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Forum: Suspension/Driveline/Brakes/Wheels/Tires 01-27-2016, 10:46 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,800
Posted By ratkins
Re: Has anyone used the Bilstein 5100s?

:thumbsup:

http://s30.postimg.org/ssn25ra0h/12576182_10103619966589852_720381880_n_1.jpg
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 01-25-2016, 12:19 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,157
Posted By ratkins
Re: TV transport

LOL- flame on, flame on. I've got a good sense of humor.

The reason I asked, and didn't simply measure, was because I was thinking i'd get more height space if I put on the floor between the...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 01-23-2016, 11:02 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,356
Posted By ratkins
Re: Anyone whos had the WK2 6 speed tranny and now drives the 8 speed, thoughts

I have a '12 and my wife's is a '14 so some times I drive them on the same day. The 8 spd makes the whole vehicle seem more responsive; it drives much smaller. While the 8 spd shifts are quick and...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 01-23-2016, 10:57 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,157
Posted By ratkins
TV transport

My TV died tonight. I'd like to pick one up tomorrow before the NFL games start.

What's the largest screen size you've moved in your WK2?
Forum: Members Rides-Showoff 12-03-2015, 11:52 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,109
Posted By ratkins
Re: CG27519 2012 Altitude

Looks great! I'm looking to add the rock rails shortly.
Forum: Suspension/Driveline/Brakes/Wheels/Tires 11-26-2015, 08:59 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,078
Posted By ratkins
Re: Black Lug Nuts Mod (2015 JGC Altitude)

They fit. They work. I have 30,000 miles on a set. But they don't fill out the lug hole. Kneel down, or from a distance, and you'll be able to see a ring of unpainted silver in the back of the...
Forum: Members Rides-Showoff 11-10-2015, 12:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,377
Posted By ratkins
Re: following the formula

i look forward to the winter weather. when snow and ice stop the construction my windshield time actually goes down.

i love the city. super jealous of the commute by foot.:thumbsup:
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 11-09-2015, 07:42 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 6,714
Posted By ratkins
Re: Caught On Fire

I also had problems after the recall was done. The drive home was fine. The day after on first start up the wipers wouldn't turn off and all the dash controls were dead. I had one blown fuse but...
Forum: Members Rides-Showoff 11-06-2015, 07:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,377
Posted By ratkins
Re: following the formula

I'm in Poplar Grove, just east of Rockford. I commute into Schaumburg.
Forum: Members Rides-Showoff 11-01-2015, 06:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,377
Posted By ratkins
Re: following the formula

Yes, you have to trim the studs to fit the 1.25" spacers behind the '12 altitude wheels. Not a lot, though, maybe 4-5 threads. I used a grinder with a cut off wheel.

Basically- removed stock...
Forum: Members Rides-Showoff 10-08-2015, 08:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,377
Posted By ratkins
Re: following the formula

No, I haven't had any noises from the rear. I they need replaced though, I'm at 70,000 miles.
Forum: Members Rides-Showoff 10-08-2015, 08:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,377
Posted By ratkins
Re: following the formula

added rro level kit.

bad dirty driveway pic:
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 07-23-2015, 10:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,567
Posted By ratkins
Re: my wk2 hail damage build

I see you're also in IL. Which storm got you?

my '08 patriot got trashed in a hail storm in the quad cities on it's 6 month birthday and my wife's '14 laredo suffered the same fate just south...
Forum: Jeep/Chrysler/Fiat news, spy shots and more! 07-23-2015, 10:00 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 3,121
Posted By ratkins
Re: Scary - Jeep Hacked!

Exactly my biggest concern. I feel the media has missed this part of the hack. I'd like to call for a public statement from Sprint.:slapfight:
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 07-20-2015, 08:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,709
Posted By ratkins
Re: WK2: 100k mile 'review'

sorry for the hijack-

Sorry to disappoint, sir, but she did indeed go all that way. Here are the last two odometer pictures I have handy.
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 07-17-2015, 10:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,709
Posted By ratkins
Re: WK2: 100k mile 'review'

I'm at 60K. My Patriot rolled for 280K so I'm hoping this Jeep will return the same.

Great review, thanks for taking the time to share. I should join the 6 figure club in the next 12-13 months.
Forum: Suspension/Driveline/Brakes/Wheels/Tires 05-20-2015, 08:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 998
Posted By ratkins
Re: Nokian Rotiiva AT's (275/55R20) on 2012 GC Altitude?

I run 275/55/R20 cooper ATPs on stock wheels with 1 1/4" bora spacers. There's a minor rub on the fender flare. It's only happened a hand full of times and always in the same intersection. I have...
Forum: Suspension/Driveline/Brakes/Wheels/Tires 04-23-2015, 09:30 PM
Replies: 303
Views: 44,437
Posted By ratkins
Forum: Suspension/Driveline/Brakes/Wheels/Tires 04-22-2015, 08:05 PM
Replies: 303
Views: 44,437
Posted By ratkins
Re: I Want Spacers

I checked the torque on my spacers after 5 days and about 550 miles. They were right where I left them.
Forum: Suspension/Driveline/Brakes/Wheels/Tires 04-19-2015, 08:24 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,718
Posted By ratkins
Re: Wheels STOLEN!! Need advice.

