I've done it. Its an amazing trail. I did it last year, I think in my 17 Trailhawk. I'd say go for it. Just make sure you have all your permits in order, the rangers do patrol and check your paperwork.Nice video Mike12279, looks like a lot of fun.
I was wondering if anyone here has ever done the White Rim Trail near Moab in the Canyonlands? I'm thinking about trying it, but was hoping for any feedback from anyone who has done it? any in Grand Cherokees? https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/utah/white-rim-trail?ref=header
Thanks for posting this... I'm planning my build now and will be using several of the same parts. Approximately how long to install the lower front guard and winch mount?I think I'm posting in the right thread, if not, my apologies, please direct me to the right spot.
I just finished installing the following aftermarket off road stuff to my 2018 WK2 Trailhawk:
1. Chief Products Hidden Winch Mount.
2. Chief Products Lower Front Guard.
3. Chief Products Sump Protection Plate (Bash Plate).
4. Chief Products Recovery Points (Replaced OEM Tow Hooks).
5. Warn Zeon 10S Winch.
Did the installation myself. Took me a lot long than I anticipated as I ran into some road blocks during install but a few phone calls to Australia got me set straight. All in all I'm very happy with the appearance, but I still have some work to do with regards to accessing the winch itself.
This is about what I experienced, I had a little issue with the radiator supports as well way too close to the AC Condenser, so i made a few mods to get it to fit using some hardware I had in the garage.The entire project took me about 14 hours. That includes taking apart and removing OEM parts and assembling after market parts. The hardest part was getting the winch cradle installed. The instructions can get a bit confusing because the sequence of assembly will change depending on what you are installing together (IE: winch mount and lower front guard with recovery hooks, vs. winch mount and keeping OEM tow hooks). Also, the instructions may not incorporate changes made by Jeep subsequent to the publishing of the instructions. I learned this the hard way after finally getting the winch cradle installed only to realize there was not enough room behind the cradle to install the radiator support struts per the instructions. So I had to loosen everything I already tightened to get the struts in place. Not a show stopper but I lost a couple of hours of time on that in terms of trying to understand why it wasn't working, waiting for Australia to wake up before I could call, and then the back tracking on the tightening. I also had a snafu with the instructions for the sump plate that cost me time. In both instances Bill from Chief Products was great at troubleshooting the issues with me as soon as I called.
The lower front guard installs pretty easily. The trick to making everything assemble with little resistance is to keep everything loose, and I mean LOOSE, until you've got it all assembled, then follow the tightening sequence in the instructions. Seriously, this was the biggest challenge in getting the winch cradle mounting bolts to line up correctly, you need good amount of play to manipulate the parts once they are mounted and if your over tighten even a little, it may cause you problems.
Just came back from a 300 mile round trip to Reno. The truck rides different. Not sure if it's because of the additional weight on the front end or if mounting the new parts has changed the aerodynamics. Pretty sure it's the weight. The winch by itself is 75lbs. Then add the weight of the cradle, lower guard, protection plate and 2 recovery hooks and its about 110lbs in aftermarket weight, or 184 pounds total (Parts and Winch). Subtract about 20lbs for removal of the OEM bumper and tow hooks and the front of the truck is about 165 lbs heavier. I feel it when braking and I feel like the steering is a little looser but might just be me.
I for sure feel a difference in braking; but as far as the steering goes, yep, not sure if there is an actual difference or if it's in my head. I'm wondering if its necessary and/or worth it to upgrade the brakes. Going to do a bit of research on that.T
I don't notice any difference in the ride. Maybe slightly different, but i'm not certain its not just in my head. I had the winch control box of my Smittybilt X20 10 Comp over the motor but the radiator supports were hitting it so I had to rewire the control box which added a bit of time.
Thanks.....I got the trim from Amazon.....I REALLY like that trim solution to clean up the Upper Fascia Edge. Brilliant, looks very sharp. Where did you get the trim from?
I can squeeze my hand into there to turn the clutch handle if i need to, but if I'm in a messy situation mud or deep snow whatever I'll just power the winch rope out. I can pretty easily reach up and turn the wireless switch on, or I can plug in the wire for the remote. Its not optimal but for as much as I'm planning on needing it it was the best choice. I would have liked the Warn Zeon Platinum 10-s but just couldn't justify the 1700 or so bucks for it. Also I wasn't a fan of the Warns wireless only. The Smittybilt has a wired backup in case the wireless system fails.Question for you. It looks like your Smittybuilt X20 Comp has a clutch handle on it. How do you access the winch to turn the handle?
Good question. As this is the first time I've ever installed a winch, and I've never owned a vehicle with a winch, I don't know what my expectations were other than to install my new equipment, drive like I normally do, and use it when I need it. That's about it.I didn't have but a couple hundred miles on
I'm curious, you added aftermarket parts to the front overhang of your luxury SUV. Did you expect it was going to feel and handle like it did from the factory? I'm not being a dick, I'm curious as to what your expectations were. I've added bumpers and winches to all my Jeeps, understanding I was changing the factory engineering and design.
I'm not sure how it would be done but maybe set up a couple of the grill inserts to be removable somehow. Push release clips or some type of magnetic latch? Not sure.Yep, I wanted the Platinum as well but I could not justify the price. I haven't been able to find a way to get my hand in there to reach the clutch handle, but I'll play around some more with it tomorrow.