Very curious about the typical forum member - why all the modifications?

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I'm just curious, not judging at all. Here, one in five vehicles on the road except pickups is a Jeep product, half of them are Wranglers. Of those, maybe one of 20 is not pure stock, maybe one of 100 has any modification except mild tire/wheel upgrades. I have not seen a Gladiator "in the wild" except purely stock Sports and Sport S. Jeeps are just another vehicle here. Granted the state's roads are 95% unpaved, and we have 24 towns over 20,000 population, but a stock Jeep is just a common source of transportation.

I stumbled on this site trying to figure out a solution for mudflaps, since I can't get to my shop without slinging mud all over the sides, but I've hung out for over a month trying to understand the love and infatuation expressed by the posters here.

By the way, here a truck is over 32,000# gvw. So, tell me about your environment so I can grasp this fan base.





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I'm just curious, not judging at all. Here, one in five vehicles on the road except pickups is a Jeep product, half of them are Wranglers. Of those, maybe one of 20 is not pure stock, maybe one of 100 has any modification except mild tire/wheel upgrades. I have not seen a Gladiator "in the wild" except purely stock Sports and Sport S. Jeeps are just another vehicle here. Granted the state's roads are 95% unpaved, and we have 24 towns over 20,000 population, but a stock Jeep is just a common source of transportation.

I stumbled on this site trying to figure out a solution for mudflaps, since I can't get to my shop without slinging mud all over the sides, but I've hung out for over a month trying to understand the love and infatuation expressed by the posters here.

By the way, here a truck is over 32,000# gvw. So, tell me about your environment so I can grasp this fan base.
You will not " understand the love and infatuation expressed by the posters here" without spending some time in either a Wrangler or a Gladiator.

Rent one for a week or two, or go offroad with someone experienced in it. You won't get it just from reading here.

Honestly, not everyone gets it.
 
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You will not " understand the love and infatuation expressed by the posters here" without spending some time in either a Wrangler or a Gladiator.

Rent one for a week or two, or go offroad with someone experienced in it. You won't get it just from reading here.

Honestly, not everyone gets it.
 

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This is my fourth Jeep.....I get it.
I am flummoxed.

Forgive my post and ignore me. I don't understand what you asked, but I don't have to either. I am sure someone else on here will chime in.
 

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I'm just curious, not judging at all. Here, one in five vehicles on the road except pickups is a Jeep product, half of them are Wranglers. Of those, maybe one of 20 is not pure stock, maybe one of 100 has any modification except mild tire/wheel upgrades. I have not seen a Gladiator "in the wild" except purely stock Sports and Sport S. Jeeps are just another vehicle here. Granted the state's roads are 95% unpaved, and we have 24 towns over 20,000 population, but a stock Jeep is just a common source of transportation.

I stumbled on this site trying to figure out a solution for mudflaps, since I can't get to my shop without slinging mud all over the sides, but I've hung out for over a month trying to understand the love and infatuation expressed by the posters here.

By the way, here a truck is over 32,000# gvw. So, tell me about your environment so I can grasp this fan base.
If you don't understand it, after owning four Jeeps, there is nothing that can be said here to help you.
 

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I stumbled on this site . . . but I've hung out for over a month trying to understand the love and infatuation expressed by the posters here.

By the way, here a truck is over 32,000# gvw. So, tell me about your environment so I can grasp this fan base.
Either

1) Confirmed Jeepers who wished for years Jeep would bring out a "truck" again.

2) Confirmed pickup drivers who longed for a Jeep but could not do without some hauling ability.

3) Otherwise unclassified users who are just amazed at how much FCA packed into this thing.

Are you saying the JT should not be called a truck? I think, in most of the country, a truck is a vehicle designed to haul something besides people. It could be a compact, mid-size, or full-size pickup truck, a flat-bed, a 10-wheeler, 18-wheeler, a 320T ore hauler, and anything in between.
 

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...but I've hung out for over a month trying to understand the love and infatuation expressed by the posters here.
I like my Gladiator.
It's a fairly unique vehicle, and there are hundreds of ways to customize it.
It's very capable, and fun to drive.
But I don't think it's the be-all & end-all of automotive technology.

Flame on!

:)

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I think I can help here.

It's my jeep and I like it. I drive it to different places to find different environments.

It ain't about where you live, it's about where you go.
Great post!!
 

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I'm super confused on what exactly you're asking here. Is this like you asking, why this hobby? How about you first, this is clearly an enthusiasts forum for specifically the Gladiator, why did you decide to join on this particular forum? You could have easily asked any local off-road shop in a 500 mile distance to you or even the dealer you bought the Jeep from to get mudflap ideas, but yet you chose to come here? I'm genuinely curious to know.
 

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I love the JT. It's my second jeep, first being a 17 JKU. That was a fun car but very rudimentary in refinement and not very good for commuting or daily driving.

The JT is a great commuter with vastly improved comfort and interior amenities along with keeping the jeep factor for fun and uniqueness.

The ride is improved by the longer wheelbase and the 8 speed auto makes way better use of the old V6 found in the JKU which only had a 5 speed.

Don't see many jeeps and even less JTs out here. The fixed up ones or stock Rubicon are only used for mall crawling here. So I got what made sense for me as a daily with superb off road capabilities if I ever needed it.
 
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I'm super confused on what exactly you're asking here. Is this like you asking, why this hobby? How about you first, this is clearly an enthusiasts forum for specifically the Gladiator, why did you decide to join on this particular forum? You could have easily asked any local off-road shop in a 500 mile distance to you or even the dealer you bought the Jeep from to get mudflap ideas, but yet you chose to come here? I'm genuinely curious to know.
I didn't mean to make everyone defensive. I thought the question was clear: why all the modifications? We use them in their stock form, use them every day, feel no need to express ourselves through them. They are simply an every day, common tool here. I assumed there was something different about our surroundings that caused that.

I asked all the off road shops within 100 miles, then I came here. It was just a question; I am sincerely sorry I asked.
 

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