The all-American Jeep is a legendary off-road vehicle. Renowned for their reliability and rock-solid build, Jeeps have been taking Americans on off-road adventures since 1945.
In 1986, Jeep launched the Wrangler, which quickly set the standard for off-roading. The Wrangler is one of the only four-wheel-drive vehicles that can boast solid front and rear axles. One of the benefits of solid axles is that they can be cheaper and easier to “lift” with aftermarket products.
While a Jeep Wrangler JK and a Wrangler JKU look very similar, there are some major differences, including who they perform off-road. When it comes to off-roading, the JK is the clear winner. For one thing, the JKU’s longer wheelbase and heavier weight make it less nimble. Also, the Wrangler JK has a better break-over angle; this means it is more capable of climbing over rocks without high-centering or balancing on a rock with all four tires off the ground.
Fortunately, a Jeep JKU lift kit can solve that issue to a degree. Lifting the Jeep by 2-3 inches gives it that much more clearance, thus, avoiding getting stuck on a rock. This will enable you to take your Jeep Wrangler JKU deeper off-road.
Another thing to consider is an under armor kit for your JKU. When cresting over a rock or a steep grade, the JKU’s longer wheelbase makes it susceptible to dragging its belly. Along with a the best Jeep JKU lift kit, an under armor kit will help keep you and your Jeep safe off-road.