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Unread 11-12-2013, 09:19 AM   #1
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Is there more ground clearance with the Off Road Suspension?

If I order the Active Drive II (which includes Off Road Suspension) on a Limited does anyone know the details of the Off Road Suspension? Does it include additional ground clearance (versus the standard suspension)? Thanks in advance for your help.

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Unread 11-12-2013, 12:58 PM   #2
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I do believe that that active drive 2 gives an additional 1" of ground clearance and a 4WD Low. (tires on the Trailhawk give it the additional 1") I'm 99% positive I read that somewhere, but cant seem to find where it was at the moment.
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Unread 11-12-2013, 01:20 PM   #3
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I do believe that that active drive 2 gives an additional 1" of ground clearance and a 4WD Low. (tires on the Trailhawk give it the additional 1") I'm 99% positive I read that somewhere, but cant seem to find where it was at the moment.
I have read the same thing. ADII gives you the same suspension as the TH comes with and with the same size tires you would have the same 1" extra in height/GC.
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Unread 11-20-2013, 03:44 PM   #4
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https://www.jeep.com/en/pdf/eBrochur...talog-2014.pdf

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Unread 12-08-2013, 07:53 PM   #5
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Similar question- Is the actual ride different from the ADI (Limited) to ADII (TH)? I know the TH has an extra 1", but since i will be doing mostly normal road driving on the TH, I dont want a rougher ride.
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Unread 12-09-2013, 05:51 AM   #6
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Similar question- Is the actual ride different from the ADI (Limited) to ADII (TH)? I know the TH has an extra 1", but since i will be doing mostly normal road driving on the TH, I dont want a rougher ride.
There will most likely be different springs and stiffer shocks. Ride will definitely suffer on road compared to ADI. May not be a big difference to you but the only way to know would be to test drive an ADI/ADII and see to be sure.
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Unread 12-09-2013, 08:04 AM   #7
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Where are they measuring the ground clearance? At the skid plates? Clamshell differential? Or the actual lowest part of the vehicle ie the LCA? Because actual ground clearance would be the same regardless of suspension since tire height is the only thing that actually increases the clearance at the control arms. Manufactures do this kind of misdirection a lot, Toyota did it with the 3rd gen 4Runner claiming ridiculous 15" of ground clearance but the actual ground clearance is around 10". They measured and advertised the clearance at the front clamshell differential and not the actual lowest point which was the rear lower control arms and shock mounts since they hang down below the axle.

They did that so they could say it had higher ground clearance than Jeep Wrangler.
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Unread 12-09-2013, 12:50 PM   #8
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There is no additional "ground clearance" with Active Drive II. The Trailhawk has a 1 inch "ride height" difference, but the ground clearance is 8.7 inches across the board.
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Unread 12-09-2013, 03:51 PM   #9
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There is no additional "ground clearance" with Active Drive II. The Trailhawk has a 1 inch "ride height" difference, but the ground clearance is 8.7 inches across the board.
Not according to Jeep.

Ground clearance by model...

2014 Cherokee Sport = 7.9"
2014 Cherokee Latitude = 8.2"
2014 Cherokee Limited = 8.2"
2014 Cherokee Trailhawk = 8.8"

I believe if you add ADII to the Latitude or Limited you end up with the same as the TH( might need the 245/17's too? ).
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Unread 12-11-2013, 12:12 PM   #10
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See page 13. Ground Clearance Specs listed as the same. Where are you getting your numbers from?
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Unread 12-11-2013, 12:16 PM   #11
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Not according to Jeep.

Ground clearance by model...

2014 Cherokee Sport = 7.9"
2014 Cherokee Latitude = 8.2"
2014 Cherokee Limited = 8.2"
2014 Cherokee Trailhawk = 8.8"

I believe if you add ADII to the Latitude or Limited you end up with the same as the TH( might need the 245/17's too? ).
Looks like we have conflicting information. Jeep website states the numbers you listed above, but the vehicle literature books state differently.
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Unread 12-11-2013, 12:56 PM   #12
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I test-drove two limited models, one with and one without ADII, the ADII model had more ground clearance.
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Unread 12-11-2013, 01:07 PM   #13
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I test-drove two limited models, one with and one without ADII, the ADII model had more ground clearance.
What size tires were on the vehicles? And where was the ground clearance measured?
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Unread 12-11-2013, 03:08 PM   #14
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Unfortunately I didn't get that info (I wanted a trailhawk so I wasn't paying too much attention to the other models), all I can say is that when they were parked next to each-other the ADII one was slightly taller by an inch or so and they seemed to have the same size tires. I did snag a picture of the ADII one, if anyone has an ADI picture to compare it to.

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Unread 12-11-2013, 05:07 PM   #15
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Looks like we have conflicting information. Jeep website states the numbers you listed above, but the vehicle literature books state differently.
Just the tire size difference alone will negate them all having exactly the same GC.
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