2017 Jeep Wrangler JK
The 2017 Jeep Wrangler maintains its original iconic design with only a few minor updates for the model year: available LED headlights and foglights, a new Sport S model, and a Cold Weather group available for Sport S and Rubicon models. Powered by Chrysler’s 3.6L V6, it is mated with a six-speed manual, although an optional Mercedes-Benz five-speed automatic transmission is also available. Together, the V6 and automatic combo can do 0-60mph in about 7.7 seconds. Available as either a two-door or four-door Unlimited, the Wrangler is an SUV with little to any deference to comfort; this is a vehicle made for the trail. The ultimate version of the Wrangler is undoubtedly the Rubicon, with its 4.10 gearing and off-road equipment.
Extra Storage Solutions
Jeeps aren't exactly known for having much cargo space, though four-door Unlimited models do have slightly more than their two-door brethren. And particularly when the top and doors are off, it’s best to keep any valuables and necessities strapped down and secure. With a wide range of off-road storage solutions available, there are any number of ways to optimize the limited cargo space the Wrangler does have. Side storage bags for example mount via heavy-duty nylon straps to the top or sports bar, keeping small to medium items secure while freeing up space behind the rear seats for larger items. A cargo rack will mount just above the spare tire and is a great solution for extra luggage, depending on the design it can handle up to 75lbs of cargo. Or, avoid the risk of running out of fuel with a jerry can holder (ideal for those that enjoy trekking deep into the trails for days at a time). Conversely, the biggest storage space available is actually above the Jeep, and utilizng the space can be done with a roof storage rack. These large steel structures (placed above the roof and bolting to various body locations) come in full length, half length, flat or basket style racks, allowing for a huge variety and size of gear to be stowed safely up top. Most of these racks offer an additional 300 lbs of storage capacity, great for camp gear or kayaks and the like.
Protect the Vulnerable Underbelly
Running along the bottom side of the vehicle, rocker panels are a solid support beam for its underbody and doors. When out on the trails they can easily come into contact with rocks and other hard obstacles. Protect your vulnerable rocker panels with a set of aftermarket rocker guards or rock sliders. With both guards and sliders offering protection for the Wrangler’s rocker panels, there are still some key differences between them:
- Rock sliders: Typically featuring a heavy-duty stainless steel tubular construction, rock sliders provide undercarriage protection and double as a convenient step, making entry to and exit from the JK Wrangler that much easier. They will also help to hide the rather unsightly pinch seam where the body of the Jeep meets the frame. The slanted design of rocker sliders also means they work against getting stuck on rocks, and will slide or deflect off any obstacles while out on the trails. These are generally an easy installation and don’t require any permanent modifications. Keep in mind, a slider that does not mount to the frame is more for appearance, as there is not enough support if only mounted to the pinch seam or factory panel bolts.
- Rocker Guards: Usually made from steel plates precision cut to the contours of the JK, they will attach to the rocker panels through nutserts, which will require some drilling, meaning this is a semi-permanent modification. They also often come attached with or integrated with rocker rails, providing more complete protection. These are ideal for Jeeps intended for a lot of off-roading in rocky or wooded terrain, as they will help maintain the structural integrity of the rocker panels.