Does anyone off-road their 2.0?

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Does anyone off road their 2.0?
There are only issues and horror stories on this forum, any positive motivating stories of off roading to eliminate everyone else’s fears...
I own a 2018 JLUR and previously owned a 2017 JK Rubicon Hardrock Unlimited with 4.10 gears and an automatic transmission. I ran 35s on both, and both were great at wheeling. I can honestly say, however, that the 2.0 L is more impressive than my JK’s 3.6L. Admittedly, the 3.6L on the JL is the next generation engine, so this isn’t a direct comparison. However, the 2.0 L in my JL produces higher torque at most engine speeds, including low speeds, so I personally think the 2.0L is better for rock crawling. I have heard of problems with engine shutdown at altitude (greater than 10,000 ft elevation) with the 2.0 L, but this is not my experience. I had no trouble at 13,000 ft (Engineer Pass, Black Bear Pass, Imogene Pass, Ophir Pass). Just my 2 cents.





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I have an 18 JLUR mostly stock. I off road with mine all the time. Have three Jeep Badges of Honor from Hot Springs ORV in Arkansas. Go to my local park in DFW area at least a dozen times in 10months I’ve had this Jeep. And gone to Barnwell Mtb in Gilmer, TX twice along with Hidden Falls Adventure Park in Marble Falls, TX. 2.0 does great the ratio is awesome in 4L and I barely have to do anything f besides find a good line and let the Jeep do its thing! Love it. Caveat...not sure if it has to do with the engine but I’ve now taken the Jeep to the dealer 8 times for warranty issues. Few mechanical items but mainly for electrical issues. Been out of my Jeep for over 120 days since Oct. 2018. That’s about every 2.2 days avg in the shop...but reality been out for a week at a time or two. Again take with grain of salt as it could just be the luck of the draw.
I am heading to the Hot Springs ORV Park this weekend. I have quite a bit off road experience but was wondering how rugged the three B of H trails are since I am running 40s on DANA 44s w/5.13 spicer gears? (Currie RockJock 60s coming soon) By the looks of videos I have seen it doesn't look to rugged as long as I take it easy.
 
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I am heading to the Hot Springs ORV Park this weekend. I have quite a bit off road experience but was wondering how rugged the three B of H trails are since I am running 40s on DANA 44s w/5.13 spicer gears? (Currie RockJock 60s coming soon) By the looks of videos I have seen it doesn't look to rugged as long as I take it easy.
I think you’ll be fine on those trails (Snake, Rubicon Ridge, Fun Run). Unless it’s muddy, the trails aren’t too difficult. There’s one tricky obstacle on Rubicon Ridge that you can bypass (near the beginning) and Snake has some tight off-camber segments (trees on both sides of trail) that 4-door Jeeps want to take slowly, but all in all, not too tough, great fun. You can do all three trails in one day if you start early. Lots of fun and Hot Springs AR is a nice town.
 

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I think you’ll be fine on those trails (Snake, Rubicon Ridge, Fun Run). Unless it’s muddy, the trails aren’t too difficult. There’s one tricky obstacle on Rubicon Ridge that you can bypass (near the beginning) and Snake has some tight off-camber segments (trees on both sides of trail) that 4-door Jeeps want to take slowly, but all in all, not too tough, great fun. You can do all three trails in one day if you start early. Lots of fun and Hot Springs AR is a nice town.
Thx for the tips!

I have a couple friends that live in HS Village and decided to hit these trails and earn a few badges while up there.
 

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I am heading to the Hot Springs ORV Park this weekend. I have quite a bit off road experience but was wondering how rugged the three B of H trails are since I am running 40s on DANA 44s w/5.13 spicer gears? (Currie RockJock 60s coming soon) By the looks of videos I have seen it doesn't look to rugged as long as I take it easy.

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How do you like the 40's on the stock axles? Any issues so far? I know a lot of people will advise against it but these axles are pretty tuff. I'm considering bumping up from 37's to 40's but hesitant bc I don't see many doing it. I'd love some feedback if you're willing to provide your thoughts.
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We wheel ours all the time. Been to Moab 3 times and have wheeled almost every weekend in Colorado over the summer. My only complaint is the turbo lag. Takes a few crawls to get used to the lag. Other than that, I haven’t had any issues.

