Not impossible at all. The original mules were cut and welded JKs that were longer to fit the 8-speed transmission. 9" is easy to imagine there with the other body tweaks they've made. From the very beginning, the spy pics showed us a longer Wrangler.Impossible that the JL is 9" longer than the JK. Just one look at the spy pics and it's clearly obvious the JL/JLU are not 9" longer.