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Aimee's 2021 WK2 Grand Cherokee Trailhawk

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10 weeks ago we placed the order... then yesterday @aimee's new 2021 Grand Cherokee (WK2) Trailhawk was finally ready to be picked up! 

 

  • 2021 Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4x4
  • 5.7L V8 MDS VVT Engine with 8-Spd Auto 8HP70 Transmission

  • Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat

  • Trailhawk Luxury Group

    • includes things like the Dual-Pane Panoramic SunroofTrailhawk Leather Trim Seats with Perforations, Power Tilt/Telescoping Steering Wheel and Rain Sensitive Wipers

  • Protech II

    • includes the Adaptive Cruise Control (Radar/Camera based), Brake-Assist, Lane Departure Warning/Correction and Auto Parallel Parking

  • Premium Lighting Group

    • Bi-Xenon HID Headlamps, LED Daytime Running Lights, LED Fog Lights, Auto High Beam Control

  • Mopar Rock Rails (supposedly these are a PITA to install, so we let the factory do it)

 

...pretty much every available option except the Engine Block Heater and Rear DVD Entertainment Center.

 

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the Trailhawk Edition comes with the Quadra-Lift Air Lift Suspension (with 4.1" of total adjustability to the ride height), Quadra Drive II (includes a "real" 4wd transfer case with low range), skid plates, the blackout hood decal, and of course the red highlighted tow hooks, badging & stitching details.

 

it's rated for up to a 20" deep water crossing and has a maximum of 10.8" of ground clearance when the Air Lift suspension is set to "Offroad 2" mode. the 5.7 Hemi upgrade gives her a max tow rating of 7,200 lbs.

 

you can actually add the Offroad Adventure Group option to most of the other WK2 editions to get the same suspension and transfer case as the Trailhawk. However, we also like that the Trailhawk edition doesn't have a bunch of chrome - all of the trim details are either black or matte gray.


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we traded in Aimee's 2012 Infiniti G37 for the new Jeep... she really liked the car but wanted something that could at least make it down a forest road for camping or to explore a random easy trail while on family road trips. 

 

the G37 was way too low for many maintained gravel roads even, and neither Aimee nor B think the JK's seats are particularly comfortable. even the rear seats in this WK2 recline and are heated (the fronts are heated and ventilated)!

 

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there won't be any extreme mods since it's primarily a daily driver and road-trip rig. our immediate plans are:

 

  • new wheels and tires have already been ordered. neither of us really like the stock rims and we should be able to go up 1 size on the tires without major work.
  • tint
  • de-badge
  • level out the factory rake
  • get a sun shade, rear cargo mat, hitch-mounted recovery point, and a few basic supplies like a tow strap, tire repair kit, etc.

 

we may add a couple additional skid plates at some point, depending on how often she actually gets on a trail.

 

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Congrats!! What is the Jeep's name?

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Wow that is one very very nice looking Jeep!!  Excellent selections!!  Congrats!!

smiles, ladybug

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3 hours ago, Bradywgn71 said:

Congrats!! What is the Jeep's name?

 

we've got to wait and see what her personality is!

 

 

2 hours ago, Ladybug said:

Wow that is one very very nice looking Jeep!!  Excellent selections!!  Congrats!!

smiles, ladybug

 

thank you Karen!

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Very nice!  I love the color.

That’s one sweet ride.

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9 hours ago, theksmith said:

de-badge

FYI:

If you carefully remove the Grand Cherokee badge, the letters can be repurposed into..........

 


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Hey.  It was a slow night at work.

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Congratulations kids! It's a gorgeous vehicle, I love it! 😍

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debadging complete!

 

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tools of the trade:

 

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i brought the nose up nearly and inch to level her out and make room for the upcoming larger tires. i used software to adjust what the air suspension module considers Normal Ride Height (NRH). you can also accomplish this by replacing the links to the sensors with new ones from airlinksgc.com (or make your own).

 

i went the software route since i'm a tech-nerd and because the app will allow me to change other settings such as keeping the fog lights on with high beams and more. i bought the Alfa OBD app ($50) for Android and then you also need an OBD2 dongle. i've got the OBDLink MX+ ($100) but the OBDLink LX ($60) dongle would work just as well in this particular case. note that the super cheap dongles may not work for some features.

 

2018 and newer WK2 models also require a bypass dongle or a 12+8 cable ($30) to get around the FCA Secure Gateway Module (SGM).

 

for more info, see the AlfaOBD website and this WK2 specific thread about AlfaOBD, or this thread on RamForum.com which has become the AlfaOBD bible. be sure to read the part about backing up your initial settings to Google Drive for future reference!

 

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clean and level!

 

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some interior shots...

 

we're excited to finally have a rig with ventilated seats! also notice the floor mats, i think the repeating pattern is supposed to be inspired by the TrailHawk/TrackHawk logos?

 

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the steering wheel has the TrailHawk badge and signature red stitching. each wheel also has a little red Jeep painted on it, much like the Rubicon versions of the JK and JL/JT. i haven't found any other easter eggs yet (other than possibly the floor mats).

 

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the "Offroad Pages" app in the infotainment center has some interesting graphics to show you what the computer is doing and also gives GPS info, pitch/roll, and gauges screen for things like trans temp, etc.

 

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the HAL 9000 based off-road controls:

 

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Now it's time to get her dirty and some AZ pin striping as initiation. 😄

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