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Trail Rated Emblems

As you know 4x4 commanders all have the trail rated emblem on the drivers side fender. I've read that this was a Mopar thing to have a single badge. Well I felt my commander was incomplete so I purchased 2 more badges. 1 for the passenger side fender and 1 for the hatch door. The casual bystander probably would not notice this but for me it was a definite improvement.


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As you know 4x4 commanders all have the trail rated emblem on the drivers side fender. I've read that this was a Mopar thing to have a single badge. Well I felt my commander was incomplete so I purchased 2 more badges. 1 for the passenger side fender and 1 for the hatch door. The casual bystander probably would not notice this but for me it was a definite improvement.


Actually, that's not completely true and a common misconception some people have.

In the world of Commanders (and Grand Cherokees) you have to have Quadra-Trac II or Quadra-Drive II WITH 3.73 Gearing.

You can have Quadra-Trac I or Quadra-Trac II without 3.73 gears and it will still have the 4x4 badge in the rear but it will not be Trail-Rated by Jeep and will not come with any Trail-rated badging from the factory.

Jeeps that are Trail-Rated typically come from the factory with the trail-rated badge on the driver's side front fender (as you said) unless it's special-ordered from the factory with additional badging - or no badging or unless an owner adds it after the fact like we did - which is why it's good to know what quantifies a Commander as Trail-Rated if you are looking to buy one.

I can tell by looking at yours you bought the knock-off Trail-rated badges off of E-Bay or amazon - I can tell by the flat/shiny appearance.

I did the same thing once upon a time and ordered one off of amazon for the passenger's side front fender I think it was like $8.00 but it had that flatness and extra shine to it and it was made of such a flimsy thin kind of tin, it quickly wore on me and as soon as I got a little extra cash, I ordered an authentic trail-rated badge from Jeep for $52.00 and got rid of the amazon knock-off.

Even though the average person probably wouldn't notice, I did and the devil is in the details as I like to say.

I see you added one to the rear-hatch too....that's right where my Flex-Fuel badge is....pretty cool though.



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Thanks for the clarification, yeah these are the knock offs.. I'll see how long I can deal with the difference compared to the factory emblem. Probably won't be long though lol.
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Thanks for the clarification, yeah these are the knock offs.. I'll see how long I can deal with the difference compared to the factory emblem. Probably won't be long though lol.
Trust me my friend, I know the feeling.


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Yep, you can get them off of e-bay & amazon in several different background colors - I believe Blue, Gray, Black & Red - but they are cheap for a reason.

They are made of a very thin, flat, flimsy, shiny tin.

When you get them, you'll have no trouble telling that they are not from the factory.

However, if you are just getting them for the sake of being color coordinated, it is a nice, cheap option.


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Yep, you can get them off of e-bay & amazon in several different background colors - I believe Blue, Gray, Black & Red - but they are cheap for a reason.

They are made of a very thin, flat, flimsy, shiny tin.

When you get them, you'll have no trouble telling that they are not from the factory.

However, if you are just getting them for the sake of being color coordinated, it is a nice, cheap option.
Saw all the cheap ones and passed, that's why I went with OEM emblems from a Mopar/Jeep Dealership...
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Saw all the cheap ones and passed, that's why I went with OEM emblems from a Mopar/Jeep Dealership...
Good move IMO.


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I broke down and purchased a oem badge for my commander. I got it from Amazon for 25.00. I left the other fake badge on the rear deck lid. I figured it should be ok back there



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