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Old 01-18-2013, 05:53 AM
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Hey Mendo,

I am heading up to Fraser on Sunday. Will be staying up at Orchid beach.
Was wondering if you ventured up that way on your recent trip how the conditions were?
If you went up to Sandy cape, what was the bypass track at Ngala rocks like, was it passable?

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Hiya Brett,


When I was up there a few months back, before any 'fix', I went over the bypass on the way up as the tide was wrong but over the rocks on the way back a few days later. No issues at all. Towing a 1 ton trailer too.


It was slow going and I did follow a bus......
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:40 AM
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Unfortunately my GC was not updated yesterday. This is of course a huge disappointment especially considering the run around I have been given and being told that it was available.

When I picked it up and was told that it was not done, I was told that Chrysler HO told them that if the fix had to be done immediately they would have to remove the transfer module and send it to Melbourne to get updated. This would mean the vehicle would be out of action for a week - which I declined.

I will be ringing Tracey today to get her version of events as it seems the dealers are being given mixed messages from HO. Tracey originally told me that they would be shipping a module over to Perth ready for fitment to my GC yesterday.

John Hughes have been fantastic, I lay this issue at Jeeps feet not the dealer. Btw for anyone in Perth, they are about $100 cheaper per service than any other dealer.

As for the front tow hook, my dealer did the righty by me. When I got a quote, they asked me when I ordered the GC and said if it were before the 20th of Jan we could apply to Jeep for a free fitment.

I'm heading out on the sand again this weekend. I will have to keep it in 4wd low. I can confirm that this does prevent you getting stuck, as I have had the 'service 4wd' light come on several times whilst in this mode and the 4wd remains engaged.
Sullz,

I had a good chat to Shona today - seems there are only two people who can do the upgrade - which is consistent with your story. The good news is that the official fix is expected to be due out next Friday and that will be able to be completed as per a normal software upgrade.
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Old 01-18-2013, 03:42 PM
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Hey Mendo,

I am heading up to Fraser on Sunday. Will be staying up at Orchid beach.
Was wondering if you ventured up that way on your recent trip how the conditions were?
If you went up to Sandy cape, what was the bypass track at Ngala rocks like, was it passable?

Thanks
Hi Brett. Yes we were at orchid too. Conditions were pretty good it was dry so Indian was soft but we did it easy. It was actually worse getting up champagne pools as it was soft / narrow and there was a huge jump up halfway-up. We towed a land cruiser ute that had lost 4wd up from there to up to orchid beach. Again, we did it easy but it was a rough ride at pace up the hill. A mate went for a day trip down the island and took it a bit slow on the way back up and got stuck on top of this jump up.

We did go to the sandy cape. The first crossing at the nagala rocks was good. We didnt bottom out at all on ORII setting. The sand through was very soft but passable. I heard a few days later there was a car stuckin the soft sand at the first crossing that caused a three hour delay. The next set of rocks we were able to go around on the beach and over the rocks We wouldn't have got up the inland track. It had been really badly dug out and only the toughest and highest vehicles would have got up there. Looking now at google earth there are a few entrances to get up to the second inland track but it wasn't needed...

Up at the cape was fantastic. We saw two sharks, the biggest was a 1.5 meter whaler swimming through the gutters and over the sand bars. We also saw heaps of turtles and stingrays and a few dolphins.

Did you hear people have been stung by box jellyfish there over the last couple of weeks?

Safe trip. Looking forward to hearing how you get on. Enjoy!
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Old 01-18-2013, 05:58 PM
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Hi Guys

All this talk of Fraser begs the question of where the surf rods are being carried? I have a couple of 13 foot rods, was thinking of getting a cargo basket and getting a frame built with rod holders to attach to the basket.

Any other ideas (apart from a front nudge bar) or recommendations on the cargo basket that suit the stock rails?

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Old 01-18-2013, 07:16 PM
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Re: Grand Cherokee + sand = FAIL

Hi Carver, thanks for the update, very impressive going with a camper trailer!

Thanks for the great update Mendo. I will definitely have a walk through the ngala bypass tracks before attempting. It's great to have this sort of info before going.
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Old 01-19-2013, 01:47 AM
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Hi Brett. Yes we were at orchid too. Conditions were pretty good it was dry so Indian was soft but we did it easy. It was actually worse getting up champagne pools as it was soft / narrow and there was a huge jump up halfway-up. We towed a land cruiser ute that had lost 4wd up from there to up to orchid beach. Again, we did it easy but it was a rough ride at pace up the hill. A mate went for a day trip down the island and took it a bit slow on the way back up and got stuck on top of this jump up.

We did go to the sandy cape. The first crossing at the nagala rocks was good. We didnt bottom out at all on ORII setting. The sand through was very soft but passable. I heard a few days later there was a car stuckin the soft sand at the first crossing that caused a three hour delay. The next set of rocks we were able to go around on the beach and over the rocks We wouldn't have got up the inland track. It had been really badly dug out and only the toughest and highest vehicles would have got up there. Looking now at google earth there are a few entrances to get up to the second inland track but it wasn't needed...

Up at the cape was fantastic. We saw two sharks, the biggest was a 1.5 meter whaler swimming through the gutters and over the sand bars. We also saw heaps of turtles and stingrays and a few dolphins.

Did you hear people have been stung by box jellyfish there over the last couple of weeks?

Safe trip. Looking forward to hearing how you get on. Enjoy!
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Re: Grand Cherokee + sand = FAIL

Hey guys how do you remove the positive thermal protector from under the hood. Trying to get the air compressor going put the positive terminal is hidden under the red plastic thing. I cant remove the red plastic thing to get the clamp on. Do I pull it up or push it sideways or what. Any help would be appreciated?
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Ignore the query above.

Lost the protector for the negative terminal somewhere in the bonnet. Covering the negative terminal with black electric tape for now.


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Re: Grand Cherokee + sand = FAIL

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Did you take the air-dam off for this?
I encountered similar conditions around Kingfisher bay on Fraser a few months back. Did not take the air dam off, however I did damage the plastic "skid plate" (if you could call it that) between the front bumber and engine skid. Also the adaptive cruise sensor was knocked loose. I don't think removing the air dam would have helped with that though...
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Sullz,

I had a good chat to Shona today - seems there are only two people who can do the upgrade - which is consistent with your story. The good news is that the official fix is expected to be due out next Friday and that will be able to be completed as per a normal software upgrade.
Thanks for the update telliotaus. That would be right. I'm heading down south Friday morning and planned on doing some beach driving. I'll have to just keep it in 4wd Low.
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Re: Grand Cherokee + sand = FAIL

No kept the air dam on. Any soft stuff we were on ORI for the most part didn't have any trouble. I did have my wife and 2 year old in the car for most of it so was never going too hard. (Except up champagne pools). Like another member I lost the front cover in front of the tow hook late in the week. I should have taken heed and removed it..

Brett I believe you can remove the radar quite easily for off road stuff I know it's a little late but for any overland drivers going offroad it is worth investigating.
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Ignore the query above.

Lost the protector for the negative terminal somewhere in the bonnet. Covering the negative terminal with black electric tape for now.


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The negative terminal does not have or need a cover, as Long as the red one is on the positive all is ok
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