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https://jalopnik.com/heres-a-close-look-at-some-of-the-2020-jeep-gladiators-1830765350

Interesting article, some of the pics are a little wonky with telling if its the truck or JL but it looks like the underside is mostly flat and has been thought out a little more than the JK/JL

my dad made the astute observation that the frame is most likely hydro formed like the full size trucks.
🤔... pretty nice platform... any idea on price range?.. all said and done I think I’ll be around 55K with my X build when I’m done with it thinking these things stock are a chunk of change... modded out could easily take you into the 120K range
 

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For general highway and dirt road use, the Gladiator will probably do ok.

For more serious offroad use, the JK and JL platform's low slung belly makes them hard to deal with in the rough stuff. My buddy refers to his as the Turtle because he's usually sitting on the t-case skid with the tires in the air.
 

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For general highway and dirt road use, the Gladiator will probably do ok.

For more serious offroad use, the JK and JL platform's low slung belly makes them hard to deal with in the rough stuff. My buddy refers to his as the Turtle because he's usually sitting on the t-case skid with the tires in the air.
that is one thing I have always noticed about the TJ/JK its like a dam boat hull under it
 

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that is one thing I have always noticed about the TJ/JK its like a dam boat hull under it
That's one big plus that the Xterra/Nissan design has. Sure, the frame may be a bit lower overall, but there is nothing really hanging down exposed in the middle of the vehicles like the wranglers or tacomas (especially the older ones). It kind of reminds me of a pregnant milk cow. For all of the offroad "prowess" those possess, you would think the engineers/designers would be able to figure out a way to minimize exposure of critical drivetrain components that are in a position highly likely to get banged up with any wheeling.
 

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Although if Land rover comes out with a new defender at the same time we will have to compare specs.
And as Land Rover has said this will be available globally and the USA is on the globe. :grin:



https://www.roadandtrack.com/car-culture/a19726898/the-grid-4-10-2018/
https://www.automobilemag.com/news/2019-new-and-future-cars-land-rover-defender/


http://www.autonews.com/article/20180409/OEM04/180409752/next-defender-likely-to-stick-to-boxy-roots?profile=1657
This is a link to a custom defender 130 (inch wheel base)
https://ecdautodesign.com/custom-ecd-d130/

I like the Jeep, but that Land Rover........

Before I jump into anything new, I want to see what Ford is going to do to the Bronco.

Or, maybe I'll just put a flatbed on my old Dodge Ram 1500 and turn it into an Aussie style overlander. It would be a whole lot cheaper.
 

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I personally will never like Jeep or what they put out. I'll get a Titan or a Patrol Flatbed before I would ever think about going to Jeep. Just can't stand the look of them. That said, Jeep does know how to market to their customer base, and I'm sure they will sell plenty of these.
 

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Jeep does know how to market to their customer base, and I'm sure they will sell plenty of these.
If Jeep and Harley ever combined forces it would be truly scary what they could get their customer base to buy. I doubt there would be enough thread on earth for the t-shirt sales alone.
 

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