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iwearpumas 06-08-2012 01:38 PM

Not Trail Rated
 
I have a Limited WK2, but I don't have the Quadra lift, off reading package, nor do I have the trail rated badge. Does that mean that my vehicle won't do good on trails?

JeepMaster 06-08-2012 01:40 PM

Re: Not Trail Rated
 
I dont think thats the case, but i think that the trail rated edition only adds skid plates.

netcoolery 06-08-2012 02:27 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by iwearpumas (Post 640693)
I have a Limited WK2, but I don't have the Quadra lift, off reading package, nor do I have the trail rated badge. Does that mean that my vehicle won't do good on trails?

{Do "well" on trails - This message brought to you by the Society to Protect the Adverb}

Anyway ... There are all sorts of trails. Your first consideration should be your tires - street tires will limit you more than other things. Also, if you go on rocky trails where you might land on a high rock, the lack of skid plates could be an issue. With that said, you'd be surprised how far your JGC can take you, even with the street tires, as long as you exercise common sense.

Of course I'm assuming you have a 4x4 (not 4x2).

netcoolery 06-08-2012 02:29 PM

Re: Not Trail Rated
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by JeepMaster (Post 640694)
I dont think thats the case, but i think that the trail rated edition only adds skid plates.

It adds skid plates, tow hooks, and drops 20" wheels down to 18" (much better for off-road.) It also changes the tires, but regrettably it still includes a street tire. [That subject has been hashed to death - check out the Wheels/Tires subforum]

Dollar 06-08-2012 05:18 PM

Re: Not Trail Rated
 
Don't pay too much attention to the badge. Driver skill is more important than wimpy skid plates, 18" all season tires and two tow hooks.

Figure out what kind of trails or off roading you want or plan on doing and modify your vehicle accordingly. Obviously you're not thinking of doing anything too extreme, otherwise you wouldn't have bough a Grand Cherokee.

The basics, which just happens to be the only options right now, are a 2.5" Rock Road lift, RR skid plates and some rock sliders. Then throw on some good tires and you'll be set. Lift will help you clear more obstacles. The tires will be the biggest improvement for going off pavement. The skids and sliders are just insurance.

Hope that helps.

Charlienmr 06-08-2012 06:38 PM

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To repeat what the others are saying, tires are the key. Lots of posts on tires people are using or would like to use. That will also help the most if you live in a snowy area and thn off roading means not going off the road. :p Skid plates are something you can add, but the ORA oackages are much more cost effective. Anyway, my GC doesn't seem to mind muddy, secondary roads that my wifes BMW would dislike a lot. Not going to Moab though.

peckmv 06-09-2012 12:20 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by JeepMaster (Post 640694)
I dont think thats the case, but i think that the trail rated edition only adds skid plates.

The "Trail Rated" badge indicates that your vehicle has met the five standards for offroading. These are traction, groung clearance, manuverability, articulation, and water fording. Its not just skid plates.

bit50 06-09-2012 01:24 PM

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You're better off without the air suspension. Don't want to end up like this guy did when his was damaged off roading
http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q...2/DSCN0622.jpg
http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q...2/DSCN0623.jpg

I've set mine up for some mild trail riding. Other then the skid plates there's not much more to be done, or any other available options to be done. Mods are in my sig.
http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/l...p/IMG_2393.jpg
http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/l...p/IMG_2152.jpg

Dollar 06-09-2012 01:52 PM

Re: Not Trail Rated
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by peckmv (Post 641064)
The "Trail Rated" badge indicates that your vehicle has met the five standards for offroading. These are traction, groung clearance, manuverability, articulation, and water fording. Its not just skid plates.

If you believe what Jeep tells you, sure. But adding an Off Road I package simply adds skid plates, tow hooks, "off road" tires and a shiny badge. What exactly in that package makes a vehicle that much better off road that deserves a special badge?

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Originally Posted by bit50 (Post 641087)
You're better off without the air suspension. Don't want to end up like this guy did when his was damaged off roading

Your Jeep looks good. I'm curious what happened to that guy's QL. Did he happen to post up somewhere?

Unfortunately, telling him he's better off without the air susp is quite a stretch considering he hasn't mentioned what his off road intentions are.

iwearpumas 06-09-2012 03:13 PM

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I'll be honest, I live in NYC. There isn't much off roading around here. I'm looking at snow, hills, snowy hills, and maybe some dirt to drive on to get out of traffic. Nothing like climbing mountains if anything.

americanbulldog 06-09-2012 05:09 PM

Re: Not Trail Rated
 
[QUOTE=Dollar;641097]If you believe what Jeep tells you, sure. But adding an Off Road I package simply adds skid plates, tow hooks, "off road" tires and a shiny badge. What exactly in that package makes a vehicle that much better off road that deserves a special badge?


It deserves it because of - (besides what you already mentioned): two speed transfer case (four wheel drive low), hill descent control, select terrain (which works great) full sized spare tire (donut emergency spare off-road? don't think so) - that's why...

JeepMaster 06-10-2012 12:04 PM

Re: Not Trail Rated
 
My aint trail rated and it gots all of things mentioned except skid plates


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