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I would love to hear ideas for trails in southern Vermont, so. New Hampshire.
Looking to do some light offroading in the NH area. Im from Mass and don't know of any trails locally. Let me know if interested.

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Re: Trail Run Plans/Reports

I'm still awaiting delivery of my 2014 JCG Diesel. I've been trying to find some decent areas to explore in so VT and so NH. Right now I'm trying g to see if 4WDs are allowed on the OHV trails in Pisgah State Park.
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Re: Trail Run Plans/Reports

I just brought a 2010 Grand Cherokee and want to lift it a bit, can I just install larger springs and shocks or is there anything else that needs to be changed, i was only thinking of a couple of inches ?
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I just brought a 2010 Grand Cherokee and want to lift it a bit, can I just install larger springs and shocks or is there anything else that needs to be changed, i was only thinking of a couple of inches ?
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Here ya go. Old Man Emu offers different types of springs for the 2 inch lift depending on how much front and rear weight load your WK will typically carry. Such as winch, bull bars, towing, etc.

http://www.oldmanemu.com.au/old-man-emu-suspension-selector/
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Talking My First Trip

So I took my new 2015 WK2 JGC Summit Platinum 4x4 Diesel for it's first offroad trip last weekend (I hadn't even had it a week yet). I just moved to the San Diego area so I didn't know where to go and ended up just searching online. We ended up going east on the 8 into Cleveland National Forest and taking some trails near Bear Valley Road. It performed pretty well for being bone stock. We took one of the trails up a mountain until we ran into a gate and had to head back down. On our way back to the main road we saw some washes and little trails off the main trail and decided to take a few of them. Wow was it worth it. These trails were pretty much flat so I could get the beast going a bit and then 2 of the trail made circles right around a single tree each. Of course that meant drifting around trees in the dirt!!! :-D After that we headed back to the road and a large puddle we had seen on the way in. Now that I had been hooning around a bit, I wasn't as tentative about baptizing my new car in the mud so we pulled off the trail and started plowing through the puddle! It was so much fun! After a few trips through I left my buddy at the other end and had him video it. Then I got out and was going to video him taking her through it...That's when I noticed a piece of plastic hanging down underneath her. That's what I get for taking her out before my skid plates came in. :-/ We stopped, pulled it off and called it a day. On the way out we also found my front license plate bracket and another plastic piece I am assuming cam from somewhere on my vehicle. All in all it was a great day and the damage is nothing really. Can't wait to take her out again!
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So I took my new 2015 WK2 JGC Summit Platinum 4x4 Diesel for it's first offroad trip last weekend (I hadn't even had it a week yet). I just moved to the San Diego area so I didn't know where to go and ended up just searching online. We ended up going east on the 8 into Cleveland National Forest and taking some trails near Bear Valley Road. It performed pretty well for being bone stock. We took one of the trails up a mountain until we ran into a gate and had to head back down. On our way back to the main road we saw some washes and little trails off the main trail and decided to take a few of them. Wow was it worth it. These trails were pretty much flat so I could get the beast going a bit and then 2 of the trail made circles right around a single tree each. Of course that meant drifting around trees in the dirt!!! :-D After that we headed back to the road and a large puddle we had seen on the way in. Now that I had been hooning around a bit, I wasn't as tentative about baptizing my new car in the mud so we pulled off the trail and started plowing through the puddle! It was so much fun! After a few trips through I left my buddy at the other end and had him video it. Then I got out and was going to video him taking her through it...That's when I noticed a piece of plastic hanging down underneath her. That's what I get for taking her out before my skid plates came in. :-/ We stopped, pulled it off and called it a day. On the way out we also found my front license plate bracket and another plastic piece I am assuming cam from somewhere on my vehicle. All in all it was a great day and the damage is nothing really. Can't wait to take her out again!
Extremely lucky you didn't hydrolock your engine going that fast through the puddle. And I'd be a little more worried about dragging the bottom around too. That plastic piece you removed was probably your front sump cover and behind that are some important things...looks like it even traveled down into the middle of the undercarriage and got stuck on something there. Not good.

Someone that wasn't so lucky with the same part (I think) breaking on theirs:

Front skid plate for WK2?

So there easily could have been some considerable damage to your Summit.
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Extremely lucky you didn't hydrolock your engine going that fast through the puddle. And I'd be a little more worried about dragging the bottom around too. That plastic piece you removed was probably your front sump cover and behind that are some important things...looks like it even traveled down into the middle of the undercarriage and got stuck on something there. Not good.

