My Jeep is a moderate build. Always a work in progress. And stock, Jeeps are very capable. But I bet a lot of the people on here could run circles around me on the trails in a Yugo. It's not what you drive, but how you drive it. I learn a lot on forums like this, regardless what the person drives.Pffft... I drive a Subaru, and no one takes them seriously. But from the factory, my Outback has more ground clearance than a Cherokee of Grand Cherokee. Sure, it has longer overhangs, and can't be modified as much. But as someone else noted, Grant at Offroad Subaru has turned his 2015 Outback into a serious off road machine capable of going places many wouldn't dare.
We have a similar saying in motorcycling. In group rides new riders sometimes try to keep up with more experienced riders; we say, "Ride your own ride."On the Appalachian Trail (AT) they have a saying, "Hike your own hike". It has lots of means but for this subject it means do what works for you. What rig you use, how you build it, and what gear you put into it has to be right for you and how you are going to use it, what style of Overland you chase after.
I AGREE WITH YOU.......I LOVE MY DAKOTA I REALLY DONT CARE WHAT ANYONE SAYS BUT I REALLY WISH I HAD A TACOMA THO....It seems that if you drive a wrangler, a defender or anything 4x4 from Toyota, your cool. Anything else and you're a Wanabee. I've never owned any of the above but I still have a blast off road and have thrown a tow rope to a few of them. Life's too short to care about it. It is annoying though to deal with someone who thinks there rig is better than yours for no real reason. A lack of that is why I like this forum so much.
I just don't fuel the fire. I don't respond, or I laugh and say something to the affect of, "Yup, you have a mighty fine rig." I don't even want the conversations to start. It's missing the point.Just dealt with a customer who literally laughed in my face when we got on the subject of Jeeps and I stated I had a Grand Cherokee WJ. He said "That is not a Jeep, that is a wannabee" I about kicked him out of my office with my size 14 boot up his ass. So, from some research I guess there are quite a lot of "Jeep Snobs" out there. This annoys me. My WJ is just as capable as your mall-crawling chromed-out Wrangler.
Ok rant over....
Anyone else ever dealt with, we will generalize it as "Rig Snobs"? You know, the people who think what they own is the best?
The few LR owners I've met and that got their rigs dirty were all very nice people.I'm not that kind of rover owner. [emoji3] I really like jeeps and most boxy makes. I like having a more unique model, but you can do that with many brands and many years. I still like the common newer JK though. Modding those must be a blast... So much choice.