Yes just read your post. I’m green with envy of all the great trails you have over there in the states. It’s a massive country. In the uk we call it green laneing. It’s not a tenth of what you have. over here you can guarantee someone will jump out of a hedge row to moan at you being there and probably call the police. The vehicle of choice over here would be a land rover defender or discovery. They are great vehicles too. Although they rust like you wouldn’t believe noisy, thirsty and drop oil too. I don’t want to be disrespectful to any of you fellas but. The rubicon over here has a on the road ticket for £50k plus, a lot of money in my head I have a hard time squaring the fact that people would drive this expensive vehicle over as you say jeep killing terrain. Don’t get me wrong we do have off road competitions and the such but I think our budgets are a little more conservative. Most spares come from scrap yards and work is done by the owner. Also if I put all this after market stuff on, it would void any warranty that I had. I intend to drive it soon on the continent of Europe and some of these countries wouldn’t let it off the boat if it looked anything more than standard. It’s interesting to hear of all your problems with the JL and perhaps I may have some off them in the future but so far touch wood it’s been great. My favourite YouTube channels is cheeperjeeper and epic family road trip. I think we come from the same mind set and maturity.This loose steering issue has nothing to do with worn service items or damage due to off roading. These vehicles were built for rock crawling, off roading, etc and replacing bushings and ball joints is normal. The symptoms of those worn service items are different than the steering box flex causing loose steering. The new steel gear box flexes much less than the aluminum one and is far less susceptible to heat-related expansion.
Also just in general, in America we've got many experienced companies with a knack for building Jeeps and Jeep parts and we've got trails that would demolish a stock JL. A properly built jeep will perform better on the rocks and can even feel better than a stock configuration on the road. I would imagine there is less of a reason to build too far beyond stock in the UK, but over here we've got, as you see on YouTube, hundreds and hundreds of legendarily difficult trails cut for Jeeps.