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View Poll Results: Do you take your GC on an off-road trip more than once or twice a year ?
Yes 33 48.53%
No 35 51.47%
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Unread 04-19-2013, 03:06 PM   #46
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This may sound lame but is there anyway to off road w/o scratching the **** out of the paint, does anyone make a clear decal for example that could come off later that would portect paint?
Wondering where this thread is going.

Anyway, I've gotten more scratches parking at the mall than offroading. Just practice smart wheeling.

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Unread 04-19-2013, 03:11 PM   #47
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Good rule of thumb...if you're about to say "hey check this shiet out!!!" You're have a bad day...
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Unread 04-19-2013, 03:46 PM   #48
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Only if it's followed by an "Oh ****"!
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Unread 04-19-2013, 06:50 PM   #49
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If you say "watch this" then you are in trouble. To the guy that asked about scratches, usually they are caused (pin striping) by tough branches sticking out in the trail. Do I off-road, yes. I have a 97 XJ that is really built for the hard trails. But my Grand does forest roads and some tricky parts real well. And I've seen them at Jeep Jamborees (I am a trailguide for a couple) and they do well on the easy trails, if there any that is. I was talking to a fellow yesterday who had a sweet 2 door JK. During the conversation he told me never will that JK see a dirt road. I'm not a young guy, don't care about being macho, but having a Wrangler and just using it to ride around, well, I don't get it. Have some fun, take the 4x4's off road, you will enjoy it.
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Unread 04-22-2013, 09:24 AM   #50
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I plan on off-roading mine...in about 10 years. If I do it any sooner than that, my wife may shoot me. I would like to try OBX when we go down, but I don't see her allowing that either, lol
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Unread 04-25-2013, 11:41 AM   #51
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In the spirit of the thread, I voted no, but technically I do take it on off-roading trips.

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Unread 04-25-2013, 10:52 PM   #52
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This may sound lame but is there anyway to off road w/o scratching the **** out of the paint, does anyone make a clear decal for example that could come off later that would portect paint?
It's not a lame question; no shame in wanting to protect your paint. Most trails I've ever been on are more about the potential for damage to the tub. Only time I ever had scratches (pinstriping) was on an overgrown trail full of manzanita; the stuff is thorny and stiff - real nasty to clearcoats.
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Unread 04-25-2013, 11:34 PM   #53
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Some of the trails around Sedona were fairly skinny. We had to be real careful.
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Unread 04-26-2013, 05:13 AM   #54
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It's not a lame question; no shame in wanting to protect your paint. Most trails I've ever been on are more about the potential for damage to the tub. Only time I ever had scratches (pinstriping) was on an overgrown trail full of manzanita; the stuff is thorny and stiff - real nasty to clearcoats.
I actually have found some products online by 3M along the lines of a 'clear bra' that are available for all/most body panels so I guess that would be the solution
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Unread 04-26-2013, 05:26 AM   #55
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Look into Perma Plate.... and like the above post 3M makes great product too
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Unread 04-26-2013, 07:39 AM   #56
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WK2 rally

Are there any rallies for the WK2?

I have 2005 Jeep Liberty and the LOST club (Liberty Offroad Special Team) has rallies. Any thing like that for the Grand Cherokee?

I have the Liberty diesel and will be getting the WK2 diesel when I can get one.
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Unread 04-30-2013, 10:09 AM   #57
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First, last, and only time I'll ever wheel this vehicle. Mine just isn't meant for it. (QT1, no skid plates, no tow hooks). This trip was just after trading my JK when the baby came along, for safety reasons, and I was going through serious Jeep withdrawl symptoms.

Now that I've got an old TJ again (as a "weekend warrior") there's no need to take the family hauler where she doesn't really belong.
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Unread 04-30-2013, 12:06 PM   #58
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I don't have any dedicated trips planned, but a lot of what I do (hiking/camping/shooting eetc.) involves off roading to get there.
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Unread 05-01-2013, 08:17 PM   #59
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I'll chime in on the original question: Yes. I spend a ton of time crossing fields and in the mud. I needed a vehicle nice enough to haul around investors, management, etc. on field visits of the conservation sites I was working on. One that would cross muddy job sites/logging roads/crop fields/hunting preserves. I had a full size pick-up, but decided to switch to the V6 WK2 because of MPG. I'm also an avid bird-hunter and wanted something to get me out near marshes and through fields to hunt. So no rock crawling or anything like that, but definitely have used mine "off road" quite a bit since I bought it aprx. a month ago. Capability and luxury were both major parts of my purchasing decision.
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Unread 05-01-2013, 08:30 PM   #60
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Yes have taken my off-road about eight times in the last year. Last month in Death Valley California I ruined one of my stock tires. With no fix available I replaced all four with a set of Falken Wildpeak A/T tires . Last weekend spent four days off-roading in Red Rock state park area north of Los Angeles. Did great,went everywhere the Wranglers did . Tires had much more grip then stock Michelins. Love to get the RR lift and super sliders next!
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