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wayoflife
11-05-2015, 03:19 AM
So, I don't know for sure if Amanda actually makes the IFS/IRS Jeep JK Wrangler they had on display at the 2015 SEMA Show but I do have to say that I was very impressed with the potential of what I saw on it. Talking to the guy responsible for the design of it, I found that it actually has a floating differential up front of which is tied to the driver side a-arm and this allows it to have an impressive 16" of travel up front and 14" in the rear. As you see it in these pics, it was running 38" tires and they still needed to do some trimming to clear them at a full stuff. I'm sure it would have been a leap for Jeep to do something as innovative as this but I for one would have been all over it.

http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=439163&g2_serialNumber=2&g2_GALLERYSID=60ca3a4a8034f2f3fa69f8a9d0a8f81a

http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=439166&g2_serialNumber=2&g2_GALLERYSID=60ca3a4a8034f2f3fa69f8a9d0a8f81a

http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=439169&g2_serialNumber=2&g2_GALLERYSID=60ca3a4a8034f2f3fa69f8a9d0a8f81a

http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=439202&g2_serialNumber=2&g2_GALLERYSID=60ca3a4a8034f2f3fa69f8a9d0a8f81a

http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=439211&g2_serialNumber=2&g2_GALLERYSID=60ca3a4a8034f2f3fa69f8a9d0a8f81a

http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=439199&g2_serialNumber=2&g2_GALLERYSID=60ca3a4a8034f2f3fa69f8a9d0a8f81a

Check out how clean 16" of full droop looks like
http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=439154&g2_serialNumber=2&g2_GALLERYSID=60ca3a4a8034f2f3fa69f8a9d0a8f81a

http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=439136&g2_serialNumber=2&g2_GALLERYSID=60ca3a4a8034f2f3fa69f8a9d0a8f81a

http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=439148&g2_serialNumber=2&g2_GALLERYSID=60ca3a4a8034f2f3fa69f8a9d0a8f81a

http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=439178&g2_serialNumber=2&g2_GALLERYSID=60ca3a4a8034f2f3fa69f8a9d0a8f81a

http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=439184&g2_serialNumber=2&g2_GALLERYSID=60ca3a4a8034f2f3fa69f8a9d0a8f81a

WJCO
11-05-2015, 03:22 AM
So, I don't know for sure if Amanda actually makes the IFS/IRS Jeep JK Wrangler they had on display at the 2015 SEMA Show but I do have to say that I was very impressed with the potential of what I saw on it. Talking to the guy responsible for the design of it, I found that it actually has a floating differential up front of which is tied to the driver side a-arm and this allows it to have an impressive 16" of travel up front and 14" in the rear. As you see it in these pics, it was running 38" tires and they still needed to do some trimming to clear them at a full stuff. I'm sure it would have been a leap for Jeep to do something as innovative as this but I for one would have been all over it.


That's pretty sweet. Hope it works out on the trail.

AllAmericanInfidel
11-05-2015, 03:25 AM
Wow, I didn't catch initially that is was IFS and IRS. That's actually a very cool setup. Very interested in seeing where this goes!

OverlanderJK
11-05-2015, 03:28 AM
Where do I sign up? I have a kidney and half a liver.

Skid_Kid
11-05-2015, 03:31 AM
Where do I sign up? I have a kidney and half a liver.

Why do I think your serious.....

OverlanderJK
11-05-2015, 03:34 AM
Why do I think your serious.....

Because I am. :idontknow:

JAGS
11-05-2015, 03:36 AM
That's pretty sweet looking. Like the front skid as seems to protect clear to front diff. IFS/IRS with some 37s would have been sweet on the 2018!! Though not sure I could afford the upgrades. Lol.

H8ROADS
11-05-2015, 03:41 AM
Wow!! Is all I can say!

rcastaneda
11-05-2015, 03:43 AM
Are those spider9 ifs housings? They look fabbed. Very cool

Torqt JK
11-05-2015, 03:48 AM
Now this rig looks like it can crawl. Bad ass! But why the hell do so many of these jeeps have the unibrow? So ugly, who the fuk likes that look

pop2tu
11-05-2015, 05:20 AM
If you want IFS/IRS and seven slot grill go buy a H1, and leave solid axles under wranglers!

JAGS
11-05-2015, 05:36 AM
If you want IFS/IRS and seven slot grill go buy a H1, and leave solid axles under wranglers!

