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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-18-2017, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
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First 4x4 of and kind question.

As title states, my 2014 latitude ADII is the first 4x4 vehicle I have owned. I have the standard auto, snow, sport, sand/mud, and 4wd low settings, but I dont have the locking rear or rock mode. What exactly does the rock mode and locking rear do? Does this mean my vehicle is not off-road capable? If it is still considered off-road capable, what kind of capability are we talking about? Thx.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-18-2017, 08:29 PM
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The differential locker is a nice aid for steep scree or loose road mulch or mildly steep compact snow and water ice when you don't have chains on. Also for towing/ pulling over grass and mud. I find you need to engage it long before you need it and have gone through a few places where I would have liked it on, trying to engage it unsuccessfully but getting through anyway.
(Useful but not mandatory )
I use it often enough on off road heavy equipment but not so much on the jeep -the engage sequence is really slow compared to a crude old tractor or skidder.

Rock mode is a slow creep mode that gives the same effect as having a bull low 1st gear with a 3.75 or 4.11 diff on a standard transmission low range off road truck especially useful for going up continuous long stretches of "road" that is mostly 6" + rock chunks or creeping over dicey large rock and washouts where you don't want body rocking or wheel slip. Without it you can meter the gas pedal so that your auto trans will ease you up and over the rocks but every so often the vehicle will lurch over with the result that your foot will press down on the throttle and fly you over the next rock with some loud *!$ crashing sounds to follow.... It takes some of the stress out of driving if you have 30 min to 2 hours straight of really rough going as well as adding climbing capability.

You can use Hill descent mode on the down hill portion to let the brakes do that job almost as well.
Hope that helps and am sure others will weigh in.
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High risk roads are fine most likely... some offroading will be fine... wheels off the ground won't work well without a locker. Take it slow and don't go alone and you will be fine.

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Sorry if this is a dumb question. Im a noob at this. What is considered a high risk road? I googled the term but no real good answers.
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Sorry if this is a dumb question. Im a noob at this. What is considered a high risk road? I googled the term but no real good answers.
With AD2 the Cherokee is very capable in most situations.
Lots of rocks that are loose or embedded , deep ruts, deep mud/washed out roads, or basically anything your Cherokee will have to climb over should be avoided.
With my AD2 Limited I will avoid any situation where I could bottom out with rocks etc that could hit the undercarriage. Actually mud and snow will stop you cold if you sink in it.
Actually hitting a deep rut and having rocks on the road can be an issue without skid plates if the drop is enough.
Also remember you have no hooks to be pulled out if you get stuck.
Only the Trail Hawk has skid plates for that protection and even then stuff still can get damaged.
Also tires have a lot to do with the terrain handling and are a must if you will need lots of traction.

Now skid plates can be added after purchase. Some forum members have done the installs themselves.
Tires can also be changed out if you are careful with sizing.
A good source would be LEN1304 in his photo gallery as he has done some serious stuff with his Hawk.
I have had some adventures but I have to use some common sense in knowing my limitations.
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This is what I did to my TH on the pink trails with the real Jeeps.
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This is where you don't want to go.
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They are like forest service roads that aren't hard, but may not me maintained

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time to test it out! :-)
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