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Unread 12-02-2010, 09:20 AM   #1
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what does Trail Rated mean

just got my frist jeep and have lots of question. i'll start with a couple; what does trail rated mean? also my jeep has 31" tires and my speedometer is off, how much trouble is that to fix and how? thanks

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Unread 12-02-2010, 09:27 AM   #2
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Trail Rated is really just a marketing thing added several years ago, it doesn't mean a Jeep with a Trail Rated badge has any better offroad capability than an earlier version without the Trail Rated badge.

And yes, a larger tire size will throw your speedometer off. It is easily recalibrated with a new speedometer gear that snaps into the gear holder mounted onto the side of the transfer case. The following link will show you how to do the gear swap which only takes a few minutes with nothing more than a 1/2" wrench. You will need to know your axle ratio to know what speedometer gear tooth count to go with. You can find your axle ratio stamped onto a small metal tag bolted onto your axle's differential cover at its 9 o'clock position. It will say 3 07, 3 55, 3 73, or 4 10 or within .01 of those ratios.

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When you get to that page, click on the chart to make it big enough to read. And a big welcome to JF.
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Unread 12-02-2010, 10:47 AM   #3
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Unread 12-02-2010, 12:09 PM   #4
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Trail rated mean it has successfully run the "rubicon trail" without winch or help from another vehicle.

....At least it used to mean that.
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Unread 12-02-2010, 12:22 PM   #5
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Trail rated mean it has successfully run the "rubicon trail" without winch or help from another vehicle.

....At least it used to mean that.
??? says who?

Its a marketing thing, back in 2004 they basically took a list of specs that their vehicles already met and called it trail rated... vehicle has to be able to articulate so much and ford water of a certain depth and blah blah blah...

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Yea specs they took from the original vehicles they tested on the rubicon trail. I'm at work can't find it now. Will post up link later.
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Unread 12-02-2010, 01:04 PM   #7
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Yea specs they took from the original vehicles they tested on the rubicon trail. I'm at work can't find it now. Will post up link later.
Ok, I don't remember that but then again I have forgotten more important things... (anniversary...)

I thought Trail Rated was always a fairly arbitrary thing. I thought the only Jeep they actually tested on the Rubicon were the original first year of the Rubicon TJ's... hence the name Rubicon. Like I said though, it wouldn't surprise me a bit if I am wrong on this one.

Bottom line for the OP though, its just an excuse to put a badge on the Jeep thought up by some marketing genius... I just don't understand why they only put em on the driver side... LOL
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What does the badging mean? Absolutely nothing. Just something else to scrape off the side.
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yep, this was in post 5... not seeing anything there that says anything about the Rubicon trail though...
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It means you just spent 15 bucks for that badge. lol look at the paper work from when jeep was new it says right there lol
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Trail Rated is really just a marketing thing added several years ago, it doesn't mean a Jeep with a Trail Rated badge has any better offroad capability than an earlier version without the Trail Rated badge.
Mine doesn't have a badge, but wooo does that baby go


What do you think would give me a better performance gain? front locker, 35's or a Trail Rated badge?
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Shortening your air intake tube?

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What do you think would give me a better performance gain? front locker, 35's or a Trail Rated badge?
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Shortening your air intake tube?
Don't hate on the ghetto snorkel
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