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It’s all relative to what you are used to. This being my 5th wrangler over 4 generations and this one feels so much more refined. It isn’t even fair to compare a JL ride to a YJ or TJ.

You did take a few test drives first, right?
I bought it knowing it was bad. It’s my second f around vehicle.
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I knew a jeep forum would be a little defensive about the subject. But the owners I’ve met in person have all genuinely wondered why it’s so bad. I do live in Montana where every jeep owner is driving gravel roads or rutted snow road regularly so maybe some of you just stick to the concrete more idk?
 

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People forget that the ride quality on the JL is inconsistent. I test drove one that drove horribly, vague steering all over the place. The one I purchased turns out to drive almost as well as my sedan -- including that I can keep it straight in the lane with just my pinky finger, barely having to make any adjustments, at 70 mph. It still blows my mind. My WJ wandered like mad on the highway.

So part of the reason we disagree on ride quality is the factory is giving us unequal Jeeps.
 

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I’ve talked to several other wrangler owners varying from stock, fox, to my metalcloak 6pak setup and then I finally drove a new one at the dealership last week. We all recognize it’s a solid axle and is ideal for crawling but how is it soo bad. I’ve driven vintage land cruisers, scouts, travelalls, these wrangler ride like shit. Have you guys just made peace with it? Obviously im able to just sell, snag something new and move on but genuinely curious how you enthusiasts feel about it.
Mine rides great. While it was in the shop I borrowed an Acura RDX. My Jeep was better.
 
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This isn’t specific to me jeep I’ve riden in a few including driving a new one last week like I said. It’s not that they wander. They’re fine on the highway or smooth streets. It’s that any bump from large to small is jarring to the vehicle. There’s just simply no arguing that for me.
Do you live in areas where you regularly drive gravel and ruts?
 

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I regularly drive on dirt roads, gravel roads, and over all sorts of desert trails with varying size bumps. Mine is not jarring at all. But I have the stock wheels, Rubicon shocks, and my tires are at 32 psi (255/75/17). That all helps.
 

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It's an old school body on frame, solid axle, shortish wheelbase "truck". I think it rides better than it probably should and the engineers did a great job with this architecture.
It's a Jeep, it's my daily and I love driving it.
 

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I admire your ability to ignore how terrible it is. They shutter on road cracks. Speed wobble from sewer covers. It’s almost funny.
It's all subjective. Horses for courses essentially.

The JL platform is an amazing all rounder given I can do a 200 mile trip, rock crawl on pretty gnarly terrain and drive home at 75+mph all in the same vehicle.

My other car is a MB GLS550 and I drive and enjoy the Jeep more.

Again all subjective.
 

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...genuinely curious how you enthusiasts feel about it.
I'm not bothered by the ride quality.

That's no small matter when one lives in Pennsylvania. Montana holds no patent on imperfect road surfaces.
 

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Diddling myself to enjoying my JL's ride quality when people think it sucks is my fetish

Jeep Wrangler JL So do we just ignore how bad the jeeps ride?? Doctor Smile
 
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I went from an old superduty in highschool, to lifted LJ with MT tires, to tiny penalty box toyota, and finally got my JL Sahara this year.

The new JL is far and away the nicest ride quality out of any car I've ever had. Its smooth, composed, quiet, and eats Hawaiian potholes for breakfast.

Compared to a Rav4 or even a 4Runner, sure, it's not at nice. But compared to what I believe the Wranglers REAL competition is - mustangs, miatas, and other enthusiast cars - the ride is just fine.
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