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Old 04-18-2015, 09:35 PM
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Re: Anyone mod their JGC for serious off roading?

I have the 2014 Laredo and have found that the V6 is pretty capable. For serious off-roading you probably want to pick up a wrangler etc., but if you throw on skid plates, rock rails, a lift, wheels, tires, and a grill guard it'll handle a lot more than it can now.

I bought my Jeep and then only after seeing all the mods that were possible did I decide to fix it up. Unfortunately that means I did like you and didn't get things like the V8, Quadra-Drive II with ELSD etc. On the plus side if I would've bought for off-roading I would've spent a lot more up front and probably would've got the Quadra-Lift and then figured out I couldn't put 32" tires on it. (notice how I convince myself that what I did was the best possible option...oh yeah, that's how you ensure happiness right there)


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Old 04-19-2015, 01:45 AM
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Re: Anyone mod their JGC for serious off roading?

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I have the 2014 Laredo and have found that the V6 is pretty capable. For serious off-roading you probably want to pick up a wrangler etc., but if you throw on skid plates, rock rails, a lift, wheels, tires, and a grill guard it'll handle a lot more than it can now.



I bought my Jeep and then only after seeing all the mods that were possible did I decide to fix it up. Unfortunately that means I did like you and didn't get things like the V8, Quadra-Drive II with ELSD etc. On the plus side if I would've bought for off-roading I would've spent a lot more up front and probably would've got the Quadra-Lift and then figured out I couldn't put 32" tires on it. (notice how I convince myself that what I did was the best possible option...oh yeah, that's how you ensure happiness right there)




Who told you that you can't fit 32s on a quadra-lift?
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Re: Anyone mod their JGC for serious off roading?

Hi FSUnole, welcome to the JGC family! I wish you a good many miles, hours and trails out in the middle of many nowheres. Besides the Rockies you are close to the American southwest and the Four Corners area and there are some great places to explore.

About your rig, you'll be fine and just a few mods will enable you to do more. No need to go crazy. It is the skill of the driver that is the most important 'equipment' you can bring along. Learn more, do more, find local clubs and people you trust that like to do the type of wheeling you want to do. Use this forum to find these people, and I also recommend expeditionPortal dot com. They have a Four Corners regional sub forum there you might want to check out: Four Corners - Expedition Portal

Every rig has capabilities and limitations. You can expand the performance envelope by modding your rig, or by buying a Wrangler, or buying a Unimog (https://www.google.com/search?q=Unim...vid=1098874667). I'm not trying to be ridiculous but am trying to make a point. The most skilled driver driving your rig can run circles around an idiot driving a Unimog.

If you learn what your rig and you are capable of, you will be far ahead of the game. My rig before my JGC was a 2001 Honda CR-V with 5-MT tranny. I added taller AT tires and some lights and drove that thing all over, including places that many Wrangler owners don't take their rigs. 222,000 miles later, my son now has it and I'm now learning what me and my JGC can do.

Have fun! Oh and invest in some basic extraction gear: hi-lift, tow strap, shovel, traction mats (carpet scraps can work).
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Re: Anyone mod their JGC for serious off roading?

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I have a 2012 with QT II and tow package. The first thing I bought was skid plates and installed them. I did go on some off-road trails (Mineral Creek, Imogene pass, Engineer Pass) near Ouray and also some nearby Denver (Argentine Pass, etc).

I did not want the troublesome air suspension although it would have been nice to have on the trails. I also picked up JKU wheels/tires from a 2012 JKU and they fit fine on the WK2. It also lifted my Jeep a bit on those wheels.

Aiyer, what skid plates did you buy for your rig? I had the 2 plates installed @dealer when I bought mine, the salesman said the plates equalled the Trail Rated badge, but yesterday on the dunes the front plate sheared off when I nosed in hard. All bolts broke off except for one. The other damage was the soft shroud underneath the front end, so I just removed that too.

I don't think the skid plate protected any internals from damage. After removal everything else looked okay. The front of the plate scooped a bunch of sand like a shovel when I nosed in, and the plate tore off from the underside mounts. I'll post a new thread, with pictures.

I need more plates now and am interested in what you went with.
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Who told you that you can't fit 32s on a quadra-lift?
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BigCat, nice wheels. What size are they, and what are the tires?
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