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Just picked up a 2019 Limited, new Firefly engine

The wife and I just bought a new Jetset Blueover gray Renegade Limited, always wanted a Jeep and we're really impressed with it compared to our old Kia Soul. I want to say hi and post a few pics, its our first new car and I already have a few mods I'd like to cover - mudflaps, ~1/2" fender flare lips, front/rear tow hooks, rear hitch, maybe a few skidplates, and a UConnect 7 when I find one for a good price. I'm also interested in if its possible to install a Trailhawk 4WD switch and code it in (since its all software, right?).












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Nice, got the FWD Limited but no fancy cup holders in the rear on mine,now im jealous,enjoy.

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Congratulations and welcome to the forum. I noticed in your photos that the roof rails are now black instead of silver as on previous Limited models. The new motor looks tiny. Enjoy your new Renegade.

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I've been noticing a lot of little differences between our 2019 and pretty much all of the literature and parts out there for these cars, I'm not even sure if stupid things like cargo liners are the same so I'm holding off on buying pretty much everything until more research, I imagine the OEM-knockoff mudflaps would work though.

Matching the interior vent/console/speaker rings is sweet, I like the black rails since they tone down the bling a bit, and I'm totally obsessed with the wheels. My only complaint as far as trim is that it looks like the rearview mirrors were supposed to be color-matched to the grill, wing grills, and taillight inserts but aren't. I'll probably color-match those eventually, isn't that weird that they're like half-done? Otherwise you can tell FCA put a lot of thought into this vehicle and I really like the finish and detailing, the JP and he Sasquatch are hilarious. Once I get a few hours this week I'm going to give the whole thing a once-over and start to figure some stuff out.

Couple questions, I probably missed these going over the stickys:

1 - is there a source for factory service manuals and other nitty-gritty info for our cars? Wondering about Firefly tuning, if any tunes affect the trans/4WD operation, etc., but I also know the engine is new and there seems to be very little info right now

2 - what's the best place to get info about our CAN-Bus systems, software vs. hardware, and other things that might help with figuring out, say, if a Trailhawk 4WD switch can be installed and coded to work in any 4x4 Renegade?

3 - are there 2-3 things that any new Renegade owner really should do to balance out, improve, or finish the car so its like it "should have been" when new? Like, a trans cooler for instance?

Thanks!

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2) The trailhawk crawl ratio is not just software. Different final drive ratios on the trailhawk to use first gears lower gearing to replicate a low 4wd setting. Trailhawks usually start in 2nd gear for normal driving.
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Good info, thanks!
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Nice looking car! I'm a little biased, we have a Trailhawk in the same color with the same engine. The Trailhawk has a completely different trans code, lower 1st gear for 21:1 crawl ratio, 4.58 final drive this year vs. 4.33 last year, it's not just software. The regular 9 spd has a 3.73 final drive. It also comes with a fuel mileage penalty due to that setup. 22 city/27 hwy vs 23/29. Ours is averaging right around 26 in mixed driving and off road 1 day on the weekend so far. If we drive it 65-70 on the freeway, it will return around 30, but with city driving and 80MPH freeway plus hills, it bumps down the average a bit. It will definitely hit the high side of the EPA numbers rather than the low side even without being broken in yet, so we're happy with it as a commuter and weekend exploration car.

Really liking the 1.3 so far. It has plenty of power and does great offroad up in the mountains. Doesn't seem to give up any real power at 8000 ft where we were this weekend unlike the normally aspirated engines.

The regular Jeep cargo liner fits just fine, we ordered one right away and it came last Monday. The factory accessory "slush" mats will fit with one slight variation, and that's the passenger side does not have the attachment lugs in the carpet to hook the RF mat to.
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Be careful on the tow hooks. The trailhawk bumpers are steel and the hooks are attached to the body robustly. The other models have an aluminum bumper and the tow hook threads are attached to the bumper. More than one person has learned that by ripping off the aluminum bumper when trying to recover the vehicle. They are meant for getting it up a flatbed and that's about it.
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As a new and first owner you call them and request ALL the manuals and they will send them to you free. (unless they changed in the last year) I've done this my last 3 Rams and this Jeep.


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