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Get Jacked: Jeep introduces a lift kit for the diesel Wrangler, Gladiator

Get Jacked: Jeep introduces a lift kit for the diesel Wrangler, Gladiator
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Designed specifically for the EcoDiesel Wrangler and Gladiator, this lift kit jacks the machine two inches skyward while handling the diesel’s unique bulk and heft. The Mopar lifts have been validated to OEM specs in order to manage the increased vehicle curb weight. It’ll deliver heightened ground clearance and better approach/departure angles needed for larger tires.

Specifically, the lift kit will increase suspension articulation by 18 per cent compared to non-lifted units. Gonzo 2.5-inch-diameter aluminum-body FOX monotube shock absorbers are 0.5-inch bigger on the round than stock shocks and are specifically tuned for increased weight capacity. The springs are specifically tuned for the diesel-engine application as well. Longer front lower control arms should play well with HD suspension bushings for all-out articulation maneuvers.

Taking a page from the Hellcat hymn book, buyers will receive all these goodies in a special Jeep Performance Parts crate. This will be quickly followed by the intermezzo known as “some assembly required” but shouldn’t require any drilling, cutting, or welding. That alone is reason enough to pop for the $2000-plus price tag, since your author has intimate experience with trying to wrestle parts into place while recumbent on concrete colder than a coroner’s kitchen.

Since all these parts are approved by the boffins at Mopar, standard accessory warranty coverage applies here. This means two years/unlimited km from the date of purchase or whatever’s left on the original three-year/60,000-km factory warranty. In other words, go ahead and get this when you buy the rig.

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Which is all part of Jeep’s plan, of course. Accessories such as these can be rolled into the vehicle note, spreading the cost out over five or six years while also serving to juice the average transaction price. The latter is a statistic eyed with scrutiny by Bay Street investors.
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