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Speaking if independent front suspension, I've received tons of letters regarding a recent item in the British car magazine Auto Express. The piece detailed how the next generation Wrangler would be introduced for model year 2002 and that it will have independent suspension and bare a strong resemblance to the Icon concept.
While Auto Express generally does a good job, they're completely off-base on this one.I blame myself. Wether first hand or not, all the information in the story is cribbed from old reports originally published in Buzz Watch. I know because the author repeatedly refers to the truck as the VJ and discusses the fact that it's based on the same platform as the KJ. Neither is true. I had originally heard Buzz that Jeep® planed to base the next Wrangler on the KJ platform I also reported that the new Wrangler platform was designated "VJ."
I did a few columns that mentioned this erroneous information (some of which are still lingering around on the site). I was also under the misguided impression that the Wrangler would debut in 2002. As I always point out (whenever I'm wrong) Buzz is an evolving thing. I'd recommend to any would be authors doing "research" on this site that they check the freshness date of a column before borrowing information.
Daily readers of this column know that the next Wrangler is in-fact called TK. While there had been discussion of putting an IFS on the TK, the brass at DC saw the light and decided that the new truck will NOT have independent front suspension. Instead, It will feature an evolution of the current quadra coil solid axle suspension.
The new Wrangler also won't be out for several years. For 2002 the current Wrangler will get a refresh featuring new bumpers and a new modular top. In 2003 we'll be seeing the new off-road edition. The next Wrangler will be showing up in 2005 as a 2006 model.
What did your friend do to the exhaust system? How did it get damaged and what part of the exhaust system was damaged?
I am in Houston. Sounds like you have a nice bass boat. I saltwater more than fresh. I went to a company resort place that had a few lakes with bass. You throw a line in and catch one right when hits the water. Nice size fish 3-8pds.
Lots of bigger ones but takes sometime to get them. I caught a ton of fish. It got old and really took the sport out of it. If you took a boat out you wouldn't catch anything. They would hit anything at the doc where I guess they feed the fish.