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Old 05-03-2012, 05:24 PM
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All Weather Capability package- am I missing out?

I got a Laredo X with the panoramic sunroof and nav system but after seeing the all weather package that comes with the select terrain and Q2 system for only $11 extra a month did I miss out on a good opportunity. Granted I don't see myself doing much offloading and we don't get much snow in DC but the option would be nice. I've only had the Wk2 for about 2 weeks (400mi on it) do you think the dealer would be able to add that package after the fact?
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Re: All Weather Capability package- am I missing out?

I'm in north Jersey and was lucky to find a Laredo E on the lot with the All Weather Package. So I wound up getting that one and took it home.

We get way more snow (in normal winters) and I have a steep driveway so I was looking for Q2. It could also come in handy at boat ramps for me.

I wouldn't worry about though in your case.
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Old 05-03-2012, 07:17 PM
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Re: All Weather Capability package- am I missing out?

I didn't know if the QT1 will be good enough for driving on the beach for example Island Beach in NJ? Also, I won't be towing anything and the offloading ill be doing will be minor trails and such. It does seem like it would be a nice to have but at the same time its also something that can go wrong. Dunno, I'm in between on the idea.
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Re: All Weather Capability package- am I missing out?

They can't add those features after the fact. You would have to trade in your Jeep for a new one.

I live in Canada where we get boat loads of snow and QT1 kicks some serious butt. I've also done some mild offroading (gravel roads, snowy farm fields, muddy trail) and no issue at all.
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Re: All Weather Capability package- am I missing out?

awesome, thanks Rage

do you think I should get skid plates put on for that sort of minor stuff?

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They can't add those features after the fact. You would have to trade in your Jeep for a new one.

I live in Canada where we get boat loads of snow and QT1 kicks some serious butt. I've also done some mild offroading (gravel roads, snowy farm fields, muddy trail) and no issue at all.
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Re: All Weather Capability package- am I missing out?

^^^Agreed I've owned all three types of 4 wheel systems. And you'd be very hard pressed to tell them apart. For snow any one of them is just fine. For rock crawling the top two systems do have an advantage of shifting power from axle to axle or tire to tire.
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Re: All Weather Capability package- am I missing out?

The front axle skid plate is mandatory in my opinion. The engine oil pan, on the 3.6L engine anyway, is extremely vulnerable. I purchased and installed the front axle skid plate right away. It completely protects the engine. A must have in my opinion.

The transfer case and fuel line skid plates are something I plan on adding down the road at some point. Not sure about the gas tanks skid plates. Looks like a major pain in the you know what to install.

With regards to the 4x4 systems, the quality of the tires is a big factor. I run Goodyear's Wrangler Silent Armor tires and they are outstanding!
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Re: All Weather Capability package- am I missing out?

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The front axle skid plate is mandatory in my opinion. The engine oil pan, on the 3.6L engine anyway, is extremely vulnerable. I purchased and installed the front axle skid plate right away. It completely protects the engine. A must have in my opinion.

The transfer case and fuel line skid plates are something I plan on adding down the road at some point. Not sure about the gas tanks skid plates. Looks like a major pain in the you know what to install.

With regards to the 4x4 systems, the quality of the tires is a big factor. I run Goodyear's Wrangler Silent Armor tires and they are outstanding!
What he said.
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Re: All Weather Capability package- am I missing out?

If I buy the skid plate and install it myself will I void the warranty? From the looks of it on Mopar's website it seems like you can just place and bolt on.

Also I have the 18in rims with Michelin Latitude Tour tires, is it that crucial to get new tires considering I have 18's and not the 20's. Thanks!


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The front axle skid plate is mandatory in my opinion. The engine oil pan, on the 3.6L engine anyway, is extremely vulnerable. I purchased and installed the front axle skid plate right away. It completely protects the engine. A must have in my opinion.

The transfer case and fuel line skid plates are something I plan on adding down the road at some point. Not sure about the gas tanks skid plates. Looks like a major pain in the you know what to install.

With regards to the 4x4 systems, the quality of the tires is a big factor. I run Goodyear's Wrangler Silent Armor tires and they are outstanding!
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Re: All Weather Capability package- am I missing out?

+1 on tires being more important than 4Lo in DC if you are on-road.
Silent Armors are a great choice, but I waited until I wore out the OEM Latitude tires (which didn't take long).
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Re: All Weather Capability package- am I missing out?

I live in the DC area and because I go down sketchy farm roads and through fields on a weekly basis I got the ORAI package since he All Weather Cap didnt have skid plates. I dont need the engine block heater.

I have lived in DC area all my life and will buy a separate set of wheels for a winter tires in early Dec for the winter months. Real winter tires are superior to ATs and no seasons. Its not even close. Winter tires also give better wet weather traction in Dc's cold winter rains.

With winter tires and the ORAI if I have to I drive through folks yards to get home and around DC's famous traffic jams in the snow.

Goodyears makes some of the worst AT and no season tires ever for DC area. The Wranglers on my Element had less dry weather capability then my Michelin winter tires

Remember AWD and 4wd dont help when braking or cornering.

Best tire store in DC area is Radial Tire in Silver Spring. They beat Tire Rack
prices and you are supporting a local business.
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