Why do you say this? IFS/IRS could be great on a wrangler too. Hell, I'd like the benefits stock as a DD, taking aside any trail use.

pop2tu
11-05-2015, 05:45 AM
Why do you say this? IFS/IRS could be great on a wrangler too. Hell, I'd like the benefits stock as a DD, taking aside any trail use.

There are so many SUV's with IFS/IRS to chose from, how many SUV's have solid axles? You chose to drive what vehicle for your offroad excursions? And why? Because it works, and that's the way jeep has been since 1941. The grand Cherokee also has IFS/IRS, they make good DD. If Jeep makes the wrangler IFS/IRS it will blend right in at the mall. just my thoughts.

Sharkey
11-05-2015, 06:06 AM
If Jeep makes the wrangler IFS/IRS it will blend right in at the mall. just my thoughts.

Or at KOH. The only legitimate argument against IFS is the cost and difficulty of upgrading. The belief that they don't perform well enough in mixed conditions, including crawling rocks, is tired.

JKCRWLR
11-05-2015, 06:08 AM
Innovative for sure. I would roll in that for sure.
And just because something has been done since 1941 doesn't mean it is the best or only way.

JAGS
11-05-2015, 06:13 AM
There are so many SUV's with IFS/IRS to chose from, how many SUV's have solid axles? You chose to drive what vehicle for your offroad excursions? And why? Because it works, and that's the way jeep has been since 1941. The grand Cherokee also has IFS/IRS, they make good DD. If Jeep makes the wrangler IFS/IRS it will blend right in at the mall. just my thoughts.


Or at KOH. The only legitimate argument against IFS is the cost and difficulty of upgrading. The belief that they don't perform well enough in mixed conditions, including crawling rocks, is tired.

What sharkey said! Shit, a majority of the KOH/Race rigs have IFS/IRS. Cost is the main limiting factor by far. But I'd get one and save up to mod it out.

And, I spend most of my time in the jeep traveling to/from work or to/from the trail and would love an IfS/IRS set up for that.

Mrs jags' cadi and now her new MKX drives far better than my stock JK did hands down!

OverlanderJK
11-05-2015, 06:22 AM
What sharkey said! Shit, a majority of the KOH/Race rigs have IFS/IRS. Cost is the main limiting factor by far. But I'd get one and save up to mod it out.

And, I spend most of my time in the jeep traveling to/from work or to/from the trail and would love an IfS/IRS set up for that.

Mrs jags' cadi and now her new MKX drives far better than my stock JK did hands down!

Majority? Not hardly. Minority yes.

JAGS
11-05-2015, 06:27 AM
Majority? Not hardly. Minority yes.

Ok, so I exaggerated. Lol. But enough to know it's doable/capable.

I still stand by my on road comment though as it relates to my personal experiences.

pop2tu
11-05-2015, 06:29 AM
Look around at all the IFS Chevy's and Toyotas and any other IFS 4WD that have been converted to solid axles, why? Less moving parts, less parts to break easier to set steering geometry up. I will agree that IFS will ride nice but those Vehicles at KOH are not your DD grocery getters or even production vehicles, those are full up custom built machines, more buggies than jeep.

JakeJK
11-05-2015, 06:33 AM
Or at KOH. The only legitimate argument against IFS is the cost and difficulty of upgrading. The belief that they don't perform well enough in mixed conditions, including crawling rocks, is tired.


Innovative for sure. I would roll in that for sure.
And just because something has been done since 1941 doesn't mean it is the best or only way.

Yeah, but by moving to an IFS/IRS suspension system it will limit many people who are on tighter budgets to mod vehicles enough to be as capable as a straight axle vehicle that they can actually afford. I think that it should be an option, I know making a jeep with straight axles and a jeep with IFS/IRS may be unpractical it would in fact be an awesome option, leaving the guys who like to heavily modify their jeeps with very large budgetsn(Eddie) haha make an awesome rig for me to enjoy via the intrawebs, but still allow for the moderate jeeper to have a very capable rig at a more reasonable price (such as an rubi with a basic coil and decent shock kit)
Just my two cents

Devallee
11-05-2015, 07:06 AM
Just gimme the IFS with a solid rear and I'm happy

OverlanderJK
11-05-2015, 03:12 PM
Yeah, but by moving to an IFS/IRS suspension system it will limit many people who are on tighter budgets to mod vehicles enough to be as capable as a straight axle vehicle that they can actually afford. I think that it should be an option, I know making a jeep with straight axles and a jeep with IFS/IRS may be unpractical it would in fact be an awesome option, leaving the guys who like to heavily modify their jeeps with very large budgetsn(Eddie) haha make an awesome rig for me to enjoy via the intrawebs, but still allow for the moderate jeeper to have a very capable rig at a more reasonable price (such as an rubi with a basic coil and decent shock kit)
Just my two cents

