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Hi Everyone,

This is Ken from Carol Stream, IL. I am new to this forum BUT have been reading the great posts. I appreciate the honest opinions and recommendations that I read here.

Here's my situation: I am currently doing research (sometimes research overload) on replacing my 2002 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer V8 with a 2012 Jeep GC Limited in Mineral Silver with Black Interior. I have been driving Explorers for the past 18 years. Unfortunately, the new Explorer turned out to be a cross between a mini van and SUV. I call it a "Yuppie Shopping Cart"

1. I'm undecided on whether to get the Penestar V6 or the Hemi V8? I need to pull a 4K lb. deep V Lund. I'm unsure if the V6 can handle, not only the 5K lbs in vehicle weight & the 4K lb boat weight?

2. Can anyone explain to me the difference with regards to the 20" tires vs the 18" tires? I really like the look of the 20's but I am unclear if there is a performance difference?

3. Last but not least, is the Quadra Drive II the way to go? My understanding is the Quadra Drive II id the best 4 wheel drive system for off roading and the Quadra Trac II would be the way to go for my needs in the midwest and for towing? I'm not looking to climb rocks, etc. Main concern is towing and driving in the midwest winters?

I know this is a long post BUT wanted to get my questions out to everyone. Like I said earlier, I rely on what the REAL reviews on the GC are, what the members reaaly have experienced is so much more reliable than what you find on the websites.

Thank you for your time!!!! Happy Trailering!!
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Old 02-18-2012, 12:08 PM
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Hi Ken:
There are many posts here regarding all 3 of your questions. Just do a search.
IMO I cannot comment on engines. I do not do towing and find the 6 is fine for me. 20" wheels and low profile tires look great but since I do not plan on doing any cornering at racing speeds I do not need them. Remember they have less give and therefore might ride harder than the 18" tires. You also have more tire replacement tire choices for 18" and prices are lower for buying and installing. Tire spin controls are very good even without QD. Unless you plan major offroading you can probably live without it.
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researching is the fun part, lots of good threads here. since you're in IL you're close to a Fields Jeep dealer/sponsor here. i got my JGC Overland delivered from them to Ohio
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