So lately there's been a flood of people on this forum (most of them new) asking things like where they can get black lug nuts to match their black wheels, some saying they really like the piano black interior accents, some complaining that the black leather gets damn hot with the roof panels off (hey at least he takes the panels out sometimes), putting on billet door handles and and hinges, asking where they can get a dual exhaust with chrome tips. And they're serious....
Man, I just don't get this shit at all. There's nothing wrong with taking pride in your ride and customizing it a bit but WTF? Are these guys missing the point completely? In Colorado where you can throw a stick and hit 10 Jeeps, I cruise down the road with my top down and my half doors, no matter if its 45 or windy or even raining a bit and I love every minute of it. Sometimes with a hairy-assed mutt getting fur all over. For every one like me, there are 50 Rubicons that have had the rock rails replaced with factory plastic steps (so little Jimmy can get in) and color-matched hard tops that will NEVER be taken off even in the dead of summer. Or blinged-out Hummer wannabees that have never taken a gravel road, because they wouldn't want to scratch the chrome 22s.
My real fear is that the Wrangler is next to go truly upscale like EVERY other serious off-roader and cost 60k. Think about it....Nissan Patrol, Land Cruisers, Prados, Range Rover...they have all done it - started as simple, capable runabouts and now are leather-lined luxo barges. What's to keep the Wrangler from following suit? I hope like hell Jeep has the sense to keep a Wrangler a Wrangler for as long as they can, federal regs allowing. Otherwise I'm buying a couple used ones to drop in the garage and drive until I'm dead.
A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both.
Last edited by BADGER; 04-24-2012 at 02:22 PM.