Originally Posted by MasterWK
This has already been said: get a wrangler then. the wk2 is not a hardcore offroad vehicle. its more of a streetjeep than anything else. if you'll be out ATVing and fear a cut tire, then get a wrangler? maybe even a patch kit. this is getting old...
Well, let's start with my ZJ (1997 JGC) ... you'd be quite surprised how capable it is. On the trip I just mentioned, it was the ONLY stock vehicle we saw all day. Everything else had been tricked out somewhat.
We went carefully, but we went through, and in the process we garnered a ton of respect for the JGC that day.
OK - fast forward to 2011 ... fully granting that this is three generations removed ... I think White Choc has the right of it - it's still a very, very capable off-road vehicle.
Will it go everywhere a Wrangler could go? Of course not! But what it WILL do is go several hundred miles to, say, Eastern AZ in much more comfort than a Wrangler could - and then allow me to take some backcountry trails. That's what my current JGC does, and I don't see any reason why the new one shouldn't.
Now... I gotta admit though that for every JGC that's taken to the backcountry, there are probably 20 that never leave the pavement. Because of that, I can see why Jeep had to do what they did with the spare.
The full size spare in my ZJ does sit in the cargo area and takes up a lot of space. I think in the WJ they put it underneath the rear bumper (was it still full size?) but then in the WK they moved it back inside but under the cargo area (White C is that correct?)
As I mentioned, I measured this stuff at the dealer and I have to grudgingly admit that it would be very difficult to make a tray deep enough for a full width spare that could live under the cargo area.
So I grumble
but I guess I understand. I'm certainly going to enjoy the extra space in the cargo area!