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Old 06-10-2019, 06:06 PM
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What FCA got right going from the JK to the JL

New JT owner here coming from a 16 JKURHR. The JT is pretty much a JL with a box so I put this here.

Having spent a lot of time in the JK forums I know most of the gripes folks had with the platform. Now as a new JT owner some of the things I've noticed so far.
#1 Better hood latches ( you all know this already tho)

#2 Grab handles on the 'A' pillar ( some may gripe because they wanted to mount switches there which brings us to # 3)

#3 Auxiliary switches from the factory. ( big plus in my eyes)

#4 Audio can be programed to go back to the last state on start-up ( Again a big plus here.

What else have you found that they got right with this platform?

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- LED lights option which makes ALL lights LED and Mike I add great ones.
- Tow package with the AUX switches Amazing. Anyone who ever wired aftermarket options knows what a PIA that can be.
- Rear head rests that flip down
- Mopar mats with drain holes straight thru genius.
- 8 speed tranny
- 33's stock. Run 35's love the D44's and the width of the axles.
- ergonomics in general switches, dimmable footwell lights.
- the Alpine stereo if chosen. Sub back on the side. Floor storage is back.
- love my hood, I have the steel bumpers they are improved.
- Brakes.
- Stuff you lift lighter. Stuff that needed to be - stronger.
- FT latches better.


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The doors:
Door detents.
Lighter doors and longer top pin makes aligning and reinstalling a breeze.
Built in handle for easy removal.

Hugely improved soft top and windows.
Painted frame looks so much better than the wrapped JK.
On Rubicon the high lifted fenders and 33’s with much better stock rubber.
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Living in AZ with 2 kids....the rear A/C vents!!
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Not having a JK before but having driven one, the ride is way better. Overall feels more solid. About the LED lights...they are extremely bright ...Love em. My Sahara Unlimited is surprisingly quiet....not thats what I bought it for😁 Rear ac vents for grandkids...
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The ride is much better, mostly because of the longer wheelbase.

Instument cluster was brought up to 2020 and so is the radio with aple carplay and android auto.

The flap that covers the gap between the rear seats and floor with seat are folded down.

Rearview camera is one of the best out there.

Hardtop front panels are so much lighter that they can be miticulously manipulated therefore much easier to put on and off.

The power..... my Sahara is much more powerful and quicker off the line than my JKU Rubicon was.

The steering is much more precise.


Tons more but I'll let others chime in.

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Living in AZ with 2 kids....the rear A/C vents!!
I didn't know this (not the living in AZ with 2 kids bit...the rear AC vents). Is that stock across the board? I imagine so....and that is nice for my 2 rug rats
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Dumb details, like a boot on the shifter, or dropping a turbo in the return of the 4-banger
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The whole thing. Every change made over the JK.
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I didn't know this (not the living in AZ with 2 kids bit...the rear AC vents). Is that stock across the board? I imagine so....and that is nice for my 2 rug rats
Yup, standard across the board. So nice!
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Yup, standard across the board. So nice!
Then that's the justification I will use to get a new JLU!
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And look under the driver and passenger seats....there are heater ducts under there on my Sahara for the rear passengers....I have the 8.4 Uconnect and found out I can adjust temperature using voice commands😁 Drove 200 miles on the Natchez Trace Pkwy. I pulled the freedom tops, tuned to some Jazz on XM set the cruise on 50....got 27.5 mpg V6😎 absolutely wonderful ride.
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Having spent a few days with a JLUS rental, I have to admit, going back to my JKUR kind of sucked. They really did a great job on the JL.
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Having spent a few days with a JLUS rental, I have to admit, going back to my JKUR kind of sucked. They really did a great job on the JL.
I hear you can buy one!
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I hear you can buy one!
Can get a pretty good deal on one too I hear!

I'll be sticking with the JKUR though, warranty is up and I can start ripping out all the nanny bullshit they put in it!
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Can get a pretty good deal on one too I hear!

I'll be sticking with the JKUR though, warranty is up and I can start ripping out all the nanny bullshit they put in it!
There is that.... Freedom "IS" being able to do what you want when and how you want....
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This thread will make me sell my jeep to get the JL lol....
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Maybe so, but reading all the problem threads on another site (loose/erratic steering, engine issues, other stuff) gives me pause. That and I feel like I'm too lazy to bother with dealers atm lol.
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Maybe so, but reading all the problem threads on another site (loose/erratic steering, engine issues, other stuff) gives me pause. That and I feel like I'm too lazy to bother with dealers atm lol.
Now you're making me changed my mind lol....
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Now you're making me changed my mind lol....
Whew I wish the gals with tight sweaters were so easily swayed back when I was single....

IF they offered me my beloved JKURHR back instead of my JLUR - I wouldn't take it.
Not sure how much clearer a message I could deliver would be and that JKUR had a "Tight sweater"

I had to say excuse me last night outside an ice cream establishment to get back to my Jeep....
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I'm just kidding man, but I'm not going to sell my jeep or trade in for the JL. However, one day I will get it. We're all the jeep lovers, even though my jeep has some issues, but I'm still loving it. This is the only vehicle that I keep it that long. Peace....
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Same as the OP JKU to JT. Ride is way better. Feels more solidly built.
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Maybe so, but reading all the problem threads on another site (loose/erratic steering, engine issues, other stuff) gives me pause. That and I feel like I'm too lazy to bother with dealers atm lol.

It's amazing how the JK was a flawless design with no problems and the JL is just a pile of junk isn't it? The JK forums are filled with nothing but praise whereas every JL or JT I've seen is broken down or in the shop.

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stock soft top on the JL is great.

i had a2013 JK fir a bit, this JL tops it in every single way
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It's amazing how the JK was a flawless design with no problems and the JL is just a pile of junk isn't it? The JK forums are filled with nothing but praise whereas every JL or JT I've seen is broken down or in the shop.

/s

Phew. I didn't see that /s and was going to ask if you were being sarcastic or not lol.



Nah, I know they make a lot of Jeeps, and most of them are probably fine. It applies to the JKs too. Most of them are fine. Some people have head problems or whatever.

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