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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-13-2017, 03:00 PM Thread Starter
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Turn Latitude into Trailhawk???

I have been wondering. I have a 2015 Latitude and curious to know what I can do to it to make as close to a Trailhawk as I can. I know I cant add hill assist and things like that but what can I do???
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What kinds of "things" and what is your budget? Anything with enough money can be done, but at a point you need to ask yourself what is worth your time/money, and is it easier to just trade your car on the one you obviously want more.

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What kinds of "things" and what is your budget? Anything with enough money can be done, but at a point you need to ask yourself what is worth your time/money, and is it easier to just trade your car on the one you obviously want more.
The ideas that have popped in my head where things like lifting it to the same ground clearance as a trailhawk, same ratio as the trailhawk and adding the hooks in the front and back if possible. Oh and the hood piece also.
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Lift kits - check out @HazzardSky and @myfirstcherokee, they each make a lift kit for the car that is largely similar. i have the hazzardsky lift on my car and it was very easy to install. RRO also makes a complete kit that is pretty expensive, yet offers parts replacement and not just spacers.

Gear ratio - sorry, you're stuck with what you've got there. changing out the gearing hasn't been done yet to my knowledge, and is very risky considering how finiky these cars can be.

Front tow hooks - check out @tbrou6229, he makes front tow hooks for non-trailhawks. i have them on my car and they are very nice.

Rear tow hooks - you're out of luck here again. there aren't any made for non-trailhawks yet. your best bet is to do what i did and get a trailer hitch shackle, assuming you have a tow package. this gives you a rear recovery point. if you don't have a hitch, i would recommend that you start there, as it opens you up to a ton of accessories.

Hood decal - simple. MOPAR makes a kit for the decal, and i'm sure there are a ton of aftermarket companies that reproduce it as well.

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As @IRSmart suggested, depending on your budget, you may consider trading your Latitude in on a TH. It is actually what I ended up doing. I wasn't trying to make mine look like a Trailhawk, but I wanted the extra capabilities the TH has.

However, if that is not an option, or not something you really want to do, there are many ways to turn a Latitude into a FauxHawk

Lifts have become fairly common with KLs now and more options are coming out. The prices range from $70 to a couple thousand, depending on the amount of lift you want and whether you're fine with spacers or you want to replace the components with higher grade equipment. One company is claiming up to 3" lift, but it has not been verified or tested yet.

There has not been found (so far) a way to add the actual Trailhawk tow hooks to the front. However as IRSmart mentioned, I do sell bracket kits to add recovery hooks to the front of the Jeep.

Add-On Recovery Hooks for NON-TRAILHAWK Models

As far as the back goes, the hitch and shackle is going to be the easiest way to go; although if you have the Mopar hitch, there is a location to install the rear tow hook. It would just require cutting a large hole in your bumper fascia.

There are multiple hood decals available; even some really cool ones that say "Latitude" on them. Just whatever you do, just please don't put a Trailhawk badge, or the Trail-Rated badges on it...

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FauxHawk
I see what you did there.
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I see what you did there.
Lol, I thought it was pretty good!

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Thanks guys I appreciate all the ideas and will check them all out. Nope won't be putting any trail rated or trailhawk badges on that is for sure. Thought the fauxhawk mention was pretty funny Wonder if can get Mopar to do a Mortal Kombat logo dragon for the hood piece haha! Sorry been hooked since 1992. I am guessing no cause of trademarks/copyrights and all
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Thanks guys I appreciate all the ideas and will check them all out. Nope won't be putting any trail rated or trailhawk badges on that is for sure. Thought the fauxhawk mention was pretty funny Wonder if can get Mopar to do a Mortal Kombat logo dragon for the hood piece haha! Sorry been hooked since 1992. I am guessing no cause of trademarks/copyrights and all
You could probably find a shop with a big enough vynil cutter willing to do whatever graphic you want.

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Thanks guys I appreciate all the ideas and will check them all out. Nope won't be putting any trail rated or trailhawk badges on that is for sure. Thought the fauxhawk mention was pretty funny Wonder if can get Mopar to do a Mortal Kombat logo dragon for the hood piece haha! Sorry been hooked since 1992. I am guessing no cause of trademarks/copyrights and all
As mentioned, any shop with a wide format printer can do this for you. Just specify 3M vinyl, and UV paint/ink with a UV clear coat. The clear coat comes in gloss, satin and flat.
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