Originally Posted by LaredoX
I just showed you a post where plenty of people with your same experience said the wk is superior over the wj so where does it end? On paper the wk is better and in the real world it is too end of story
P.S. That new Trailhawk II is amazing!!!
You are still missing the reason as to why the OP started this thread.
DD with lift and off-road capability.
I own a WJ so of course I am slightly biased. (Though I am honestly a diehard Ford fan, but we can start another endless and win-less post about that some other time)
I have friends and have spoken to many people about their WK's who used to own WJ's and 7/10 times they will state the for DD and off road capabilities WJ is takes the cake (Funfetti cake in particular, it is my favorite). Yes, they love the updated interior of the WK a bit more along with a quieter ride, but most find flaws and lack of comfort that their WJ's once had.Top complaints are the lower grade plastic like components and stiff seats. The WK is not nearly as easy, or cheap to modify. The WJ has many options that range from a LA kit for the off-road enthusiast or a simple 2" over spring kit to give it a bit better performance (No need to fix a pinch weld, get new wheels with different offset, or run sketchy wheels spacers like a WK with anything larger than stock tires).. far more options than the WK. IFS is the downfall of the WK for offroad purposes (Please note I am talking form a stock standpoint.. once again STOCK JEEP SUSPENSION COMPONENTS!).. Yes, it does have advantages for comfort, but reliability after lifting it is downfall unless you have serious $ to do it right. STOCK independent front suspension is nothing like what you would see on rigs running down the Baja or in competitions (The Ford Raptor is a different story
). Right out the box just a lift slapped on over the weekend in the garage, a SA will be far more durable than IFS suspension any day. You do not have you worry about exposed CV axles slamming against rocks, and the SFA can handle far more external forces (I noted this because I believe the OP said a women may be driving this
).. there is no way to deny that. Wheeling tears stuff up, if you are looking for reliability to DD, you need to look for what is tough. First thing that pops in my mind is SFA.
I will not even begin to start on the whole longer travel statement that was made. IFS and SFA have COMPLETELY different manners, just do some research.. the longer travel (1"?) means nothing honestly when you are comparing apples to oranges.
Now on to the transfer case talk. 242 transfer case with vari-lock axles is a STOUT set up on a WJ. Yes, the QD-II is nice, but lets be serious and change gears real quick (no pun intended, actually I meant for the pun, I might have even giggled a little when I wrote that)... do you want to have to worry about your elocker freaking out on your IFS front end? I will stick with mechanical operations and the ability to service all axles with basic hand tools. Very easy to fix no matter if you are on the trails or the highway. (I have done this myself in doo-doo mud since my friend decided to run 35's on his stock rear axle in his TJ and impress a girl.. didn't work out too well after he wheel hopped at WOT)
One more thing, lets say gas mileage is starting to become an issue and you would like to look into options to remedy this problem (Damn Jeeps are all as aerodynamic as a loaf of bread). What are you going to do on your WK to fix this so you DD does not run you dry? I know what I will do with my WJ... throw some gears in the front and rear and call it a day. If I cannot do it I can take it to any shop that has a tech with half a brain and get it done.
Sorry for the long post, I was bored and just had a full cup of coffee. Let the WJ bashing and saying how wrong I am continue