Someone that wasn't so lucky with the same part (I think) breaking on theirs:

Front skid plate for WK2?

So there easily could have been some considerable damage to your Summit.

Cheif products in Australia make a replacement for the front cardboard guard
Mopar does not make a metal replacement.
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Cheif products in Australia make a replacement for the front cardboard guard
Mopar does not make a metal replacement.
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www.cheifproducts.com.au

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Tell that to the other guy. He's the one who needs a new sump plate.

And I am definitely aware of the Chief Products replacement and actual protective part. I'm already in the process of saving up for one and the transmission plate.
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Extremely lucky you didn't hydrolock your engine going that fast through the puddle. And I'd be a little more worried about dragging the bottom around too. That plastic piece you removed was probably your front sump cover and behind that are some important things...looks like it even traveled down into the middle of the undercarriage and got stuck on something there. Not good.

Someone that wasn't so lucky with the same part (I think) breaking on theirs:

Front skid plate for WK2?

So there easily could have been some considerable damage to your Summit.
Yeah, I was probably being a bit too aggressive for not having the skid plates installed yet. I have ordered them and the pieces that were damaged and I hope to get them in and put them on by this weekend. I read through the thread you linked and that is actually a different piece that they were discussing. What came off on mine was the Transmission Shield (Part# 68191341AB). It didn't travel down the undercarriage, what you saw in the photo was that one of it was still bolted in place and the other end had torn through the bolt holes and was hanging down. One of the issues I think is that the bolt holes are too close to the edge of the shield (there is only maybe 1/4" or 3/8" of meat between the hole and the end of the shield). The piece I think your were talking about is called "Front Shield" (Part# 68037063AD) on moparonlineparts.com and that was damaged too. The same bolts that hold up the front end of the transmission shield hold up the back of the front shield and the front shield tore at through the bolt hole there too. Because of it's rigidity and that it is attached in more places (I think) it actually stayed in place other than that back end is hanging down about 1". Anyway, once I get the factory skidplates & the RRO pre-runner skidplate I ordered yesterday on it should be fairly bullet proof.
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Yeah, I was probably being a bit too aggressive for not having the skid plates installed yet. I have ordered them and the pieces that were damaged and I hope to get them in and put them on by this weekend. I read through the thread you linked and that is actually a different piece that they were discussing. What came off on mine was the Transmission Shield (Part# 68191341AB). It didn't travel down the undercarriage, what you saw in the photo was that one of it was still bolted in place and the other end had torn through the bolt holes and was hanging down. One of the issues I think is that the bolt holes are too close to the edge of the shield (there is only maybe 1/4" or 3/8" of meat between the hole and the end of the shield). The piece I think your were talking about is called "Front Shield" (Part# 68037063AD) on moparonlineparts.com and that was damaged too. The same bolts that hold up the front end of the transmission shield hold up the back of the front shield and the front shield tore at through the bolt hole there too. Because of it's rigidity and that it is attached in more places (I think) it actually stayed in place other than that back end is hanging down about 1". Anyway, once I get the factory skidplates & the RRO pre-runner skidplate I ordered yesterday on it should be fairly bullet proof.
Ah, I see. I thought it looked more like the location of the plastic trans cover, but saw in your other pic that it looked like the front cover, so I assumed it was the same piece.

Anyway, both of those pieces are a joke as far as protecting anything, granted I rather have them there than not, but they won't stand up to any abuse off road. If I were you, I'd replace that plastic trans cover with a real metal one, although Mopar, or anyone in the states as far as I can find online, doesn't offer one for nonsensical reasons.

I'd also say you'll be pretty far from bullet proof with that setup too, as much as I wish it was. The factory skid plates will definitely help out, but as I said, they are lacking with protecting everything that's being jeopardized, ie: both pieces you broke. And the RRO prerunner only protects about when the front sump cover starts at the front of your bumper, so it doesn't really protect or replace that part at all, although it's still better than OEM bumper setup for off road purposes.

I'd say these following setups would be much more bulletproof with the addition of your prerunner, but still not all the protection I'd want if I was really pushing it.


ASFIR skid plate set (Israeli based company)


Chief Products - Lower Front Guard, Front Sump Cover, Transmission Plate + the additional Mopar skids. (Australia based company)

I wish there were more options out there for us, like the WK has/used to have. 4xGuard makes a ton of parts for them, but show very little interest in WK2 platform unfortunately.

Keep us up to date with your mods and adventures though! Best of luck.
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