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  1. Buying a JK instead of a JL - Interesting Perspective

    So compared to your JK, did the flatter hood seem like it hindered visibility any over the JK?
  2. Buying a JK instead of a JL - Interesting Perspective

    I'l argue point #2. Based on actual measurements, the JLU's cargo area is functionally smaller than the JKU's. Nearly every dimension on the JLU cargo area is smaller than that of the JKU. Granted though, it's not YUGE differences, but they're there, and depending on your gear it could make a...
  3. Will the 2018 Wrangler receive larger stock brakes?

    Compared to the JK, the JL basically come stock with a "big brake" upgrade. Larger rotors front/rear vs the JK, and the front calipers are now twin-piston. Rubicons and Saharas have larger rotors/calipers than the Sport does, but even the Sport's brakes are still substantially bigger than a JK's.
  4. JL underbelly

    No it doesn't. Yes, the Hard Rock edition bumper has a lower skid plate, that serves to protect the swaybar disconnect motor, but that's not a standard item on a regular Rubicon. A regular Rubicon has a plastic lower valence just like a Sport or Sahara. On a JL you'd need to get the optional...
  5. JL underbelly

    Not as far as skid plates/armor goes.
  6. MT Resale

    Exactly. Get what you want and enjoy it! An MT JL won't loose any more resale value than an auto will, and as a couple of others mentioned it might actually loose less resale as a % of purchase price because while your buyer pool might be [much] smaller, demand in that pool is higher since...
  7. JL underbelly

    Depending on what you're doing, the factory skids are actually pretty decent. Aftermarket skids will be stronger and offer more coverage of course. And depending on what model (ie: Rubicon or Sport/Sahara) someone gets, I'd recommend different starting points for armor (ie: rocker guards if...
  8. For us who want information on the Sport S, Ace Engineering got theirs in

    FWIW, I've had two JKURs and neither had issues with the swaybar disconnect system. Like rcr1340 mentioned, rumor has it that the dealership will be able to disable the axle disconnect system and leave it permanently locked. I wouldn't be surprised if that's something you'll be able to do via a...
  9. What lift kit will you go with for your JL Wrangler?

    The JL Rubicons come stock with the highline flares, so 35s would fit with no need for a lift, unless you just wanted a lift. With a 2" and proper bumpstops on a Rubicon you should be able to run 37s. Sports and Saharas with "regular" flares would likely just need a simple 2" lift to run 35s...
  10. For us who want information on the Sport S, Ace Engineering got theirs in

    Haha, I've honestly never given it that much thought, as far as the shafts spinning in opposite directions, but yeah, I guess they would be. The same basic design was used on the old YJ Wranglers, and early XJ Cherokees. No one was really a fan of it back then, mainly because it was vacuum...
  11. For us who want information on the Sport S, Ace Engineering got theirs in

    Yes, it's automatic when you shift into/out of 4WD. As far as mashing gears together that are already moving, it's no different than engaging your t'case, or engaging your lockers.
  12. For us who want information on the Sport S, Ace Engineering got theirs in

    Yes to all questions. FWIW, the same basic system is used on the RAM HDs, including the Power Wagon, and has been in use for many years.
  13. For us who want information on the Sport S, Ace Engineering got theirs in

    I can confirm that the CAD is also on Sahara models. So yeah, I'd say it's standard across the board.
  14. For us who want information on the Sport S, Ace Engineering got theirs in

    This photo, from back in July, is one of the first to clearly show the CAD housing on the front axle, but this mule is/was a Rubicon.
  15. If you couldn't get a Jeep Wrangler...?

    I'd probably end up with a 4Runner or a Tacoma. Or a Power Wagon, though a PW wouldn't fit all the place I like/want to go. Or maybe a late model 100 Series Land Cruiser if I was buying used.
  16. For us who want information on the Sport S, Ace Engineering got theirs in

    My guess is it's standard across the board. Every spy photo where the front axle housing is visible has a visible CAD housing. It's possible that they were all Rubicon mules, but I think it's more likely that the CAD is standard on all models.
  17. JL Wrangler Unlimited Dimensions Measurements (Cargo, Trunk, Rear Seats)

    Because I was curious I went out and took the same measurements on my 2016 JKUR. See numbers below in red. Pretty much every dimension is smaller on the JLU vs the JKU, with a few being quite a bit smaller on the JLU! The only amount of storage that seems to have actually increased over the JKU...
  18. JL Wrangler Unlimited Dimensions Measurements (Cargo, Trunk, Rear Seats)

    The conflicting info is probably due to the fact that Rubicons come with "highline" type flares that are raised about 2" vs a Sport or Sahara. This is so that you can run 35s on a Rubicon at "stock" suspension height - while the other models with "regular" flares might require a 2" suspension...



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