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post #1 of 3 Old 10-14-2011, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
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Safety/Side Impact

I know that this topic has come up before - in fact some youngster made a comment about "soccer moms" making a big deal about the issue.

But I'm a jeep enthusiast and oh yeah, happen to have little kids. I had a lifted TJ that I wheeled for a while, got an 09 Unlimited that I've loved. I was about to put $$ down on a '12 when I dug deeper into side-impact research.

Well, looking at IIHS and what not, it doesn't look good (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44IWl...eature=related).

So to those out there with kids, how do you mitigate (sleep at night, etc..)? ie I'm wondering if this is legit to be worried about or over-reacting.

Flame-warriors, please resist the temptation. I'm looking for good (unheated) discussion.

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post #2 of 3 Old 10-14-2011, 07:33 PM
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Lift it and put some PSC Brawler Rockers on it! (kinda joking but, seriously, a rocker product such as those adds some serious beef to the sides (though legally no manufacturers will make any claims along those lines)) The lift will keep the average car from encroaching into the passenger area though, a beefy cage will be in order since the Jeep will likely end up on its side (since it will no longer absorb the impact, the inertia needs to translate into movement). On the plus side, a beefy cage will also add strength since the pillars will be stronger and further help prevent the other vehicle from entering the passenger area!

In all seriousness though, if you want side impact strength, look elsewhere than a Wrangler. By design a Wrangler has a narrow tub for trail clearance and since it still needs to have room inside for people, the side body panels must be slim. Not saying it's a horribly unsafe vehicle (there's definitely worse out there) BUT, there are definitely safer vehicles to be had!!!
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There is a thread on here where a guy in a well built JKU got hit in the side so hard it put him on his side! It held up prety good and his son was not hurt. I'll try to find the link... I run mine around doors off a lot and I know that would really suck to get hit!

EDIT: Here ya go
https://www.jkowners.com/forum/showthread.php?t=57726

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