Obviously the most extreme trails call for raised jeeps among other things... and naturally it would make sense to have good knowledge where you can and cannot go in the stock rubi.... I love this new one and my 04 went everywhere I needed ... I'll take the time and get used to wheelin' the '12 . I'd venture a guess, especially here in Monterey and Pebble Beach... the raised rubi's are a fashion statement, still much cooler than all the damn Range Rovers takin up space around here.
Mine is still stock. I can take it to about 75% of the trails around here safely. To get to 95%, I'll need 35s. However, I'm fine with avoiding some and learning to wheel on moderate trails. I see a few stock Jeeps when I go wheeling...makes me feel a lot better.
2014 JKU Rubicon- all white with tan leather
LOD front bumper, AEV rear bumper, TeraFlex tire carrier, Shrockworks sliders, Method Standard wheels, 35" MTR Kevlars, Englewood driveshafts, Synergy 3" Lift, Artec truss, Teraflex C-gussets, Grabars, HotHead Liners, MORE dead pedal, Uniden 520 XL, 10lb CO2 tank...
^^ Yup... same here... After a year or two I may want to do the tough stuff and will need to raise and buy more rubber... I may hold off on the extra armor for now as well. I really like the auto sway bar disco and the lockers... I used the front and rear lockers on my 04... many times in deep mud where I'd have been stuck w/out em
Since the dawn of time, man has been cursed with a desire...a need...a physical and moral imperative...to create, to perfect, to revolutionize...to leave his mark...to prove that some aspect of the world is better for him having participated. It was this way with the wheel, the clock, the bridge, the building...and so it is with the Jeep. A stock Jeep is a slap in the face to evolution and man's dominion over all things mechanical. I feel as though I was put on this earth to take a proven, refined, acceptable product...and modify it to the point of uselessness...it's what I do...it's my contribution to society. Please don't cheapen that with talk of stock vehicles...it's bad for America.
^this is why I love this forum and the folks on it. I don't think it could have been said any better.