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Re: 2014 Grand Cherokee - Features & Changes

After looking at the standard equipment for a V6 Overland 4x4, would not going with the Offroad II kit really just leave me without the skid plates and 18" wheels? That's really the only difference I could find for a truck with that option vs one without...

I like the 20" wheels much better and can always add skids later for a lot less than it would cost to change the 18s to 20s.
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Re: 2014 Grand Cherokee - Features & Changes

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After looking at the standard equipment for a V6 Overland 4x4, would not going with the Offroad II kit really just leave me without the skid plates and 18" wheels? That's really the only difference I could find for a truck with that option vs one without...

I like the 20" wheels much better and can always add skids later for a lot less than it would cost to change the 18s to 20s.
You mention adding skid plates, presumably for going off road. Are 20's, with such a short sidewall, a good choice?



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Re: 2014 Grand Cherokee - Features & Changes

Snofire, do you ever sleep. I have noted over hundreds of pages how you appear at any and everytime of day/night. A lot of Aussies are now spending time on the new thread set up by Milous - 2014 Grand Cherokee - Australia. I have just called on the Aussies to run that thread to 10,000 posts about their experience on how their dealer explains the Overland/Summit debacle when Milous' information finally is conceded too by Fiat-Chrylser Australia. It may help to pass the time while we wait the arrival of the cars or in Chevvies or Scotts lingo....the "trucks".
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Old 02-14-2013, 09:51 AM
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Re: 2014 Grand Cherokee - Features & Changes

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You mention adding skid plates, presumably for going off road. Are 20's, with such a short sidewall, a good choice?



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I just really prefer the 20s over the 18s and could do without the plates and offroad for the time being. Purchasing and installing plates later is too easy and I could get everything I wanted. I guess it's just the wheels are priority over the plates if that is the only difference..
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:04 AM
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I just really prefer the 20s over the 18s and could do without the plates and offroad for the time being. Purchasing and installing plates later is too easy and I could get everything I wanted. I guess it's just the wheels are priority over the plates if that is the only difference..
I'm sure you could find someone with a Limited who might want to swap their standard 18"s for your 20"s, or the dealer may do it with a Limited on the lot.

The 18" ORA2 wheels are the same as the standard Limited 18"s from everything I have read.

Oops, edit. misread, though you wanted the 18"s ... never mind....
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Re: 2014 Grand Cherokee - Features & Changes

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After looking at the standard equipment for a V6 Overland 4x4, would not going with the Offroad II kit really just leave me without the skid plates and 18" wheels? That's really the only difference I could find for a truck with that option vs one without...

I like the 20" wheels much better and can always add skids later for a lot less than it would cost to change the 18s to 20s.
+ 1 on this. And I'd pickup an extra set of used / take off 18 inchers and put off road tires on. You can get Jeep wheels for almost nothing on Craigslst.
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Snofire, do you ever sleep. I have noted over hundreds of pages how you appear at any and everytime of day/night. A lot of Aussies are now spending time on the new thread set up by Milous - 2014 Grand Cherokee - Australia. I have just called on the Aussies to run that thread to 10,000 posts about their experience on how their dealer explains the Overland/Summit debacle when Milous' information finally is conceded too by Fiat-Chrylser Australia. It may help to pass the time while we wait the arrival of the cars or in Chevvies or Scotts lingo....the "trucks".
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You mention adding skid plates, presumably for going off road. Are 20's, with such a short sidewall, a good choice?



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On a dealer sponsored Jeep gathering last fall there were two GCs with 20" wheels. Both of them pinched holes in the tire side walls in a rocky section of trail. If running 20" tires/wheels it would be prudent to stay on groomed/bladed dirt or gravel roads and out of any rocks.
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Re: 2014 Grand Cherokee - Features & Changes

Not to mention a much higher risk of damaging those pretty 20" wheels due to them being closer to the ground when doing serious offroading.
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Re: 2014 Grand Cherokee - Features & Changes

Offroading will be light if there are 20s on the truck. Id rather have the wheels I like and add the plates for, at the very least, peace of mind, than have them and not like the look of the truck that will see pavement 99% of the time.

So really I just need to know if the ORA II option just adds skids for a V6 Overland 4x4 (aside from the wheels)...
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Not to mention a much higher risk of damaging those pretty 20" wheels due to them being closer to the ground when doing serious offroading.
No offense, and this obviously isn't aimed at anyone in particular, but I question how many ppl who'll buy an optioned out mid-size SUV actually do anything remotely resembling "serious off-roading."

Maybe it's just me, but where I come from, "serious" off-roading means gutted interiors, aftermarket beadlock wheels, tires that wouldn't last 20k miles with anything more than occassional highway use, steel bumpers with winches, and obviously the "my truck is bigger than yours" lift kits. However, I have seen some stock-ish ride height Wranglers and GC's hold their own on the trails, so you guys are fine there..

But seriously, how many of you guys looking at Overlands and Summits, and even loaded Limited's, plan on taking them "off-road" more than once every blue moon?.. I find in my observations that those who are overly concerned with built in off-road ability, never use it, and those who really do live on the trails, don't care what the factory installed, cause they'll strip it off for aftermarket stuff anyway. But hey - that's just where I come from.. To each his/her own.
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No offense, and this obviously isn't aimed at anyone in particular, but I question how many ppl who'll buy an optioned out mid-size SUV actually do anything remotely resembling "serious off-roading."

Maybe it's just me, but where I come from, "serious" off-roading means gutted interiors, aftermarket beadlock wheels, tires that wouldn't last 20k miles with anything more than occassional highway use, steel bumpers with winches, and obviously the "my truck is bigger than yours" lift kits. However, I have seen some stock-ish ride height Wranglers and GC's hold their own on the trails, so you guys are fine there..

But seriously, how many of you guys looking at Overlands and Summits, and even loaded Limited's, plan on taking them "off-road" more than once every blue moon?.. I find in my observations that those who are overly concerned with built in off-road ability, never use it, and those who really do live on the trails, don't care what the factory installed, cause they'll strip it off for aftermarket stuff anyway. But hey - that's just where I come from.. To each his/her own.

I would say I am in this boat and agree 100%. My GC will see pavement/gravel most of its life, but I do plan on going offroad some. If all I cared about was capability, Id be buying a Wrangler. I like the looks, performance, size, ability and luxury of the Grand Cherokee. Its a whole package. The great thing about this vehicle is it can be the soccer mom mobile as well as a capable offroad machine.
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