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Discussion in 'Mopar News' started by Dave Z, Jul 31, 2017.
Wait a minute... Who said aftermarket parts will carry over from the JK to the JL?
It is right there in the article.
I can see things like the Mopar steel bumpers with winch mount, most parts in the suspension lift kits, and even the tail light guards, fitting JL as long as they kept the frame width and mounts the same.
It is a lot of work to redesign those accessories, find new suppliers, re-certify them, etc.
JK Mopar accessories have been a windfall for FCA: the bumpers are well designed and fit like a glove, and I'd be surprised Jeep nets less than 50% margin on them. The Mopar 2" lift with Fox shocks has been wildly successful, and the winch bumpers are outrageously expensive, but Jeepers bend over backwards to get them.
My prior Jeep dealer of many years in Long Beach, CA, used to sell me Mopar accessories at cost. The Mopar bumpers for my 2015 Sahara were $1,100 for both, at cost; the Mopar 2" lift with Fox shocks was another $1,200 plus $500 for the installation. I also purchased from him Mopar tail light guards, Mopar slush mats, Mopar fuel door, Mopar cold air intake (just for sound), Mopar hardtop headliners, Mopar wheel locks, Mopar etc., Mopar etc., Mopar etc.
Yep, CDJR dealers just love them Wranglers...!
My JKU is a rolling showcase of Mopar accessories
Ok, thanks @aldo90731. I thought my comment of the CJ7 and YJ sharing a tub was being applied to the JK-JL. Back to our regular programing...
I am not convinced that many things will just "bolt-on" based on some article.
My understanding was the JL frame is different from the JK, which will change some hard-points for sure.
I guess we have to wait and see.
Just because a bumper can bolt on or the bolt pattern for wheels remains the same, etc. doesn't mean the vehicle isn't significantly changed. Major aftermarket parts that aren't going to work include: replacement tops, windscreen mount items, probably door hinge mount mirrors (at least not precisely), etc. Just because certain items will still swap as is, doesn't mean that there isn't significant change.
Such a great looking Jeep, Aldo - every time I see it I'm jealous!
Yes, the aftermarket will have a new canvas to paint on. Data has not been released so unless you are already working on something Jeep (FCA) wants out of the gate you have to buy one to see whats in one...
No aftermarket supplier has a full understanding of what will and what want fit. New frame may allow for basically the same mounting points for the bumpers but even then you always design to the vehicle. A JK part (even if it does bolt on) may look out of place. Wheels maybe the only exception but even then backspacing may have changed in relation to new components and control arms.
The aftermarket will be very busy come December - January. People will be screaming for parts and not understanding why there are so few available at the time of release.
I wouldn't doubt that a few suppliers (cough, AEV, cough) get their hands on a JL pretty early and have aftermarket parts available at launch.
No, they do not get a vehicle early. They get engineering drawings so they can design accessories.
Correct. They get the data relevant to what FCA wants from them.
Yes, and since these relationships between Jeep and the Accessory Community are long-lived, Jeep knows what information they need to send and what they will not reveal until the vehicle is made public.
I've always wondered how that worked with the aftermarket and a new vehicle. Thanks for the enlightenment.
Isn't the JL rumoured to be longer than the JK?
If so, wouldn't it lose some breakover angle? And would an increase in tire size negate that?
I saw reports that the cowl length is 2" longer to accommodate the 8-speed transmission and more slanted windshield.
I am no engineer, but I'd think 1" higher tires more than compensate for a 2" increase in wheelbase...? Breakover would also be dependent on whether the suspension sits at the same height as JK or higher.
Apparently JL is now showing up in the dealer system. It's been posted over at the other forum. There is a list of cool options, best of which is the addition of Selec-Trac!!!
Looks like there's the potential for lots of custom options for off-road gear from the factory (steel bumper group, trail rail system, heavy duty electrical group, the myriad of tops).
Can't help but wonder what Nacho clear coat looks like.
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The paint code (from what I have read) is the same for Nacho and Dozer.... guess time will tell.
Cool, I liked that color. Nice and bright.
Nothing on gearing so far.. Hopefully soon!!!