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The Ultimate Showdown: Jeep Wrangler JK vs JL

Who Will Come Out On Top?

There are a gazillion reasons why you should have a bug deflector on your truck. The simple reason is you spent a buttload of money on your truck and want to protect it. Nothing feels worse than getting that first ding in the door or chip in the hood. You can’t always prevent door dings do to other people who are idiots and couldn’t care less if they damage your truck.

Lots of things can cause paint damage to the front of your truck, especially the hood. Here are the top 5 reasons to put a bug deflector on your truck or SUV:

1. Bug deflectors block pebbles and small rocks from pelting the front of your hood when thrown by tires of other cars, trucks and 18-wheelers while driving on the highway.

2. Bug shields minimize damage from sleet and hail.

3. Bug shields protect against small road debris Hood shields minimize damage from salt on winter roads hitting your hood.

4. Bug shields divert air OVER your cab and minimize the number of bugs and small debris that hit your windshield.

5. Almost any of these things can be hurled at your shiny new truck while driving. Throw in a windy day and highway speeds and the force of the impact is amplified. 

Once the paint is chipped, you now have the potential for rust, not to mention it looks like someone took a BB gun to your hood. Repainting your hood is one option. 4 Wheel Parts sells custom hoods so we know what it costs to paint one. Most reputable shops charge between $325 - $450 to repaint the hood of a full size truck. That’s a pretty expensive repair for some tiny little chips. Even if you get the chips, repaint your hood, you’re right back in the same boat. No protection!

However, you can control the dents and dings on your hood and some chips in the windshield. There are 2 ways to protect your nose without damaging your ride. A bug shield (or bug deflector / hood deflector as some people call them), or a clear bra (clear Mylar tape that is custom cut so your vehicle) are easy fixes for this problem all vehicles face.

Bug shields sold by 4 Wheel Parts protect your truck or SUV in several ways:

99% of them install with no drilling
Ours are high quality and are car wash safe.
Most wrap around the front corners of the vehicle to protect the front of the fenders
Depending on the design, most redirect the air flow upward to direct small pebbles, bugs, etc. up and OVER the cab (hence the name “bug deflector”). This protects both your hood and windshield from expensive dings
Bug deflectors from 4 Wheel Parts are very cost effective, costing well under the $100 or more that dealerships charge
Bug shields at 4 Wheel Parts carry a lifetime warranty. Even if a rock cracks it, 4 Wheel Parts will replace it.

Paint protection film (PPF) is another option for protecting the front of your truck or SUV. PPF is made of an industrial mylar tape that is custom cut to the shape of your year, make and model of vehicle. These nearly invisible paint protection films apply directly to your paint without glues or any damaging chemicals.

Paint protection films look awesome and have been used in the high end market for nearly a decade (think Porsche, Mercedes, Ferarri, etc.) But they are now available to us blue collar types at an affordable price.

4 Wheel Parts invested in the equipment, supplies and materials to do this in house for our loyal customers.

 

 

Inches do matter off-road. Originally our JL Rubicon was equipped with a 2.5-inch lift that cleared 37s, but we found it too low in technical terrain. An inch larger lift was put into place that helped it off-road. However, it would still kiss the rockers or the frame in places where our JK, equipped with a 4.5-inch lift, would walk right through.

There are a gazillion reasons why you should have a bug deflector on your truck. The simple reason is you spent a buttload of money on your truck and want to protect it. Nothing feels worse than getting that first ding in the door or chip in the hood. You can’t always prevent door dings do to other people who are idiots and couldn’t care less if they damage your truck.

Lots of things can cause paint damage to the front of your truck, especially the hood. Here are the top 5 reasons to put a bug deflector on your truck or SUV:

1. Bug deflectors block pebbles and small rocks from pelting the front of your hood when thrown by tires of other cars, trucks and 18-wheelers while driving on the highway.

2. Bug shields minimize damage from sleet and hail.

3. Bug shields protect against small road debris Hood shields minimize damage from salt on winter roads hitting your hood.

4. Bug shields divert air OVER your cab and minimize the number of bugs and small debris that hit your windshield.

5. Almost any of these things can be hurled at your shiny new truck while driving. Throw in a windy day and highway speeds and the force of the impact is amplified. 

Once the paint is chipped, you now have the potential for rust, not to mention it looks like someone took a BB gun to your hood. Repainting your hood is one option. 4 Wheel Parts sells custom hoods so we know what it costs to paint one. Most reputable shops charge between $325 - $450 to repaint the hood of a full size truck. That’s a pretty expensive repair for some tiny little chips. Even if you get the chips, repaint your hood, you’re right back in the same boat. No protection!

