The 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL: Engineering Improvements

The 2018 model year marked the production of two new Jeep Wrangler models simultaneously: the Jeep Wrangler JK, and the all-new Jeep Wrangler JL. While the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JK continues a decade-old model, the Jeep Wrangler JL offers a new evolution to assume the Wrangler mantle. With a variety of undercarriage adjustments and mechanical enhancements, the Jeep Wrangler JL seeks to rectify drivers' complaints with the Jeep Wrangler JK.

Standalone Hydro-Electric Steering and Reinforced Mechanics

The Jeep Wrangler JK featured an engine-driven power steering system. Due to its linkage with the Wrangler JK's engine, drivers received maximum "steering boost" when the engine was operating at higher RPMs. When tacking off-road trails and terrain, it's often best to avoid spinning your tires at higher engine RPMs to maintain proper control and traction. Due to these two factors, Wrangler JK owners frequently faced a loss of power in steering while navigating trails at slow speeds. The Jeep Wrangler JL solves this issue by utilizing a standalone hydro-electric steering system, that allows for full steering boost to be received regardless of engine RPMs.

Additionally, the Jeep Wrangler JK often encountered shearing of a steering assembly component known as the "pitman arm". This component is responsible for assisting in converting the torsional movement of the rotating gearbox into the lateral movement that turns your wheels. Often, while off-road, the excessive strain on this component could result in the pitman arm snapping or shearing off. To solve this issue, the Jeep Wrangler JL reinforces the steering assembly with an aluminum sector shaft to ensure the components all stay securely in location.

Redesigned Undercarriage - Optimized for Off-Road Usage and Modification

Many Jeep Wrangler owners are avid off-road adventurers. To maximize their Jeep's off-road potential, drivers of the Rubicon trim will often activate their sway bar disconnect, causing enhanced articulation of the wheels and axles. On the Jeep Wrangler JK, the additional travel caused some metal-on-metal rubbing of certain components, and occasional driveshaft and exhaust rubbing. By redesigning the exhaust route, and changing the shock mounts along with other relocated components, the Jeep Wrangler JL neatly tucks away its components for a smooth, uncompromised driving experience - even while fully flexed off-road.

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The new Jeep Wrangler JL provides drivers and off-road enthusiasts with the robust off-road aptitude they seek, with a variety of redesigned components and optimized engineering. Stop by Koons Tysons Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram to discover the exceptional performance of the new Jeep Wrangler JL, or give us a call to schedule a test drive!

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