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Nuts & Bolts: Budget Jeep Build Ideas

Nuts & Bolts: Budget Jeep Build Ideas

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Some Colorado Passes in the UA CJ-6D

Some Colorado Passes in the UA CJ-6D

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Jeep Compass Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick

Jeep Compass Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick

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Shakedown Cruise: Four Wheeler’s New Staff Editor Takes His New JK on a Whirlwind Moab Weekend

Shakedown Cruise: Four Wheeler’s New Staff Editor Takes His New JK on a Whirlwind Moab Weekend

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1971 Jeepster SC-1 Hurst Commando

1971 Jeepster SC-1 Hurst Commando

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JL Wrangler Owner’s Manual Revealed

JL Wrangler Owner’s Manual Revealed

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We Swap Currie RockJock 44 Axles Under A Jeep XJ Cherokee

We Swap Currie RockJock 44 Axles Under A Jeep XJ Cherokee

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Second Report: Long-Term 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk

Second Report: Long-Term 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk

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This Supercharged 3.8L V-6 Jeep JK Is Not Your Mom’s Minivan

This Supercharged 3.8L V-6 Jeep JK Is Not Your Mom’s Minivan

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Stude-a-Willys

Stude-a-Willys

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CJ Sheetmetal Work: Part 2

CJ Sheetmetal Work: Part 2

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2008 Jeep Wrangler X— Boyd Christensen’s Two-Door JK

2008 Jeep Wrangler X— Boyd Christensen’s Two-Door JK

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Vintage Jeep Driveshaft Upgrade

Vintage Jeep Driveshaft Upgrade

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A Midwestern  2005 Jeep LJ that’s Right at Home Out West

A Midwestern 2005 Jeep LJ that’s Right at Home Out West

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Dreaming of the Wrangler JL in Digital

Dreaming of the Wrangler JL in Digital

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2009 Jeep JK Wrangler: Bumble Bee Jeep JK

2009 Jeep JK Wrangler: Bumble Bee Jeep JK

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1999 Jeep Cherokee XJ: An XJ Built For Backcountry Exploration

1999 Jeep Cherokee XJ: An XJ Built For Backcountry Exploration

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This 1949 Willys 663 Wagon is a Show Stopper and Trail Crawler

This 1949 Willys 663 Wagon is a Show Stopper and Trail Crawler

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Discovering Your JK Wrangler’s Off-Road Potential with a JKS Jspec 2.5-inch Suspension System and the Right Tires

Discovering Your JK Wrangler’s Off-Road Potential with a JKS Jspec 2.5-inch Suspension System and the Right Tires

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Katie gets Flexible With new Fenders for her Jeep - Catching up with Katie
Katie gets Flexible With new Fenders for her Jeep - Catching up with Katie See All Our Girls

About Jeep

Intro

Jeep is an American auto manufacturer that specializes in off-road vehicles. Through the years, it has released compact, midsize, and full-size sport utility vehicles (SUVs) as well as a few trucks. Jeep stopped production on its last truck, the Jeep Comanche, in 1992.

Origins

Jeep has been around since the 1940s and was acquired by the Chrysler Corporation in 1987. Jeep worked closely with the United States military, especially during World War II. In fact, the original Jeep vehicle was a light four-wheel drive vehicle that was used in the war and for post-war efforts. Since then Jeep has released to the public many off-road and sport utility vehicles (SUVs).

The name Jeep has a military background as well. The military designation for the first Jeep vehicle was "GP" (or General Purpose). GP was slurred enough times and eventually morphed into "Jeep." In fact, the military actually defines the word Jeep as a four-wheel drive vehicle used for reconnaissance or other army duty. Jeep has continued to have an all-purpose, off-road distinction which is still seen in its models today.

About

Jeep hasn't produced a truck in a few decades, although there's always rumors that they will do so again. The first truck-like vehicle was the four-wheel drive Willys Jeep Truck which was produced from 1947 to 1965. Jeep's early, full-size pickup was originally produced by Willys-Overland and Ford for the United States Army.

A few more trucks were added to the lineup through the 60s, 70s, and 80s, including the Gladiator, Honcho, and finally the Comanche; all with limited success. Jeep decided to phase out production of the Comanche and get out of the truck business altogether in 1992 after lackluster sales and brand conflicts with Chrysler's other brand Dodge. Dodge would take over selling trucks and Jeep would continue with only SUVs.

Features

The signature feature that Jeep continued to improve on was its 4x4 capabilities. The Comanche also sported Jeeps new "Quadra-Link" suspension with coil springs and upper and lower control arms. The improved suspension provided a more comfortable ride and improved axle articulation during off-road trips.

Evolution

The first truck that Jeep released was the Willys Jeep Truck that hit the market in 1946. It was a full size, iconic truck. In the 60s and 70s Jeep also offered the Gladiator. The Honcho ran through the late 80s. In 1956 Jeep all put out a midsize pickup, the Forward Control, followed by the CJ-10 and then the Comanche. In fact, the Jeep Comanche was the last truck offered by Jeep. This compact pickup truck had two doors and was available with rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. Its body, styling, engineering, and drivetrain were based on the Cherokee XJ, and this model was produced from 1985 to 1992. After the Comanche, Jeep decided to stick to what it does best - produce rugged, off-road Jeep vehicles.