My Renegade BU Overlander

My daily driver (VW Golf Sportwagen) crapped the bed on me and I ended up needing a new DD before I was planning on buying a new vehicle. We are in the middle of searching for/buying a new house and I was waiting to buy a nice pre-owned Range Rover L405 or Volvo XC90. I originally bought my new 2019 BU Sport 4x4 as just a cheap stop gap vehicle, it looks nice, gets decent fuel economy, was less than $20k out the door, and I could soft road with it. Frankly it was the least feminine of the small SUVs to me! Well those factors are why it’s becoming my favorite little vehicle! I’ve yet to find anything in my style of overlanding it can’t handle and I like the size. I still have my Range Rovers and enjoy the enhanced capabilities my P38 has for when I may need it.



So far I’ve added 225/65R17 BF Goodrich KO2 tires, cross bars and mud flaps. I’ve ordered a full-size spare, two 5L jerry cans and a roof rack. The Rocky Road Outfitters 1 5/8 lift is my next modification. I will be adding the Renegade ready hitch here soon so I have a decent recover point on the rear of the vehicle and it will be nice to tow my canoe/scooters on a small utility trailer.



Here is my BU the night I brought it home, all stock. It’s a Sport 4x4 with appearance package, remote start and proximity entry:




Here is our first off-road trip after I installed cross bars, you can see the limited wheel articulation here. Still on stock eco tires in this photo:




After I had the BF Goodrich KO2 tires installed:






Here are some photos from our various adventures the last few weeks:


 
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larock1971

Member
I have had a Renny Trailhawk for almost a year now, it replaced a 07 Patriot that had nearly 260,000 trouble free miles on it. Fun little vehicle. I haven't done any modes to it yet, but have a list going. I like the way the BFGs look, what kind of impact did they have on fuel economy?
 
I have had a Renny Trailhawk for almost a year now, it replaced a 07 Patriot that had nearly 260,000 trouble free miles on it. Fun little vehicle. I haven't done any modes to it yet, but have a list going. I like the way the BFGs look, what kind of impact did they have on fuel economy?
I lost right around 1.5mpg in stop & go city traffic. Don’t know on interstate mileage because I rarely get on it. Road noise was the biggest difference.
 

G0to60

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My friend has been building up his Renegade over the last year. Mainly to be better equipped for the forest roads leading to fishing and camping spots but with the occasional trail run. He went with a Terraflex 1.5" lift, Toyo AT tires, and Valkyrie skid plates (engine, driveshaft bearing, and rear diff). The last thing he wants is the Avid Contour front bumper for a little better approach angle, protection, and recovery points. They are out of stock so hopefully they make a batch for this coming year. Here he is hitting the trail this last summer at a place called La Dee near Estacada, OR.

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