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TurboWarp 03-26-2013 04:43 PM

If purchased separately, can I put a complete ORII skid plate group on a Summit and keep the 20 inch wheels? The dealer is not sure and can't find out.

moosehead 03-26-2013 04:52 PM

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Yes, I have done so on a 2011 as have many here. There is a decent DIY skid plate install thread here, a search will show you photos and tips.

Edit: here are a few other skid plate install threads:,

You may also want to do the tow hooks if you don't have 'em already:

Only item I cannot comment on is if the 2014 MY uses the same skid plates, or are they specific to the new MY?

TurboWarp 03-26-2013 04:57 PM

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Thanks, it just seems crazy to have all of that off road capability for all of that money and not have skid plates. I will search for that other thread.

Raptor 03-26-2013 05:00 PM

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Yes you can, but you can't order it that way from the factory.

Your best bet is to order the Summit w/the OEM 20" wheels you like, and then order the skids seperately and have the dealer install them. I did this and installed them myself.

As Moosehead already pointed out make sure the MY2014 uses the same skids as previous 2011~2013 Grands Cherokees used.

bill_de 03-26-2013 05:02 PM

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If you are really going off roading where you need skid plates, why would you want to keep the 20's?

Are you going to have a second set of wheels?

TurboWarp 03-26-2013 05:08 PM

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I get the question. I don't really expect to go off road that much but I do once in a great while. I don't want limbs and things tearing out my bottom components or damaging them. I also have to climb over snow banks that the snowplow creates to get out of my drive and the ice chunks in them may cause damage.

Raptor 03-26-2013 05:09 PM

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Originally Posted by bill_de (Post 788952)
If you are really going off roading where you need skid plates, why would you want to keep the 20's?

Are you going to have a second set of wheels?

Good point.

You can keep the OEM 20's, but.....

A different (slightly larger) set of 20" tires that provide at least as much sidewall as the OEM 18's would be in order. Nitto Terra Grapplers, Goodyear Silent Armors, BF Goodrich Revo2's, or my choice Nokian Rotiiva AT's in the P275/55R20 size would all be good choices for offroading.

TurboWarp 03-26-2013 05:11 PM

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Thanks, that is good info. When I wear out the old ones I can order the more appropriate new ones. I basically want a full trail rated 2014 summit but with 20's. Too bad the 2013 does not have the radio and transmission that the 2014 has or I would buy that one because it looks a little better up front. I currently has a 97 TSi.

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