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Old 08-21-2011, 06:06 PM   #1
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JK or JKU

The last Jeep I owned was a 2006 Rubi. I found it felt very cramped when packing it for trips. I am considering getting the JKU for the added space.

How is the space in the JK compared to the TJ? Is the JKU worth getting for the extra space?

How is the off-roadability of the JKU vs. the JK? Is it just a matter of who is behind the wheel?

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Depends on the terrain as far as off-road capability goes most of the time there is not a difference one way or another...
I prefer the JKU coming from a JK, the added space is nice and small lifts (2-3") are less likely to cause driveshaft issues...
The JKU has better road manners as well, definitely a plus as a DD....
Backseats are less difficult to use obviously...
If you go by the numbers the JKU is outselling the JK by quite a bit...

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Old 08-21-2011, 06:22 PM   #3
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Depends on the terrain as far as off-road capability goes most of the time there is not a difference one way or another...
I prefer the JKU coming from a JK, the added space is nice and small lifts (2-3") are less likely to cause driveshaft issues...
The JKU has better road manners as well, definitely a plus as a DD....
Backseats are less difficult to use obviously...
If you go by the numbers the JKU is outselling the JK by quite a bit...
Very true about the JKU outselling the JK's. I probably see one JK for every five JKU's out here. They are much more practical for people who need more room for kids and junk like that.

If you are worried about space, I would say definitely go for a 4 door. You won't look back and you'll have plenty of room. The 2-door JK has a slightly larger cargo area than TJ's I believe.

That being said, I am completely happy with my 2 door and wouldn't get rid of it for anything.
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Old 08-21-2011, 06:26 PM   #4
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Space in the back is great for my JK, wife and I don't have kids so I took out the back seat. Im just trying to find a rubber mat that fits around the subwoofers. Also, head room is great in my JK and I'm 6'4". It's even better when you take the top off
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Of course the longer wheelbase will reduce the break over angle while offroading and some people don't like the look of them. But it also gives a better ride, more cargo space, seats five legally, and makes back seat access easier. It's really up to the individual what their priorities are.
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Old 08-21-2011, 06:37 PM   #6
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It'd say there's twice as much space, if not more in the JKU compared to a TJ. with the seats folded down I can sleep in the back of my JKU (although I can't stretch out my legs all the way it's still close enough.), I'm 6'
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Of course the longer wheelbase will reduce the break over angle while offroading and some people don't like the look of them. But it also gives a better ride, more cargo space, seats five legally, and makes back seat access easier. It's really up to the individual what their priorities are.

Would one simply need to increase the height to compensate for this vs. the JK going over the same terrain?
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Old 08-21-2011, 07:59 PM   #8
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In my experience i never ever had problems with either breakover or departure angles its the turning radius and its width that sometimes gets you.

JKUs are very capable on or off road so dont worry about that.The longer wheelbase is more helpful than it is a nuisance when off road.Climbing dry waterfalls are a breeze even with an open diff while it requires to be locked front and back for short wheelbase.You do high center more often but thats what good skids are for.
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Old 08-21-2011, 08:29 PM   #9
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Needs and wants. After raising five kids, two teens left in the house- the JK was my goal for a fun toy that could seat my wife and I, a couple of kids... but mostly, it's just me.

So far, I've found it has more than enough room. If I need more space, I might get a trailer hitch and a hitch rack.

I'm used to travelling the country on a motorcycle. To me, this is plenty big.

I consdered the practicality of the JKU, but then I remembered that there are far more practical vehicles, period. Lol

My brain said four door, my gut said two door... ...and my heart says I made the right choice... ...for me.
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If you go by the numbers the JKU is outselling the JK by quite a bit...
Really? What numbers?
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Old 08-22-2011, 05:36 AM   #11
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Good thoughts everyone. Thank you.
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Very true about the JKU outselling the JK's. I probably see one JK for every five JKU's out here. They are much more practical for people who need more room for kids and junk like that.

If you are worried about space, I would say definitely go for a 4 door. You won't look back and you'll have plenty of room. The 2-door JK has a slightly larger cargo area than TJ's I believe.

That being said, I am completely happy with my 2 door and wouldn't get rid of it for anything.
Agreed, recently traded my Tj for a Jk
And on paper-the Jk is not much bigger but it's night and day IMO.
I just installed some seat covers and had my back seat up for the first time- was like
"dam, I could sleep back here".
No comparison to a JKU obviously, but there is a good bit more room then the Tj had.
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I probably see one JK for every five JKU's out here.



Like what has already been said, depending on the people you need to carry with you, the back seat of the JK comes out. Also, get the tow package, and you can mount a little rack back there, or haul a little (or bigger) trailer. There are also roof racks, and strapping annoying loved ones to the spare tire and/or hood.
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I am giving up a much-beloved TJ Rubicon, and the *only* reason is to have enough room for my 3 kids... I only had two kids when I bought the TJ. Now I'm waiting on a new JKU to be born.

Think about family plans before you decide... my TJ isn't quite as much fun when I'm constantly having to leave someone behind for short excursions, and can't plan for a long trip with the entire family at all using the Jeep. I'll miss the SWB that can circle trees and fit in the tightest trails, but I can send the 5 year-old out to spot.
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Really? What numbers?
I thought that I read in one of the 2012 threads that Jeep is building 2 JKU's for every 1 JK that is on the assembly line.
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I thought that I read in one of the 2012 threads that Jeep is building 2 JKU's for every 1 JK that is on the assembly line.
I believe it.

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My JKU is my DD and Offroad/expo rig. Love it.
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My JKU is my DD and Offroad/expo rig. Love it.
I like that door.

Protect the kids from wild animals?
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My JKU is my DD and Offroad/expo rig. Love it.

That is definitely awesome looking and makes the JKU tempting.
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My JKU is my DD and Offroad/expo rig. Love it.

I'd actually love those rear doors, perfect for keeping the pets in, are they aftermarket or home fab'ed?
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I'd actually love those rear doors, perfect for keeping the pets in, are they aftermarket or home fab'ed?
Initially they were warrior product tube doors. Then I had the modified at the local shop (lack of tube bender and welding setup and all).

I may try to sell them. They work great but the wife wasn't sold on them for the kid so they will probably sit in my garbage unused. They keep my Doberman in great.

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