Hey all. I just bought a 04 jeep wrangler sport yesterday. I still own my cherokee but I was wondering? It says it's trail rated. what all goes into trail rating it and what is the difference between that and a regular wrangler. by the way it has a dana 44 in the rear and the gearing seems kinda high which I dont mind and it has a skid plate for the TC and the transmission. if there is anything else I need to look for or I should know please tell me. thanks a lot.
It's just a badge that the Jeep marketing department came up with. It doesn't mean the Jeep has any different specs or equipment when compared to previous model years before the Trail Rated badge started appearing on Jeeps.
I like the disclaimer in the "Water Fording" section:
Do not attempt water fording unless depth is known to be less than 19 inches.
Yeah right, puhleeze!
The top and doors on this vehicle are designed only for protection against the elements. Do not rely on the top and doors to contain occupants within the vehicle or to protect against injury during an accident. Wear seatbelts at all times.