* Posts by MoabMan

2 posts • joined 29 Jan 2016

Sons of IoT: Bikers hack Jeeps in auto theft spree

MoabMan

The Jeep Wrangler probably has the highest proportion of after-market modifications of any car marque globally. In almost every country where the vehicle is sold new or used you will find modified examples.

If a 'JK' Wrangler is running on 37" tyres then any crook will spot it instantly as being special. If the vehicle has been built for rock crawling or expedition use you can assume $2K went on tyres. If it had stronger replacement axles these will be instantly recognizable without having to get under the vehicle. $6K+ per axle is a reasonable starting value. My guess is that the crooks were targeting 'Rubicon' models and any modified Wranglers as the parts will be far more valuable than the base models.

In the UK, the current Jeep Wrangler has to have a factory fitted bonnet lock due to UK insurance 'Thatcham' policies. In most other markets the bonnet/hood does not have a lock and can be opened easily from outside the vehicle. This is an artefact from the WW2 Jeep that is extremely practical when the vehicle is used off road but Jeep really could have put some design time into securing the hood for dual purpose street/off road use. Having to open the hood with a key when you are knee deep in mud or water, or in freezing conditions when the lock has frozen isn't practical.

Land Rover Defender dies: Production finally halted by EU rules

MoabMan

Sad to see another solid axle off roader cease production. No doubt a pretty IFS or IFS&IRS replacement is on its way. It will have marvellous ride characteristics on tarmac and be as useful as their other modern LR models off road.

JLR should be inspired by Land Rover's genesis to design a replacement that makes economic and practical sense for manufacturer and purchaser.

JLR should buy assembled Jeep Wrangler JK/JKU chassis/engine platforms from Chrysler and put a new design defender aluminium body on them. Plants could be setup in USA and Egypt (contracted out) and UK.

The Wrangler platform is already in EU type approved vehicles. It is also used in soft skin military vehicles. Made in more than one modern factory around the world.

Increased volume sales of JK ladder chassis platforms would benefit both Jeep/Chrysler/Fiat and JLR. I doubt that JLR would double Chrysler's platform production, but the volume sales would allow both REAL 4x4 models to remain commercially viable.

The JK Wrangler probably has the best after market for off road performance parts worldwide. Being able to bolt-on all the JK off-road and performance goodies on a new Defender would be a huge advantage for LR customers and specialist vehicle manufacturers.

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