However, you can control the dents and dings on your hood and some chips in the windshield. There are 2 ways to protect your nose without damaging your ride. A bug shield (or bug deflector / hood deflector as some people call them), or a clear bra (clear Mylar tape that is custom cut so your vehicle) are easy fixes for this problem all vehicles face.

Bug shields sold by 4 Wheel Parts protect your truck or SUV in several ways:

99% of them install with no drilling
Ours are high quality and are car wash safe.
Most wrap around the front corners of the vehicle to protect the front of the fenders
Depending on the design, most redirect the air flow upward to direct small pebbles, bugs, etc. up and OVER the cab (hence the name “bug deflector”). This protects both your hood and windshield from expensive dings
Bug deflectors from 4 Wheel Parts are very cost effective, costing well under the $100 or more that dealerships charge
Bug shields at 4 Wheel Parts carry a lifetime warranty. Even if a rock cracks it, 4 Wheel Parts will replace it.

Paint protection film (PPF) is another option for protecting the front of your truck or SUV. PPF is made of an industrial mylar tape that is custom cut to the shape of your year, make and model of vehicle. These nearly invisible paint protection films apply directly to your paint without glues or any damaging chemicals.

Paint protection films look awesome and have been used in the high end market for nearly a decade (think Porsche, Mercedes, Ferarri, etc.) But they are now available to us blue collar types at an affordable price.

4 Wheel Parts invested in the equipment, supplies and materials to do this in house for our loyal customers.

 

 

The 8-speed transmission in the JL really wakes up the 3.6L V6 cutting over a full second off a sprint from 0 to 60 mph when compared to the JK’s 5-speed. Its much lower first gear also makes the JL the better crawler. The programming and overall behavior of the 8-speed is better than the old five-speed. It also comes with a beefy shifter so that’s kind of neat.

There are a gazillion reasons why you should have a bug deflector on your truck. The simple reason is you spent a buttload of money on your truck and want to protect it. Nothing feels worse than getting that first ding in the door or chip in the hood. You can’t always prevent door dings do to other people who are idiots and couldn’t care less if they damage your truck.

Lots of things can cause paint damage to the front of your truck, especially the hood. Here are the top 5 reasons to put a bug deflector on your truck or SUV:

1. Bug deflectors block pebbles and small rocks from pelting the front of your hood when thrown by tires of other cars, trucks and 18-wheelers while driving on the highway.

2. Bug shields minimize damage from sleet and hail.

3. Bug shields protect against small road debris Hood shields minimize damage from salt on winter roads hitting your hood.

4. Bug shields divert air OVER your cab and minimize the number of bugs and small debris that hit your windshield.

5. Almost any of these things can be hurled at your shiny new truck while driving. Throw in a windy day and highway speeds and the force of the impact is amplified. 

Once the paint is chipped, you now have the potential for rust, not to mention it looks like someone took a BB gun to your hood. Repainting your hood is one option. 4 Wheel Parts sells custom hoods so we know what it costs to paint one. Most reputable shops charge between $325 - $450 to repaint the hood of a full size truck. That’s a pretty expensive repair for some tiny little chips. Even if you get the chips, repaint your hood, you’re right back in the same boat. No protection!

However, you can control the dents and dings on your hood and some chips in the windshield. There are 2 ways to protect your nose without damaging your ride. A bug shield (or bug deflector / hood deflector as some people call them), or a clear bra (clear Mylar tape that is custom cut so your vehicle) are easy fixes for this problem all vehicles face.

Bug shields sold by 4 Wheel Parts protect your truck or SUV in several ways:

99% of them install with no drilling
Ours are high quality and are car wash safe.
Most wrap around the front corners of the vehicle to protect the front of the fenders
Depending on the design, most redirect the air flow upward to direct small pebbles, bugs, etc. up and OVER the cab (hence the name “bug deflector”). This protects both your hood and windshield from expensive dings
Bug deflectors from 4 Wheel Parts are very cost effective, costing well under the $100 or more that dealerships charge
Bug shields at 4 Wheel Parts carry a lifetime warranty. Even if a rock cracks it, 4 Wheel Parts will replace it.

Paint protection film (PPF) is another option for protecting the front of your truck or SUV. PPF is made of an industrial mylar tape that is custom cut to the shape of your year, make and model of vehicle. These nearly invisible paint protection films apply directly to your paint without glues or any damaging chemicals.

Paint protection films look awesome and have been used in the high end market for nearly a decade (think Porsche, Mercedes, Ferarri, etc.) But they are now available to us blue collar types at an affordable price.

