(We think) we know what 40.4 and 47.4 mean now

Today, we took a quick look over at Jalopnik, and we found an article on the Jeep XTreme Recon package—from a “now-deleted post on the Overland Expo home page.” The article talked about how the Wrangler, when equipped with that package—with or without the 392 V8—could beat the new Ford Bronco’s numbers.

Wrangler Rubicon 392

The two teased numbers were 40.4 and 47.4. the XTreme Recon, available on Unlimited and Rubicon 392, used 35-inch all-terrain tires on 17×8 beadlock wheels with a 1.5 inch factory lift to create a 47.1° approach angle and 40.4° departure angle; the ground clearance was 12.9 inches, and water crossings rose from 30 to 33.6 inches. The final drive ratio was 4.56:1.

In comparison, the Ford Bronco with Sasquatch Package has 35-inch tires and a 4.7 final drive ratio. The two-door blue-oval SUV has a 37.2° departure angle and 43.2° approach angle. It even looks much like a Wrangler in profile, admittedly a squatter, more rounded version.

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Jalopnik also concluded that the Twitter/Instagram posts were likely the XTreme Recon package.

David Zatz started what was to become the world’s biggest, most comprehensive Mopar site in 1994 as he pursued a career in organizational research and change. After a chemo-induced break, during which he wrote car books covering Vipers, minivans, and Jeeps, he returned with some friends to create StellPower.com, which is intended to end up as an enduring partnership. Contact him at (973) 925-6058 or check out the new junkyard/slant six book he edited.

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