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How do I get "Trail Rated"?

I recently purchased a 2011 GC Overland. I noticed it lacks the "Trail Rated" badge. I do a fair amount of light off-roading (espcially during hunting season).

Does the lack of the badge simply mean I'm lacking skid plates, decent all terrain tires, and tow hooks?
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Old 02-23-2013, 09:09 AM
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Re: How do I get "Trail Rated"?

I believe you have to have either the Off-Road Adventure Group 1 or 2 to be "trail rated."
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Old 02-23-2013, 09:17 AM
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Re: How do I get "Trail Rated"?

There is a section at Jeep.com that explains what is required to be considered, by Jeep, to be trail rated.


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Re: How do I get "Trail Rated"?

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I believe you have to have either the Off-Road Adventure Group 1 or 2 to be "trail rated."
I understand, however what does the "Off Road Adventure" pacakge include that my non-trail rated Overland does not.

In other works what do I need to add for a sense of protection off-road??
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Old 02-23-2013, 09:21 AM
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Re: How do I get "Trail Rated"?

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There is a section at Jeep.com that explains what is required to be considered, by Jeep, to be trail rated.


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I read that, however all it says is about articulation (I have Quadra Lift, so I don't think there's an issue there). It talked about the Terrain Mgmt System (which I also have). It, however, doesn't mention the "little things" like skid plates, two hooks, etc....thats what I'm wondering about.
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Re: How do I get "Trail Rated"?

you would have needed to buy the off road adventure group 2 to be trail rated.

From Jeep:

Off-Road Adventure II Group
When your adventures take you through untracked terrain, you'll want to be sure that your vehicle is purpose-built to handle it. Grand Cherokee Overland and Overland Summit have a ready-made group of components that are designed to work as a system. Top of the list is the full-protection, solid-steel Skid Plate Group (front suspension skid plate, fuel tank skid plate shield, transfer case skid plate shield, and underbody skid plate). Other key features include:

Trail Rated® Badge
Tow Hooks
Quadra-Drive® II 4WD system (if equipped with 5.7L V8 engine)
Selec-Terrain® system
Quadra-Lift® Air Suspension system
18-Inch Aluminum Polished Wheels
Michelin® P265/60R18 OWL On/Off-Road Tires
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Re: How do I get "Trail Rated"?

here is a link to what the trail rating means

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Re: How do I get "Trail Rated"?

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you would have needed to buy the off road adventure group 2 to be trail rated.

From Jeep:

Off-Road Adventure II Group
When your adventures take you through untracked terrain, you'll want to be sure that your vehicle is purpose-built to handle it. Grand Cherokee Overland and Overland Summit have a ready-made group of components that are designed to work as a system. Top of the list is the full-protection, solid-steel Skid Plate Group (front suspension skid plate, fuel tank skid plate shield, transfer case skid plate shield, and underbody skid plate). Other key features include:

Trail Rated® Badge
Tow Hooks
Quadra-Drive® II 4WD system (if equipped with 5.7L V8 engine)
Selec-Terrain® system
Quadra-Lift® Air Suspension system
18-Inch Aluminum Polished Wheels
Michelin® P265/60R18 OWL On/Off-Road Tires
Ah yes....this is what I was looking for...so basically I need skid plates (if I don't already have them) and tow hooks.
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Re: How do I get "Trail Rated"?

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Ah yes....this is what I was looking for...so basically I need skid plates (if I don't already have them) and tow hooks.
and you have to have 18 inch rims, not 20's.
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Re: How do I get "Trail Rated"?

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and you have to have 18 inch rims, not 20's.
Right....not too concerned about that...I don't plan on doing any crazy rock climbing. For my off-roading, the 20s will suffice. I could use some better rubber though.
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Re: How do I get "Trail Rated"?

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and you have to have 18 inch rims, not 20's.
Not really. Jeep Grand Cherokee 70th Anniversary edition has 20" wheels and is trail rated including the trail rated badge. Model year 2011.
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Re: How do I get "Trail Rated"?

Trail rating is a marketing gimmick, regardless of the marketing information on Jeeps web site, basically it is just a badge. Buy the badge, stick it on and your just as trail rated as any other. There has been lots of discussion here and the short story is that there is no technical or consistent rhyme or reason for why one vehicle gets trail rated and not another. For example, our Liberty has a trail rated badge, but no skid plates, no low range, the largest rimmed street tires... the only difference between it and a non trail rated is the badge and the touch screen radio...

Now if your questions is how to make the WK2 better/best off road using OEM parts, well thats the skid plates, tow hooks and good off road 18 inch wheels/tires.... oh and the badge
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