Hey folks, I don't own a JK, but humor me.
I have a LJ:
It's a little different than most. Obviously there's an exocage on it, but you'll probably note that the roofline is a bit higher than normal. I use a wheelchair due to a spinal cord injury (broke my neck over 10yrs ago downhill skiing - hit a patch of dirt, took a nasty fall). Offroading became my outlet for wilderness recreation some time after.
Thing is, I'm now in a graduate program for parks & rec management with a concentration in therapeutic recreation, which is basically gearing me up for working with individuals with disabilities (to whatever capacity, physical/cognitive/etc) and using recreation as a health-related tool. Half of what I'll be doing in the future is finding opportunities for others.
My LJ is built well, but it's too freaking complex to [easily] replicate for others who may have found themselves in a similar debilitating situation with want a way to get into the backcountry. I have some ideas of how to adapt a JK (or another TJ/LJ, but might as well work w/ a current model) that would be (1) less expensive & (2) much easier than my current build. I don't want to go into details yet, but I do have some questions, as I'm not that familiar w/ JKs:
1. Let's say I start w/ a Rubicon base. I'd want to do a mild build that is more robust than stock and can handle most trails in the US (with more emphasis on simply enjoying the wilderness than technical crawling that breaks chit), but not so much so that extensive mods (axle/suspension upgrades, etc) would be necessary. Have any of you found 33s limiting, or is moving to 35s relatively painless? I had to do a bunch to the LJ to comfortably run 35s.
2. I could really use some measurements if any of you are willing to hook me up:
- distance from ground to bottom of door (I know this varies w/ lift/tires).
- distance from bottom of door to top of seat (the part your thighs rest on, not the headrest).
Here're a couple other [boring] build photos of my rig, but will give you an idea of how it's set up. A wheelchair lift extends out the rear, my chair gets parked in the back & I hop over to the driver's seat, which is on a mini scissor lift that raises & swivels it... these two mods required some extra headroom.
Other specs/mods on the LJ: http://scottpruett.me/off-road/wheel...sible-jeep-lj/
(this site is new & in the progress of being built, but that's most of the list)
Now, the kicker: I can't afford another rig at the moment b/c of grad school, and I likely won't end up in a job in this field that pays super well right away. I'm considering getting rid of the LJ to help fund a JK, parts, R&D, labor, etc. Instead of selling it straight-up, do you think it might be worth the time and effort to launch a fundraising campaign that would generate some exposure for land use issues (in light of providing opportunity for those who can't just hop on a mtn bike or go hiking/backpacking, etc) as well? Think selling tshirts/etc to raise some cash & ideally, if a certain monetary threshold were hit (this could lower if some vendors/sponsors jumped on board), give the LJ to a wounded warrior program or someone w/o the funds who could use it.