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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old 12-04-2008, 09:48 AM Thread Starter
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How are trails rated by difficulty

I found this on 4x4now.com. Are thes accurate discriptions?

Trail Difficulty Ratings
1 All weather road; 4WD not needed.

1 1/2 Graded road; 4WD may be needed in poor weather.

2 Unimproved or rarely graded road. 4WD or extra clearance needed at times, with no special driving skills required.

2 1/2 Road rarely maintained, 4WD, good clearance, low gears often needed, with some extra care and a bit of driving experience useful.

3 Road in difficult terrain, rarely maintained, 4WD, good clearance, and low gears essential, with some driving skill and daring required.

3 1/2 Road in difficult terrain, probably maintained only by occasional users. Excellent stock truck or utility vehicle required, with considerable driving skill and daring needed.

4 Trail either never bladed or badly eroded. Stock vehicles are in jeopardy. Modifications for improved off-road performance and top driving skills needed.

4 + We can hardly improve on the original description written a few years ago by Jack Bickers: "with driving by World Class Yahoo Jeepers not much concerned with vehicle durability or personal safety." It is common to have as many as 10 percent of the vehicles experience major mechanical failures (gears, axles, driveshafts) on these trails.


Can this be made a "sticky"?
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Different ratings are given by different organizations. JJUSA gives ratings by number and symbols.

1-2 (green circle) - Obstacles and terrain are relatively easy to navigate. In optimum weather conditions, some trails may not require continual use of four-wheel drive (4WD).

3-5 (blue square) - Moderately demanding. Challenge for novice drivers. Obstacles may include: mud holes, boulders, and streams. Requires 4WD with 4-LO.

6-7 (yellow triangle) - Demanding. Challenge for most skill levels. Mud holes get deeper, boulders get larger, and climbs get steeper.Requires 4WD with 4-LO.

8-9 (black diamond) - Very demanding. Likelihood of getting stuck is high. Mud holes may be deep and rock climbing is more arduous. Lifts and lockers are helpful. Requires 4WD with 4-LO.

10 (double black diamond) - Extremely demanding. Reserved for the toughest off-road trip in the U.S.A. — the Rubicon Trail. Requires 4WD with 4-LO. (Not recommended for Jeep Patriot, Compass, Liberty, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, or Commander.)

Other Groups will rate by just a color designation or different letters, number, or symbols but in terms of a scale both the first post and the JJUSA are an accurate to describe the least to most difficult of trail ratings.

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"Not recommended for Jeep Patriot, Compass, Liberty, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, or Commander."

I'd say not recommended for STOCK Commanders... lifted and bigger tires and rails and you might get through with minimal damage.

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"Not recommended for Jeep Patriot, Compass, Liberty, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, or Commander."

I'd say not recommended for STOCK Commanders... lifted and bigger tires and rails and you might get through with minimal damage.
Those are the words of JJUSA, not me. I say if you are either brave or stupid enough you can try to drive anything anywhere.

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Those are the words of JJUSA, not me. I say if you are either brave or stupid enough you can try to drive anything anywhere.
Agreed......

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Give me a year or so and I bet my Commander will make it through with ease!




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Give me a year or so and I bet my Commander will make it through with ease!
Let me know when you plan on going, maybe we can make it a group gathering!

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Trail Rating Question

I saw a Jeep Commander the other day and it was 4x4 and everything. Then I noticed it did not have the trail rated badge and wanted to know what makes some commander 4x4s trail rated and others not?
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