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If you go to jeep.com there is a for owners section that has great images and explains the differences between ask your options.... I would offer better info but I'm on my phone.

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Re: New guy needing advice on picking a WK

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So I've been doing my research and you guys have me changing my mind to a 4.7L V8. I may just wait a little bit longer to get a 2008-2009 model as it has a lot more power than previous years.

So which engine/drive train comes with what transfer case?
Quadra Drive II -
Quadra Trac II -
Quadra Trac I - I assume from what I have read this is the one on the V6 models as it has no neutral or 4-low?

Out of the Quadra Drive and Quadra Trac what's the better choice and why?

I hope you guys don't mind all the questions. I'm just trying to learn all I can before taking the plunge into something that I will own and deal with for many years.

This site will answer all your questions (with fancy pictures no less)http://www.jeep.com/en/4x4/systems_by_vehicle/)

As to which is better, it depends what you want to do and how you want to do it! For me, I went with with Quadra Drive II system as in daily use it requires no driver interaction (great when my wife is driving through the snow...she just points the steering wheel and the jeep goes!). For the REALLY rough stuff, it has a low range, and electronic limited slip differentials ensures if any one of the tires has traction, I can keep moving (*Note: In the description at the website above, the Quadradrive II system is listed as only having a rear ELSD, the WKs with QDII feature both front and rear ELSD).

If you are not planning on doing any serious off roading, the Quadra-Trac 1 system would be more than sufficient. A full-time system, it is the simplest to use and is still more capable than almost all AWD systems you see on lesser off-road vehicles.

Quadra-Trac II is a sort of in-between, it is in AWD most of the time, but can shift power between the front and back axles if one pair of wheels looses traction. It can not, however, split power from left to right (only front to back). It does have a low-range.

So, as you can see it's really a choice depending on what you want to do with your Jeep!
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Re: New guy needing advice on picking a WK

I would like to add that the Quadra-Trac 2 does use a more responsive programing in the Electronic Brake Diff than the Quadra-Trac 1. I can vouch for this sytem as in the recent snow/ice that I encountered in Indiana a couple weeks ago it was very effective in slowing the spinng wheel and that caused the other wheel on the oppsite side to start working. It was quite impressive really for not having a true limited or locking differential in the axles. That being said, the Quadra-Drive 2 in the WK is the most sophisticated, most bad-ass factory 4wd system anywhere, in any vehicle, at nearly any price. (Our HMMWV in my Guard unit is what I consider the ultimate, but they are kind of expensive In my opinion, if you really relish off-roading, DEEP off-roading, hold out and get the Quadra-Drive 2 If you just want regular Jeep off-road capibility, which is still way better than anything eles out there short of the Rang Rover, the Quadra-Trac 2 would be the system to have. It also has low range. If you just want outstanding all weather capibility and don't care about smashing granite and such, then the Quadra-Trac 1 will be just fine. This is of course my personal opinions. Others will chime in I'm sure. Also, don't be afraid about asking questions here. This forum has the kindest, most helpful bunch of people I have EVER come across in a web-community. BAR-NONE. Must be a Jeep thing
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Old 02-12-2012, 01:07 AM
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Re: New guy needing advice on picking a WK

Alright, I'm back now from my "week vacation with the Explorer." It has been the biggest pain in the ass this last week.... Ugh.... Stupid CEL.........
Well I can say, I went to the dealership, saw a few WK2s and I'm impressed with em. They are a big improvement with certain things over the wk, but I still dislike the IRS, as that's why I hate my Explorer. I figure I'd be going one for one with a wk2 but Id "upgrade" a little with a WK with the live axle set-up.

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Re: New guy needing advice on picking a WK

I agree with mosier. I have a 09 black laredo 4.7 with QD2. Amazing Jeep! I picked the gen2 over the hemi when i bought it new. It lacks off the line a bit but comes alive after 3K. It is very smooth. I had a 99 4.7 QD for 10 yrs before the 09. I was lucky enough to find a laredo 4.7 with QD2. The hemi's are nice but you cant go wrong with the 08-09 4.7's
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Re: New guy needing advice on picking a WK

Natsuto;
What motor do you have; the 3.7L?
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Re: New guy needing advice on picking a WK

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Now that's what I really want. Finding one is a different story...

alot of diesels (2007-2008)in canada, i am not sure they would be legal in your state? Wait another year and get a 2013 jeep diesel, i believe they will be 50 state legal, over 30 mpg reported from europe already! But $$$$$$!
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alot of diesels (2007-2008)in canada, i am not sure they would be legal in your state? Wait another year and get a 2013 jeep diesel, i believe they will be 50 state legal, over 30 mpg reported from europe already! But $$$$$$!
I've seen a few for sale, but not enough $$$$ to buy any of em.
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Re: New guy needing advice on picking a WK

Alright, so its been a while, but I have looked at two.
A V6
and....
A 4.7L V8
The 4.7L really impressed me with the low end torque. They feel more crammed than the Explorer, but after getting used to it, it isn't too bad. I'm going to look at a 04 GC Freedom Edition tomorrow.

A picture of the V8
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Re: New guy needing advice on picking a WK

Looks like that is a 2006?. If you liked that gen 1 4.7, which has 235bhp, the 2008-2010 gen 2 has 305bhp Right now there are some pretty good deals on those if you look carefully. What's the mileage and price? Which 4wd system and what trim level?
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Re: New guy needing advice on picking a WK

It is a 2006. Im not too impressed with the power (for the size of displacement), but its so much better than the 3.7. Getting on the freeway it felt gutless.

98k, $13495, Laredo. No clue on the traction system. It has the lever with 4 lo and neutral next to it. Im guessing Quadra Trac II?
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I put in an ogden zip 84404 and came back with some ok deals on auto trader theres an 05 limited(upscale interior and 4wd system) with a 5.7 hemi on there for 13,569 HOPE I DONT GET IN TROUBLE FOR MENTIONING THE DEALER BUT ITS AT BOUNTIFUL TOYOTA
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