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

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Figured I'd add one of my YouTube videos, where I was only on 2 wheels for a few seconds:

Holy Shhhhh that video was scary.
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Re: The 2014 Grand Cherokee is quite capable off-road

Awesome thread!

When I first got mine, I had this image of it in my head as an off-road beast and took up into the hills immediately. There were some pretty sketchy situations the WK2 rolled through like it was nothing and the skid plates even got some loving on that trip too. Tested and protecting as they should.

On my way back out from this unknown trail I took, things got a little scary when I had to cross my fingers and go for it over a precarious gap that could've easily ended with a bent frame, but BLOO just trucked through it. The only shortcoming I found, when climbing a hill, was the Sadteras not wanting to grip on the loose dirt. But with that said, the thing really performed as an amazing and capable off-road vehicle with bare bones trim features.

I just wish I would've taken a picture of that gap and had my passenger catch a video of my face as I went over it too.
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Here's some of my many. ..

Where was this at?
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Re: The 2014 Grand Cherokee is quite capable off-road

The first three are Harquahala Mountain in Salome, AZ. Second two are in Box Canyon in Wickenburg AZ. The remainder are trails off of Table Mesa Road and Castle Hot Springs Road in New River, AZ, both not far from Lake Pleasant.
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Re: The 2014 Grand Cherokee is quite capable off-road

I forgot if I ever put these pictures taken in the mountains around Jackson Hole Wyoming last year. While it started out as a dirt road, the more I gained in elevation, the rougher the road became and the tighter the switchbacks.

I actually kept going a little past 8,500 feet to a little lake if memory serves me right. It was 4th of July and the rain and darkness was coming. Kind of stupid of me to do that...For reference, Jackson Hole airport is a 6,451 feet.

This seems to be appropriate
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The first three are Harquahala Mountain in Salome, AZ. Second two are in Box Canyon in Wickenburg AZ. The remainder are trails off of Table Mesa Road and Castle Hot Springs Road in New River, AZ, both not far from Lake Pleasant.
Interesting that you did not remove the lower facia.
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Re: The 2014 Grand Cherokee is quite capable off-road

I have in other places. Often do it on the trail if needed. Clearance is deceivingly adequate most of the time.
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Re: The 2014 Grand Cherokee is quite capable off-road

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Well that's cause y'all have Garage Queens.

You bought your cars for your wives and for shopping mall curb mounting. My wife came along and enjoyed most of the run and did not mind the scratches on HER car. She said she is proud of the battle marks. I will cut through her bull* and will restore her car to a shining greatness as much as possible (short of painting) so she can proudly park it next to the poorly abandoned shopping mall carts spot, where they can start moving when the wind blows. Most of the dirty traces did not translate into scratches. I just got quoted 100$ to visibly remove most of those scratches. I'll check tomorrow with the body shop that I keep on a retainer and get a second quote.

What is the purpose of having all that off-road technology if you are not going to use it and/or enjoy it? From now on I will only resume my off-road adventures to barren places like Colorado / Wyoming and high altitude mountainous/desert terrains where scratching is unlikely. If there was anything I resented - were the branches scratching the car. But as I said, I had to try it to validate my purchase. So as far as I am concerned, the Grand Cherokee can walk the talk. It is not a car for this kind of exercise but it will do fine.

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

Thank you for the statistics.

The first Subaru I ever took off road was my Legacy GT in 2005. Hunting. Then in 2008 I went to mammoth cave, KY, in 2008 Subaru. It was hotter than hell, and since we took turns with the cave walk and I had to stay with the dog, I off-roared the crap out of it. Pretty scenic out there. Then in 2011, before I got married, I rented twice the then new Grand Cherokee, which saw some light off road around Aspen CO and on a farm in Quebec, Canada. Things get better, we've been taking our 2009 Forester everywhere including off road when hunting. The Forester is one solid machine. Oh, and I forgot that in 2007 I did take a Forester to the greatest road in the world, at least according to BBC Top Gear, in the Carpathian mountains of Romania.

I dig Subarus, but the recent direction taken with engine and transmission choices mean one thing: hanging on to my turbocharged Legacy long enough to either afford an Audi S4 no older than 1 year or afford losing the warranty when I supercharge an Infiniti Q50.

PS I hope the expectation is not that I have great shots of every off-camber shot. Yes, in the Jeep (silver) I did take that road to the left until I reached the muddy snow parts at which time my passengers started freaking out.

The dirt road onto which the red 2008 Forester is not that bad, but I recall it to be much worse in other spots.

Ah the good old times of Subaru Cruises of the late 2000s. And on this forum, you can't even get 2 Jeeps together. I was one of the 3 lucky people tasked with leading 32 Subarus through S-W Wisconsin, and still be stealthy to the cops. Sometimes we got lost, as shown in the shots below. Taking the Subaru a few miles on that dirt road was good ...but not quite as memorable as the one I did a few years later, with the same crew, at the end of which a number of us had dust on the inside of the throttle body.

Nobody shits on our 2009 Forester. That includes pheasants.
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Re: The 2014 Grand Cherokee is quite capable off-road

I just spend a few days in Arizona, Sedona and Flagstaff to be precise. I rented a Jeep Wrangler and put it to good use on the Schnebly Hill and the Broken Arrow trails. We did not take too many pictures or video while driving, we were too concentrated, my wife acted as a navigator. In fact she drove down on Schnebly Hill and I had to concentrate on the road just as much - that place has too many stones; boulders and rock cuts that could slash or puncture the tires.

By all accounts, the Broken Arrow trail was nice and less intimidating than Schnebly Hill trail. On the Schnebly Hill there were lots of SUVs, Foresters, Highlanders, and the Pink Jeep and Hummer tours. I was always afraid of a tire puncture and that kept me a bit tense. I did it in 4-HI for the most part.

Broken Arrow trail was the playground of Jeeps. Yes there was a Toyota pickup truck but the rest of the vehicles there were Jeeps, private or Pink Jeep. I did it in 2 hours, complete with taking pictures but I feel sorry for the folks on the Pink Jeep tours who shelled 99 bucks each to ride. Sure they got to experience it, but at what cost? Pink Jeeps seems to be making money hand over fist, I moved over for 8 Pink Jeeps on Broken Arrow, and 2 of the drivers were the same (as I was going up I let them go past) and as I came down I met with them again, coming up.

As for the Jeep, it did fine. Stock car (Trail Rated) it had just the right amount of articulation. Broken Arrow was done all in 4-LOW and with ample use of the HDC (Hill Descent Control). It worked mighty fine on the Stairs and on the last descent to the main access road, it almost made it uneventful and unremarkable. Yes I pissed some folks for moving so slowly but tough shit. I am a n00b and I am going to take it slowly.

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I guess I had a few more. At any rate, if you find yourselves in Sedona, go off-road.
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