2007 Jeep Wrangler X Off-road capability?

There are a lot of reviews I can find about the Rubicon off-road capability, but nothing on the "X". Does anyone have experience taking the "X" off-road, or have advice on what I capability I should expect?

I have gotten some very general comments along the lines that ANY Wrangler can go off-road as good or better than most other 4×4's. Rubicon has the more extreme capability, but I will still be able to have some fun in an "X".

I haven't driven off-road before. It isn't the main reason that I'm looking at a Wrangler, but if the capabilty is there, I will try it out. But I want to get a better idea of what an "X" can do. (I am looking at an "X" with at least the Trac-Lok, on the advice that this is good for road-driving in bad weather, but is very good for off-road, too. I also plan on using the factory tires for a while, and will not make any modifications)


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4 Responses to 2007 Jeep Wrangler X Off-road capability?

  1. TERRY H June 10, 2009 at 3:17 pm #

    The X is a very good 4 wheeler,a friend of mine has one and we went to the sand dunes and he went everywhere I did in my 2001 Jeep Wrangler.My Wrangler is equiped with 31 inch tires and a lot of aftermarket parts and he kept up just fine.

  2. rubi22 June 10, 2009 at 3:17 pm #

    You're on the right track at trying to find one with the Trac-Lok. I hate to say it, but all the people you've heard from are right… the Jeep Wrangler is the best off-the-lot 4×4 ever made. Hands down. People will argue it, but the solid axles, coil suspension, short wheelbase, etc. speak for itself.

    Anyway, the Rubicon comes with upgrades that make a huge difference to an off-roader. Axle lockers, mud tires, etc. The X may (if I remember correctly) allow you to have some of the upgrades that the rubicon have, but it'll cost more. Since you've never been off-road, this is what I suggest–buy an X, go off-roading with it in stock form so you know it's capabilities as a stock vehicle (because it's still very capable), and then upgrade anything that you feel is necessary if you enjoy the sport. If not, then you can still enjoy the jeep without having to have paid the extra money for the Rubicon.

  3. jeepsarecool June 10, 2009 at 3:17 pm #

    The Wrangler X does fine offroad, a guy in our Jeep club has one that is completely stock with street tires and goes everywhere the other Jeeps go. I was very impressed with the X offroad. Rides better on the road than the TJ also.

  4. W_Howey June 10, 2009 at 3:17 pm #

    One piece of advice if you live in an area that gets slippery winter roads. Take out the Trac-Loc equipped Jeep and drive it some on rain soaked slippery roads. Practice taking turns and going around corners. Having a Trac-Loc rear end, can provide an 'exciting' experience the first time it engages in a slippery corner.