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post #1 of 26 Old 10-06-2015, 08:50 AM Thread Starter
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Frequently Asked Questions: KL

I have been procrastinating creating this thread because I haven't had the time to go and research all the information I feel should be in it. But if I wait for time to figure all that out, I'll never get it done.

As with the other FAQ's on this forum, please let me know of new information so that I can get this thread updated!

Q: Where can I find lift kits for my new Jeep?
It seems there is a DIY lift kit for the KL! It's 30mm / 1.25" worth of lift
http://www.justaskdave.com.au/kl-cherokee-lift/

Remmons has created a thread with a step by step. With pictures!
https://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f428/...-lift-3655881/

Rocky Road now has a kit http://www.rocky-road.com/jeep-cherokee-lift-kit.html

Q: What is the max tire size?
245/70/17 has been reported to fit. [ Tyler-98-W68 and SeaComms ]

Q: Where can I find quality off-road upgrades for my KL?
Rocky Road Outfitters has a pretty good selection
Gobi has built a rack
If you know of other companies that are making parts, please have some first hand knowledge about the product or manufacturer.

Q: Which 4WD system is better?
  • Active Drive I (Good) - This is the basic 4WD system. It has no Low range. This system has fewer selectable options in the "Selec-Terrain" System. This will get you through the bad weather, and down improved / maintained dirt and gravel roads.
    NOTE: This configuration does not have a neutral setting so it won't work for being towed flat.
  • Active Drive II (Better) - This is the more advanced 4WD system found in the KL. It does have a Low range, and more selectable options in the "Selec-Terrain" System. This one will get you through bad weather, most roads, and will handle the mud and small obstacles.
  • Active Drive Lock (Best) - This is the same as Active Drive II, except it adds a rear locker, and rock mode for Selec-Terrain. This is only 4WD system offered on the Trailhawk, and it is only offered on the Trailhawk. This is the 4WD system that stand the best chance of getting you "off road", and over obstacles due to the availability of the rear locker.
    REMINDER: Hill Decent Control works in reverse!
Jeep's official page on Active Drive can be found here

Q: Where can I find xx information about my new KL?
That's partially what this FAQ is for. If you have a question you can't find here (Search works pretty well), please feel free to start a thread and ask

Q: My KL is supposed to have 9 speeds. Why don't I ever see 9th?
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It also needs to be considered what gear ratio you have.

First you have the V6 with no tow pack with the tallest gearing available at around 3.2:1 and will most likely not ever see 9th gear, especially if you don't travel in the 80 mph+ area. Even then it would need to be a long downhill.

Then is the v6 with tow pack (or Trailhawk with or without tow pack) and now we are up around the 3.7:1 and you will see 8th at around 60mph but still need to venture into the 75mph + area to see 9th.

Then there is the 4cyl non tow and the ratios are around 3.9:1?? These guys will.see 9th at around 60 to 65 mph

Then the 4cyk with tow pack and the best gearing of all in my opinion up around the 4.1:1. These guys will regularly see 9th at 60mp and hold it dropping to 55.

This was an example and not exact figures (diff ratios are from memory and prior to my morning coffee) and typed without my glasses on.... the main idea.of this post is to explain why some people see 8th and 9th much more than others.
Q: My Controls and Electronics are doing strange things, what should I do?

There seems to be 3 common causes for various electronics issues with the KL.
  1. uConnect Software - The uConnect system has it's claws into just about everything in the new Cherokee. If you're seeing strange things with just about anything (to include blind spot sensors), it's worth checking to see if there's an update. ( http://www.driveuconnect.com/software-update/ )
  2. Loose battery cable - Seems like a no brainer, but it's one of those things that's so simple it tends to get overlooked. There have also been reports of battery cables being loose from the factory.
  3. Bad battery - The KL (like most new cars) seems to be more digital than mechanical. If you've tried steps 1 and 2, it's worth getting your battery tested.

Q: How do I update the uConnect in my KL?
  1. Armed with your VIN, head to http://www.driveuconnect.com/software-update/ and download the latest software updates.
  2. Watch this video:
  3. Update your software!

Q: I've heard stories about how horrible the 9 speed transmission is, how much of that is true?

