New silhouette means new tooling. The last time they invested in tooling for any jeep was decades ago and that investment was recuperated a long time ago as well. Roxor even happened because they got everything already in place and new investment was needed only in logistic and assembly. And that too eyeing future product releases.
In that case, a new investment in tooling for a niche product seems highly unlikely. But they could ship all the pressings to US and stamp them locally if that helps bypass import clauses related to trade dress.
I guess it depends on how much work you won't to do to this thing, at some point it is just easer to buy a jeep.The main reason we buy a Roxor is the cost, but if you are going to have 25 to 30000.00 in one it makes no sense.
$15k+ (assuming the Jeep is at least $31k) buys you a ton of mods, though (or two Roxors). Not to mention that even folks with $45k Jeeps still feel the need to make mods. It's some weird cross between an addiction and a fetish.
5.38s are great for those going to bigger tires. I want to go 33s and debating 4.88 or 5.13. If I had 5.38 I wouldn’t regret at all. I assume all one needs to go to a 30 spline is a swap of the spiders or spartan locker. So upgrading the axles gets very affordable and diy as you won’t have to set up the ring and pinion. Put a Spartan in and their the chrome moly’s in. Rear full float is little more in depth but still diy. It’s a win in my book.
I’d much rather keep 3.73s and run an underdrive on the Spicer18.
FJ look is neat, but CJ is my thing.
Also, the price was not as compelling as the simplistic nature and old school diesel engine. Don’t get me wrong, it was nice but not the big reason. Jeep simply doesnt make anything I want. If they made an extremely strippo JK, I would prolly not have left the camp.