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Old 08-26-2015, 11:53 PM
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Who's gone 4 off road in their Summit

Just curious, any Summit owners who have taken their Summit off-road.

What kind of adventures have you had.

Not talking about rock crawling, just some adventure.

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Old 08-27-2015, 10:10 AM
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Re: Who's gone 4 off road in their Summit

There's nothing that really limits the Summit from going off-road, at least outside of "extreme" locations. It's the same vehicle as other trim levels with QL and SelecTerrain. Yes, putting on skid plates is a good idea for obvious reasons and the typical tires on Summit are not the best for the rougher areas, but otherwise it will perform just fine. With a little hand-crafting work on the front fascia, you can put on the tow hooks for recovery from the front (and keep a recovery hook for the hitch receiver available for rear recovery)

I have not had my Summit off road in anything harder than dirt roads or a muddy parking area at a horse show as well as deep sand on a beach, but wouldn't be concerned with it if I did. Of course, I have a MY12 which is actually an Overland..."Summit" at that point was just an add-on package, rather than a separate trim level. But I'd feel the same way with a MY14/15/16 Summit, with the caveats expressed above. No problem, although clearly the Summit is marketed as a street lux vehicle.
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Old 08-27-2015, 10:56 AM
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Re: Who's gone 4 off road in their Summit

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Just curious, any Summit owners who have taken their Summit off-road.

What kind of adventures have you had.

Not talking about rock crawling, just some adventure.
I take mine off-roading regularly. I have done quite a few mods but I feel like I can go pretty much anywhere. I would feel a little apprehensive about doing all the hardest spots on the Rubicon but other than extreme rock crawling, this thing can do almost anything.
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Re: Who's gone 4 off road in their Summit

So far the most I've done is take it through some dirt and through large areas of water that everyone else was avoiding and was going around really slow. I pretty much just zipped on through.

For those that say that's dangerous to do because I have no idea what's under it, I knew the roads pretty well and how deep the water was.
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Old 08-27-2015, 01:47 PM
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I take mine off-roading regularly. I have done quite a few mods but I feel like I can go pretty much anywhere. I would feel a little apprehensive about doing all the hardest spots on the Rubicon but other than extreme rock crawling, this thing can do almost anything.
Thanks, I also wanted all the tech and comforts but also to go off road.
I probably won't do as much as you but certainly will read about your build and borrow a few ideas.

I have a '15 JGC Summit with the skid plate option.

My biggest concern is the lower front fascia.

I will upgrade my tires and buy a set of 18" rims for winter & off road. Most likely BF Goodrich all terrains.

I really appreciate your build as I was having slight buyers remorse for going with the Summit over the Overland but you have eliminated that.

The Summit was a great choice!!

I will be in touch for some details and read the excellent posts you have made.

Cheers from Canada.

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Re: Who's gone 4 off road in their Summit

Here is a link to a more recent 4x4 review from Australia featuring the Summit- it managed to negotiate up a rather slippery and moderately difficult slope on a rainy day and seemed to do fine overall on a light-medium off roading test course. Check out the video.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit diesel | Road Test | 4X4 Australia

As Jim pointed out skid plates will help along with smaller 18' rims and tires. Otherwise in stock form with mediocre GY tires, it will still manage decently on off-road better than many other vehicles. The Quadra Lift is one of the key elements to its success in off roading.
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Thanks, I also wanted all the tech and comforts but also to go off road.
I probably won't do as much as you but certainly will read about your build and borrow a few ideas.

I have a '15 JGC Summit with the skid plate option.

My biggest concern is the lower front fascia.

I will upgrade my tires and buy a set of 18" rims for winter & off road. Most likely BF Goodrich all terrains.

I really appreciate your build as I was having slight buyers remorse for going with the Summit over the Overland but you have eliminated that.

The Summit was a great choice!!

I will be in touch for some details and read the excellent posts you have made.

Cheers from Canada.

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Thanks! I will be glad to help you out with any questions you might have. I look forward to seeing your rig and everything you plan on doing!
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Re: Who's gone 4 off road in their Summit

I've tried searching but, does anyone have a how to written up for adding the front tow hooks and where cuts are needed etc?
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I've tried searching but, does anyone have a how to written up for adding the front tow hooks and where cuts are needed etc?
I think people have done them a few different ways this is how I did mine.

2014 Summit Front Tow Hooks

skid plates, tow hooks and Michelin defender LTX M/S 265/50R20 are 3 easy upgrades to give your summit a boost in the off road direction while maintaining good on road manners.
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I think people have done them a few different ways this is how I did mine.



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skid plates, tow hooks and Michelin defender LTX M/S 265/50R20 are 3 easy upgrades to give your summit a boost in the off road direction while maintaining good on road manners.

Curious about your tire recommendation. The LTX M/S is a high mileage street tire unless I'm missing something?
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Curious about your tire recommendation. The LTX M/S is a high mileage street tire unless I'm missing something?
Its a good all around tire good on road manners, ok snow and ok for mild-mid off road and is M/S rated. If you want one tire ythat does a little bit of each its a good choice, there are certainly better purpose built tires, a good off road tire would be the terra grappler but then you will lose on road manners. Dedicated snow tires are better for winter but are not good off road or summer. The LTX M/S is a good compromise tire for someone that wants to leave a tire on year round and does not need extreme off road or extreme winter performance
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