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Old 07-14-2013, 11:28 AM   #1
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Do Wranglers get more slack from cops??

I am starting to believe this, after one full year of ownership. No cops tailgating me, no ocassional warning lights to slow down, friendly check stops, and when I did slightly stray wrong they were totally cool and let me off with a warning. I dont drive like an idiot, and in the jk i usually cruise 5-15mph over limit, but in my fast cars a month would not go by without heat from the cops.

What do you think? To me it makes sense. Wranglers aren't overly fast, the owners are either soccer moms or into wheeling more than speed, so why would they bother us? Plus wranglers are COOL in most people's eyes, especially modded ones, so it would add up that cops would like them too.

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You should park on the hood of one and see what happens....haha.

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Old 07-14-2013, 01:02 PM   #4
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Put it on 40's, then they'll notice more lol
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Old 07-14-2013, 01:12 PM   #5
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In my experience it makes no difference what you are driving, within reason of course.

It's more about where you are, what time of day it is and your on-road behavior.
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Old 07-14-2013, 01:24 PM   #6
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I have to agree. Sometimes, between mods, I drive around with one or more required safety features deleted; or with an overdue sticker. I never get hassled.
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Old 07-14-2013, 01:46 PM   #7
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In my area, yes. A lot of cops own wranglers. You get far more flak with a civic than a wrangler. I have been pulled over 4 times now (3 in NJ 1 in Colorado) by cops that just wanted to ask me a few questions about my mods. I have been running no front plate on my rig since I got it, and NEVER has a cop even looked at it. When I had my M3, I got pulled over all the time.
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Old 07-14-2013, 01:58 PM   #8
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I asked the same question to a trooper buddy of mine about my tint. I live in VA so it's a little questionable, but that's the way I bought it, I like the way it looks and as a sign of my age, I love how it keeps the sun off of me when I go doors on. He said point blank, yes it is illegal but his and most other officers policy is this: If it's something we would drive, we aren't going to mess with it unless you are being blatantly stupid.
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I asked the same question to a trooper buddy of mine about my tint. I live in VA so it's a little questionable, but that's the way I bought it, I like the way it looks and as a sign of my age, I love how it keeps the sun off of me when I go doors on. He said point blank, yes it is illegal but his and most other officers policy is this: If it's something we would drive, we aren't going to mess with it unless you are being blatantly stupid.
Thats the thing. Sports cars and such put others in danger, so cops generally bust balls for it. Wrangler mods are generally of no danger to the public. They are still slow and you are not going to be a menace with one, so most cops don't really bother you.
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I'd guess yes....at least in the past.

A lot of Wrangler owners seem to be military, LEO, or fire/rescue. But with more of us mall crawlers driving them, I wonder if that will change.
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Old 07-14-2013, 02:14 PM   #11
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Ill agree with this based on my experiences. My dead sticker use to get me pulled over all the time in a ford explorer. I have that same dead sticker slapped on the back of my modded jk and have not been pulled over/ hassled/ heavily tailgated by cops in a long time.

Sometimes I even get random waves from them. One time I brought coffee to a cop that was standing outside in the freezing cold for some kinda traffic thing for a few hours and even though he didn't accept it, he said " lovely jeep",
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Old 07-14-2013, 02:27 PM   #13
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I asked the same question to a trooper buddy of mine about my tint. I live in VA so it's a little questionable, but that's the way I bought it, I like the way it looks and as a sign of my age, I love how it keeps the sun off of me when I go doors on. He said point blank, yes it is illegal but his and most other officers policy is this: If it's something we would drive, we aren't going to mess with it unless you are being blatantly stupid.
LEO here..... This is a very true statement
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I don't know about more slack, but I got pulled over by a DPS Officer a while back. All he wanted to do was look over my Black Rubicon, and ask me some questions about it. He was just getting ready to buy one himself and just wanted to see how well I liked it.
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Thats the thing. Sports cars and such put others in danger, so cops generally bust balls for it. Wrangler mods are generally of no danger to the public. They are still slow and you are not going to be a menace with one, so most cops don't really bother you.
I'll have to disagree. A sports car will probably kill the owner. A lifted wrangler is probably going to kill the other driver. Add to that full steel bumpers that can smash into another car's cabin while the stock bumper's plastic would've crushed and taken the impact outside the cabin, and its clear to see a modded wrangler does become quite dangerous. Especially when compared to a sports car.

