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An Introduction
Alright, while I've absolutely loved my 2016 V6 Latitude Cherokee, I've grown tired of it being called a "mom car" and having people think that my girlfriend's Tundra is my truck and the Cherokee is hers.

I've modded and sold various Jeeps throughout the years: a 1997 ZJ Grand Cherokee, a 2003 WJ Grand Cherokee and I sunk the most money into a 2007 Wrangler X. I loved the Wrangler X's capabilities off-road but man, did it suck on the ice. And since I've moved up to the Alaska coast, I've noticed that winter here has a lot of ice. The KL, on the other-hand, sees me switching in and out of "Snow Mode" during my commute with ease. So in that respect, I've decided that buying another Wrangler is out of the question. However, with Alaska being absolutely bankrupt, they don't plow the roads here so it's not uncommon to drive to work through a half a foot or more of snow so I certainly need more clearance and deeper tread. I'm not into rock-crawling or anything but do need to go down forest roads and beaches from time to time, hence also needing more clearance and tread. Would I do better with a Trailhawk like the salesman had originally tried to convince me? Perhaps, but at this point I have a 0% interest loan on my Cherokee and it only has 6,000 miles so I'll eat a pretty big wad of cash if I do anything other than keep it. Which isn't bad, because I do like the Jeep. It just needs some balls.

The Plan
De-Chrome & De-Badge. I've never used Plastidip before but it seems like the most logical route to go. I'll have to do this once it warms up since it's still about 15*F up here. De-Badging is no issue, this is the first vehicle I've owned where I haven't already de-badged it.

It needs a lift.
I'm currently torn between the few lift options since they all seem to achieve the desired goal. Hazard's is inexpensive. MFC's seems more stout. Dobinson's actually replaces equipment and might be a pain if I do decide to de-mod the Cherokee and trade it in, someday. I am leaning more towards the MFC, at this point. Either way, I will upgrade to the Trailhawk trailing arms.

New wheels & tires. Black wheels and 32's?

Mopar Side Steps. I've heard some horror stories about people getting wrong parts with their RRO steps and since shipping will cost a fortune, I think it's safer to go with the Mopar ones, even if they are going to be more expensive.

RRO Roof Rails & Rack.

The Build
I'm hoping to get the lift, wheels and tires ordered here in the next couple of months so this will serve as a discussion in the meantime. Any thoughts, ideas, suggestions would be appreciated!

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One: The KL is not a "Mom" car. It is capable SUV, not a BS poseur like a CR-V, Rav4, Sportage, or any other AWD with no low range or selectable settings.

Two: Anybody that says it is will high center their "truck" on a snow berm and couldn't figure out how to really Off Road.

Three: The fact that the KL can be modified in any way makes it a better vehicle than any other "SUV"

Four: Wish you well in your mods and show up the so-called Off Roaders that call the KL a "Mom" car.

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Welcome to the forum. You have a nice Cherokee.

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I skip the RRO rails, just ask some KL owners who got them
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Congratulations @Montaska on your KL, is it Active Drive 1 or 2? (Do you have 4WD Low?) And where are the pictures?

I have the HazzardSky lift on my Trailhawk, have had no issues with it. MFC's was a bit more complicated to install originally, but he has reengineered it to make the install better. Either way they reach similar goals. The Dobinson's lift definitely looks like its going to be the most stout of them all.

From personal experience, it's almost not worth the work to de-mod the vehicle if you trade it in. I traded my '15 Latitude for a '16 Trailhawk and gave them almost every mod I had, except the RRO steprails and my lighted roof rack. Then I bought another HazzardSky lift, and kept going...

I second airish, skip the RRO roof rails, go with Gobi if you're willing to pay the money. Although, I do have their steprails and love them. The Mopar ones look good though and will probably work out better for you there though.

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From what I gather the Trailhawk suspension/springs will lift it 2" & Hazard Sky another 1". Might be a good place to start. Good Luck and Welcome. Keep us posted.
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has anyone done a RRO lift and any other lift on a KL , how many people have a RRO lift anyway
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An Introduction
Alright, while I've absolutely loved my 2016 V6 Latitude Cherokee, I've grown tired of it being called a "mom car" and having people think that my girlfriend's Tundra is my truck and the Cherokee is hers.

