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Unread 02-21-2013, 10:10 AM   #1
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Off-Road Adventure II on Overland Question

I'm looking to order a 2014 Overland 4x4, most likely base model. I like the wheels and tires in the ORA2 package, 18" polished aluminum, a lot more than the stock 20's. I also like the increased sidewall of the 18" tire. I'm not a rock crawler, so the skid plates are not necessary. I know I can remove them, but is there any good reason to do so, such as weight, aerodynamics, or anything else? By the way, although I'm not a serious off-roader, I do occasionally get into some crap on fire trails and back country camping roads. Opinions on this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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Unread 02-21-2013, 10:16 AM   #2
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No good reason to remove the skid plates, the weight is small with respect to the overall vehicle weight. It does provide a bit of snow protection, as well as some margin for an accidental off road excursion. The tow hooks could be useful, if you ever get in a situation to need them.
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Unread 02-21-2013, 10:17 AM   #3
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I would say go with the 18". IMO, there is a lot more tire options in that rim size.
Personally, it is not much of a cost I would go with the skid plates. Even going down forest or dirt roads you can experience rough patches from time to time. The skid plates are added protection to the undercarriage. We like the quad track II for the 4x4 option.

If you plan to tow anything the hemi is a good option.
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Unread 02-23-2013, 09:30 AM   #4
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Like cold case mentioned, it's not worth it to remove the skid plates. They provide adequate protection for most other types of off roading that people do with a Grand Cherokee, plus they help smooth out the underside of the vehicle thereby creating less turbulence and theoretically better gas mileage.
Sure my rig has seen the trail, but I wheel it like a soccer mom looking for a parking spot at Nordstroms.
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