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Hello all, have lurked on this forum for a while, finally decided to join, have a 2012 Jeep Compass Limited FDII with a few things done to it





It isn't just a pavement princess I offroad it quite a lot. I know most people don't view the MK platform as very capable, but for what it is it does quite nicely. Bought a spare rear diff, in the hopes that I can somehow fashion a locker into it, ongoing project right now.

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Hi there, you are right, you definitely do not see Mk's setup for wheeling…..that being said, you should be able to hook up a locker, or get a posi installed….just go to any decent jeep/offroad shop and inquire….I would think a air locker would be best, plus you have a compressor onboard for easy air up after wheeling….if you don't already air down your tires, you should be….

would you consider upgrading to a new Cherokee Trail hawk? already has a rear locker and some decent features….

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Thanks for the reply, unfortunately all the companies I've gone to have decided not to make anything up for me, Lokka showed interest but once I got them all the measurements they decided to stop communicating with me.

It's unfortunate because the lack of power is what kills the offroad ability of the MK platform. You can read about my Locking diff project here

I haven't given up yet though.


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Missed your last part............I absolutely would consider upgrading to a Cherokee TH. As a matter of fact my wife has an Active Drive II Limited (same driveline as TH no rear locker) and it is a fabulous vehicle. I really didn't buy my compass to offroad it 2 years ago, but things changed and I wanted to do something different. My best friend has a Cherokee TH and my sister just bought one as well (I guess jeeps in the family).

All along I have wanted a WK2 Grand Cherokee. The new KL is awesome but there is a lack of aftermarket parts and they can't be lifted, which is why I think I would lean more towards a WK2 when I get my next vehicle.
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Missed your last part............I absolutely would consider upgrading to a Cherokee TH. As a matter of fact my wife has an Active Drive II Limited (same driveline as TH no rear locker) and it is a fabulous vehicle. I really didn't buy my compass to offroad it 2 years ago, but things changed and I wanted to do something different. My best friend has a Cherokee TH and my sister just bought one as well (I guess jeeps in the family).

All along I have wanted a WK2 Grand Cherokee. The new KL is awesome but there is a lack of aftermarket parts and they can't be lifted, which is why I think I would lean more towards a WK2 when I get my next vehicle.

Someone has to be able to do a locker if you really want it…..like I said I can't see how it would be that difficult…specially with an air line running up into the cabin….I will check out your link…

Im sure more will come out for the TH as the following grows, and it look like to you it would be a perfect fit...……as for WK2 that is a great platform too…..if you do go Wk2…I suggest the diesel, small lift, 33-35's...
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Hey fellow hosers!

There are only a few guys who have managed to stuff a bigger tire than me in a WK2, 33's(metric of course), needs quite a bit of front pinch weld work, some felt liner trimming, and most important is wheel offset.

There is one guy in the local jeep club who recently got a TH Cherokee, I hate to admit I kinda like it

Nice Compass, welcome to forum, whereabouts in Canada are you from?
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WickedXJ How ironic you post in this thread, I've referenced your vehicle before! Mostly because of the headlights, i'm looking to do the same thing, but with the non-premium housings as i'm just after the projector for the low beams, the 2011+ Compass uses the exact same headlamps as the 2011-2013 WK2's. Bulb wise its a straight swap over, H11 lows and 9005 Highs with 7443 Signals.

I love you WK2, to be honest i'm completely happy with my compass, it just doesn't quite go far enough offroad for my liking. NExt thing on my list is to dynamat (or similar brand) my vehicle to get it quiet. It's not bd for roadnoise, but my wife's KL Cherokee is crazy quiet.

My friend with the TH offroads his lots, and I love them as I said before.

My ideal WK2 would be a

Diesel Overland with ORII with some bigger tires, that would give me enough offroad performance to make me happy.

How does the WK2 4x4 system work without the rear ELSD, the Brake Lock diffs on my compass work great, but without the power it actually bogs me down in some places, i'm assuming with the low range, the QT-II system is more than enough for most people?

I'm located in Saskatoon SK
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Re: New Member from Canada MK Compass

I often thought the compass lights were the same as the WK2.

So... you could put in a set of 14/15 HID/LED's like mine?? Think about it If you need any wiring harnesses made just contact jeep_addicted here, he makes great stuff and is a wealth of knowledge.

I have thought about going after a diesel, but can't justify buying a 65-70k SUV and treating it the way I treat mine. Mine's almost paid for and has only 28k kms. Though I do have 3 outstanding recalls right now, and a fourth coming for airbags, I still love mine, especially since Chrysler has stepped up and extended the cylinder head warranty, mine is bound to go someday...

I have been happy with QTII, though I'd be lying if I said I have really tested it. Regular winter trips to Whistler, and a handful of offroad adventures that really weren't much more than fsr's... I mostly use sport mode, helps hold gears a bit longer on hills so it doesn't fall flat on its face with my wheel/tire combo, and also when towing.

Good luck, I'll have to pop over to your forum sometime...
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Here is what WK2 Halogen Projector lights look like on my compass =)








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