Originally Posted by f1anatic
Thanks for not taking it personal. I don't mean it that way, ultimately I am one of those who made a Subaru Legacy GT into a hybrid of OEM parts from the STI and the EVO cars. But I did it as OEM parts failed, over 11 years.
I will be in Sedona over Valentines day and I was going to rent a Jeep or 2 quads or a side by side ATV. I am flying in.
Yes I have driven my Jeep off road. Nothing to brag about by your standards there but I did it at an OHV park in Indiana and also in Wyoming. And yes, mine has ORA-2. But it also comes with acceptance of its limitations, such as lower speed and reduced articulation. ORA-2 is not meant for anything but negotiating over rocks and fording water, not for rally raid, Dakar style at high speeds.
When I asked you the question I had just finished reading an article on the Dakar rally. It was won by a RWD car. Yes fantastic achievement but it comes with a bit of cheating: much bigger tires (37" allowed for RWD vs. 33" for 4WD) and a 550 kg (yeah, kilogram) lower minimum weight than the 4WD. Which got me thinking why do manufacturers like to struggle by looking at highly customized one -off models like the RWD Peugeot or you with the QT-1 and so many more add-ons when they could achieve the same off road prowess much easier, by working from an existing proven platform like their WRC cars (or a Jeep with a low range gearbox) ?
Ill only reference the end of that...the low range gearbox. I have taken my Jeeps to the limits I plan to take them to. They arent meant, nor will I use them for "rock crawling" or anything that is meant for solid axle participation. To that end, I never needed 4L. I flicked it on once, to say I used it, in my 12...but nothing I do requires it. The computer and mechanics behind the dial of goodies is really just modern extras. I like to control everything myself with engine braking and pedal manipulation. downhill assist is not my cup of tea by any means. I do see their positive sides, I just dont need them. Ill get back to you after i go to Moab this summer tho. haha.
Seriously, message me when you get in town. Ill go with you to Broken Arrow or Cliffhanger in Sedona, it'll be a good time. Definitely check out Barlows Jeep rentals....they have nice rigs.