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Unread 03-09-2012, 10:12 AM   #1
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2007 models?

I am looking for trail rated patriots. I've been determining them on websites based on 2 things, does it have tow hooks, and does it have the low range gearbox? for 2007, it seems like even the non trail rated jeeps have the low range vs. the shift lever, is that correct? should i be basing it off if the vehilce has tow hooks only?

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Unread 03-09-2012, 11:00 PM   #2
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Actually, the L on the shifter (I'm assuming here that you're talking about the CVT-2 & not the 5-speed) is to keep the transaxle in it's lowest gear ratio, as it is with regular "geared" transmissions. The trail rated Patriot's "first" gear is a lower ratio than the standard model so you can crawl at extra low speeds without over reving the engine. Come to think of it, I don't remember if the 2007 Patriot had a trail rated version. Anyway, no 2x4 or 4x4 Pats came with tow hooks except in trail rated. They could be added by owners later. Hope this helps some.
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Unread 03-10-2012, 12:03 AM   #3
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You are correct that all 07 Patriots had the L on the shift selector.
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Unread 03-10-2012, 09:53 AM   #4
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I argue that not only the first gear is the lower ratio on TR Patriots. There is a reason that Trail Rated ones run at 3,000 RPM at Freeway speeds and Non TrailRated ones are about 2,000. All the ratios are different.
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Unread 03-11-2012, 12:02 PM   #5
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It's the transaxle that has the lower final drive ratios not the transmission itself giving you a lower ratio in all gears, i.e. the ring and pinion. The '07 Patriots did NOT have an AutoStick option so they all will have an 'L'. The Skid Plates, tow hooks, off Road medallion on the drives side fender and the engine oil cooler could all be added even though most ppl would not go to that much effort.

The absolute best way, if you question it, is to take the VIN to a dealership and have it run. See if it says FD II, CVT2L and the options just mentioned.

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