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Unfortunately I really don't see that happening. This whole change of direction to become like most other automotive forums has come from the top down. It certainly hasn't been driven from the bottom up.
Someone at a high level has decreed that this is the way to increase profitability, by increasing the number of hits Edmunds gets. More hits equal a higher advertising rate, which equals a greater income from the advertisers.
Unfortunately (again), it doesn't matter what we, the long timers and regulars, feel about the changes. In fact it doesn't really matter if we go away. Our number will pale into insignificance compared to the number of new hits that will be generated.
The new system will generate many more extremely specific thread titles. Whether or not those threads contain any pertinent information is irrelevant. What does matter is that someone using a search engine (Google etc.) will now find that Edmunds regularly appears close to the top of the results for their very specific search, as search engines will prioritize thread titles over content within them.
So, more search engine hits equate to more site hits. More site hits mean more income. It doesn't matter whether those people coming here find the answer they want, it's just the fact that they came that's important. Under the new site model it's important that as many people as possible come here asking questions and looking for answers, anything else is a bonus.
And if the newbies wind up finding little or no accurate/useful information, so what? It's the amount of hits that will determine the success of the new format.
If nothing else, we can at least stay together and communicate amongst ourselves. I would hate to lose track of the good friends that I have in here.
Exactly my point.........and because of the way that search engines work, it should be an initial success in terms of increasing the number of hits.
The beauty of the new system (for Edmunds) is that not only will new visitors be coming here because Google has found a thread title encapsulating the very question they want answered, they will be encouraged to start new threads, thereby drawing more people here.......and so it will repeat.
Again, who will be answering these questions?
Apparently, that was the problem with 'Jeep Wrangler', too many posts.
Like many of you, I hang out on other automotive forums as well and if I need VERY specific help, I'll go to those forums, to other sources that I've used successfully in the past. I suspect if Edmunds is trying to recreate a specific automotive-type forum for ALL the vehicles they cover, I suspect they're gonna need a LOT more money and a LOT more servers.
There ARE options for a friendly community-based Jeep forum, right Tom?
Jeep Wrangler Tires
For those looking for the recent active tire thread, we put it over in Jeep Wrangler Tires.
"Offered in two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive, Jeep Wrangler Unlimited utilizes the same five-link solid-axle suspension configuration as the standard 2007 Jeep Wrangler."
Did you guys see the thread about the Jeep truck?
Looks pretty promising, as it's based on the new Wranglers.
They even speak of a "kit" to convert any '97+ wrangler into a truck. Interesting. :surprise:
The retro conversion looks good but seems a little pricy to me. I liked the rear mounted winch though.
yeah, 10 grand is quite a chunk of change.
I like how "low profile" that rear winch is. If the hook wasn't hanging out, you wouldn't instantly know there's a winch back there.
Yes, that's a 6.1 Hemi in an '07 4dr JK 'X'.
Read about it here: Burnsville Offroad.
"Cummins has announced it will supply 4.2-liter V6 and 5.6-liter clean diesel engines to DaimlerChrysler for light-duty vehicles. We can get an early look at the potential of such deal at SEMA next week when Jeep shows off a custom Wrangler Unlimited from the Mopar Skunkwerkes group. This teaser email I received says it's powered by a 4.2-liter diesel. Code named 50 JK, the hardtop Jeep features custom bumpers, 4-inch lift, 35-inch tires, carbon-fiber hood, Dana 44 axles front and rear, GPS and full saddle leather. This one's sure to be "Trail Rated." All totaled, Chrysler will have 65 vehicles on display at SEMA. Wonder how many will be boasting fuel efficiency?"
The above was taken from here.
A 4.2 V6 Cummins diesel would be an ideal power plant. Hopefully this isn't just a tease. I can't imagine anyone complaining if the 3.6 V6 became the base model, with the others having a choice of a 4.2 V6 diesel or the 6.1 V8 Hemi!
For future reference, you can edit your posts for 30 minutes after posting.
I'm pretty sure that you do, as I think that one of the nuts retaining the pad is concealed by the end of the chassis rail. Have a good look to make sure though.
1997 jeep wrangler
stock for now
Oh yeah, the old Jeep Wave. You gotta do that to really be part of the Jeep family.
Glad you have joined us. As brazuca suggested, there is some great reading for new Jeepers in the Jeep Wrangler message board, which has been closed to new posting, but is still available for reading.
Have you hugged your Jeep today?