4 Wheel Parts invested in the equipment, supplies and materials to do this in house for our loyal customers.

 

 

While it might be harder to tell the difference between the JK and JL from the side, it is easy from the front. Our JL felt wider and lower than the JK and it was wider coming in at 81.5 inches wide compared to the JK’s 78-inch width. The JL’s belly was also a half inch lower than the JK. At the front, the nose of the JL is 4 inches lower than the JK.

There are a gazillion reasons why you should have a bug deflector on your truck. The simple reason is you spent a buttload of money on your truck and want to protect it. Nothing feels worse than getting that first ding in the door or chip in the hood. You can’t always prevent door dings do to other people who are idiots and couldn’t care less if they damage your truck.

Lots of things can cause paint damage to the front of your truck, especially the hood. Here are the top 5 reasons to put a bug deflector on your truck or SUV:

1. Bug deflectors block pebbles and small rocks from pelting the front of your hood when thrown by tires of other cars, trucks and 18-wheelers while driving on the highway.

2. Bug shields minimize damage from sleet and hail.

3. Bug shields protect against small road debris Hood shields minimize damage from salt on winter roads hitting your hood.

4. Bug shields divert air OVER your cab and minimize the number of bugs and small debris that hit your windshield.

5. Almost any of these things can be hurled at your shiny new truck while driving. Throw in a windy day and highway speeds and the force of the impact is amplified. 

Once the paint is chipped, you now have the potential for rust, not to mention it looks like someone took a BB gun to your hood. Repainting your hood is one option. 4 Wheel Parts sells custom hoods so we know what it costs to paint one. Most reputable shops charge between $325 - $450 to repaint the hood of a full size truck. That’s a pretty expensive repair for some tiny little chips. Even if you get the chips, repaint your hood, you’re right back in the same boat. No protection!

However, you can control the dents and dings on your hood and some chips in the windshield. There are 2 ways to protect your nose without damaging your ride. A bug shield (or bug deflector / hood deflector as some people call them), or a clear bra (clear Mylar tape that is custom cut so your vehicle) are easy fixes for this problem all vehicles face.

Bug shields sold by 4 Wheel Parts protect your truck or SUV in several ways:

99% of them install with no drilling
Ours are high quality and are car wash safe.
Most wrap around the front corners of the vehicle to protect the front of the fenders
Depending on the design, most redirect the air flow upward to direct small pebbles, bugs, etc. up and OVER the cab (hence the name “bug deflector”). This protects both your hood and windshield from expensive dings
Bug deflectors from 4 Wheel Parts are very cost effective, costing well under the $100 or more that dealerships charge
Bug shields at 4 Wheel Parts carry a lifetime warranty. Even if a rock cracks it, 4 Wheel Parts will replace it.

Paint protection film (PPF) is another option for protecting the front of your truck or SUV. PPF is made of an industrial mylar tape that is custom cut to the shape of your year, make and model of vehicle. These nearly invisible paint protection films apply directly to your paint without glues or any damaging chemicals.

Paint protection films look awesome and have been used in the high end market for nearly a decade (think Porsche, Mercedes, Ferarri, etc.) But they are now available to us blue collar types at an affordable price.

4 Wheel Parts invested in the equipment, supplies and materials to do this in house for our loyal customers.

 

 

The switch gear for the lockers and sway bar on the JL are much easier to operate. We were often left wondering just exactly which locker was engaged and what our sway bar was doing on the JK.
The interior of the JL is nicer than the JK and better thought out. The JL’s 7-inch TFT center display has an off-road mode showing exactly the status of the sway bar and which lockers are engaged.

There are a gazillion reasons why you should have a bug deflector on your truck. The simple reason is you spent a buttload of money on your truck and want to protect it. Nothing feels worse than getting that first ding in the door or chip in the hood. You can’t always prevent door dings do to other people who are idiots and couldn’t care less if they damage your truck.

Lots of things can cause paint damage to the front of your truck, especially the hood. Here are the top 5 reasons to put a bug deflector on your truck or SUV:

1. Bug deflectors block pebbles and small rocks from pelting the front of your hood when thrown by tires of other cars, trucks and 18-wheelers while driving on the highway.

2. Bug shields minimize damage from sleet and hail.

3. Bug shields protect against small road debris Hood shields minimize damage from salt on winter roads hitting your hood.

4. Bug shields divert air OVER your cab and minimize the number of bugs and small debris that hit your windshield.

5. Almost any of these things can be hurled at your shiny new truck while driving. Throw in a windy day and highway speeds and the force of the impact is amplified. 

Once the paint is chipped, you now have the potential for rust, not to mention it looks like someone took a BB gun to your hood. Repainting your hood is one option. 4 Wheel Parts sells custom hoods so we know what it costs to paint one. Most reputable shops charge between $325 - $450 to repaint the hood of a full size truck. That’s a pretty expensive repair for some tiny little chips. Even if you get the chips, repaint your hood, you’re right back in the same boat. No protection!

