Both are pretty capable, but it depends on what you want to do. I'd
love to go buy a new Rubicon, the departure angles on a stock Jeep are
pretty hard to beat. The problem for me is that it won't hold enough
stuff. Once I get my 2dr. Yukon all loaded up with my girl, our stuff,
our 2 dogs, extra gas/water, etc.. my truck is pretty full. Plus when
it's somewhat empty there is enough room to get out of the elements -
there have been times when the ground is wet and I didn't feel like
setting up my tent, so I just slept in the truck. Can't do that with
I had (have actually, it's sitting at my Dad's place rusting away) an
85 full size Jimmy with 33" tires on it. Man I loved that truck, but
the body just got too rusty to keep driving it. My choice is the full
size truck - better handling in the wind and on ice, can haul a good
size trailer, enough power to go through mud effortlessly, tons of
off-road potential, and you'll probably win when it comes to most
Of course all of this is my opinion... and nobody can deny that both
choices are very capable. Just depends on what you're planning to do
I was driving my '84 K5 with mild 31 inch A/T's, a 305(with a junk carb),
open diffs, and stock suspension and went everywhere my Friends Jeep TJ with
aggressive 33's, 4inch lift, 4cyl, and 5spd could go, and pulled him out
more than a few times.
I am allot more experienced off-roader than him. If we were doing tight
trails, steep approaches/departures...the TJ would have done better than me.
My stock K5 had more suspension travel than his lifted TJ(it was equipped
with sway-bar disconnects and special trailing arms for added flex).
Like the previous posters stated, it depends on the type of wheeling you
plan on doing.
Another consideration...a K5 can typically be had for less and upgrades
cost less than a TJ/YJ. Jeeps have ALLOT more bolt on accessories available,
but most are more form than function.
Look at it this way, more room, mostly removable top, already has a V8(can
handle a Big Block), is mild with 33's, auto or 4spd, can tow a midsize
camper for a weekend of comfy nights after day thrashing...but... A Jeep IS
a Jeep, light weight, made to run without doors, typically good MPG, easily
upgradeable, VERY maneuverable, can fit a small block(needs allot of
upgrades to hold up to the power increase and the weight balance is way
off)...both have benefits over the other...its a personal call.
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