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  1. Thorsten

    New Defender News

    Are the 22 inch wheels required when ordering I wonder? I see comments they are due to the special brakes the V8 Supercharged comes with, needs a large wheel to accommodate those dinnerplate rotors. I know this is an issue with wheel size on the Range Rover as well. Not great for sidewall...
  2. Thorsten

    2020 Defender Spy Shots....

    Blaise is right. I live in Los Angeles. Range Rovers (L405 chassis) are one of the standard issue family vehicle in our area of LA. The high school parking lot of full of them. It seems like every street has at least a few houses with one in the driveway. When I go to Whole Foods or Trader...
  3. Thorsten

    2020 Defender Spy Shots....

    I'd agree with that to an extent. Land Rover among its following has a sizable percentage of well-heeled patrons that are happy to pay a premium for a product they perceive as exclusive / special stemming from either scarcity, cost, or both. Of course that's the whole reliability sticking point...
  4. Thorsten

    2020 Defender Spy Shots....

    Was about to post this myself, @REDROVER . Probably the best recent LR for adventures by a good margin, but they should have made it the new Discovery. Under the skin, that's really what its DNA is.
  5. Thorsten

    2020 Defender Spy Shots....

    I believe both the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are both going to be based on the new 5th gen RAM 1500s (released in 2019), and should have IFS with a solid rear axle. If you go by the new RAM 1500 payload (~2,300) and towing figures (max 12,750lbs), it bodes well for the Wagoneer(s) as a...
  6. Thorsten

    2020 Defender Spy Shots....

    Good points on payload & towing. Looks like the max Defender towing is about 1,000 pounds higher (8200 vs 7200). Of course the current Grand Cherokee platform (WK2) is nearing a decade old at this point, so it will be interesting to see what they do with the all-new one coming out in 2021. I...
  7. Thorsten

    2020 Defender Spy Shots....

    Ok that makes more sense for the 'looks cool' motivation factor. I'm trying to head in that RAM direction myself. Shopping RAM 2500 Power Wagons. Will put a SnugTop Rebel camper shell on it. Maybe a new Defender 130 would've been interesting but they didn't announce that this week and I am...
  8. Thorsten

    2020 Defender Spy Shots....

    This is what I want to know! The Defender we got today is closer to what I had hoped the Discovery 5 was going to be. The Disco 5 design aesthetics are really unpalatable if you are a fan of the boxy LR3/4, so this new Defender is a much more welcomed sight in my book. That said, if this is what...
  9. Thorsten

    2020 Defender Spy Shots....

    Is your WK2 Trailhawk the 5.7L? Beefy Hemi power, cheaper to maintain, cheap parts easily accessible in the USA.... IDK, that's a tough one. I think the towing and payload of the new Defender are impressive, but not sure I'd bail on a well equipped Trailhawk for it. Maybe if money wasn't a...
  10. Thorsten

    2020 Defender Spy Shots....

    I really don't think this new Defender is comparable in raw off-road ability to a Rubicon spec Gladiator, if that's what you have. The solid axles, articulation, more easily modified / extensible. Better on-road manners though, I certainly agree with you there. I'm skeptical on real-world...
  11. Thorsten

    Which Jeep Model & Why?

    I really like the new JL, and will probably pickup a 4dr Rubicon in a year or two. That said... The poor WK2 doesn't get enough near enough credit. The majority of the folks on here (at least in the USA) are going on "expeditions" or overland trips that involve driving on fireroads to camp...
  12. Thorsten

    2020 Defender Spy Shots....

    Did you guys see this rendering? Source: Motor1
  13. Thorsten

    Grand Cherokee WK2 Off-Road Capability and Reliability

    MY 14' Summit QL (air suspension) & QD systems. I have ~65K miles on it and have only had to do normal wear & tear maintenance. Have had zero issues with the air suspension working reliably. No issues water fording on the Mojave Road trail here in California. No electrical issues, no HVAC...
  14. Thorsten

    Post Pic's of your Jeep

    My 14' WK2 Summit with 275/55/20 KO2s, roaming around Big Bear CA
  15. Thorsten

    WK2 Reliability

    2014 Summit WK2 with the 5.7L Hemi here. ~65K miles and I've only had to replace an HID bulb and fix a broken exhaust manifold bolt that was causing a rattle sound. The Summit model has every bell & whistle possible and I haven't had any electrics issues yet! I take it off road regularly and...
  16. Thorsten

    2020 Defender Spy Shots....

    Put some KO2s on that thing and you will see what it can really do (y) 275/55/20 (32") is the max that will fit stock. I have one with with the Quadra Lift & Quadra-Drive 2 systems, the thing has been a tank and in ~65K miles all I have had to replace have been HID bulbs and some exhaust...
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