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2014 JGC Overland Off-road mod suggestions

I have a 2014 JGC Overland (not trail rate) with the following:

*3.6 ltr - v6
*Quadratrac II
*Quadralift
*Select Terrain
*265/50/20 BSW all season tires


With a $2k budget, what mods or upgrades would you suggest to increase off-road capability?

Some thoughts:
*more aggressive tires, maybe 18"? 90% will be hwy/city
*Skid plates and door rock rails
*Fender flares

Thoughts???

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Re: 2014 JGC Overland Off-road mod suggestions

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I have a 2014 JGC Overland (not trail rate) with the following:

*3.6 ltr - v6
*Quadratrac II
*Quadralift
*Select Terrain
*265/50/20 BSW all season tires


With a $2k budget, what mods or upgrades would you suggest to increase off-road capability?

Some thoughts:
*more aggressive tires, maybe 18"? 90% will be hwy/city
*Skid plates and door rock rails
*Fender flares

Thoughts???
More aggressive 18" tires and wheels will avoid the risk of damaging the rims offroad in rough or rocky terrain.

The skid plates are a must have for any rough country offroading. The rock rails are nice to have if you're going to be rock crawling or on areas with large rocks, but not so necessary on dirt or mud.

Don't worry about fender flairs at this point. They may provide some protection from rocks being thrown up, but the other things you mention are more important for not getting stuck or damaging something expensive.

If you don't have tow hooks, you might want to look into those. If you're new to offroading, don't go alone into rough areas by yourself. If you aren't new to it, that's still not bad advice, though I do it now and then.
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Re: 2014 JGC Overland Off-road mod suggestions

Thanks Mike.

I do have tow hooks, would a wench be advisable, or do people do without?

I was looking at Rocky Road skid plates, any thoughts on these or better?

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Re: 2014 JGC Overland Off-road mod suggestions

18 inch rims and ATs in an LT construction, will allow you to run lower pressures offroad.
Skidplates, particularly replace the plastic/felt cover under the sump. It gets ripped off easily and can get pushed up into the engine bay.
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Re: 2014 JGC Overland Off-road mod suggestions

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Thanks Mike.

I do have tow hooks, would a wench be advisable, or do people do without?

I was looking at Rocky Road skid plates, any thoughts on these or better?

Chuck
Winches are good. They can get you out of a lot of problems. You might look into some of those land anchors if you get a winch. There isn't always a tree or big rock where you need one.

My Overland came with the stock skid plates, as has every other 4x4 I've bought, so I can't advise you there.
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Re: 2014 JGC Overland Off-road mod suggestions

Winch is always good. But if you are a "soft" off-reader that drives within the capabilities of the WK2 and doesn't pretend to be wheeling in a Wrangler with 33" tires, then all you need is 4 Maxtrax or Tred recovery plates. You also want a nice tow rope and the related attachment accessories and of course a versatile radio. Lastly, bust most importantly, you need some companions.
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Re: 2014 JGC Overland Off-road mod suggestions

Main thing is to get AT tires, they make all the difference, mine came with 20's and for offroad i have a set of 18 wheels with AT tires.

A good tow rope so somebody can pull you if neccesary.

And the under plates so your bottom is protectd.

With those 3 things you should be ok for all light to moderate offroad, then again if you are going to extreme off road you should consider winch and other things.

Dont forget to take out before you go the lower fron fascia, if you dont you most probably will damage it, its easy to take out and definitely first thing you should do before leaving the house.

Hope the info helps you, have fun and when you get back share the pics and experience.
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Re: 2014 JGC Overland Off-road mod suggestions

You can start hitting the trails now with what you have. Find a local club or some folks you know (& trust!) who like to wheel. Start gingerly, especially without skid plates.

Definitely get skid plates. That is #1. Define an integrated system including front protection, and make sure the parts will fit together.

Recovery straps and a Hi-Lift. And a CB radio.

You can do a fair amount with the stock 20s but 18s and taller AT tires will be much better. I'm still on my 20s and stock tires and they're doing plenty for me now. When the tires go I will get a little taller AT 20s. I do 95-98% on road, 2-5% off road. The 20s will do a fair amount but 18s will give you more capability.

Those will bite into your $2K, and while you have been wheeling a little as you acquire & install these, you'll have a better idea on how to spend the rest.

Rock rails can come much later. So can the winch. Learn how to use the Hi-Lift. Post pictures!
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Re: 2014 JGC Overland Off-road mod suggestions

Completely agree that skid plates are priority 1. Even for on road, never know what debris you might run over.

In addition to the good advice in the other posts, consider a portable compressor to air back-up if you won't have a local air source.

Allow me to ask, if not having a winch, what is a good quality, reasonably priced, all-in-one kit for getting your JGC or another vehicle back on the road, assuming your Jeep W2K has front tow hooks and a rear receiver?

I'm thinking in winter snow, and someone has spun off the road or is stuck in snow. What is the bare minimum essentials (no winch), in a good kit?
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Re: 2014 JGC Overland Off-road mod suggestions

Most probably there are more experts here than me...but my suggestion would be to get the Gator Jaw Shackels, I use them all the time and much better and equally stronger than metal ones, metal might break and cause damage to your vehicle..or worst..to somebody.
And you can get a good tow rope also, dont know if you can place links to stores here...but check or google bubbarope.com, I got my tow rope plus the gator shackles from them...and would be by far my recommendation.
Have fun...be safe...and share pics.
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Most probably there are more experts here than me...but my suggestion would be to get the Gator Jaw Shackels, I use them all the time and much better and equally stronger than metal ones, metal might break and cause damage to your vehicle..or worst..to somebody.
And you can get a good tow rope also, dont know if you can place links to stores here...but check or google bubbarope.com, I got my tow rope plus the gator shackles from them...and would be by far my recommendation.
Have fun...be safe...and share pics.
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Those shackles look great, Victor, thanks for the recommendation.
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Re: 2014 JGC Overland Off-road mod suggestions

If you are using hooks, then you dont need shackles, get a decent snatch strap and you will be able to get out of most situations. As said previously, air compressor should also be on the list but remember to drop your tyre pressures.
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