I had heard the same thing, but I couldn't find a supercharged one in my area with under 170k, and I wanted one near 100k...looks like I'll just save up for a donor with a SC so I can swap everything across...that is after this one is on its last legIn a perfect world, I'm pretty sure you want to go for an 02' with a Super Charger. I'm pretty sure I read that 00-02 had stronger front axles than 03-04 in the first gen.
I am in Flag as well. Where do you like to go off roading? I am looking for some new areas.I have a 2013 S, about 70k on it. 4wd of course. I've done some limited mods... added towing package, K&N intake, (got 22.3 mpg going from Flagstaff to Lake Havasu). Put some good BFGs on it. That's about it so far.
I love the street ride. Firm, nimble and plenty fast. Off road, I love as well. Way better than my old CJ. We have lots of volcanic fields up here, that means lots of 8 inch and larger rocks just sticking out of the dirt that will disintegrate internal organs rather quickly. The stock x takes it all in stride. Firm and responsive, yet doesn't beat you to death. My only complaint off road is that first gear is a little too fast for the volcanic fields. Have to shift into 4Low to get the crawl rate needed for that terrain. Maybe a suspension upgrade is in order, if you guys have any advice on how to convince my wif...err, accountant; let me know!
I have read the same thing about the axles, not sure if fact or fiction though.In a perfect world, I'm pretty sure you want to go for an 02' with a Super Charger. I'm pretty sure I read that 00-02 had stronger front axles than 03-04 in the first gen.