Jeep: The practical choice! - Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > JK Jeep Wrangler Forum > JK General Discussion Forum

Join Wrangler Forum Today

Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on
Old 08-15-2014, 05:40 PM   #1
Rack Ops's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 191
Jeep: The practical choice!

2 years ago, I was in a bind. I needed a new vehicle, badly. My 13 year old S-10 was on the verge of giving up the ghost, and I had a new baby at home.

I began feverishly searching for a replacement vehicle.

Chevy quit making the S-10 a long time ago, so any model loyalty was gone.....besides, I needed something with a backseat for my kid. I hated putting him up in the front passenger seat, even with the airbag disabled....but I've always hated the "feel" of full-size truck too, so that option was out the window too.

I started looking at crossover SUVs, but never was really comfortable with the "utility" of them. Most all seemed to be cars with slightly different exteriors. My S-10 had always been a "go wherever I want" vehicle, and I didn't want to give that up.

Then I started looking at Wranglers......a brand I had previously dismissed as a "weekend toy": something more akin to a motorcycle than a dedicated family/work vehicle.

Finances weren't where I needed to be, so I had to wait a whole model year before I pulled the the meantime I joined this forum and started putting together a wish list of things I was going to do to "make it mine".

When I told people I factory ordered a new Jeep, they all thought I had purchased a tricked-out ride with leather, custom wheels, and all the bells and one could figure out why I'd order something that was basically stock (my upgrades: A/C, Auto, 3.73 gears, Hardtop). It was as practical as I could make it, IMO. My one concession to style was choosing the 2dr over the 4dr.....I much prefer the look of the JK over the JKU.

I received it this time last year.....and spent the rest of summer and fall cruising the roads with the top off. When winter hit, my Jeep took me everywhere I wanted to go, even with the widely hated stock 225s. My kid's daycare parking lot looked like a Jeep seemed like they were the only vehicles that people were driving around.

I was one of the few people that didn't have any difficulty making it to work during one of the worst winters anyone could remember. Jeep likes to call the Wrangler "the official vehicle of summer" but as far as I'm concerned, it's got a strong claim to the "official vehicle of winter" too.

I've got a ride that can cruise with convertibles, trail ride with 4x4s, and haul a couple kids and a load of groceries (although admittedly it's difficult to do both sometimes). I picked the automatic so it would be a friendlier drive for the wife, and she loves it so much I'm expecting her to roll into the driveway with one of her own any day.

Are there better offroad rigs (including modded JKs)? yeah
Are there better commuter cars? yeah
Are there more idiot proof winter drivers? yes
Are there better grocery getters? Absolutely
Are there "funner" cars to drive......maybe

Is there anything that can do all of these things as well as a bone-stock jk? I don't think so.

My JK is a swiss-army knife on wheels....and was the practical choice for me.

Rack Ops is offline   Quote
Old 08-15-2014, 06:21 PM   #2
HRPinDC's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 889
Amen brother!

'13 JKUR, Billet
'88 YJ w/ 4" lift and 33's - Gone but not forgotten
HRPinDC is offline   Quote
Old 08-15-2014, 06:23 PM   #3
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 1,489
Bent jeep is offline   Quote
Old 08-15-2014, 06:41 PM   #4
Supporting Member

5-Year WF Supporting Member
RubiconSS's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Pocono Mountains of N/E Pa, in the Woods
Posts: 4,160
Nicely Done. I don't usually read long posts but, nicely done.
RubiconSS is offline   Quote
Old 08-15-2014, 06:49 PM   #5
Cozmik's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Kitchener
Posts: 429
Enjoy it for what it is, which is exactly what you seem to be doing! Cheers!
Cozmik is offline   Quote
Old 08-15-2014, 07:31 PM   #6
Rack Ops's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 191
I didn't intend for that post to be so long winded. The original post was just the last couple of paragraphs, but I felt like I needed to lay out my position better.

I've never been a "car guy" by any stretch of the imagination.....but I LOVE my JK. I like how it rides, I like how it handles, I even like the spartan interior.
Rack Ops is offline   Quote
Old 08-15-2014, 08:21 PM   #7
American Jeeper's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Kansas
Posts: 447
Great writeup! If I didn't already have a JK, I'd be sold!
American Jeeper is offline   Quote
Old 08-15-2014, 08:30 PM   #8

WF Supporting Member
Gord P's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Ottawa Canada
Posts: 1,028
Well said. I can't imagine driving another vehicle now.
2012 JKU Sahara - Black
Mod List (in order of appearance):
Reversed cargo mat- beer stays put now
Jeep logo fuel filler door
285/70/17 Duratracs on Ruffino Helix wheels
Gord P is offline   Quote
Old 08-15-2014, 10:53 PM   #9
marslim's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Alberta
Posts: 1,757
Very well said! The jeep lifestyle is a very unique one!
"Opinions are like like a**holes everyone has one"
2012 jk 6sp
35" Hankook MT's, 2.5" Rock Krawler max travel, Rancho 9000's, bushwacker flatties, F&R Rubi Dana 44's w RCV's, chromoly shafts, 5.13 gears, AEV snorkel, Spod, Ace sliders & rear bumper, skid plates, Fab fours diff covers, RR front bumper, Q9000s winch
marslim is offline   Quote
Old 08-15-2014, 11:11 PM   #10
Jeepalicious's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Pine Barrens
Posts: 697
Lol - great post! I'm still not sold that Jeep is the most "practical" choice BUT it is certainly well-rounded & the best fit for me for all the reasons you so eloquently listed (2 kids & a need for carrying sports gear = 4dr for me). Kudos!
"Chance favors the prepared mind." (Hence the Jeep)
Jeepalicious is offline   Quote
Old 08-15-2014, 11:31 PM   #11
Max Sartin's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Posts: 301
Incredibly well said. So right about it being as much fun in the winter as it is in the summer.
2014 JK Sport
Manual Transmission
Air & Hardtop only options
Max Sartin is offline   Quote
Old 08-15-2014, 11:54 PM   #12
bluedevil1's Avatar
Join Date: May 2013
Location: WA
Posts: 1,021
Absolutely spot on! Great stuff Rack Ops!
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
- Frost
bluedevil1 is online now   Quote
Old 08-16-2014, 06:17 AM   #13
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Loveland, OH + Franklin NC.
Posts: 139
And I can park my JK & Motorcycle in the same space that the F150 took up in my garage. Gotta love those open air vehicles.

Mr Bill is offline   Quote

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Download our Mobile App

» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:17 AM.

User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2015 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC. is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC