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- Oct 26, 2011
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I shit you not it happened... I was so set on buying one too, because I’ve always loved the wrangler. The salesman was pretty surprised (he was in the car when it happened). I was on I-94 at 80 mph and hit a pothole or expansion joint. I can’t remember. It was a demo vehicle with about 5k on the clock (new IMO). You can call me a liar or whatever... I don’t care... this is the interwebs after all. Scared the living shit out of me since I didn’t even know about the issue before I test drove one... or how common it was... I was only 22-23 back then... tbh I’m surprised I didn’t wreck it.I didn't notice this post before... did this really happen? My guess is it didn't. Given how people, and lawyers, are in 2020, if this was something that was occurring there would be headlines and soccer moms freaking out. That's not happening, so sorry, I'm going to have to question the validity of the claim.
My point was that you're thinking about your use case, not everyone's use case. You state yourself you have a limited scope of experience there to support the point. It's great that something works for you. Does that mean it works for all?
This thinking persists because it's true. It's not campfire tales. The physics are on the side of the solid axles in many scenarios, well beyond 2% of them by any measure. It's probably more the reverse... IFS "best" for a very low percentage of scenarios, maybe some washboarded fire roads they excel for comfort and control then that's the only place they're the ideal configuration. There isn't a way to design IFS so that it can deliver what a regular old solid axle can do on the trail. IFS is limited in travel and is limited in it's ability to maintain traction off axis. The're really isn't any way to overcome that no matter what you do or how much money you throw at it. You might be able to compromise and get away with it, sure. And yeah maybe some extreme buggy scenario where you have a massive investment in suspension for some niche off road activity it performs well, but baring those edge cases a basic solid axle will be best.
Every time I'm on the trail with a buggy it has a manual, because the only time I have gone out with any of them is in the north east, and that would be the correct tool for the job there. Again, if you like to run an auto and IFS go for it, Nobody is forcing you to change. It's about the option for those that need it and want it. It's about providing options to meet all needs, not just your needs. There is a difference and that is why Ford missed the mark with IFS and limiting manual on the Bronco.
It wasn’t the 2020 model so I can’t comment on that... it was a JK back when they were relatively new...
A driver claims certain Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator models made by Fiat Chrysler are afflicted by the dangerous "death wobble" defect.
Still seems common to me..
Jeep says it now has a fix for the Jeep Wrangler and its “Death Wobble,” a violent shaking of the steering wheel caused by hitting bumps at higher speeds.
Ford not doing a solid front axle design seems like a solid choice to me...