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ORAII package - weight

I tried searching this forum and Jeep's site. How much weight will I be adding with ORA2 package on Overland?

Trying to spec out my 2014 GC and I'm pretty much set on Overland. The problem is that I DON'T WANT 20" wheels, I like 18" ones better (more sidewall and cheaper/more choices of tires down the road).

I can add ORAII package for $275 which is nothing but I don't really need all that extra weight with V6 engine. I believe some time ago I've read that all the skid plates are about 200 lbs which adds substantially to already heavy vehicle. Don't looking to do any hardcore offloading - just deep snow, unpaved roads, maybe some light off roading to get to some obscure trailhead or campsite in the mountains. I camp, bike and hike A LOT so there will be A LOT of light offroading but nothing hardcore.


Maybe another option is to get 20" and sell/exchange them for 18" with somebody?
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Re: ORAII package - weight

18" wheels come with the ORA II package. You cannot order it with 20".
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Re: ORAII package - weight

I know, that's why I'm looking into this ORAII package - I want 18" instead of 20" (standard on Overland) but I don't want all the junk that ORAII comes with. For $275 it is not a big deal but I'm worried about the added weight.
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Re: ORAII package - weight

The dealer would probably happy to swap the 20's out for 18's from something they they have in the lot. They come out ahead since they can up charge whoever buys the car that has the 20's. it's a win win. Just ask
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Re: ORAII package - weight

Will ask and was actually thinking about the same...

Actually ORAII package seems like it is adding about 100 pounds according to this thread:

weight of Offroad II skid plates?
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Re: ORAII package - weight

The one single item that weighs the most with the OR pkg. is the full size spare tire. That being said, if the skid plates and the full size tire add 150 lbs. total that is less than having a passenger in the car (at least from my family). The effect of gas mileage would not be noticeable. And I like the idea of a full sized spare myself.
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Re: ORAII package - weight

Is full size spare standard on Overland? I this it is already standard on Summit and Overland. Optional on Limited/Laredo.
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Re: ORAII package - weight

You are correct (I'm used to the Limited), so the weight difference is even less and should be a non-issue. If I get an Overland next time I too would want the 18" tires/wheels and would not have an issue getting the OR option. More protection can be a good thing.
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Re: ORAII package - weight

Well if you were already getting a 4x4 than the only weight difference would be the potentially bigger spare (claim it's a full-size, but it really isn't) and the skid plates which wouldn't add much weight, 200lbs seems pretty high. 1/8" steel plate weigh about 5lbs per square foot and there isn't 40sq ft of skid plate. Either way it already weighs 5000+lbs so what's another 100 or so?
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Re: ORAII package - weight

The skid plates are easy to remove if you want to lose some weight, well the fuel tank skids may be tricky.

Skids do provide protection against that errant rock or tree limb in even mild off roading. Nice to have some underbelly protection if you happen to slide off the highway or go off highway to avoid a more serious accident. Its good insurance, certainly not a waste of wt or money IMHO. The OEM underbelly skids are not good enough for the hardcore. Those that are hardcore typically add to the OEM protection.
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Re: ORAII package - weight

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I camp, bike and hike A LOT so there will be A LOT of light offroading but nothing hardcore.
Where do you live?
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Re: ORAII package - weight

metro NYC area, that's why I don't really do any hardcore offroading but there is plenty of old logging roads, overgrown unpaved roads in Catskills and Adirondacks as well as some beach driving on Long Island. Also it can get very crazy in winter with a foot or two of snow ...

So ... it is more of a case of getting to where I want to be than going "off roading". I usually I run through the trails on my mountain bike.
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