The Jeep Wrangler JK: Tried and True

The Jeep Wrangler JK: Tried and True

With over a decade of production, the Jeep Wrangler JK has garnered a loyal following of borderline fanatical drivers. With extensive aftermarket support and unparalleled performance, the Jeep Wrangler JK has proven itself from the trails of the Moab desert to mountain and backwoods trails worldwide. The 2018 model year marks the end of an era, with the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JK likely marking the final JK produced due to the advent of the Jeep Wrangler JL. However, the Jeep Wrangler JK will likely continue to dominate roads and trails nationwide as both new and used Jeep Wrangler JKs further amend their legacy with years of unrelenting performance.

What Makes Jeep Wranglers So Capable?

While Jeep brand vehicles are recognized as uniquely capable off-road worldwide, few drivers understand what mechanically gives Jeep Wranglers their edge for off-road performance. Here's a few features that contribute to their dominance:

Body-on-Frame Construction

While similarly-sized SUVs sport a unibody construction, where the body of the vehicle is one continuous unit to which all other features are fitted (including the drivetrain), a body-on-frame construction utilizes a high-strength steel frame to which the powertrain is mounted, with the body bolted on top. This results in superior durability and strength, as opposed to the lighter yet weaker unibody construction typically not suited for strenuous off-road application.

Solid Axles and Four-Wheel Drive

While other vehicles offer all-wheel drive, the Jeep Wrangler comes equipped with two solid axles and a four-wheel drive system. When selecting the Rubicon trim level, these axles come equipped with a differential locker as standard. Lower trims, while not fitted from the factory with differential lockers, can find aftermarket locking differentials easily to perform the upgrade themselves or by a reputable mechanic. Locking differentials allow for true four-wheel drive, even when not all wheels have traction--a feature absolutely crucial when venturing off-road, and almost always absent from most competing brands.

Cunningham Chrysler of Edinboro: Your Stop for the Jeep Wrangler JK

While the aforementioned features hardly scratch the surface of why the Jeep Wrangler JK remains a mainstay of the off-road community, and an icon of the American automotive industry, Cunningham Chrysler of Edinboro's exemplary sales staff are fully-equipped and excited to answer any questions and continue to inform you about this legendary vehicle. Stop by our dealership today to learn more about the unrelenting capability of the Jeep Wrangler JK, or give us a call to schedule a test drive today!

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