We did have a 3.6L JLU Sport before our 2.0 Turbo JLUR. We took it to Moab once and did a few trails around Vail.

After wheeling both I would definitely do the 3.6L over the Turbo. Solely because of the turbo lag.
 

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We wheel ours all the time. Been to Moab 3 times and have wheeled almost every weekend in Colorado over the summer. My only complaint is the turbo lag. Takes a few crawls to get used to the lag. Other than that, I haven’t had any issues.

We did have a 3.6L JLU Sport before our 2.0 Turbo JLUR. We took it to Moab once and did a few trails around Vail.

After wheeling both I would definitely do the 3.6L over the Turbo. Solely because of the turbo lag.
Is your Jeep stock? Mine off road is in boost all the time and I have zero lag. I have also owned both and for rock crawling in my opinion the 2.0 is the only way to go.
 

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Slightly off-topic

How do you like the 40's on the stock axles? Any issues so far? I know a lot of people will advise against it but these axles are pretty tuff. I'm considering bumping up from 37's to 40's but hesitant bc I don't see many doing it. I'd love some feedback if you're willing to provide your thoughts.
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Like you, I feel the DANA 44 axles are fine running 40s as long as you use common sense. I did upgrade the gears to Spicer 5.13 and sync'd it with a FlashCal. I had a 1986 Toyota 4x4 with the 22R engine running 40" Dick Cepeks that I ran hard offroad and I never had axle or driveshaft issues. I KNOW the JL axles are much better than what was on that Toyota.

With that said, I am looking to add some DANA or CURRIE 60s in the near future for piece of mind... :)
 

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I've never experienced turbo lag either. But I go real slow and haven't been in situation where I had to bump it to get over an obstacle. I'm avoiding that until I get some belly skids.
 

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I think you’ll be fine on those trails (Snake, Rubicon Ridge, Fun Run). Unless it’s muddy, the trails aren’t too difficult. There’s one tricky obstacle on Rubicon Ridge that you can bypass (near the beginning) and Snake has some tight off-camber segments (trees on both sides of trail) that 4-door Jeeps want to take slowly, but all in all, not too tough, great fun. You can do all three trails in one day if you start early. Lots of fun and Hot Springs AR is a nice town.
Would a stock Sahara 4dr fare well on the Snake?
 
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Would a stock Sahara 4dr fare well on the Snake?
I think so.

Snake is narrow and windy, but I don’t recall anything that’s too challenging, assuming it’s not muddy. I went when it was muddy once and recall struggling to keep my 4-door away from the trees.

Honestly, I think a stock Sahara could make it through all three, depending on your tolerance for a little undercarriage scraping.

Rubicon Ridge has a couple of obstacles where you may want a spotter. If you go with a group, I think you’ll be fine. Be sure to air down to help with a rocky incline towards the end. Are you running all terrain tires? If not those or mud terrains, you may want to pass.

Fun Run will probably give you the most trouble as it involves several rocky ascents, and I suspect your skid plates will get good use. This is my favorite trail and it really is fun.

The park is a great place to wheel and there’s something for everyone, even stock rav4s. Have fun!
 

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Is your Jeep stock? Mine off road is in boost all the time and I have zero lag. I have also owned both and for rock crawling in my opinion the 2.0 is the only way to go.
Is your Jeep stock? Mine off road is in boost all the time and I have zero lag. I have also owned both and for rock crawling in my opinion the 2.0 is the only way to go.
No it is not stock. 2.5in lift and bigger tires. I notice it most if I’m crawling and need to let off the gas and then hit the gas again.
 

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Great comments here for 2.0T. Thanks!
 

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2.0 is awesome off road, power etc is not an issue. Elevation had little to no effect.
Very nice looking JL. Looks like you wheel hard which is awesome and seems rare. Are you running 40’s on stock axles? If so have you had any issues or modified them in any way to increase the strength? If you have larger axles does the added weight hurt the 2.0 performance? Was there a noticeable difference in driving performance on or off road? Sorry for all the questions but wheel hard with 37’s and want to upgrade to 40’s but are told I’ll destroy the stock drive train and to 2.0 will not be able to handle it. So far the 2.0 has been awesome. Thanks and again awesome looking Jeep.
 

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