Gladiator's Off-road capabilities vs JL

  1. homerun

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    #16 Dec 10, 2018
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    Yes it has completed the trail in stock form, that does not mean it made it through without damage. I do not know what the parameters are on how much damage can be received and still consider it "passing the test". The spy photos of the JT on the trail showed some issues with the rear bumper and overhang. If you are looking at serious trails like that I would think you would want some enhanced protection/skid plates or a full belly pan. Yes lift and tires will help, but I would plan on dragging over some of the more challenging obstacles anyway.
     
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    This.

    I would imagine someone spending $40k on a truck will invest in full under body armor, a lift and bigger tires before going offroad. Good news, a Gladiator Sport has been spotted with a 2" lift and 37" tires and it looks awesome. (c:
     
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    Turning radius will be horrible, and 37 or larger make it worst. If you want a full size truck there are much less expensive out there.
     
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    Except for a nice Mercedes G-Pro diesel, with its THIRD center locking differential, sporting 37+ inch meats!;)
     
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    I believe the Trail Rated badge is what is earned on the Rubicon. All Wrangler and Gladiator models (Sport, Sahara/Overland, and Rubicon) have run the Rubicon in testing and completed it. The Rubicon version of both is an appearance/equipment package that definitely makes the trail easier to run.

    https://www.cjponyparts.com/resources/what-does-trail-rated-mean
    https://www.jeep.com/trail-rated.html
     
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    Correct. The Trail Rated badge has meant that the Jeep has made it through several trails in both Moab and the Rubicon in stock form.

    There is a lot of rock stacking, strategic lines to make things as easy as possible, and potential body damage that the average person would find undesirable, but that is where lifts, tires, and body armor comes in.
     
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    The sport version with normal tires completed the Rubicon trail?
     
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    Yeah. Keep in mind a Renegade did too. Lol
     
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    ouch, the Renegade is "trail rated"? Basically throw that badge away then.

    Still i'm sure the truck is a beast and i want a rubicon.
     
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    You stack enough rocks and even a Prius can be trail rated. :cwl:
     
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    I assume you'll be holding out for the Ecodiesel then?
     
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    fixed it for you.
     
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    :cwl::cwl::cwl::cwl:
     
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