee Sport, '99 XJ Cherokee Classic, '98 TJ Wrangler, '97 TJ Wrangler, '91 FSJ Grand Wagoneer, '89 XJ Cherokee Laredo
I agree with many of the opinions above, from an looks point of view I like the two door with 32-33" tires and up to a 2.5" lift. But I think the 4 door looks good with 35"+ tires. I have tried to set up my 2 door for two different modes. Street: OEM 32" tires and wheels, Rancho 9000 set at 3. Off road: Black wheels and 32" Mud Tires, shocks at 7, and a winch on. The winch is hard to take on and off so it stays on in street mode a lot.
In street mode, it's a fun two door convertible to run around town. I love safari top with no doors. Short wheel base and tight turning radius makes zipping into "Mall" parking lots a breeze. Who needs a sports car.
I prefer the JK styling, and my green & khaki Sahara with OEM 18" is perfect color balance.
get in--buckle up--hang on
"soothing agricultural implement/personal servant/Walter Mitty multidimensional access utility device conveniently travels on pavement when necessary and often keeps me warm/cool/dry/soothed as needed."
I really love the look of the 2-door JK with the 17" 5-spokes and 32s. Even the Goodyears. It's just got a nice-looking stance, even stock.
Looks goofy with the steelies, tho.
I don't care for the JKU unless it's got 35s or larger on it. Only then does it look proportionate.
BINGO. I thought I was the only member who felt that way. I really like the stock 17" alloys, but I do want to go to a slightly bigger tire and add spacers. Add in a TF leveling kit and that all I want to do to it. IMHO, it takes a far bigger tire (like a 35") to get the same proportions, but when done right the 4dr looks like a "I'm going to explore a continent" vehicle. On stock steelies, the 4dr looks like it's rolling around on casters.
Seeing a bone stock TJ/LJ on factory alloys ALWAYS makes me want to own it. You get the feeling like it has been drug around behind a motorhome it's entire life....high miles on the odo, but no miles on the motor/tranny.
My guess is that it would depend on what model and options you are looking at.
A base Sport JK on stock 29's with the vinyl soft top and clear windows looks pretty bland.
But loaded higher end models look find stock. Same for the TJ.
Wow I prompted a loaded question considering JKs come in many trims from the factory. I meant more along the lines of what you mentioned above, which is how my JK sat up until 24 hrs ago.
One of my "bosses" has a red TJ stock with hardtop and steelies and definitely think his looks great as is but I was never satisfied how mine looked from the factory.... now with new wheels and 33s I'm suddenly VERY happy with mine!
Saharas, Rubis, MOABs, Arctics, etc are essentially "modified" from the factory and don't fit what my idea of entirely stock.
2013 JK Sport Bright White: 2 dr, 6spd, 3.73, A/C
AEV Argent Pintler/BFG 285/70/17