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Old 02-19-2013, 06:51 AM   #99
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I am using these on my X5, likely work on the GC.

AERO 2 Towing Mirrors : Amazon.com : Automotive
I use the exact same mirrors and they work very well and are easy to put on, and they stay on without any scratches to the paint!
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:03 AM   #100
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Even thought the diesel/turbo engine is a whopping $4,005 (invoice) upgrade over the V6 gas engine,
Do you know the upgrade cost of the 5.7L over the V6 for a comparison of the cost of a comparable gas engine to the diesel.
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Old 02-19-2013, 01:12 PM   #101
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Greg, you are correct. I purchased my first set of CIPA 11700's from 4 Wheel Parts who confirmed that they would indeed fit the 08 GC. After my son pulled one off in a car wash and the mirror cracked, I ordered another set from Amazon despite their caution that it would not fit my 08 GC. There is no interference whatsoever with the stock GC mirrors. I just happen to have a photo of my GC with the mirrors.
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Old 02-19-2013, 01:49 PM   #102
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Do you know the upgrade cost of the 5.7L over the V6 for a comparison of the cost of a comparable gas engine to the diesel.
Based on Jeep's configurator on their website, for a Limited (I just picked the middle model as an example) the upcharge from V6 to Hemi is $1695.
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Old 02-19-2013, 07:18 PM   #103
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Based on Jeep's configurator on their website, for a Limited (I just picked the middle model as an example) the upcharge from V6 to Hemi is $1695.
OK then $4005 for the diesel - $1695 for the Hemi = $2310 up-charge for the diesel over the Hemi.

I think this is the best way to look at the cost since most people looking at the GC for towing would want one of these two engines.
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:09 PM   #104
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My Jeep is a diesel. The Hemi and the diesel have almost identical towing performance. Mileage during towing is slightly better in favour of the diesel but a whole lot better running around town. You need a Brinx truck to go with you when you get an oil change on the diesel. And I found on my misadventures in the US that one should consider bringing his own mechanic with a parts truck. Perhaps Jamujoe might be able to shed some light on diesel service in the US. We generally have no problem with dealers in Canada being able to service the diesel since they are fairly common. (Diesels that is) Hopefully,with the introduction of the new diesels, the dealers will be forced into providing some training for some of their techs. Oil change at the dealer, $337.00 includes oil,filter, and a whole bunch of tax money. Would I buy another? In a heartbeat.
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:58 AM   #105
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Towing 30' Excella with GC

I am towing a 30' 1998 Excella with a 2007 Grnd Cherokee Limited, 5.7 Hemi, tow package and Hensley hitch.

I was a skeptic and thought I would be looking for a different TV when we got the AS last fall. To my surprise, the GC is doing just fine. I love GCs. The 07 is my fourth one. However, I give 90% of the credit to the Hensley.

I was on I-75 recently with 20 mph gusty cross winds. At 60 t 65 mph I had absolutley no sway problems from the wind or big rigs.
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Old 02-27-2013, 10:25 AM   #106
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Question? We bought a 25 fb last fall and tow with a '06 Grand Cherokee 5.7 using a Reese dual cam. What are you GC towers using for a drop down? The hitch is way high as it was installed and delivered. I think as a result of that I'm heavy on the rear tires and can't seem to switch more weight forward.
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Old 02-27-2013, 10:45 AM   #107
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Question? We bought a 25 fb last fall and tow with a '06 Grand Cherokee 5.7 using a Reese dual cam. What are you GC towers using for a drop down? The hitch is way high as it was installed and delivered. I think as a result of that I'm heavy on the rear tires and can't seem to switch more weight forward.
On my '12 GC towing a '74 Argosy with new axle and 16" tires, I had to get a drop shank for my Andersen hitch due to the high hitch box on the GC. I also had to get a drop shank for my older Reese/Draw Tight hitch.

The new generation GC has a very high hitch box vs. the older ones I had.
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Old 02-27-2013, 01:43 PM   #108
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[QUOTE="Jwestman;1266493"]Question? We bought a 25 fb last fall and tow with a '06 Grand Cherokee 5.7 using a Reese dual cam. What are you GC towers using for a drop down? The hitch is way high as it was installed and delivere

The factory hitch on that generation Jeep is a little high because it's mounted into, rather than under, the bumper. On my 2007 GC the receiver height was 22" (to top of receiver). As a result, I needed to use an 8" drop shank to get the trailler level with the WD system. (22" receiver ht. + 3" ball ht. - 17" coupler ht. = 8 shank ht.")
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