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Looking to trade my Ram 1500 on a Grand Cherokee. I do some off roading and need opinions on whether to go Summit or Overland for their adjustable ride height or a limited and put a 2.5 inch lift kit? Opinions?
 

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I don't intend to lift my 2020 Limited, but I've read about enough issues with the Quadra-Lift that scared me away from getting a Trailhawk. I've got an old 2005 4Runner that I'm considering turning into my toy.
 

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Love my Limited with the factory air suspension. Many out there with no issues. Adding the factory MaxCare contract helps alleviate many worries!
 

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I don't intend to lift my 2020 Limited, but I've read about enough issues with the Quadra-Lift that scared me away from getting a Trailhawk. I've got an old 2005 4Runner that I'm considering turning into my toy.
i had a 2011 Grand Cherokee Overland and didn’t have any issues. Looking at the 4Runner as well. I have it narrowed down between the 2 vehicles. Very different obviously but there are things I like about both
 

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Looking to trade my Ram 1500 on a Grand Cherokee. I do some off roading and need opinions on whether to go Summit or Overland for their adjustable ride height or a limited and put a 2.5 inch lift kit? Opinions?
Don't get the Summit if off-roading is your focus. Get the Overland, Trailhawk, or Limited (and throw on a lift). I have the Summit and mechanically it is just as capable but unfortunately a lot of the body panels get in the way and are not as compatible with aftermarket parts as the other models. I take mine off road but if I had to do it over again I'd go Overland.
 

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Purely subjective. There is no "better" without some qualifiers. For example, if you want your JGC to always be at lifted height, you cannot get that with Quadra-Lift. There are speed restrictions on the two raised levels (25mph and 40mph) and for good reason...ORA-II, the highest level, is only for moments when you need that extra half inch to clear something at very low speed. While the system can be manipulated slightly to reset "normal" to an inch higher or lower using either alternative mechanical sensor links or some expensive software solutions, you cannot keep it up high. If that's your goal...the standard spring suspension is what you want.

These things are discussed extensively in the dedicated sub-forum up above...years of discussions. :)
 

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Looking to trade my Ram 1500 on a Grand Cherokee. I do some off roading and need opinions on whether to go Summit or Overland for their adjustable ride height or a limited and put a 2.5 inch lift kit? Opinions?
Limited with the lift kit is the way to go. Air suspension works till your warranty runs out.
 

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Looking to trade my Ram 1500 on a Grand Cherokee. I do some off roading and need opinions on whether to go Summit or Overland for their adjustable ride height or a limited and put a 2.5 inch lift kit? Opinions?
I don't have any opinion on the lift kit vs. the Quadralift but even though I was very concerned about buying a used 2012 Overland Summit, it now has 94,000 miles on it and I've had no problems with the Quadralift suspension.
 

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I don't have any opinion on the lift kit vs. the Quadralift but even though I was very concerned about buying a used 2012 Overland Summit, it now has 94,000 miles on it and I've had no problems with the Quadralift suspension.
You are one of the lucky ones with the first batch of reliable rubber. There are several documented failures for more recent models. Either way rubber parts have a life. I have heard Chrysler had a lifetime warranty in the US which they stopped. Those who were lucky enough to get that can keep these vehicles for a very long time. OME has a good lift kit for the WK2.
 

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I don't have any opinion on the lift kit vs. the Quadralift but even though I was very concerned about buying a used 2012 Overland Summit, it now has 94,000 miles on it and I've had no problems with the Quadralift suspension.
I have a 2014 Summit and haven't had any problems with the air suspension system either, 75K miles on the odometer. My reason for recommending the Overland is that with the Summit it is less straight forward to fit things like rock rails or front lower guard. In some cases you can get them to fit but they don't fit as well as on other models. If you plan any serious off roading just get another model because you will end up removing a lot of the Summit specific exterior bits to get it ready for serious trails. If you are just going to stay on pavement / snow, and go off road lightly for things like camp sites then the Summit is amazing value.

edit: to be clear, there's nothing wrong with the Summit it's just that there are less of them on the market so most of the after market off road gear is not designed for the Summit trim -- or if it is, it is done as an afterthought. I ran into that a LOT. Overland, Trailhawk, or Limited with a lift is my suggestion.
 

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I'm one of those lucky ones who bought a lifetime MaxCare warranty on my 2018 TrailHawk. Would I have bought a GC with air suspension otherwise, probably not. I wouldn't trust it long term.
 
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