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To ORA or not to ORA. That is the question

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I just joined and it said i needed to post something. So here goes (sorry if long-winded. I'm new):

In the last 9 months, I've spent about 1/4 the price of a new Grand Cherokee fixing my '01 Limited. I've kept it in mint condition but had some fluke issues (cracked engine head, warped brake rotors, etc). But it's paid off and i just thought it made sense to keep fixing it.

Last Winter, we got caught in a blizzard that made a 3 hour drive into 7. SUVs were off the road everywhere, but my Jeep never wavered. So I drink the coolaid.

i'm planning to keep the '01 for my better half, ditch her Equinox (POS IMO), and get the new Overland. Seemed simple enough until the 4WD system came up.

As I'm clearly sold on my current QuadraDrive, I simply wanted the current equivalent. But the only V8 Overlands anyone has are QTII not QDII. Never thought I'd buy a brand new vehicle but the depreciation on '13s does not seem to be enough to offset some of the additional features in a '14.

In any case, it looks like I'm going to order one from the factory w/ QDII. Since I'm a designer for a living, looks matter. So I'm curious about the wheel size (18 vs 20) if I add the ORA pkg for the $200 more. Also, am I losing MPG or highway horsepower with this setup? My brother had an 07 Trail Rated GC Limited Hemi that he said he had to get rid of because his gas mileage was so bad with the added weight and drag of the skid plates. Etc.

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
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LMAO!!! I think it's hilarious that, of all the people who could possibly have replied to me, it was you. Thanks so much for the reply. I was literally JUST looking at your pictures as I'm ordering the same jeep and color you have. Have never done anything aftermarket and a little disappointed in the dealer and Mopar's offerings. But I'm dying to get this thing purchased and delivered. I'll have to admire your photography until I can shoot some of my own. :)

Incidentally, how much worse would the street performance be? I'm getting the Hemi because it makes my size 14 Lead Foot smile! So I drive fast and mostly on road. But in winter and camping I'm up in Northern Minnesota off the beaten path.
are the michelline latitudes what come with the 20" or the ORAII with the 18's?
Really glad I joined this forum. Dealership couldn't get me the ORAii package with 20s, so it looks like I'm stuck with the 18s. But it seemed more cost effective to order it with the skid plates at $200 more vs. $800 if I do it later. May just buy some aftermarket street wheels and, from what I'm reading here, it looks like I'll need better tires on the 18s too.

3 is my first name (Trey) and Fort is part of my last name.

Ordering my GC tomorrow. the next 6-8 weeks are going to be VERY long. :)
Thanks, Salt. Feeling better about it. Where in Bama? That's home for me when not in minnesota. War Eagle! :)
I've been worried about that too, but the numbers are only showing a 1 mpg difference. Guess only time will tell. I'm committed now. Ordered it today. :)
That thing is beautiful!! I'm still new so I don't know what Carlisle is but looks like something I'd love to attend. :)
Salt, I put up a profile shot of my current jeep just for you. WarEagle95! Tom, can't wait for that first road trip! :)
Wow!! wish I had the bucks for the SRT, but probably better for my lead foot that I don't. :)
Thanks, Gus! :) Hey Tom, did you actually see your built?
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