Besides all the point-score judging we did, we also asked our judges their personal opinions as to what their picks would be in certain categories. This had no influence on the scoring, but nevertheless we were interested in finding out what these guys thought at the end of the program, without checking their notes.
The Cadillac Pick: Teraflex
Those of you who have tender butts will be wanting a smooth roller to ride around in. If you were looking for the plushest ride possible out of your Wrangler, it has been suggested that you give these guys a call.
The Rally Car Selection: Poly Performance
This was saved for the JK suspension that our judges felt handled better at high speeds in the dirt than all the rest. If you're doing a lot of fire-road running, this might be your number one choice.
The Even-A-Monkey-Can-Do-It Choice: Trail Master
We asked our guys what kit they would most likely want to install in their driveways with simple handtools. This kit was simple enough for a monkey to figure out, and would have a quick installation time so you could spend more time wheeling and less time wrenching.
The Roadie Preference: Trail Master
This spot was held for the JK kit that made the guys feel most comfortable on the road. If your JK is your daily driver, you should probably put some stock into which one will have the best street manners on the way to work.
The Better Mousetrap: Nth Degree
Our panel of judges chose this based upon who had the most innovative kit in the test. During the inspection portion of the program, this was the one that deviated most from the rest of the pack.
The Total Package Alternative: Donahoe Racing
At the end of the program, our expert judges decided that this was their number-one choice for an overall favorite based on their experiences during the program.
The Technical Trail Option: Rock Krawler
The guys based this decision upon what suspension worked best on the trail and in the rocks. If you had a dedicated JK trail machine, this might be something you want to pay attention to.
* "Six a.m?! You mean six p.m., right?"
* "S#!t!" [Ed.-as a plastic fender tears off the body]
* "Well, it's a quick-release flare now..."
* "Please don't scratch this Jeep."
* "Safe is so unfun!"
* "The second time I was in prison in Pakistan..."
* "I don't think the hotel is on fire..."
* "I needed a man-bra and a neck brace!"
* "Buffer zones. The fenders are buffer zones."
* "I felt like a valley girl my head was bobbing so much."