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Laredo X - Off Road Equipment

Real newibe off-road question. So I have a 2011 Laredo X without any ORP. I'd like to start doing some off-roading, but since I lack skidplates, full size spare, tow hooks, I'm a little nervous to damage and/or get stuck without the proper equipment. I know I don't have low gear, but I'll deal with that.

The skid plates are easy enough to put on, but does a full size spare fit in the compartment where the temp is? If I get stuck without tow hooks can someone pull me out by the axle or would you recommend getting tow hooks installed.

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Re: Laredo X - Off Road Equipment

You definitely need tow hooks to start with. Next, I would then go with skid plates and then the full size spare last. The full size will fit where your spare is now.

And always do any off-roading with a buddy with a capable vehicle.
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Re: Laredo X - Off Road Equipment

The base laredo doesn't come with a full size spare?
Thought they all did?
OP, I'd go check that spare. I thought they were all a 245/65/18 with a black steelie 18" wheel?

While yes, the tire is not exactly the same size as what your Jeep probably came with, they are all the same diameter.
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Re: Laredo X - Off Road Equipment

Yeah, any serious offroading, you want some skids. If you don't to get the full set right away, I'd recommend the gas tank skids first since the tank is in a pretty vulnerable place and is covered by a flimsy plastic shield.

If it gets stuck, you don't want to try and pull it out by attaching to the axle or other suspension component. It's a two and a half ton vehicle so you'd just asking for trouble.
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Re: Laredo X - Off Road Equipment

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The base laredo doesn't come with a full size spare?
Thought they all did?
Space saver spare is standard on Laredos and Limited.

Full size is only standard on Overlands or if you get trailer tow or offroad packages.
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Re: Laredo X - Off Road Equipment

Thank you all for some very useful info.

So I'll start with tow hooks. Generally speaking I understand the need for the skid guards, but are the gas tank, axle, etc more protected in a jeep without ORP then say your typical car or even other suvs on the market.
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Space saver spare is standard on Laredos and Limited.

Full size is only standard on Overlands or if you get trailer tow or offroad packages.
was the question ever answered if a "full size spare" will fit in the spare compartment on the Laredo? I really prefer having one with the amount of driving i do.
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So I'll start with tow hooks. Generally speaking I understand the need for the skid guards, but are the gas tank, axle, etc more protected in a jeep without ORP then say your typical car or even other suvs on the market.
The gas tank, IMO, is *less* protected in the WK2 than in most other vehicles. It's on the bottom of the vehicle, under the rear passengers. It would nicer to have it tucked up farther, underneath the cargo area / behind the rear bumper. But then they'd not be to put that spare tire under the cargo floor.

There is a factory skid plate over the transmission, that is standard. My guess is that they felt a strong need to put a factory skid plate there, and not just make it optional like all the other plates, due to the outcome of their road testing.

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Re: Laredo X - Off Road Equipment

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was the question ever answered if a "full size spare" will fit in the spare compartment on the Laredo? I really prefer having one with the amount of driving i do.
I have a full size spare in my Laredo X - because I bought the vehicle with OR1.
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Re: Laredo X - Off Road Equipment

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was the question ever answered if a "full size spare" will fit in the spare compartment on the Laredo? I really prefer having one with the amount of driving i do.
The first poster did say it would fit. Now Jeeters said he has a full size in the ORP1 pack, but is it possible the well is deeper? probably not.

I guess everything is a sum of the parts, but it bugs me no end that jeeps doesn't give full size spares on these vehicles, especially since they are capable off-road and more stuff happens so taking a trip with a full size spare is much more reassuring.
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Re: Laredo X - Off Road Equipment

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The gas tank, IMO, is *less* protected in the WK2 than in most other vehicles. It's on the bottom of the vehicle, under the rear passengers. It would nicer to have it tucked up farther, underneath the cargo area / behind the rear bumper. But then they'd not be to put that spare tire under the cargo floor.

There is a factory skid plate over the transmission, that is standard. My guess is that they felt a strong need to put a factory skid plate there, and not just make it optional like all the other plates, due to the outcome of their road testing.

That's great info, thanks. Interesting that they would leave the tank so vulnerable.
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Space saver spare is standard on Laredos and Limited.

Full size is only standard on Overlands or if you get trailer tow or offroad packages.
I have a 2011 Ltd with late 2010 build date and have a full size spare.
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