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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 05-21-2011, 08:27 PM Thread Starter
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Jeep trail ride George Washington Forest

Yep stock highway tires, didn't have any trouble at all even climbing up huge boulders, even the wranglers with huge tires were struggling. This was at George Washington National Forest in Harrisonburg, VA. Awesome mountain trail. I used 4Lo the whole way with ESP off in 1st gear on 25psi tire pressure. couldn't be happier with how it handled the trail. The only thing I wish I had was taller tires since my axles and skid plates took a minor beating. only hit a couple rocks, but everythings still ok, no damage...PHEW!













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Great pics! Looks like you had fun. I haven't been out in a while. Seeing your pics give me a itch lol.

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It was awesome. everybody was so impressed with how the commander was able to do so much. couldn't quite get any good pics of the rock crawl but the commander was showing em all up! I had to show em commanders aren't just for soccer moms.
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It was awesome. everybody was so impressed with how the commander was able to do so much. couldn't quite get any good pics of the rock crawl but the commander was showing em all up! I had to show em commanders aren't just for soccer moms.
Damn skippy they're not. Commanders are wasted on soccer moms. Good job of showing the Wrangler crowd that if it says Trail Rated on the side, Jeep meant it.

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Damn skippy they're not. Commanders are wasted on soccer moms. Good job of showing the Wrangler crowd that if it says Trail Rated on the side, Jeep meant it.
They sure are! I hate when I do the jeep wave and it's just a woman taking her kids to practice.

Wranglers were definitely impressed I was able to keep up and at times out do them. I was the talk of the meet. It's like they had never seen a Commander before and they expected it to have worse off road performance than a compass!! When we left they werent talking crap anymore!
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From what I see in the pics you could have done most (probably all) of it without 4Lo. And you should not exceed 25 mph while in 4Lo. I don't want you to screw up your system.

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Quadra-Trac II Operating
Instructions/Precautions — If Equipped
The Quadra-Trac II transfer case is fully automatic in the
normal driving 4 HI mode. The Quadra-Trac II
transfer case provides three mode positions — four wheel drive
high range, neutral, and four wheel drive low range.
This transfer case is fully automatic in the 4 HI mode.

This transfer case divides engine torque almost evenly
with 48 percent of engine torque to the front axle and 52
percent of engine torque to the rear axle. When speed
differences are increased between the front and rear drive
shafts, the transfer case can transmit up to 100 percent of
available engine torque to the front or rear drive shafts.


When additional traction is required, the 4 LOW position
can be used to lock the front and rear driveshafts together
and force the front and rear wheels to rotate at the same
speed. The 4 LOW position is intended for loose, slippery
road surfaces only. Driving in the 4 LOW position on dry
hard surfaced roads may cause increased tire wear and
damage to driveline components.

When operating your vehicle in 4 LOW, the engine speed
is approximately three times that of the 4 HI position at a
given road speed. Take care not to overspeed the engine
and do not exceed 25 mph (40 km/h).


Proper operation of four wheel drive vehicles depends on
tires of equal size, type, and circumference on each wheel.
Any difference will adversely affect shifting and
cause damage to the transfer case.



Because four wheel drive provides improved traction,
there is a tendency to exceed safe turning and stopping
speeds. Do not go faster than road conditions permit.







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I don't think I went faster than 10mph while in 4Lo. I didn't want to put it in 4Lo and I told the tail leader I have an AWD system that automatically detects wheel slip and will adjust but he said to just stay in 4Lo, so I listened. I figured an experienced trail leader would know best. I'll definitely go back to that trail and try it without 4Lo. I didn't like the feeling of 4Lo and sounding like a semi truck. It felt like I was driving a manual transmission with no clutch it kept jerking back and forth. System seems to be working fine now i'm home but next time i'll let QTII do it's thing.

Now there were obstacles I wasn't able to get pictures of. There was a stream crossing, uphill rock crawl, and downhill rock crawl (if thats what you call it). There was some soft mud too. Until I see it or do it i'm scared of soft mud without 4Lo engaged.
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Obviously your "trail leader" had no clue about QTII.

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He didn't. He said he wasn't sure what it was or how it works so to play it safe, or maybe unsafe, he said to put it in 4Lo. Either way it was an aewsome time didn't have any trouble on the trail.
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was that the fire roads up at Flagpole Knob ?

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