There’s a lot recognizable features that set Jeep® Wrangler apart – the seven bar grill, round headlights, mud-covered body and tires – but it’s the internal guts that push the limits of articulation, maneuverability, traction, ground clearance, and water fording. Here’s a quick overview of the standard and available features that keep the 2012 Jeep Wrangler authentic and pure to its off-road soul.
Tru-Lok® Differentials: Tru-Lok front and rear electronic locking differentials balance speed between left and right wheels, so Wrangler maintains forward momentum for the ultimate in traction. An instrument panel-mounted rocker switch can lock either the rear or both axles.
Front Sway Bar Disconnect: This system allows you to flip a switch to disengage the sway bar when driving under 18 mph in 4WD-low (4LO) mode, permitting the front suspension to travel up to 25 percent farther.
Heavy-Duty Suspension: Solid axles and locating arms, coil springs, track/stabilizer bars, front steering damper, and tunable monotube shock absorbers are firm at low speeds and more relaxed at higher speeds.
Transfer Case Option: Rock-Trac®, with its 4:1 low-gear ration, allows Wrangler to crawl at low speed for greater control, and increases the amount of torque available at the wheels. Plus, Command-Trac® employs the NV241 GII transfer case, delivering smooth and quiet part-time shift-on-the-fly operation.
Dana® 44 Heavy-Duty Axle: Durability and articulation come from heavy shafts, stiff housing, large pinion bearings, and above-center pinion mountings. The above-center mounting helps reduce driveshaft joint angles for smooth and quiet operation and also adds ground clearance.
Hooks and Plates: Every Wrangler is fortified with underbody armor that protects critical components with stamped steel skid plates for the fuel tank and transfer case. And, of course, tow hooks are there when you need to help a fellow off-roader out of a sticky situation.