Gorilla Automotive 71643NBC Black 14mm x 1.5 Wheel Lock, (Pack of 20)

they look good, too.
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 04-14-2015, 10:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 503
Posted By ratkins
Re: will these tires fit?

I just purchased 275/55/20s cooper discoverer atps last week. They do fit OK. I did hear a rub in the front this afternoon going through a rough intersection at high speed- no damage.
Forum: Members Rides-Showoff 04-14-2015, 09:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,377
Posted By ratkins
following the formula

There's a pattern of mods that seems to be fairly popular. I dig the look so at the risk of being a little unoriginal, I'm taking the same path.

So far-

debadged the hood
275/55/20 Cooper...
Forum: Member Garage Discussions 04-12-2015, 09:33 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 326
Posted By ratkins
my jeep :: 2012 Jeep WK2

my jeep :: 2012 Jeep WK2 (2015-04-12 10:33:23)
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 03-19-2015, 08:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 666
Posted By ratkins
Re: 2015 Easter Jeep Safari Concepts

black window trim FTW!
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 02-07-2015, 10:31 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,278
Posted By ratkins
Re: your history with Jeep

1st- '85 grand wagoneer- blew rod on way home from purchase
2nd- '08 patriot- 275,000 miles
wife's current- '14 GC laredo
my curent- '12 GC altitude
Forum: Members Rides-Showoff 01-20-2015, 10:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 903
Posted By ratkins
Re: Pure Michigan weekend

did you get the wrangler out?

I'm in a '12 altitude just outside of rockford. you have a nice truck, there.
Forum: Members Rides-Showoff 01-15-2015, 10:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 847
Posted By ratkins
Re: New '15 GC - Now where to go?

i've never been to the offroad park linked below, but I used to live nearby in ottawa, IL. you could camp at starved rock state park. lots to do, see, and beer to drink in the area. it's all about...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 12-18-2014, 10:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,743
Posted By ratkins
Re: '14 Set Max Height on Power Liftgate?

i also adjusted my garage door opener travel but it still made contact depending on our parking accuracy. i sliced a pool noodle lengthwise and slid it onto the lip that's on the back of the garage...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 12-02-2014, 11:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 922
Posted By ratkins
Re: SD Card and iTunes

+1 for doug's scripts. useful for more than getting music in the jeep.
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 10-30-2014, 09:43 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,942
Posted By ratkins
Re: Used 2013 vs New 14 or 15

We bought a '14 laredo for my wife last fall. While the 8 speed trans does improve gas mileage slightly and the seat of the pants acceleration fairly significantly, I don't like it. While...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 07-28-2014, 11:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 728
Posted By ratkins
Re: 2011 high milage hemi expectations?

I'm blown away by the value the wk2s are holding.

Does $20,000 for a 2011 laredo with hemi approaching 120,000 miles seem like a bad idea?
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 07-27-2014, 05:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 728
Posted By ratkins
2011 high milage hemi expectations?

Are there any members that have 100,000+ miles on an 2011 WK2 with the hemi?

How are they holding up? What are the reasonable lifetimes of these jeeps?


I'm at 270,000 miles on my patriot and...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 05-02-2014, 10:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,502
Posted By ratkins
Re: Diesels just got a bit cheaper

finally fixed the bugs on the website. you can build the 3.0 without auto adding lux II on 4x4.
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 02-19-2014, 10:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,502
Posted By ratkins
Re: Diesels just got a bit cheaper

any trick to getting jeep.com to allow this in their build and price? every time I add the diesel on the limited it auto adds the luxury II.
Forum: New Members - Welcome! 01-24-2014, 11:53 PM
Replies: 2
hey
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Posted By ratkins
hey

Hey-

I'm Ron from northern IL.

My first car was a '85 grand wagoneer. leather, loaded, and giant tires. it threw a rod the day i bought it.

i have 260,000 miles on my '08 patriot limited...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 01-24-2014, 11:41 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,844
Posted By ratkins
Re: Mid winter reviews

i have 260,000 miles on my '08 patriot limited 4x4. i know, JINO...but it's nice in the snow. my wife's '14 GC Laredo 4x4 is the most capable winter vehicle i've driven, hands down. my '85 grand...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 01-24-2014, 10:45 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 18,900
Posted By ratkins
Re: Jeep Cherokee, Grand Cherokee & Wrangler Altitude editions revealed

it looks like dual exhaust in the photos...on the cherokee, too. our laredo 3.6 doesn't have dual exhaust. hmm.
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