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I hate to say it... but the WK2 is for yuppies. Every single WK2 SRT8 driver i've met (with a few exceptions, of course) are guys who DD them while they save their expensive sports car for weekends. They buy the vapor edition, think it's pimp, and never lift the hood.

That's my .02.... I'm sure I'm probably going to catch flack, but.... meh
Heck yeah you are going to catch flack! I took offense... I'm a 30 year old engineer that has this great truck as a DD and no secondary vehicle besides the wife's. Maybe i'm in the minority... I do agree however that at the price point of the WK2 SRT I have been a bit more hesitant with my modifications compared to other vehicles. So this really may come down to a financial or vehicle class issue.
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Re: little disappointment with my Jeep SRT family

Man, I must think way different.... I hardly think of WK2 SRT owners as yuppies. I dont know any other WK2 SRt owners personally but I do know WK1 owners. Im a guy who knows what he wants and when I go to a dealership I already know what Im ordering. Im not one to get pitched by a donk sales man. Im a regular guy, not stuck up or a yuppy of any sort. I dont consider myself rich by any means but Ive planned financially and this truck is the only debt I have at the moment so thats why I wanted to buy it. I know its probably not the best vehicle but YOLO! Screw it, i dont mind paying extra for gas to have the power of this beast!
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Re: little disappointment with my Jeep SRT family

1. 2008. we still have not recovered. Things are NOT THE SAME Scott economy wise.
2. Price point of vehicle.
3. make it right. Not everyone has a body shop they can trust to paint so there is that risk......spend a few grand and it looks like crapola.
4. the lousy dealer network.
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I hate that this thread had to go off tangent to the type of people WK2 SRT owners are but I think it will still answer the aftermarket question as well.
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I agree...I know most of the wk2 srt guys on here and none are yuppies. We work factory jobs or semi professional. Most of us have wives with good jobs too which makes it easier to afford. With my current job I started at the bottom as a utility tech for $11 an hour. I live in a town of like 9-10k. I'm a redneck who likes his SRT jeeps....lol
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1. 2008. we still have not recovered. Things are NOT THE SAME Scott economy wise.
2. Price point of vehicle.
3. make it right. Not everyone has a body shop they can trust to paint so there is that risk......spend a few grand and it looks like crapola.
4. the lousy dealer network.
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Re: little disappointment with my Jeep SRT family

Here is my longer reply and my personal situation/feelings.

While there may be a lot of "yuppie" srt owners out there there are also many true enthusiast as well (pretty much everyone on this great forum I would assume).

I have always been a fan of the SRT Jeep starting with the 06. Always wanted one just couldn't swing it financially... Fast forward to the present. I am 28, working in a professional engineering environment, making what I consider decent money. I wanted a vehicle that I could go to customer's sites without them thinking I made way to much money and didn't want to buy my companies products, had the tech/lux features to use it as a DD for my 40 mile (one way) commute, (WK1 was out at this point) had a decent reliability track record (since it was a DD) and was still fun/sporty and had some cargo capacity and AWD. After factoring all of this in the SRT was the obvious choice....

Now on to my modding situation. I have always been a heavy "modder" since I was 15 with my first car. On the SRT I have done a few minor things, Bwoody CAI, black ops carbon diffuser, ext. The reason that I have not done more is two (well 3) fold.

1) Because of the point of entry price of the vehicle I am not comfortable financially dropping even more $$ into the car until it is paid off (or closer to paid off) even though I did put a pretty significant amount down my monthly payment is not cheap and I just can't justify spending that much money on a vehicle.

2) I am borderline OCD and because of the cost of the vehicle and the cost of the mods on the market I expect a lot. The two examples I can give are the B-woody and the CF lip from Chad. The lip was awesome, I was totally impressed, however the painter did an adequate but not perfect job painting it so I am reluctant to go down that path again. Yes, i'm sure there are other painters out there but I don't' want to spend the $$ to trial and error and find them and spending more than I did to get a small piece painted seems insane. B woody intake --- At the price point of this system it should be better designed, main things being the washer bottle, mounting bracket, and wiring harness. I may be bias because I am an engineer but I ended up scrapping their wiring harness, and washer bottle "solution" and made my own for less than 1/2 of what they charge... That left a "bad taste in my mouth". I do understand the small volume aspect of it at a business level but if I can do it on the weekend in single quantity for 1/2 the price.

3) the fact that I can look back and see how much money I have spend on vehicles and being at a point in my life where I can see that money doing more useful things, and I just want a nice car that meets my requirements (above) and I don't have to worry about when/if the mods will mess something up or my dealer will pitch a fit when I take it in for warranty work, ext. Also with the complexity of the electronics I am a little Leary to get to deep into things like the tuning which still seems to have some un resolved issues.

