Buying a Jeep is either the best decision you’ve ever made in your life or you now drive a Toyota. Either way, with the help of our friends at the Triad Jeep Club we bring you the top then things they never tell you about owning a Jeep.
10. Death Wobble -Jamie
If your idea of a high quality suspension lift is buying the most expensive hockey puck you can find at your local sporting goods store, you’re probably going to have a bad time. I’ve never experienced it, but it’s generally caused by poor alignment, unbalanced tires, worn ball joints, and busted steering stabilizers. Whether you’ve experienced it or not, you’ll definitely hear about it when people start drinking around the campfire.
9. Sooner or later you will have the wet ass. -Shawn
If you’re like our good friend Mike and believe that real Jeeps are always topless (Jeep owners get wet a lot), then you probably should carry an extra set of pants in a dry bag. You’ll probably also want to chain that dry bag to your Jeep so it doesn’t walk away or bounce out of the truck while on the trail. Your other option is you can just wear Guy Harvey swim trunks 24/7
then you just have to deal with looking like a douchebag.
8. The Jeep Wave -Bo
From what I’ve seen there’s only two groups of people that consistently wave at each other; Jeep owners and motorcycle riders. So if you buy a Jeep, be prepared to wave more than Vanna White, and to be as angry as John McEnroe when your fellow owner doesn’t return the courtesy.
7. Never buy a “modded” Jeep. -Everyone who ever bought one
Buying a modded Jeep is like watching the Redskins on Sunday, everything sounds good on paper throughout the week, but come game day you may or may not blow it in the 4th quarter. Now if you’re a Redskins fan, you know they’re going to blow it. What’s the takeaway? While you can get a good modified Jeep on the used market, you’re more likely to inherit someone elses problem, and RG3 is still a terrible quarterback.
6. You’ll get excited about getting 14 MPG. -Chris
You’re telling me that adding 35″ mud tires and a lift to something that has the drag coefficient of a mobile home in a Texas tornado isn’t going to result in stellar gas mileage? A little known fact is that modified Jeeps can rival a Hummer for the worst gas mileage award, so if you’re in double digits you’re doing alright (or you probably drive an XJ).
5. Always make sure your door strap is connected. -Cody
Have you ever wanted to put a giant dent in your door? Well the quickest way is to not secure your door straps. While the straps make it very easy to remove your doors, they are also easily kicked off, which can then result in your door mimicking a screen door in a hurricane. It’s also a good way to face plant when your opening the door and expecting it to stop, your wife will especially love that one.
4. You are never “finished” with your Jeep -Matt
35″ tires getting to small? Your 2.5″ lift not cutting it on the trail? Are the lack of available half doors for your XJ making you want to become a master with a sawzall? This one you won’t realize until it’s too late, but by then you’ll be blowing up a cliff at King of The Hammers. The great philosopher Notorious B.I.G. once said “Mo Money Mo Problems”. Now if this was a song about Jeeps it would be “Mo Money Mo Modifications”.
3. It’s something that will never go out of style. -Clayton
CJ, YJ, TJ, JK, and even XJ (they built over 2.5 million of them so stop crying fan boys), they’ve built so many Jeeps over the past 70 years that you think they would have figured out a better way to secure a door rather than a strap (see #5). Regardless, Jeep owners will never get tired of broken windshields, wet seats, and crappy headlights.
2. You never have an excuse not to get to work because of the weather. -Cody
Oh there’s 5 feet of snow on the ground? It’s raining like crazy with a chance of Sharknado? You still better get to work on time, because even if you’re boss can’t make it to the office in his rear wheel drive German sled, he knows you drive a Jeep, so your ass better be there.
1. It comes with one of the best support groups ever. -Terrell
I’ve never been to a Land Rover meet, but I imagine that it consists of a group of men passing around Grey Poupon and swapping stories about how well they know their local AAA tow truck drivers. Although I have seen several Jeep clubs, and I don’t think you’ll find a more dedicated group of enthusiasts (possibly Miata owners, because Miata) that are willing to help everyone from new owners to lifelong junkies. They also fart, smoke, and tell raunchy jokes, you’ve been warned.
Special thanks to the Triad Jeep club for helping with this post and for providing some of the photos. I’ll finish by saying that my takeaway from Jeep ownership so far has been that you’ll either love it or hate it, but regardless you’ll always remember the experience. Oh and the next time I wave, your ass better wave back.