So my Summit is D1, estimated for delivery on August 14 (playing "Where's My Jeep" with MOTS and VOTS is maddening!). I picked the Summit because I travel A LOT with my job (geology), and 90% of the travel is on-road so I wanted the creature comforts and tech.
However 10% of the travel is off-road, and can get rough. I dig the Quadra-Drive and the adjustable suspension, but I want to protect the vehicle as much as I can.
What are the qualifications for a Trail Rated rig? Is it just that the Summit is missing 18" wheels and skid plates? Those would be easy enough to order in and have installed when I take delivery. I certainly wouldn't object having a Trail Rated badge on the side too
Beyond that, any thoughts on rock rails that would protect the body and not significantly reduced ground clearance? Any other aftermarket additions you would recommend? I'm just trying to smartly get the best of both worlds, on and off road.