Looks awesome, I just wish the wheelbase wasn’t so long. Kinda feel like that could cause some serious scraping at the bottom. The wheelbase is longer than the 4-door, am I right?
In reality though its meant to compete with things like the Tacoma and Colorado and similar trucks, it doesn't need to do rocks as well as a JL 2 door does the people who want that out of it will buy the 2 door or 4 door not the truck for the same reason they bought them last year over a Tacoma. The people that bought the Tacoma for what it can do weren't necessarily shopping for the 2/4 door JL to replace it, but they might look at this.
That being said, I want one of these, and I like it a lot. I'll consider it as a replacement for my F150 if it doesn't cost more than an F150.
'14 F-150 FX4 (bread and butter)
'11 GTI (wifeys)
'13 MIATA (dumb modified weekend thrasher)
I’ve pulled those boats out with a GMT400 and GMT800 with no problem, every now and then you stick it in 4x4. This thing has to weigh close to as much as a GMT400, if not a bit more.
Out of curiosity, what is your buddy pulling his 7,800Lbs boat out with?
A Malibu 24 MXZ weighs 5,500 Lbs dry, so let’s just say 6,200 coming out of the water. Keep that in mind.
What kind of boat is it, too?
Keep in mind, I’m not saying a vehicle with a 7,800lbs towing capacity would be a comfortable solution for long highway trips with 7,000Lbs behind them. But I am saying it should have no issue pulling it up a boat ramp, or going from the lake house with boat storage to the ramp half a mile down the road.
Or, if you’re really balling with a $180,000 wake boat you have it in storage at the dock, or your private dock on the lake, on a lift and covered. Because the people I know with money aren’t towing their boats to the lake, they park their cars at their house/dock and walk to them.
Obviously it can't tow a boat it's got a pu**y 6 cylinder. Any blue blooded slack jawed yocal knows real trucks have V8s.
I like both the 2 and 4 door Wranglers, so I'm surprised at how blah I feel about this. I know it's what actual new truck buyers want, but to me, something more like the shorty bed Defender 4 door would have been much more gottahaveit.
The Gladiator is more like the D127 and D130 , proportionally. More wheelbase and a lot more rear overhang.
Although, to be fair to Jeep, Americas are fat... any less wheelbase and they would hear complaints about rear legroom and belly room
If I go in the market for a JL, I would get a JLU and do this conversion with the shorter wheelbase. To me, this is perfection
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2016 GTI S 6MT 2door
Front seat to back seat is the same as the Wagon... 20" longer wheelbase than the Wagon.... overall length is about +30" longer than the Wagon... +20" in wheelbase... +10" in rear overhang... 5.5 foot box... 3rd gen Dana 44's... different chassis (beefed up).... Diesel coming... Sport(base)/Rubicon(offroad+)/Overland(lux)... 33" tire on the Rubicon... enough space for a 35" spare... won' take much lift for a 37... bed only about 2' deep... you can stand next to the Rubicon and put your hand flat on the bed floor, so MUCH different than the bulk of the truck market right now with their sky-high bedsides... lots of bed options coming (racks, overland drawer system, etc)... factory tonnau cover options... lots of tie downs...
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It's like the (now crazy priced) FJ40 vs FJ43 Land Cruisers... the 43s have 5" of wheel base and 18" longer body. It's a small enough stretch that it doesn't throw off the proportions but offers a LOT more room for gear and people.
I like a little more wheelbase on the trail, but the Gladiator takes that to the extreme for me, might as well wheel a full size truck at that point.
I fully recognize that the Gladiator is what actual, new midsize truck buyers want. It's not really aimed at me, and that's ok.
2016 GTI S 6MT 2door