The lack of speed, and therefore lack of possible stupid decisions, is what makes wranglers safe.
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I don't know about more slack, but I got pulled over by a DPS Officer a while back. All he wanted to do was look over my Black Rubicon, and ask me some questions about it. He was just getting ready to buy one himself and just wanted to see how well I liked it.
I gotta say, this is the second story like this in this thread alone, and I find that kind of disturbing. I would be pretty irritated if an officer pulled me over just to take a look at my Jeep for his own personal interest. It's cool that he liked your wrangler, but uncool that he forced you to pull over just so he could take a closer gander. .

Don't get me wrong- I like cops. But being pulled over is not fun, creates a road hazard, and is usually pretty inconvenient for the driver as well as the general public/free flow of traffic. If a police officer has reasonable suspicion that you have violated a statute, those minor inconveniences are certainly outweighed by the state's interest in public safety and law enforcement. But pulling over a jeep to have a friendly conversation just strikes me as douchey. If a cop wants to approach me in a parking lot to shoot the shit, I'm all for it. But as soon as he turns those lights on without reasonable suspicion, he is misusing his authority and conducting an illegal seizure. Not cool, IMO.
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My neighbor is a state trooper and drives a nice custom truck, when I brought the wrangler home he came over to admire it and talk about what I was gonna do to it. Like someone else said, lots of LE, firefighters, S&R etc... and are usually blue collar. They probably identify with the drivers much moreso than a guy in suit with a rolex driving an M3, even though the M3 is probably a lot safer car with it's weight, brakes, handling ability and electronics.

I'll also say this, if you're not being a jackass you'll probably be ok in any vehicle. I was a sportbike only commuter in Vegas for 5 years and only got one ticket in that time, for going into a right turn lane to pass a guy in a traffic jam. Minimize your chances and pick your spots to be stupid.
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I'll have to disagree. A sports car will probably kill the owner. A lifted wrangler is probably going to kill the other driver. Add to that full steel bumpers that can smash into another car's cabin while the stock bumper's plastic would've crushed and taken the impact outside the cabin, and its clear to see a modded wrangler does become quite dangerous. Especially when compared to a sports car.

The lack of speed, and therefore lack of possible stupid decisions, is what makes wranglers safe.
The point is the opportunity. A sports car makes it really easy to do stupid things. In a wrangler, you can't do 140 on the highway. You can drift around a turn. Wranglers are generally driven slowly and safetly, which is what the cops care about. They don't pose a threat in terms of behavior. Based on your logic, the most dangerous vehicles would be 18 wheelers, but generally, they don't do stupid things.
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I've driven quite a bit in the U.S.A. (I live in Ontario, Canada) and find the cops very reasonable .. with a Jeep or even in my XKR Jaguar, so I have not noticed a difference between the two.. at least not yet.
In Ontario, the provincial police target and ticket like crazy.. the police costs have been downloaded to the townships and part of the deal with the townships is to cover cost with ticketing.. (this info. via friends that work in the township offices), which is negotiated every year.. And the cops lose their jobs if they don't write enough tickets.. confirmed by friends on the force.
I do believe however that they pay a lot less attention to me in my jeep when I'm pushing the speed tolerance level, which isn't much here with low speed limits, than they do in my Jaguar, so I am extra careful in the Jag... they do swing around and follow me in the Jag.. never in the Jeep .. yet.
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Well I know the local State Trooper here was slightly amused when he responded to my most recent run in with another vehicle. Had a nice chat with him very professional but still he was impressed that I got a 3" scratch and the other car got pretty smashed. It was the other drivers fault.

Most cops seem to be pretty cool in general, typically a fast looking car has a stereotype for going fast, a rice burning bumble bee exhaust tuner car is portrayed as a trouble maker, foreign sports cars gives impression I got money and don't care about a ticket that I will just pay it and go on.
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I'll also say this, if you're not being a jackass you'll probably be ok in any vehicle. I was a sportbike only commuter in Vegas for 5 years and only got one ticket in that time, for going into a right turn lane to pass a guy in a traffic jam. Minimize your chances and pick your spots to be stupid.
I agree with this. When I drove with young reckless abandon I got tickets all the time. Once I couldn't afford insurance and was a ticket away from losing my license I dialed it down. Haven't had a ticket in at least 12 years now. I still speed a little. In the places that it is safe to do so and only at a speed that at worst case scenario I might get a "thumb down" from a passing trooper.