It's based in fact. A small percentage of the '14 and early '15 models had issues with their transmissions. There seems to be a fix that finally works for those unfortunate enough to have had the issue. It seems that it's not an issue on the late '15 and '16 models.

Most people have not had issues with the transmissions in their Cherokee. That being said, it can be a real hassle to get fixed if it happens.

Q: I want to upgrade my headlights, are there any upgrade kits available?

In most (if not all) states retrofitting HID or LED systems into the factory halogen enclosures is not legal. Discussions around modifications on street Jeeps must be kept legal, or "off road only". And I'm not sure anyone on these forums (yet) has a KL that is never going to hit the street.

Remmons wrote a pretty good post on the subject. It can be found here Are Aftermarket HID (High Intensity Discharge) Lights Legal?

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post #2 of 26 Old 10-23-2015, 11:07 AM
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Thank you for creating this thread. I'm doing some "investigating" and research on the new Cherokee because I'll be hopefully buying myself a Trailhawk in the next six months to replace my 2002 KJ Sport. (I was one of those who HATED the looks of the new KL, but now I'm DREAMING of owning one). The biggest complaint that I've heard thus far were that the headlights had condensation issues, and that there was a "software" issue with the 9-speed automatic trans. Otherwise, I'm seeing rave reviews, especially on the V6 models. I'd love to see this thread expand with tons of info.

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Update;

Just drove home my new 2015 Trailhawk with the V6 just last night. Man it is a dream to drive!

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Update - home grown lift (30mm or so) now available - its a DIY but 30mm is 30mm....

Not my handywork, just have great pleasure in spreading his work.

http://www.justaskdave.com.au/kl-cherokee-lift/
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Update - home grown lift (30mm or so) now available - its a DIY but 30mm is 30mm....

Not my handywork, just have great pleasure in spreading his work.

http://www.justaskdave.com.au/kl-cherokee-lift/
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This guy is running a set of slightly used 255/75R17s that are from a Wrangler Rubicon on his Trailhawk after performing the Dave Thomas Aussie lift. If you have Facebook you can easily see his post on the Trailhawk Owners Group.
http://m.facebook.com/groups/1768833...4419283112601#

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This guy? Ha-ha I'll make a thread later on what I did to make them fit on here if y'all would like.
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This guy? Ha-ha I'll make a thread later on what I did to make them fit on here if y'all would like.
There you are! Welcome to th he forum! Yep, I'm betting that some of us would be interested.

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This guy? Ha-ha I'll make a thread later on what I did to make them fit on here if y'all would like.
There you are! Welcome to th he forum! Yep, I'm betting that some of us would be interested.
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I have a question concerning the passive entry/start fob. I just started a lease on a 2016 Jeep Cherokee Limited, and the dealer only provided me with one fob. Is that normal, or should I have received two fobs? Thank you.
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Nope, you should have 2 identical fobs and they are very expensive to replace. Go ask for the other one!

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Nope, you should have 2 identical fobs and they are very expensive to replace. Go ask for the other one!

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SeaComms, thank you for your reply. Do you know if there is anything official from Jeep that would state that? I am disliking this dealership more and more now.
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SeaComms, thank you for your reply. Do you know if there is anything official from Jeep that would state that? I am disliking this dealership more and more now.
Hi JeepConfusion,

Typically, if the vehicle is purchased new, 2 Key FOB's are supplied. I did some research, however, was not able to locate anything that states this. I am not sure where you are located, however, if you are in Canada, please PM me with your VIN and I can review for you.

If you are in the U.S., I would suggest to check your bill of sale or go to the Mopar Owner website to obtain your build sheet that may show this information. Also, I would contact the General Manager of the dealer where you purchased the vehicle to resolve your concern.

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Yeah after your reply I went scrounging last night and discovered that neither the user manual, the web site or my 7 page build sheet specify 2 fobs!

My predelivery checklist did count them but that's it!

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Thank you, Kathleen. I am in the United States. I have contacted the salesman, who spoke to the manager who said they will "cut" me a "key". That was disconcerting to me. I'm not doing business again with that dealership. Completely frustrated.
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