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post #1 of 6 Old 08-11-2016, 12:48 PM Thread Starter
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Determining Freedom Drive I or II on Patriots

I've read some discussion on this thread about the differences between the Freedom Drive I & II in the Patriot model.

I'm currently looking to buy a Patriot between model years 2010-2016.

How can a person tell 100% whether or not the specific vehicle has FDI or FDII on the Patriot recent model years?

What about other models?

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post #2 of 6 Old 08-12-2016, 06:55 PM
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FDII will have an L on the shift lever and say "off road" next to it. That's the 100% way to know. it used to be that tow hooks and trail rated badge were a good indication but there are a lot of packages now that include the tow hooks, and people put the badges on even FWD patriot....

from 2008 and newer, the FDI will have the 4x4 lock and the shift lever has the +/- on it to "shift" through gears
a 2007 will have L on the FDI, but it will not say "off road" on it.

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Awesome, thanks for clarifying. I started by looking for Trail Rated badges but realized that someone could just throw that on a rig.
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Awesome, thanks for clarifying. I started by looking for Trail Rated badges but realized that someone could just throw that on a rig.
When Looking, I looked first for 17" stock wheels, then tow hooks, then badge, and then the shift knob to confirm. Since no FDII had the 16" wheels, i would look past those first.

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post #5 of 6 Old 10-10-2016, 05:21 AM
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After owning both an 2010 FDII and now a 2015 FDI, I would forgo the FDII and just add the NEEDED parts from the FDII. Skid plates, tow hooks are pretty well the NEEDED stuff. You will want to go through the jeep and extend the breather lines for everything. I am using ARB kits for mine. I recommend a patriot FDI with the six speed transmission NOT the CVT. To many issues, no positives. I get MUCH better gas milage with the automatic, it's stronger, it has the same low range as the FDII CVT and a much better 6th gear for crusing without reving past 3000 rpm like the CVT does. As for hill decent, double door seals etc...those are not needed. I have extensively wheeled my 2010 and 2015 and these items are non factors. Hill decent is a gimmick, I never turned it on other to see what it does, and in my JK I never used it either....just use your brakes properly. As I said, After owning both versions I would never get an FDII now. There are no upsides to it compared to the FDI....

EDIT, I do believe it has a larger alternator as well, which would be one of the needed items to install on the FDI if your looking at running more lights, a fridge in the rear etc.
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post #6 of 6 Old 10-14-2016, 11:18 AM
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I just wanted to add that you can quickly confirm details about your Jeep at http: // www. vindecoderz. com/EN/Jeep (remove the spaces). Works for other vehicles not just Jeeps. Put in your VIN then look under "!Extra information on the vehicle", then scroll though the Equipment Listing. I mainly used this while I was looking to purchase, I was looking for the 6 speed auto and also wanted the cabin air filter, vindecoderz was an easy way to determine what any vehicle was equipped with.
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