It's really not that much more expensive. A set of coils is a set of coils, and a set of offset balljoints and you're in business. It's also not any more expensive when you go full retard build either.

piginajeep
11-05-2015, 03:22 PM
Yeah, but by moving to an IFS/IRS suspension system it will limit many people who are on tighter budgets to mod vehicles enough to be as capable as a straight axle vehicle that they can actually afford. I think that it should be an option, I know making a jeep with straight axles and a jeep with IFS/IRS may be unpractical it would in fact be an awesome option, leaving the guys who like to heavily modify their jeeps with very large budgetsn(Eddie) haha make an awesome rig for me to enjoy via the intrawebs, but still allow for the moderate jeeper to have a very capable rig at a more reasonable price (such as an rubi with a basic coil and decent shock kit)
Just my two cents

They are not looking to sell to people on tight budgets. That's not their target consumer.

JakeJK
11-05-2015, 03:28 PM
They are not looking to sell to people on tight budgets. That's not their target consumer.

Good point haha

Ddays
11-05-2015, 03:56 PM
I would pay to see a comparison between this rig and one with the same level of mods on straight axles on a challenging trail, not just driving over a couple obstacles.
This IFS argument makes me want to gag sometimes. I'd love for someone to demo that the IFS is legit.

jesse3638
11-05-2015, 04:48 PM
It would be fun to see a side-by-side comparison of IFS/IRS vs. solid axle. I bet for sure IFS takes the open fast sections..;)

mds22
11-05-2015, 05:06 PM
IFS... all day/every day

OverlanderJK
11-05-2015, 06:50 PM
I would pay to see a comparison between this rig and one with the same level of mods on straight axles on a challenging trail, not just driving over a couple obstacles.
This IFS argument makes me want to gag sometimes. I'd love for someone to demo that the IFS is legit.

You live in PA. You know nothing about what IFS can do, it's evident. Let it go.

Skid_Kid
11-05-2015, 06:54 PM
You live in PA. You know nothing about what IFS can do, it's evident. Let it go.

172465.............

piginajeep
11-05-2015, 06:55 PM
I would pay to see a comparison between this rig and one with the same level of mods on straight axles on a challenging trail, not just driving over a couple obstacles.
This IFS argument makes me want to gag sometimes. I'd love for someone to demo that the IFS is legit.

Loren Heley won the Ultra 4 championship in one. Shannon Campbell's new car is IFS.

If it wasn't legit neither would be building and racing them.

Ddays
11-05-2015, 07:05 PM
You live in PA. You know nothing about what IFS can do, it's evident. Let it go.


172465.............


Loren Heley won the Ultra 4 championship in one. Shannon Campbell's new car is IFS.

If it wasn't legit neither would be building and racing them.

WTF? Let what go? Where does it say I don't think IFS isn't legit? I said I'd like to see what this Jeep would do against a similarly modified Jeep because I think it
would work well, not that it wouldn't...

OverlanderJK
11-05-2015, 07:30 PM
WTF? Let what go? Where does it say I don't think IFS isn't legit? I said I'd like to see what this Jeep would do against a similarly modified Jeep because I think it
would work well, not that it wouldn't...

My bad. Thought you were that pop2tu guy that was saying it was dumb.

piginajeep
11-05-2015, 07:31 PM
My bad. Thought you were that pop2tu guy that was saying it was dumb.

This is Adams apology, just quoting it..

Ddays
11-05-2015, 07:32 PM
My bad. Thought you were that pop2tu guy that was saying it was dumb.

10-4...no worries!

Ddays
11-05-2015, 07:36 PM
This is Adams apology, just quoting it..

Thanks bud!

Recurve
11-05-2015, 07:51 PM
Im from PA an I support IFS lol. Just cause we don't have the huge deserts an rocks doesn't mean we don't know how badass trophy trucks an ultra 4 rigs are. :bleh:

If I had the coined I would have a decked out trophy truck:daydream:

mackey
11-05-2015, 08:14 PM
This is a badass build. I wish they included the price. Some KOH rigs are still solid axle. Genright's rig has done very well with a solid axle over the years. 172475