Okay so I have owned my first jeep wrangler for a week now. Its a 2007 Maroon wrangler X 2 door, with the 3 piece hard top, aftermarket 17 inch series 137 eagle alloy wheels, and 32 inch terra grapplers. Ive taken it to some low profile 4 wheeling trails near my apartment, and I couldn't be happier. I have owned some great wheeling rigs, and go through vehicles like a obese person goes through bypasses.
My first true trail rig was a 2001 Dodge ram 4x4 single cab 5 speed with 6 inches of lift, 35 inch discoverer mt, 5.9 v8, and tons of extras. Second trail rig was a 2002 Nissan Xterra, 2 inch suspension lift, 32s, cold air intake. Third trail vehicle was a 2001 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab 4x4. 3 inch suspension, 2 inch body lift, 33 inch mt/r's, cragar soft 8s, cold air. The last vehicle I owned before the new jeep was a 2000 Land Rover Discovery II, completely stock with destination a/ts.
Ive always jumped from vehicle to vehicle, either because I was unsatisfied, ran into huge issues, or simply wanted something else. Call me spoiled, whatever, I have never made more than 40,000 annually, and mommy and daddy never bought me anything. To be honest I think Ive swapped vehicles cause I am always on the search for the best vehicle that I can buy for off roading. I could give two shits about how the vehicle rides on-road because lets face it, todays vehicles are all made for comfort, you can practically fall asleep in any vehicle that is made post 1998, and its hard to base an 4x4 suv or pickup based on on road ride quality. We buy 4x4s because we simply love that feeling of bouncing in the air, steering wheel spinning from side to side, motor roaring, driver and rig vs the earth.
This week I've taken my Wrangler on any back road, rough path, 4 wheeler trail I could find in Fort Smith, AR. I am so impressed by the capabilities of this vehicle so far that I decided to write a bit about how much better it is than everything else Ive owned.
My last vehicle was a 2000 Discovery II, some people argue that these vehicles are the best all around on and off road suv money could buy compared to any year produced of any make. True is that the land rover was fun to drive, completely comfortable, and for a 4 door suv, left you feeling connected to whatever you were driving on.
What it didn't do that the Jeep has done so far.
The First time I took my Discovery II off road and gave it some serious strain, the dash shroud completely broke off, and my rear sunroof fell in, something a 40,000 dollar ride should never see, it also felt extremely rough and choppy at high speeds, and had literally no bounce factor when hitting whooptie whoops at speeds of 10-20 mph.
The Wrangler on the other hand, leaves you feeling confident no matter how skilled you are at off road maneuvers. I drove humvees in the marine corps on two separate tours in Iraq, so I know what a real offroad vehicle is supposed to feel like, and this is the closest I have found yet. The wrangler eats up anything Ive thrown at it so far, and with style. Potholes at 20 mph are eaten up by the plush suspension, climbs up rough and un-even terrain are accomplished in four high, four low is never an option. And bouncing the jeep is probably the most fun I have ever had with no top on at 10-20 mph.
I have yet to do any mild crawling yet, but I assume that it will outdo anything that Ive owned. The dodge and frontier were both extremely capable vehicles that I crawled with, but either had too much power, or not enough for the most extreme situations.
My next goal is to get a mild 2 inch lift, tubular front and rear bumpers with a winch, and a enclosed cai and throttle body spacer.
So far Sooo Good. (I have a feeling I won't be trading this rig in for a VERY, VERY long time, although, I have never owned a Toyota