Underside / chassis photos of Jeep Gladiator

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    I cannot seem to find anything of the underbelly of this beast. I'd like to see some frame/axle shots, wiring and line routing, maybe driveline & exhaust cohabitation.

    Did I miss a previous posting from the unveil where someone was able to crawl under and get some shots?
     
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    Yes, we crawled under the Gladiator to try to get the best pics possible. Reposting here for easy reference.

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    Also, here's a nice guide put together by Jalopnik.

    Let’s start with the rear suspension, because it’s a bit different than that of the JL. Here’s the five-link Jeep truck rear suspension:

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    Another look at the truck’s control arms from the outside:

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    The Dana 44 axles are essentially the same between the two vehicles, though the control arms, control arm brackets, and spring perches are clearly different, and Jeep told me via email that the JT has added reinforcements to handle trailering loads.

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    Here’s a close look at that axle:

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    And from the front looking down the length of the rear driveshaft:

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    Armor. There’s lots of it. The important chunks of steel are the rock rails for the giant rocker panels (this thing’s got a huge wheelbase) and the skid plates for the long belly. And then there are the metal bars on the rear to protect the big overhangs:

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    Here’s how it ties into the frame:

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    Here’s another angle:

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    Here’s the rear axle and the rear bumper bar together in one shot; the three silver bolts are fasteners for the bar that protects the bedside:

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    As for the front suspension, it looks the same as that of a JL.

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    Much of the front bits is hidden by the belly pan, so here’s a look from the rear:

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    And this is a close up glance at the front axle disconnect shared with the JL:

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    The skid plating under the belly looks thorough. You can see that in this picture, and you can also see the rock rail mounting provisions on the left:

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    The rock rail mounting locations:

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    Below, you’ll see the fuel tank skid on the left, and the transfer case skid on the right:

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    Here’s an up-close view of that transfer case skid. If you peek closely, there’s a single bar that runs under the transmission just in front of the T-case:

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    Looks like it would be very easy to remove these 4 bolts and put in a bumper step instead of this rear rock guard. Just need to wait for an aftermarket company to come out with that. I really wonder why Jeep did not incorporate bumper steps into the corners of the bumper. Would have been so easy to do and no one would have to sacrifice the corner rock guards in order to have some bumper steps. So many manufacturers have bumper steps built into the corners of their bumpers.

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    Hopefully they will extend that slider a few more inches to protect the fender while they are at it.
     
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    Yes that would do the trick too, could be a rock slider and be a bed step as well. Am certain that if Jeep doesn’t do that then several aftermarket companies will offer this. It looks like there’s many aftermarket companies out there that all offer bed steps. It’s a mystery to me why Jeep didn’t just incorporate this into that rear rock slider.
     
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    I'm glad they didn't incorporate a step in to the actual bumper, not a fan of how that looks, but I agree the rocker guard should have doubled as a step. Although, one of the design points Jeep touched on was they intentionally kept the bed lower, to match the body lines from the front. In that case a step wasn't really necessary since it's already more accessible.
     
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    In one of the videos I saw a guy have to take a jump into the bed. If they are not overpriced then I will get one and will wait until some aftermarket company comes up with a bumper step or with a rock guard that will also double as a side step. Should not take too long for aftermarket companies to come out with this.
     
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    Was hoping for this:

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    That is from the Jeep Wrangler concept “Africa” truck. No clue why they didn’t do this on the Gladiator.
     
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    Thanks to all of you for the links and pictures. Totally appreciated!
     
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    Those locking differentials looks tasty although I hope these will be available for purchase separately because Jeep won't offer it on the Sport base model.
     
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    I see no reason that AMP can’t develop a set of slider/steps that may do nothing else but take the existing OE slider and put a motor/hinge at the same mounting points.
     
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