As the platform develops I can for sure see myself continuing to mod but it will be much more slowly and probably in a different way than I would of 5 years ago and/or if the vehicle cost 1/2 of what it did.

Disclaimer --- This is all my personal opinions are in no way intended to upset or offend anyone.
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Re: little disappointment with my Jeep SRT family

Here's my situation: I bought the Jeep after attending an SRT track experience and loving the way it all "worked" in stock form.
A little background on myself: on several forums I used to frequent, my signature pic was "Modfather". You can be assured that I earned that title, having modded and help mod several vehicles.
For a lot of vehicles stock can always be improved upon, either for pure power or for personalization. Especially if it's a vehicle that you seem to pass on ever corner, it becomes a way of identifying yours from everyone else's.
I've never passed another SRT Jeep in the area I live, heck, I took it down to the Daytona 24 hour race and hung out with the SRT folks, mine was the only Jeep in the group. Can't get more unique than that.
I have other "toys" that I modify, and still think (shy of a nice exhaust system) the Jeep is just about perfect the way SRT made it.
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Re: little disappointment with my Jeep SRT family

i mod every car. for the jeep it will be springs, control arms, wheels, tires all bought from a supporting vendor.

At this point in my life I'm done with power mods the jeep is fast enough. (i'm 38).

I don't really do body kits. I would like a black ops front lip but would end up destroying it on something. hoods meh the factory one is fine.
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ok so, lets just return to the main subjects of supporting the market and the sponsors

well, im a man who owned this car with hard work money and wud definitely hate putting cheap quality on my vehicles.

i wouldnt go deep here, but come on... borla's are the only reasonable priced exhausts in the market for the wk2. other than the 2 grands + systems... i mean seriously?
what happened to the mid class exhaust and the piping shops that used to make those exhausts for way cheap?!

building on that... the bwoody system is THE ONLY TRU air system in the market!!! and it is of poor quality, the brackets broke on me 4 times and its hard to weld and maintain and clean regularly, and honestly its a hassle. moreover, u cant expect to pay that amount on the system and get those pieces with no instructions and a tank which ruptured twice on me and i still have to duck tape it once in a while << sad. (all sacrafices for the tru air system.

mods available in the market are way expensy, no competition on the same product whatsoever !!!!!!!!<<<<< main point

im one of the wk2 guys who lifts the hood for once in a while, and would like to c some vendors who are encouraged to put their products on the line and need i remind them that its all about risk and how to metigate those risks!

i would have loved to c variances of hoods instead of only one in the market for the jeep!

the dodge charger has at least 4 different hoods and we only have one.

since the 2012-2013 changed to 2014, y cudnt we see custom headlights sets from vendors?

i would have loved to see different head lights for the 12's rear...

in comparison to wk1, wk2 is having 5 percent of goods for sale unlike the wk1 which has alot of customizing options in the market.

wk1 has many turbo kits and many superchargers kits
wk2 has so far one custom turbo kit that i have seen so far, and one supercharger build which they are still testing!!

just an opinion
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Re: little disappointment with my Jeep SRT family

I can give you guys my Canadian perspective and personal opinion. I believe there are quite a few factors that some Canadians take into mind when they are decide what mods if any to do to their SRT's. Some factors do not affect others as much. Please keep in mind I do not live in a population dense area so some factors may not affect everyone in Canada as much as me.

First off, as mentioned earlier, a fully loaded 2014 wk2 retails for close to $76,000 up here. Where I live it is fairly spreadout population which even makes it harder to find one of these for the $76,000 and in fact most dealers try to mark them up to $80-85,000. This factor in itself puts a lot of people in the mindset that I just paid 80 grand for a jeep, I am not willing to put more money into mods. Forgot to mention there is a minimum of 10% Sales Tax added to the $76,000.

Second, in my case, it is very hard to find a dealership that is mod friendly. In Canada it is very easy for a dealership to deny warranty claims and we do not have the same tools in place to fight denials of warranty. I have 4 dealers within 200 km of myself and all 4 specifically look for things to try and deny warranty claims.(very frustrating actually)

Third, most of the aftermarket parts have to come up from the states and that also makes it very expensive. For example, my Borla S came out to a total of $1,600 installed, once brokerage fees, shipping fees, and exchange rates were added.

Personally, I enjoy making something my own and I was 100% onboard to start modding my wk2 despite all the above mentioned factors. What changed for me was I got a really good deal on a 2013 392 Challenger and my focused has now switched to modding that.

It has also been my personal experience that anyone in my particular part of the country does not understand what they have when they buy the wk2 SRT. In the past few years there has been a decent increase of wealth/incomes in my area and people are buying the mose expensive vehicles that they can just to say they have it. This is probably why dealers are marking up specialty vehicles.

*Disclaimer. This applies for my particluar part of Canada, this may not be the case in other parts of Canada, but probably not far off.
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