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First off I know I should have gotten the off road package. Kicking myself now since I moved from Texas to Colorado. I've got the '14 Laredo 4x4 with the tow package. I've already managed to bottom it out on some rocks and put a dent in the under carriage (hey its a jeep, I ain't mad ) I've been reading around and saw some people with the Eibach All-Terrain lift and it looks really nice. Eventually I'd like to make this jeep fully off road capable like... I'd hate to say it but like my buddy's FJ I'm not sure what his ground clearance is but it's definitely way higher than what I've got currently. Is that Eibach going to be close to the same height? His is stock but has the full off road package which is pretty sick.

Is anyone on here on the same path? I'd like to do the lift, bigger tires and eventually a mean looking front bumper with winch for the brush I'm seeing on the trails. In addition to the obvious skid plates I know I need. Now that I've got the off road bug I can't let my friend win!

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Re: Anyone mod their JGC for serious off roading?

Which 4wd system do you have?


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Re: Anyone mod their JGC for serious off roading?

And roughly where in Colorado?
Have you checked with your dealer sales or mechs to see what they recommend for the area you want to drive in?

Local 4wd clubs? Specialty off road shops?

You could make that thing almost as good as a Pinzgauer if you have the budget...
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Re: Anyone mod their JGC for serious off roading?

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Which 4wd system do you have?


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Another reason I should have gotten the off road package. I got the basic 4wd auto system. The dealer that sold me the car knew zero about the 4wd systems... Texas tries to act tough but in reality no one drives off the highways. Had to special order because of their lack of 4x4s

I'm in the Denver area. I haven't checked into any clubs out here yet. Most people out here that do this stuff have the wrangler. There are lots of 4x4 shops but I figured you guys may have more knowledge about JGC stuff.

Yeah budget isn't there yet, saving for a wedding but as soon as that's over it's not about her as much! At least that's what I tell myself Trying to do the research first so I can have all the plans laid out.
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Re: Anyone mod their JGC for serious off roading?

The reason for the "which 4x4" system question is that the QuadraTrak I system doesn't have low range or the SelectTerrain feature. For "real" off road, you ideally want the QuadraTrak II (or QuadraDrive II if a Hemi) to give you best advantage. There are some other desirable features, too, such as the hill decent feature, etc.

If you don't have the knob just in front of your center storage compartment that allows you to choose "auto", snow/mud, etc, then you have QT-I. That doesn't mean you cannot do the off-road stuff; it just means you don't have the advantages of the higher level drivetrain for that purpose.
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Re: Anyone mod their JGC for serious off roading?

Welcome to the area! We bought a '13 JGC TrailHawk recently, and I've been wanting to do a little off-roading as well. I think we're going to do the Jeep Jamboree in September.

I've never looked for any offroad clubs, but it honestly had never occurred to me. I may look around and I'll share what I find.
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Re: Anyone mod their JGC for serious off roading?

I know you don't want to hear this - but you might be better off considering trading for a model with 4WD LO Range before you start dumping money into off-road mods.

It's your money and your call - but I wanted to mention it before you go too far down that road.


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Re: Anyone mod their JGC for serious off roading?

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I know you don't want to hear this - but you might be better off considering trading for a model with 4WD LO Range before you start dumping money into off-road mods.

It's your money and your call - but I wanted to mention it before you go too far down that road.


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Damn I was afraid to hear that! This is my first 4x4 but I had a feeling when I first got in that not having that knob was going to kill me! Was already trying to talk the fiance into trading her acura in to get a wrangler so I can fix that up so maybe I'll just be more aggressive lol. At the very least I can still get some more aggressive tires. Do you think that lift will still work with this 4wd system? On camping trips with the dogs I'd still like to have confidence on the clearance.
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Damn I was afraid to hear that! This is my first 4x4 but I had a feeling when I first got in that not having that knob was going to kill me! Was already trying to talk the fiance into trading her acura in to get a wrangler so I can fix that up so maybe I'll just be more aggressive lol. At the very least I can still get some more aggressive tires. Do you think that lift will still work with this 4wd system? On camping trips with the dogs I'd still like to have confidence on the clearance.
I wouldn't panic.
There are all sorts of driving/camping areas where a Honda can make it in and out on the east side of the mountains.
Have even seen Acura MDX on Oh My God road--just takes a bit of dodging in a few places.
On the east slopes, there really aren't that many places where hardcore low range and high clearance are truly needed.

If you are on the western area near Grand Junction, you have a lot more places to leave the trail--there a low range and higher clearance has more value, particularly if you like to crawl dry washes for rock hounding, etc.

I'd take the new missus out on some of the more moderate trails, and if she gets interested in being able to hit the boondocks, it might be an easier sell to get a Wrangler Rubicon, or even just an Overland with the OR goodies.
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Re: Anyone mod their JGC for serious off roading?

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.



Like others said, if you want to do serious off-road driving, better to get a Wrangler for it. The WK2 does real good off-road, but you will reach its limits soon without expensive mods.

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Re: Anyone mod their JGC for serious off roading?

You can sure put on more aggressive tires. I don't know how well the gas V6 will do with bigger tires but I'm sure it's been done.

I just mean that trying to make it a trail rig is going to be a stretch.

Turning it into a fun truck to go places off the beaten path is very doable


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Re: Anyone mod their JGC for serious off roading?

Lift, tires, skids, tow hooks, etc., are all no problem for your Laredo. But as others have mentioned...it's not a Wrangler.
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