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Old 11-30-2013, 06:22 AM
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Re: A year in my TRAILHAWK

Boat towing positive experience confirmed.
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You pulled with yours correct?
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Old 11-30-2013, 09:13 AM
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You pulled with yours correct?
Correct - wrote a little report in a new thread in the 2014+ forum - last I looked no comments

since then I discovered what y'all prob already know - you find what gear the transmission is using just by knocking the lever over to manual
So, the trans seems to be picking 7th gear for me - highway towing

(actually don't know if it ever uses 9th gear - except only when I tell it to)
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Correct - wrote a little report in a new thread in the 2014+ forum - last I looked no comments

since then I discovered what y'all prob already know - you find what gear the transmission is using just by knocking the lever over to manual
So, the trans seems to be picking 7th gear for me - highway towing

(actually don't know if it ever uses 9th gear - except only when I tell it to)
1) Did you feel that the bumps in vibrations translate from the trailer through the hitch and into the cabin a little bit more on the Cherokee then whatever your past vehicle was? It seemed like I noticed a little bit more chatter from the trailer then what I did in my Wrangler could be my imagination though.

2) I have not yet seen mine use 9th gear a single time.
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Old 12-01-2013, 06:39 AM
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1) Did you feel that the bumps in vibrations translate from the trailer through the hitch and into the cabin a little bit more on the Cherokee then whatever your past vehicle was? It seemed like I noticed a little bit more chatter from the trailer then what I did in my Wrangler could be my imagination though.

2) I have not yet seen mine use 9th gear a single time.
1)Yes, but I thought what I heard and felt was the clearance between the factory receiver and the adapter. The adapter was part of the trade and it seems to be a quality part but other than the banging around in the factory receiver all was smooth and good. I was going to wrap some innertube rubber around the adapter for a fix.

2) One Internet reviewer made a comment like 9th gear was
"mostly hypothetical". I suppose it is and like my mountian bike that has upteen speeds where I use 5 or 6 of them.
In the case of our Cherokees, I guess the 9 speed makes the EPA happy and I am happy with its adaption program for my driving (stomp on the gas/stomp on the brakes) - works good!
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Re: A year in my TRAILHAWK

I've seen an interview with a Jeep engineer and an exec who were asked about the tranny. they pretty much said that you'd see 9th in downhill situations.
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Re: A year in my TRAILHAWK

Tow rattle is a big problem in small vehicles like this. The ball mounts are purposely made to be loose to avoid them rusting/seizing in the hitch. The end result is it sounds like your vehicle is falling apart on every bump.

Best thing you can do is buy an anti rattle hitch pin. It will use some type of nut or shim to pin the ball mount to the side of the hitch to eliminate most( none get rid of all )of that noise.

Don't waste your money on the ball mounts that have the isolator inside that claim they do it. They do not.
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1)Yes, but I thought what I heard and felt was the clearance between the factory receiver and the adapter. The adapter was part of the trade and it seems to be a quality part but other than the banging around in the factory receiver all was smooth and good. I was going to wrap some innertube rubber around the adapter for a fix.

2) One Internet reviewer made a comment like 9th gear was
"mostly hypothetical". I suppose it is and like my mountian bike that has upteen speeds where I use 5 or 6 of them.
In the case of our Cherokees, I guess the 9 speed makes the EPA happy and I am happy with its adaption program for my driving (stomp on the gas/stomp on the brakes) - works good!
Interesting. My hitch seems to be sized just right. In fact the bar I used in my Wrangler and my Armada won't even fit in my Cherokee. Now, that being said I modified this bar by welding a couple "beads" along the top side of it to tighten up the gap when I used it in my Armada as it was a very sloppy fit.

Again the noise/feel was very subtle and not an issue. I'll report back on it after another trip.
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Thanks to the the recent ice storm I've had plenty of time to get out and do some real off road driving. As with basically every other aspect of this vehicle I'm EXTREMELY pleased. I've owned about 12-14 4×4 vehicles including couple with lift and larger tires. I've even had a wrangler. However the TrailHawk set up I'd no joke! The locking rear end make a huge difference. I've had it on ice, in mud, in sand, on rock, steep grades etc all of it was effortless. I wish I had pictures to share but its cold out there.
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Thanks to the the recent ice storm I've had plenty of time to get out and do some real off road driving. As with basically every other aspect of this vehicle I'm EXTREMELY pleased. I've owned about 12-14 4×4 vehicles including couple with lift and larger tires. I've even had a wrangler. However the TrailHawk set up I'd no joke! The locking rear end make a huge difference. I've had it on ice, in mud, in sand, on rock, steep grades etc all of it was effortless. I wish I had pictures to share but its cold out there.
Good to hear and good confirmation of what we knew to be true about our Trailhawks. The first time I hit low range with the rear locked and the first time I used the sport setting did it for me - there has been nothing like these vehicles before. Wonder what the future will be for the very fine Trailhawk, if they will be generally acknowledged and accepted, if there will be a following?
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