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A Few Off-Road Videos in my Patriot

Discussion in 'Compacts: Renegade, Patriot, Compass, Caliber' started by link3721, Nov 18, 2016.

  1. link3721

    link3721 Yes, This MK Goes Off-Road
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    Had an excursion back in September. Parents let me use their GoPro (now on my Christmas list). Pretty sure I'm in the 0.0001% that uses their Patriot like this. First 3 are some rocky areas, last two are a mud hole (one bumper view, one outer view. The red GC is my parents'.



     
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    link3721 Yes, This MK Goes Off-Road
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    Mud hole runs


     
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    I didn't get to watch the videos yet, but have wondered how a patriot would go. Thanks for sharing. Will check it out once I get some extended downtime. Thanks and keep getting out there and enjoying your Jeep and the great outdoors
     
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    link3721 Yes, This MK Goes Off-Road
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    My Patriot isn't "trail rated" but I added the skid plates, tow hooks and oil cooler. I've also got a 2" spring lift and a winch bumper (winch is in the garage waiting to get installed). BFG all terrains are also due soon.
     
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    Very nice!!
     
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    Good and Bad, I'm sure Wrangler die hards would tell you that's nothing. But, I don't think any other vehicle the price of a Patriot could do the same thing as you just did off-road. So it is truly best in class.

    Oh, lift, especially with independent suspension, often just trades jounce for rebound. It does give more ground clearance which is more off-road ability. BUT, the most capability is gained from total suspension travel increase. i.e. you may have lifted the vehicle 2", that gives the suspension the ability for the wheels to go up 2" more, but they can only go down 2" less, for a total of the same as before the lift.
     
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    link3721 Yes, This MK Goes Off-Road
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    I know it wasn't terribly difficult, but I also didn't want to try anything much harder before I got my new tires and winch installed (both now installed!). When the trails open again in the spring in going to give the harder trails a try.

    Fortunately I know the IS limitations and avoiding dragging the belly is worth the trade-off. I also put sway bar disconnects on as well to help with wheel travel. I did make sure to do a spring lift instead of pucks so I wouldn't destroy the cv shafts.
     
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