I've modded and sold various Jeeps throughout the years: a 1997 ZJ Grand Cherokee, a 2003 WJ Grand Cherokee and I sunk the most money into a 2007 Wrangler X. I loved the Wrangler X's capabilities off-road but man, did it suck on the ice. And since I've moved up to the Alaska coast, I've noticed that winter here has a lot of ice. The KL, on the other-hand, sees me switching in and out of "Snow Mode" during my commute with ease. So in that respect, I've decided that buying another Wrangler is out of the question. However, with Alaska being absolutely bankrupt, they don't plow the roads here so it's not uncommon to drive to work through a half a foot or more of snow so I certainly need more clearance and deeper tread. I'm not into rock-crawling or anything but do need to go down forest roads and beaches from time to time, hence also needing more clearance and tread. Would I do better with a Trailhawk like the salesman had originally tried to convince me? Perhaps, but at this point I have a 0% interest loan on my Cherokee and it only has 6,000 miles so I'll eat a pretty big wad of cash if I do anything other than keep it. Which isn't bad, because I do like the Jeep. It just needs some balls.

The Plan
De-Chrome & De-Badge. I've never used Plastidip before but it seems like the most logical route to go. I'll have to do this once it warms up since it's still about 15*F up here. De-Badging is no issue, this is the first vehicle I've owned where I haven't already de-badged it.

It needs a lift.
I'm currently torn between the few lift options since they all seem to achieve the desired goal. Hazard's is inexpensive. MFC's seems more stout. Dobinson's actually replaces equipment and might be a pain if I do decide to de-mod the Cherokee and trade it in, someday. I am leaning more towards the MFC, at this point. Either way, I will upgrade to the Trailhawk trailing arms.

New wheels & tires. Black wheels and 32's?

Mopar Side Steps. I've heard some horror stories about people getting wrong parts with their RRO steps and since shipping will cost a fortune, I think it's safer to go with the Mopar ones, even if they are going to be more expensive.

RRO Roof Rails & Rack.

The Build
I'm hoping to get the lift, wheels and tires ordered here in the next couple of months so this will serve as a discussion in the meantime. Any thoughts, ideas, suggestions would be appreciated!


Good morning! If you have any questions about the MFC lift, feel free to contact me. It is indeed reengineered for a super smooth front spacer install now.

Also, I have been working alongside Dobinsons, and we maybe making adjustable rear trailing arms. This oils make it so you don't have to hog out the bolt holes to line up. Having them adjustable, can really center the wheel quicker and easier.


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Congratulations @Montaska on your KL, is it Active Drive 1 or 2? (Do you have 4WD Low?) And where are the pictures?

I have the HazzardSky lift on my Trailhawk, have had no issues with it. MFC's was a bit more complicated to install originally, but he has reengineered it to make the install better. Either way they reach similar goals. The Dobinson's lift definitely looks like its going to be the most stout of them all.

From personal experience, it's almost not worth the work to de-mod the vehicle if you trade it in. I traded my '15 Latitude for a '16 Trailhawk and gave them almost every mod I had, except the RRO steprails and my lighted roof rack. Then I bought another HazzardSky lift, and kept going...

I second airish, skip the RRO roof rails, go with Gobi if you're willing to pay the money. Although, I do have their steprails and love them. The Mopar ones look good though and will probably work out better for you there though.

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It's Active Drive 1, just the Auto/Snow/Sand-Mud/Sport. I took one picture while driving the Alaska-Canada Highway last Fall, it's around here somewhere, but otherwise I haven't been able to get too many pictures! Thanks for the info on the Gobi rack, I think I will add that to my list since it's all one solid unit.

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Regardless of the kit I go with, if I buy the Trailhawk trailing arms, would I need to select that I have AD2/Trailhawk or still AD1? I'm getting ready to bring out the credit card here, soon.

Also, here is a picture for @tbrou6229


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