However, you can control the dents and dings on your hood and some chips in the windshield. There are 2 ways to protect your nose without damaging your ride. A bug shield (or bug deflector / hood deflector as some people call them), or a clear bra (clear Mylar tape that is custom cut so your vehicle) are easy fixes for this problem all vehicles face.

Bug shields sold by 4 Wheel Parts protect your truck or SUV in several ways:

99% of them install with no drilling
Ours are high quality and are car wash safe.
Most wrap around the front corners of the vehicle to protect the front of the fenders
Depending on the design, most redirect the air flow upward to direct small pebbles, bugs, etc. up and OVER the cab (hence the name “bug deflector”). This protects both your hood and windshield from expensive dings
Bug deflectors from 4 Wheel Parts are very cost effective, costing well under the $100 or more that dealerships charge
Bug shields at 4 Wheel Parts carry a lifetime warranty. Even if a rock cracks it, 4 Wheel Parts will replace it.

Paint protection film (PPF) is another option for protecting the front of your truck or SUV. PPF is made of an industrial mylar tape that is custom cut to the shape of your year, make and model of vehicle. These nearly invisible paint protection films apply directly to your paint without glues or any damaging chemicals.

Paint protection films look awesome and have been used in the high end market for nearly a decade (think Porsche, Mercedes, Ferarri, etc.) But they are now available to us blue collar types at an affordable price.

4 Wheel Parts invested in the equipment, supplies and materials to do this in house for our loyal customers.

 

 

While our test of a modified JK and JL primarily focused on capabilities in the dirt, we still spent plenty of time on the highway in both. Here the JL was the clear favorite of our testers. It was quieter, more comfortable, feature-rich, and way more refined than the JK.

There are a gazillion reasons why you should have a bug deflector on your truck. The simple reason is you spent a buttload of money on your truck and want to protect it. Nothing feels worse than getting that first ding in the door or chip in the hood. You can’t always prevent door dings do to other people who are idiots and couldn’t care less if they damage your truck.

Lots of things can cause paint damage to the front of your truck, especially the hood. Here are the top 5 reasons to put a bug deflector on your truck or SUV:

1. Bug deflectors block pebbles and small rocks from pelting the front of your hood when thrown by tires of other cars, trucks and 18-wheelers while driving on the highway.

2. Bug shields minimize damage from sleet and hail.

3. Bug shields protect against small road debris Hood shields minimize damage from salt on winter roads hitting your hood.

4. Bug shields divert air OVER your cab and minimize the number of bugs and small debris that hit your windshield.

5. Almost any of these things can be hurled at your shiny new truck while driving. Throw in a windy day and highway speeds and the force of the impact is amplified. 

Once the paint is chipped, you now have the potential for rust, not to mention it looks like someone took a BB gun to your hood. Repainting your hood is one option. 4 Wheel Parts sells custom hoods so we know what it costs to paint one. Most reputable shops charge between $325 - $450 to repaint the hood of a full size truck. That’s a pretty expensive repair for some tiny little chips. Even if you get the chips, repaint your hood, you’re right back in the same boat. No protection!

However, you can control the dents and dings on your hood and some chips in the windshield. There are 2 ways to protect your nose without damaging your ride. A bug shield (or bug deflector / hood deflector as some people call them), or a clear bra (clear Mylar tape that is custom cut so your vehicle) are easy fixes for this problem all vehicles face.

Bug shields sold by 4 Wheel Parts protect your truck or SUV in several ways:

99% of them install with no drilling
Ours are high quality and are car wash safe.
Most wrap around the front corners of the vehicle to protect the front of the fenders
Depending on the design, most redirect the air flow upward to direct small pebbles, bugs, etc. up and OVER the cab (hence the name “bug deflector”). This protects both your hood and windshield from expensive dings
Bug deflectors from 4 Wheel Parts are very cost effective, costing well under the $100 or more that dealerships charge
Bug shields at 4 Wheel Parts carry a lifetime warranty. Even if a rock cracks it, 4 Wheel Parts will replace it.

Paint protection film (PPF) is another option for protecting the front of your truck or SUV. PPF is made of an industrial mylar tape that is custom cut to the shape of your year, make and model of vehicle. These nearly invisible paint protection films apply directly to your paint without glues or any damaging chemicals.

Paint protection films look awesome and have been used in the high end market for nearly a decade (think Porsche, Mercedes, Ferarri, etc.) But they are now available to us blue collar types at an affordable price.

4 Wheel Parts invested in the equipment, supplies and materials to do this in house for our loyal customers.