'22 & '14 JGC; '09 Subaru Forester; RIP '05 Subaru Legacy STIEVO
- Never got stuck (stock tires)
- Never short of power (V6)
- Never got beached due to insufficient suspension travel (OR-2 setting, air suspension)
- Travel on 95% of the same path that the Wranglers took (I took the detour, did not go over the big boulders)
- Drew praises from the Wrangler crowd: "You got what you paid for" - pointing at my Trail Rated Badge. "The system worked very well. When a rear wheel would spin, they would be clamped and the car would jump, the other wheel would move you forward".
- I've forded creeks, climbed boulders, climbed 45% slopes, almost rolled the car over (but I wasn't the only one). I also had trouble with my long wheel base though.
- I did scratch the car - it is a black car so if you spit on it it leaves a scratch. But none of the scratches are deep, nothing to show white, nothing to be repainted. I will have to have it buffed though.
I do not think this kind of fun is really up to me with a Grand Cherokee of 45,000. With a Wrangler ...sure. Different platform, different abuse. I do not want to make this car into my Subaru hobby where I upgraded the Legacy GT with differentials and turbos... Nor do I want to spend the equivalent money in repainting the car once a year and fixing body damage either.
The guys of the Fox River Jeep Club were great, I was honored to hang out with them and I thank them for the help, the guidance on the trail. I am sure I will hang out with them again...but next time I will be far more selective in what I do NOT want to do to my car.
Badlands, Attica, Indiana
Fox River Jeep Club (of Illinois)
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