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nope and I was ok.
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Re: The 2014 Grand Cherokee is quite capable off-road

I may have missed this, but did you have QDII? or the QTII
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Re: The 2014 Grand Cherokee is quite capable off-road

Great pictures!! You have to take the Jeep off-road at least once a year.. otherwise, it won't be happy and make you visit the dealership. LOL.

I was amazed on how well my Jeep handled the trails last year near Ouray. It is sad that a majority of Jeep owners do not take their vehicles off-road.

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Re: The 2014 Grand Cherokee is quite capable off-road

I have the lowly V6 with QT-2. No limited slip differential for me. I am sure it would be an improvement but it did more than super OK with just low gearing and EBDL.
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Re: The 2014 Grand Cherokee is quite capable off-road

The WK2 is fantastic off-road. I use it almost exclusively for weekend off-road trips here in Colorado now that I have another car for my daily driver. It's so awesome being able to drive a luxurious, comfortable vehicle 2-3 hours to get to the trail, and then being able to take that same vehicle on the trail. It's more capable than any Wrangler besides the Rubicons because of the superb 4WD system, unless you're crawling over boulders or something where you need the clearance.

The biggest investment you can make to improve the WK2's off-road ability with the QL suspension is an air compressor. The ride quality is so much better if you air the tires down to ~20 psi, especially over rocky terrain in the OR1/OR2 modes (you don't technically need the air compressor for this, but you really don't want to get back on the highway without re-inflating). Grip is better too. Good tires will help a lot too, the stock Michelins sucked, I successfully got Jeep to replace them with Goodyear Silent Armors so as to comply with the window sticker (which advertised "On/Off-Road tires").

I've taken my WK2 Overland to some pretty hairy places. I love the looks I get. People in Wranglers struggle to get up a steep, loose, rocky hill, and then when they finally make it up after three or four tries they get out just to watch me come up behind them, no doubt ready to watch the "mall crawler" fail. The WK2 just claws its way up, no drama, no effort. All the while with the A/C, satellite radio, ventilated seats, etc. running. It feels like cheating, really.

Yeah, you might have to be a bit more careful with tire placement than some guy in a lifted Wrangler who doesn't care about scratching his bumpers, and you might have to take the trail a little slower if it's really rocky, but that's a small price to pay.

Just about the only thing I regret about getting the Overland is that the interior is so nice I feel guilty about getting it dusty.

BTW, the little scratches in the clear coat from branches and shit like those shown in your picture attract dust when they're fresh, but once you wash the car you'll never see them again unless you get out a fluorescent light and a magnifying glass. If you ever forget to tell the dealer not to wash the car when it's in for service, they'll do more damage to your paint in 5 minutes than years of branch scraping like that.
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Re: The 2014 Grand Cherokee is quite capable off-road

I've taken my Altitude out on a few trails here in CO as well. I have some scratches that probably cannot be buffed out (I'm not sure though, as I've never had a scratch "fixed" before).

They can definitely climb fairly well, for a 5k lbs, 5 passenger, leather seated, Alpine-audio equipped quasi-luxury ride.

I've bottomed out / hit some stuff underneath a few times which makes me want to add the skid plates, but then again better wheel placement probably would have allowed me to miss those spots anyway.

I upgraded to the stock 20" size in Nitto Terra Grapplers, and I've yet to air-down when on the trail. Not saying it shouldn't be done, just saying that I haven't even gotten to that point. If I start spinning, I usually put it in 4-lo and climb right up. Probably wouldn't need 4-lo if my tires were aired down in the first place.

It is sort of funny seeing peoples' faces when out on the trail though. They'll be in a mid-90's Toyota Tacoma with a roll cage, or a wrangler on 33's, and then I come cruising up with a freshly washed, blacked out, 20" wheel Altitude.

Figured I'd add one of my YouTube videos, where I was only on 2 wheels for a few seconds:
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Re: The 2014 Grand Cherokee is quite capable off-road

Thank you all for your pictures and stories. I'm glad I went for the Off Road II as I almost ordered only Off Road I. I can't wait to take the GC on some trails. The drive from Ouray to Silverton is a great drive. I did it in a rented Suzuki Sidekick 4-door in 1994 with no problem, the Jeep will be so much smoother. Glad there are so many trails within a few hours from Denver!
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Great pictures!! You have to take the Jeep off-road at least once a year.. otherwise, it won't be happy and make you visit the dealership. LOL.

I was amazed on how well my Jeep handled the trails last year near Ouray. It is sad that a majority of Jeep owners do not take their vehicles off-road.

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Any pics from Moab?
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Re: The 2014 Grand Cherokee is quite capable off-road

My 2013 Trailhawk has already seen a decent amount of off road use in its 11,000 miles. I have owned many Jeeps and this one impresses.
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Re: The 2014 Grand Cherokee is quite capable off-road

Awesome!! You have the V6, right? And you hill ascent control? I thought only the V8 had this feature?

Also, glad you see your radar detector was still plugged in. You can never be too careful!!! :-)

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Awesome pics and stories...glad I got the OR2 package on mine. I can't wait to go on a road trip, vacation time can't come soon enough.


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Awesome!! You have the V6, right? And you hill ascent control? I thought only the V8 had this feature?

Also, glad you see your radar detector was still plugged in. You can never be too careful!!! :-)

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Gosh, the Indiana troopers are sneaky...I was expecting one to pop out of the bush !

Yes, it is a V6, yes it has the Hill Ascent and Descent Control and Selec-Speed modules as well. I have explained its use elsewhere, having tested it more recently in a snow-covered parking lot. Essentially your have to be in 4-LO, stop, engage the button, then using the paddle shifters, limit your speed to be used. Preferably point up- or down- hill, you will not use your brakes or accelerator. The brakes will, the accelerator will not work (you can press hard, the car will not move any faster) until you disengage it. The car will move very very slowly - i can remember that there were times in my little off-road experience when I disengaged it because I was moving too slowly downhill.

I am yet to see a good description of the Selec-Speed system in a factory manual - some say that via the paddle shifters you control the highest gear that you are allowing the car to use. Maybe so, but the system is called Selec-Speed, not Selec-Gear, and it be assinine to program the 8th gear as the highest you can use in conjunction with another feature (HDC / HAC) that only works when you are in 4LO. And 4LO itself can only be used up to 30-40 mph.
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