I am also concerned about the posts stating that the only reason that 5-0 flipped on the lights was to check out the jeep. I am sure that is a bit of an exaggeration and maybe you were pulled over for something and dismissed after bsing about the jeep? Otherwise I would also be furious and it would be a definite violation of rights and a stupid move on part of an officer...
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Do those damn speed cameras count? I got a ticket in the mail. On the way to go wheeling to top it off. Damn slow Sun City speed limits.
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Do those damn speed cameras count? I got a ticket in the mail. On the way to go wheeling to top it off. Damn slow Sun City speed limits.
That's heat from bureaucrats , not the cops imo.

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I didnt get pulled over, but when i was getting back in my jeep after lunch today a cop walked over to me and starting asking about my wheels and tires. Never got that with my CR-V with aftermarket wheels and tires but i did get pulled over for going 10 over a couple times in that car.
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I gotta say, this is the second story like this in this thread alone, and I find that kind of disturbing. I would be pretty irritated if an officer pulled me over just to take a look at my Jeep for his own personal interest. It's cool that he liked your wrangler, but uncool that he forced you to pull over just so he could take a closer gander. .

Don't get me wrong- I like cops. But being pulled over is not fun, creates a road hazard, and is usually pretty inconvenient for the driver as well as the general public/free flow of traffic. If a police officer has reasonable suspicion that you have violated a statute, those minor inconveniences are certainly outweighed by the state's interest in public safety and law enforcement. But pulling over a jeep to have a friendly conversation just strikes me as douchey. If a cop wants to approach me in a parking lot to shoot the shit, I'm all for it. But as soon as he turns those lights on without reasonable suspicion, he is misusing his authority and conducting an illegal seizure. Not cool, IMO.
I agree 100% if I am parked in a parking lot and an officer comes up and asks if I have a minute to talk or even if I am at a red light and he pulls up besides me and asks if I have a free minute that is one thing but better believe if I get pulled over just so he can yak I would be upset.
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yeah the cop that was talking to me had just ordered a 14, and wanted to put new wheels and tires on it as soon as he got it. I did not mind at all since i was getting in the car after getting lunch and he just happened to be parked nearby and see me but if he had pulled me over just to ask about my wheels i would not have been amused, or answered any of his questions.
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I got my first speeding ticket in 15 years of owning jeeps just a couple months ago. He tagged me doing 87 in a 65 but cut it down to just 5 over. He did cut me a break but it still cost me 150 bucks.

A few years ago I got stopped in my tj doing 16 over in a town known for ahole cops. When he got beside my jeep he saw my ar15 and a bag full of handguns (I had been shooting) and told me since I was a jeep guy and a gun guy he's give me a pass
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If your police department has quotas it doesn't matter what you drive. Lol.
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My 2 cop stories are:


1) Was driving into a small mountain town here in the Alberta rockies, and we were cold with the top off and hovering by the heat vents. I half stopped at a stop sign coming off the highway (EMPTY road for as far as i could see is why i only slowed to an almost stop), then a little further ahead slowed down for a construction area but kind of was swerving since i was more focused on being glued to the vents. Got pulled over to see if i was under the influence and to bring up the not obey stop sign part, and as soon as i told him about the cold he laughed and wished us a good night without asking for any paperwork or anything (he did ask us to be careful though).

2) driving through another small mountain hamlet a cop had his car on one side and another driver pulled over on the other side. I slowed to a crawl to pass him, and it seemed like he waved me to pass. So i go a bit faster but he kinda jumps out; I figure he was just turning back to his car so i turn a little more to the side away from him and continue slowly ahead; he then sticks his hand out in a short wave motion, so i kinda think he's waving me off so i give it a little more gas to finish going around him. At this point he yells out SO ARE YOU GONNA PULL OVER AND STOP OR WHAT!? I'm thinking ohhhhhhh damn, this guy was doing a check-stop and i just made it look like i was trying to not stop or run around him. I told him I'm sorry, i just did t understand his gestures, and all he did was ASK if i had valid registration and license and let us go on our way.

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