Is it weird or a compliment if someone made the exact same Gladiator as me?

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There’s someone in Raleigh that completely copied me. It’s really weird. I’ve passed him a few times he won’t wave. A Sting Gray Overland like mine with the exactly the same options (fully loaded minus body colored hard top), same tires, tint, Rubicon shocks, Mopar black tubular side steps, blacked out emblems, Mopar bed cover, and 20% window tint. I knew it was pretty damn similar, but I saw it parked at the grocery store (Harris Teeter off Creedmore) and it’s exactly the same. Even my fiancée said, and I quote, “What in the actual fuck?”. I don’t know if I should be creeped out or take it as a compliment. The exact same brand and size tire was really weird too. It’s nit lien they are BFG A/Ts or something. The same 275/70/18 Dueler A/T Revos on stock overland wheels.

Edit: it’s not that common of a build either, I had to search for mine. It was a dealer locate. I only know of one similar one on dealer lots, but it was a soft top and I know who bought it. We work for the same company I see it every day.



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Maybe he ordered his first
Exactly what I was thinking. He wonders about that weird guy who has exactly copied his rig and has even posted a comment about it on a Gladiator group somewhere on the internet.

Just kidding of course. I took my friend of many decades on his first ever Jeep adventure many years ago. In Moab. And he fell in love with the experience. A life-long Chevy man, he kept saying, "Gosh, Mark, my truck could never do stuff like this!" He liked it so much that the next year he ordered a 2012 Wrangler (mine is a 2007--so that's a different engine and interior, in case you're not familiar, and the paint chip on the brochure for Black Forest Green back then made it look exactly like my Jeep Green, which it isn't really at all like). He started off building it exactly like mine. Shrockworks bumpers, rock rails, etc, etc. But eventually the builds did diverge, mostly because new products became available that he preferred. Still, when seen side-by-side, we're pretty close looking. I take it as his confidence in my choices for mods. And we still consult frequently on that. Just yesterday, spent an hour going over possible rock rails for his Gladiator build--which is Punk'N vice the Gobi of mine. ;-)

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Did y’all miss the point about all the things I added that are exactly the same? It’s not the way the Jeep was ordered, it’s all the changes I’ve done that have been copied on the exact same build Jeep.
 

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Did y’all miss the point about all the things I added that are exactly the same? It’s not the way the Jeep was ordered, it’s all the changes I’ve done that have been copied on the exact same build Jeep.
Yeah, I would say it is odd, but given all of the options you can get for Jeeps, maybe they really like what you have done and decided to go with that vs ordering things and not liking them. Especially since most things aren’t easy to buy, try, and decide if you like them.
 

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Did y’all miss the point about all the things I added that are exactly the same? It’s not the way the Jeep was ordered, it’s all the changes I’ve done that have been copied on the exact same build Jeep.
What do they say about imitation and flattery.

If he wanted to copy you he would have got the same top.
 

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So someone else has popular aftermarket options as you and you think.....what exactly? that this guy is a stalker or somehow trying to imitate you? Are you mad that your jeep is not unique?
 

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But the reality is it's you. What you are seeing is a small tear in the multiverse and this is a different you. But still you end up with the same rig.

Meanwhile he's commenting on www.gladiatorjeepforum.com about how:

"there’s someone in Raleigh that completely ripped me off. It’s really strange. I’ve passed him a few times and all he does is stare. A Sting Gray Overland just like I ordered with what look like the same options, body colored flares with the base hardtop, same tires, tint, Rubicon shocks, Mopar black tubular side steps, blacked out emblems, Mopar bed cover, and 20% window tint. I thought it was just similar but then I found it in a parking lot (over by Creedmore the Harris Teeter) and it looks exactly the same. My wife was shocked the first time she saw it, thought I was just talking crazy. Should I be bothered by this? Should I be flattered? It's not like it's a fluke, he even bought the same wheels and tires as me. Dueler A/T Revos in 275/70/18 on stock overland wheels aren't like BFG A/T's on Fuel wheels, everyone has those."

One can only hope that the rift will heal before the obligate carnivore cows and cats that bark make their way through.
 

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Ok, so......

Who here hasn't looked at a mod on another Jeep and thought "damn that looks good I may change things up and go that route" ??

OP, I'd take it as a compliment unless he starts stalking you....
 

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Did y’all miss the point about all the things I added that are exactly the same? It’s not the way the Jeep was ordered, it’s all the changes I’ve done that have been copied on the exact same build Jeep.
Nothing creepy going on here, just your friendly neighborhood stalker! :LOL:
 

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