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  • J8 spotted in Gabon, West Africa

    Hey All,

    Roaming around Gabon I spotted this Police J8.
    The plain-clothes Police with it said the Gabon Police force bought about a hundred of them a year or so ago, and they like it. It's a diesel, auto and has the 2011+ interior, so it looked mostly identical to my Canadian 2011 JKUR sitting behind it.
    The Police guys enjoyed climbing over mine as much as I enjoyed climbing over theirs.



    The rear diff had a bolt-on cover I have never seen before:


    These are the first J8s I have seen after 14,000 miles through 14 countries in West Africa.
    A couple of times I have seen interesting TJs whip past with UN written on the sides.. they appear to have some kind of high-roof safari hard top and were ambulances or something, though I couldn't get a photo.

    Jks are extremely thin on the ground, I have seen less than 10 in all of my travels so far, and I occasionally see older XJs and Grand Cherokees around, clearly brought in from elsewhere in the world.

    -Dan

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  • #2
    Wow. I didnt realize the J8s had leaf springs

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    • #3
      j8s do have leaf springs for extra weight capacity - export only BS.

      nice find by the spotter!

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      • #4
        Maybe this is the TJ youve been seeing.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Will Cabell View Post
          Maybe this is the TJ youve been seeing.
          Maybe, I'm not sure if they had 4 doors.. though the roof sure looked like that, and I *think* they were longer than a regular TJ.
          It's hard to see when they are escorted by UN vehicles with 50 cals mounted all over them who wave you off the road....


          While we have the J8 topic up, has there been any announcement or info on a military version of the JL coming ?

          -Dan
          Africa circumnavigation in a Jeep Wrangler @ The Road Chose Me (previously Alaska->Argentina in a TJ)
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