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#1 (permalink) Old 11-21-2013, 01:30 AM
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Advice: Active Drive I vs Active Drive II

I live in the northwest. I do a fair amount of skiing, as well as hiking/backpacking which can sometimes have me taking some fairly rough dirt roads and sometimes in wet weather. I also would like to be able to tow a travel trailer (3000-4000 lbs). Although I prefer the look of the Trailhawk, I'm thinking that I'll probably end up with a Limited V6 with the tow package.

Now, my decision with the Limited is whether there is a good reason splurge for Active Drive II. Given the above, are there situations where ADII would provide much of an advantage?
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My Wife has only had her ADII limited for a week and we have only tried it once in a relatively mild offroad situation. Soon I hope to test it in a more strenuous outing.

Having said that the ADII gives you more ground clearance. When you talk about towing a larger trailer is that towing going to be done while going down some rather rough roads? If that was the case I would go for the ADII. From the limited time spent so far the low range does give you more precise control in offroad situations, i'm talking from a throttle perspective. When traction between the axles is different and the Brake Lock differentials kick in, when not in the low range mode it does take a decent amount of throttle to navigate through the obstacle.

I have no doubt an ADI Cherokee could go down a rough dirt road providing ground clearance is not an issue. You can also add skid plates bought through mopar.

My wife originally wanted a trailhawk, however she was sold on the luxury package with the ventilated seats and HID lights. I will be adding trailhawk rims and skidplates in the next few months, obviously it will still lack the locker and the different bumpers but still be quite capable.

Obviously the trailhawk is the offroad king but I think a lot of people might be writing off the non trailhawk models offroad, and I don't think that is the case, I guess time will tell when more people start to get their Cherokees.
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Active Drive II gives you the following:

-1" Lift via the off-road suspension used on the TH
-Select-terrain mode that lets you select from: Auto, Sand/Mud, Snow, and Sport (as well as a Neutral position for towing)
-Hill Descent Control
-4WD Low

If you do get the Limited I would say the biggest advantage to you would be the extra 1" of ground clearance since the front and rear are quite a bit lower than the Trailhawk's due to the fascias being geared more for aerodynamics. The ground clearance will also come in handy with hitting those hard to get to hiking area's as only the Trailhawk gets the skid plate treatment.
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My Wife has only had her ADII limited for a week and we have only tried it once in a relatively mild offroad situation. Soon I hope to test it in a more strenuous outing.

Having said that the ADII gives you more ground clearance. When you talk about towing a larger trailer is that towing going to be done while going down some rather rough roads? If that was the case I would go for the ADII. From the limited time spent so far the low range does give you more precise control in offroad situations, i'm talking from a throttle perspective. When traction between the axles is different and the Brake Lock differentials kick in, when not in the low range mode it does take a decent amount of throttle to navigate through the obstacle.

I have no doubt an ADI Cherokee could go down a rough dirt road providing ground clearance is not an issue. You can also add skid plates bought through mopar.

My wife originally wanted a trailhawk, however she was sold on the luxury package with the ventilated seats and HID lights. I will be adding trailhawk rims and skidplates in the next few months, obviously it will still lack the locker and the different bumpers but still be quite capable.

Obviously the trailhawk is the offroad king but I think a lot of people might be writing off the non trailhawk models offroad, and I don't think that is the case, I guess time will tell when more people start to get their Cherokees.
The ADII Cherokees hold there own just fine out in the wild. I can't remember what video it was that I was watching but they were doing off-road testing with members of the press and they had regular Cherokees with ADII out there mixing it up with the TH's. One caveat though, they did remove the front and rear bumpers of the standard Cherokees, approach and departure angle issues and all
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I have no measurements to back it up yet but obviously the front bumper approach angles are considerably less than the trailhawks. The rear bumper doesn't look as bad on the non trailhawk models.

Journeyman I'd love to see those videos as I don't recall seeing those ones (and I've watched lots)
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I would go with the ADII for the reasons listed above. Select terrain, additional ground clearance and low range for that added control.

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Active 1 also lets you select the various settings for snow, mud etc.
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I have no measurements to back it up yet but obviously the front bumper approach angles are considerably less than the trailhawks. The rear bumper doesn't look as bad on the non trailhawk models.

Journeyman I'd love to see those videos as I don't recall seeing those ones (and I've watched lots)
I'll poke around a bit when I get off work. It may have been a TFL Car video...
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$900 for a factory lift and low range seems well worth it to me.

I also agree on the approaches. I saw a Limited next to a Trailhawk on a picture post somewhere here and you can tell immediately there is a major difference.
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The Limited with ADII and raised suspension prob will change this slightly, but as listed:

Limited/Trailhawk
Approach Angle: 18.9/29.9
Breakover Angle: 19.5/22.9
Departure Angle: 25/32.2
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