What kind of skid plate do you have?We have attempted to take our Ridgeline on what I would consider easy off road trails a couple of times, and we have the gouges in the skid plate under the engine to prove it, (that should be a hint.)
Ok, what is TFT?Driving slow, for extended time, reduces airflow thru the tranny cooler. Observing TFT is precautionary......somewhat similar to a gas gauge.🤷♂️
That should be much less of an issue with the lower 1st gear in the 2020+.Just jumping in, not 100% sure but I assume it means Transmission Fluid Temps? You can see the Ridgeline on a 4X4 trail here in this video, which I thought was pretty neat. And the problem it does encounter is a Transmission Overheat, which sidelines it before the finish-line (and this issue creeps up before ground clearance issues do). Not sure how long the trails were etc. It's probably possible to upgrade the Transmission Cooler on the truck and get better performance, and maybe ensure that the fluid is new and clean before the trip, which could help?
Here is a video of a 2020 doing some off road stuff too which was cool to see as well, it's more recent then the first one I posted (which was the 2017 model, so this one has the 9-speed). It does also overheat at video marker time 8:45, though the driver does say in the video notes that they did a ton of runs and was pushing the vehicle in multiple drive modes as part of the test, so I think he would imply that it's quite capable stock if your goal isn't perhaps all-day recreational off-roading. But of course, that's just me trying to interpret the videos and his comments. I am sure some people on this forum have some direct experience they could contribute too.That should be much less of an issue with the lower 1st gear in the 2020+.
That's the rear differential that overheated due to wheel spin - not the transmission.Here is a video of a 2020 doing some off road stuff too which was cool to see as well, it's more recent then the first one I posted (which was the 2017 model, so this one has the 9-speed). It does also overheat at video marker time 8:45...
Totally, I was just trying to point out that ground clearance didn't seem to be a primary issue when off-road I guess in these examples, per the OP question. Just trying to be helpful!That's the rear differential that overheated due to wheel spin - not the transmission.
A bigger problem is when you come around that corner to find an obstacle without room to turn around! And with the Ridgeline it does not take much of an obstacle as compared to other "trucks!"I agree with pnwfrostline, if you can’t visually judge the size/depth of a rock/rut in front of you, maybe you shouldn’t be off-roading a stock, basically street vehicle.🤷♂️