As some of you know, I have an 05 TJ and an '11 Rubicon...last weekend with the dogs I found a little off road trail off a construction and took the TJ off roading for the first time...I was impressed at how it just went right over any of the obstacles in front of it, it handled very nicely, bumpy ride but no issues. This morning I took the Rubicon to the same trail...and oh my. Talk about a difference. Not only was the ride way smoother, but it's like it didn't even know it was off road. I put it in 4L and decided to climb the side of the hill which was all rock and about 45 degrees up, lined it up straight, eased off the clutch and damn, before i knew it I was sitting on top of the hill in the woods....slowly backed it back down and got out to take a look at what I just did. I went through mud, ruts, up and down hill, up the rock hill, over tall dirt humps, and it was yawning the whole time, almost like, dude, is this all you got for me today
I had a grin on my face from ear to ear, and nothing I saw and went over even phased it. I wouldn't try going up that hill in the TJ, but I have to say, comparing the two, it's not even a contest.
get in--buckle up--hang on
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There is a lot more to it than just the different tires and gear ratios. The control arm lengths are different, suspension geometry is different, steering geometry is different, and the JK is 4" wider and also longer than the TJ. I've had five TJs, with three sport models, one AEV extended wheelbase model, and one Rubicon; and I've owned two JKs, with both a two door and a four door. Stock vs stock, no contest the JK works better both on road and off road. Modified vs modified, no contest the JK works better both on road and off road. Chrysler did improve the Jeep when they made the JK.
2014 Wrangler Sport: Teraflex 3" suspension lift, Fox 2.0 reservoir shocks, Tom Wood 1350 driveshafts, Dynatrac Dana 60s w/ 4.56 gears and Eaton electric lockers, Warn front locking hubs, Currie Anti-rock front swaybar, Fox ATS, 35" Toyo MTs on 17x8.5 Fuel Anza's, Poison Spyder bumpers and rocker guards, Warn M8000s winch, Teraflex tailgate hinge & spare tire carrier