Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Lakewood, Washington
I think a lot of the push against IFS is from the traditionalist that sees the solid axle as the only option. I agree that it is nice to be able to have more feet on the ground, but I think that - as you have shown - IFS can be just as capable in offroad conditions. In fact, I think IFS could be MORE capable if it were developed to be.
However, I think that in a few years, the IFS argument will be moot. When the all-electric Wranglers come out with independent electric motors for each wheel - the suspension could almost be made irrelevant. If the motors will have power regardless of their distance from the body, the only limiting factor in articulation on an electric Wrangler would be how much you are willing to pay for the longer parts to keep the wheels attached to the frame.
RIP - Silver '06 Limited; 5.7 Hemi; 2" TerraFlex Lift; 255/70R17 Bridgestone Dueler REVOS, Horizontal Inclinometer, Signal Frog Antenna Ball, Surco Safari 50"x50" Roof Rack, GetLost4x4 bumper, Bulldog 9k Winch, GetLost4x4 Rock Rails - (should have added a snorkel)