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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 10-18-2007, 02:31 AM Thread Starter
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Beating on my XK to see what it can take

Well I’m going to start off by saying that I am not writing this to make up for my little pecker (or engine) . I just want to tell a story. I bought my 65th edition 3.7L Commander last Thanksgiving because I have always wanted a Commander ever since I saw them as a concept. I was initially hesitant about buying a jeep with all time 4wd and a V6 but I was confident that Jeep wouldn’t let me down. Getting to the point I put it to the test. I really have pushed it to the point of damage and getting stuck but that’s what Jeeps are for! I have taken this through sand roads in 12" of fresh packing snow, gone off roading in the Sierra Nevada mountains around Lake Tahoe on rock and sand, driven all over the sand fire roads of northern Wisconsin and taken on some serious washouts & water, driven around suburbia on wet roads & ice, and have only had an issue once. I got stuck in powder sand on the side of a mountain on the SE side of Lake Tahoe on the Carson range. I blazed my own trail over downed trees and sagebrush only to have a hatchet save me. I had to cut down an 8in diameter pine to get onto a trail after a half mile of off trail crawling. It was hairy and I can confidently say I don’t know how many vehicles could have gotten out of that mess due to the grade and how light the sand was. It was quite the offroading learning experience.
I also recently took a severely washed out sand road on a hill with 5 other passengers in the rig. Everyone was yelling at me because they thought the rig was going to roll or get stuck. I had her on two wheels numerous times and definitely was pushing the roll angles. I was surprised what I had driven through when I got out to take a look. I never would have taken my Explorer through that.
The last little story is a suburbia story. I was going down a hill early one winter morning that has a decent bend in it. Well needless to say I was going too fast and we had had some sleet the night before and this hill is notorious for ice. I hit it and felt the back end go lose but before I reacted to turn out of it I could hear my roll mitigation/traction control/brakes going. I actually heard the different brakes engage to right my direction. It was amazing. I drove straight out of it. I actually took both hands off the wheel for a second in disbelief after that happened like in the Lexus commercial when it’s parallel parking for him. That was cool because I could have hit a parked car or given someone a lawn job.
Well, I am confident that the 3.7 QT1 will take me through 95% of the roads I can put it through without seeking out a Jeep Jamboree You can hardly get the tires to slip but when they do it kicks the power to the ones with the grip and off you go. Its best when pulling out into traffic on a rainy day. I know you guys with the HEMIS have a great engine and 4WD system but don’t turn your noses up to the QT1, he’s no slouch either!

I Love My JEEP!!

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Nice job. Thanks for experimenting for us!

I agree on the abilitys of QT1 as well.

I think the manual states the ability to climb 35 degree inclines. I have not found this to be a problem at all.
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Personally I think Jeep should ditch the 2WD models and put QT1 as the base system.
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For future note: When you go out to "test" the XK, take pictures! =)

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Sounds to me like your a real risk taker and it's just a matter of time before you total it. Hopefully you don't kill someone in the process.
Have you ever heard of "Tread Lightly"?
By the way, you might consider a Wrangler next time.
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There is nothing wrong with taking your vehicle to the limits of its capabilities. I suspect that the limits of most people's heart is less than the limits of the XK. I won't say I go as far as CT does, but I won't shirk from a challenge. And, how is someone supposed to take their five kids off-roading with a Wrangler? Luggage rack?

Each vehicle has a purpose, the XK IS an off-road vehicle with a high-capacity passenger capability. That is what I use mine for.

However, I agree with "tread-lightly." But that doesn't mean, "don't tread at all."

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Nice to hear someone commending the commanders capabilities. Great story and thanks for the time Command This!
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"I also recently took a severely washed out sand road on a hill with 5 other passengers in the rig. Everyone was yelling at me because they thought the rig was going to roll or get stuck."
Sorry, If I am doing this kind of off-roading I wouldn't have my Jeep loaded with my 5 kids.
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I agree with PolarBZ, Tread Lightly is the rule, not a suggestion. "Blazing your own trail", while it sounds like fun, is a no-no and is what helps the bunny-huggers get the legitimate trails closed down.

At least you're using your truck off-road, which is more than most XKs will see. Just be prudent about your wheeling activities.

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Tread Lightly

OK guys. I think you misunderstood. I never said I had 5 kids in the rig. I don’t have kids. I had 5 of my adult buddies on a numbered fire road that is totally legal to drive on.
Second when I got stuck in Tahoe I was literally on the side of a mountain and this was the ONLY way out. The road dead ended on a steep slope in a sand pit where you could see others had gotten stuck. A wrecker would not have been able to get me out due to my location and if they did that would have done way more damage to the land than me crawling through the woods and cutting down ONE tree so I could get out of that mess. The people in the car thought I was going to roll or get stuck because they drive cars. I knew my capabilities and showed them what a jeep can do. Needless to say they were pumped up and impressed when we went straight through it.
I agree with all of you when you say tread lightly, I have seen the worst of it in Northern Wisconsin. The DNR shut down access to all roads that were not numbered fire roads due to ATVs that completely trashed a protected wetland in the Chequamegon National Forest. That is the area I deer hunt in and it really fires me up to see people driving where they aren’t supposed to.
WALKJON- Your comments are pretty unjustifiable to say I am going to total my XK or kill someone. I push the limits in "the most capable 7 passenger SUV" but I am not going to take something that I know can’t be conquered. I don’t use my XK to take the kids to soccer practice, I use it to haul all my buddies & gear to my next adventure. It’s a JEEP not a Dodge Caravan.
Go to camp Jeep and see what they will let you take THEIR jeeps on. You may be surprised.
Thanks all for the comments! Go out and get those XKs dirty! But tread lightly

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