I think it looks ok. I think they need younger engineers as well working on the designs. That guy was about 50 and the look of the cherokee reflected that,lol. No offense to the older guys just making a point.
But Kyle.... why do you need a solid rear axle? I haven't seen you doing any extreme off roading? A live rear axle is such a poor compromise for a Jeep that spends 99% of it's time on bitumen.
The Jeep WILL ride and handle so much better with an IRS system. I see all good
But i dont care. Ive always owned a vehicle with at least a rear solid axle. Its just simpler. I did not buy my WK for cushy luxury ride i bought it because i wanted something newer, and more modern. I wish the Wk had a solid front axle too.
I am going to be putting WK Bilsteins on it in the spring and Load range E Mud/AT tires. Eventually when its paid off, its going to get lifted too, and the last thing i want to do is deal with 4 wheel independent suspension for lifting, IFS is bad enough.
Jeep is moving away from catering from the off roaders because the number of them are so minimal. It would not make sense for them to cater to that minority of customers. The majority wants the best of both worlds, which is a awesome on road ride with the capability to get them through the winter. And the answer to that is a IFS and IRS.
Yeah, there is a million vehicles that a true off-road enthusiest would chose before a grand cherokee. For real hard core off roading you cant beat live axles front and rear. Full stop.
IFS sucks for off road, we all know that, due to relatively limited wheel travel. But, and here's the key, with the GC and it's awesome locking diffs, it doesn't really matter if the wheels are off the ground, it just locks the diff and moves on.
So, give me independent all round anytime, because I want the massive improvement in ride and handling, with the added benefit of improved diff clearence in deep sandy situations.