OME or RC when new shocks are needed anyways? WWJCD?
WWJCD? What Would Jeep Commander.Com Do?
Hello again. Apologize in advance for the long post and background.
We bought on 06 Commander 4.7 used a few years ago and have been driving it stock since then. (It has 90K miles on it, half of which are ours). This Commander is used for largely street driving, but we do live in a dirt road area, minor water crossing is sometimes needed, and it does see it's fair share of Forest Service roads on the occasional fully loaded camping trip. In other words, your typical properly used SUV.
This week, front end vibrations prompted me to take a look and I discovered it was time for new tires, like, TODAY. Blistering on 3 and bald. In addition, I have known for 6 months or so that shocks and struts we coming up, quick. Well, quick is here, and it probably sped the tire replacement along as well.
Unfortunately, I am not made of money, so I replaced all four tires, with middle of the road Cooper CST*s (They are nice enough) and I am delaying the shocks/struts for about 2 weeks. *NOTE, I replaced the stock size tires with 245/70R17 which are not quite 1 inch taller diameter than stock.
So the question is, assuming that I need new shocks and struts anyway, AND I want to lift the Jeep just 2 inches to get it sitting where it should in the first place, AND I will have a shop doing the work, not myself:
Should I go with a Medium Duty OME suspension kit (~$800 plus install) and be done with it, or should I just replace the shocks and struts with factory spec ($600 installed) and then add the RC spacer lift (~$200 plus install)?
Again, cost IS an issue, but it seems replacing with OME will not be that much more expensive than new shocks plus the RC, assuming I can find a local shop with a decent rate. My assumption is my local tire shop is not going to want to touch an OME install, so finding someone with a good rate that does not take 12 hours will also be a challenge....
Any current thoughts from the members here are appreciated.