Here Are All The Awesome Ways You Can Dismantle A 2018 Jeep Wrangler
The Jeep Wrangler hasn't changed much in the decades since its release. It looks broadly the same, does the same job, and even though the 2018's headline feature is a complete redesign under the skin, it does add a couple great features when it comes to the Wrangler's forte: off-roading. Namely, you can take the entire thing apart with nothing but the included toolkit.
This video comes to us courtesy of Autotrader's quirk-finder extraordinaire, Doug DeMuro, who has assembled a video compendium of all the things you can legally remove from the 2018 Wrangler.
First, the most obvious: the roof. The Wrangler comes in two configurations: a standard hardtop, a power soft top, or an unpowered soft top which basically lets you pull off the entire back half of the car.
With the standard soft top, all you have to do for some open-air action is run your hands along the underside of the windows to unlatch them, then slide them out along a little track and stow them in the car. After undoing a couple latches in the roof, the entire thing can be pulled back easily with one hand, as DeMuro demonstrates, and then locked in the down position. To put it back up, one latch on either side needs to be flipped and the entire assembly unfolds back into place. If all you want is a sunroof on steroids, the two panels above the front-row seats lift out like a targa top too.
The powered soft top is even easier: just push a button on the ceiling, and it slides down on two rails either side of the roof, in a similar configuration to other simple droptops like a Citroen C2 Pluriel (which is otherwise a dismal car, but has a roof mechanism that made for a hilarious TopGear episode). In lieu of pulling out fabric-framed windows like the first configuration, the power-top model lets you simply pull out the entire glass-and-metal window assembly by undoing two latches inside, giving you much of the same open-air feel without attaching part of a textile mill to the back of your SUV.
But that's only the first way you can disassemble a Wrangler. By undoing several bolts on the inside of the windshield and storing them in a beautifully convenient bolt rack inside the trunk, you can fold the windshield all the way down to allow an unobstructed view of obstacles when you're doing some serious big-boy offroading. To avoid damaging the paint, it rests on the hood atop two little rubber hooks that house the windshield washer jets and allow you to winch the Wrangler out of tricky spots.
The most extreme open-air feature of the new Wrangler, though, is the doors. DeMuro isn't able to demonstrate it in the video, but by undoing a couple bolts on each door, you can pull them all the way off and drive around in what's essentially a Fiat 500 Jolly with airbags and Bluetooth. It's even got handles under the armrest to make lugging your detached doors around easier than before.
All this means that theoretically, you can have a 100% street-legal car with no doors, no back windows, a collapsed windshield, and at most, a third of a roof. The price of admission for a bog-standard two-door model is around $29,000, which is pricey for a bare-bones SUV when you could have most crossovers for less, and FCA-built cars' long-term quality is perennially in question (read: they have none), but for something with this much flair and clever design touches, I'd wager it's worth it.
If you can deal with all those badges on the side.