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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 01-30-2009, 05:56 PM Thread Starter
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We first researched and decided we need the Commander because we needed to combine the capabilities of two vehicles...

A 2002 Ford Expedition to haul around two adults and five kids...



with a 1982 Ford Bronco to go where others wouldn't go...


and it could go there because it didn't matter if it ran into things...

The Bronco was capable, but had a tendency to overheat - a lot...


I replaced the thermostat to no avail and tried some other things, but it just wasn't working. About that time, we knew we would be moving again, and we had three vehicles (Expedition, Bronco, Taurus) and two drivers - something had to go. Without being able to be relied on, the Bronco was cut from the line-up.

We did the research and determined that in order to be as off-road capable as we wanted AND carry all the family, a Commander was really the only thing that fit the bill...

RIP - Silver '06 Limited; 5.7 Hemi; 2" TerraFlex Lift; 255/70R17 Bridgestone Dueler REVOS, Horizontal Inclinometer, Signal Frog Antenna Ball, Surco Safari 50"x50" Roof Rack, GetLost4x4 bumper, Bulldog 9k Winch, GetLost4x4 Rock Rails - (should have added a snorkel)
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We found a good, used (12k miles) at a dealership across town and purchased it.

This is quote possibly the last time it was truly "clean." Our first trip with our completely stock new Commander was to the mountains...

(these are all on or near Rampart Range Road near Colorado Springs)









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These are from the second trip on/near Gold Camp Road by Colorado Springs...



Our first mod - an Army plate up front...


Last part of the trip where we got stuck a stubborn snow pile...


I fault my lack of experience, the Fortera tires, and low clearance for this one... mostly my lack of experience - I should have hit it harder and faster...



At least my first (and thus far only) recovery was done by another Chrysler product... =)

Here you can see the second mod...


The black Euro-style antenna.

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Out on the tank trails of Fort Carson...



Summer trip to Yellowstone...



And the Grand Tetons...



And when we got back home, I had the dealer put on the 2" Terraflex lift and Bridestone Dueler REVO ATs.



Checking the real-world front bumper angle of approach...


RIP - Silver '06 Limited; 5.7 Hemi; 2" TerraFlex Lift; 255/70R17 Bridgestone Dueler REVOS, Horizontal Inclinometer, Signal Frog Antenna Ball, Surco Safari 50"x50" Roof Rack, GetLost4x4 bumper, Bulldog 9k Winch, GetLost4x4 Rock Rails - (should have added a snorkel)
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And up we go...





Just out in the woods...(again off Gold Camp Road)...





Nature's camouflage...


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Continued...


Yeah, it looks like a video, but its not - it was a still taken from a video... I forgot why...

Dried camo and a bicycle that got stuck in the grill from the kid we ran into on the way home...


Heading up to Sante Fe Peak near Montezuma, CO...






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Great pics for your garage. Enjoyed it.

2007 XK Limited, 5.7L Hemi, QDII, Rusty's 2" lift, Spidertrax 1.5 inch wheel spacers, GetLost4x4's front hitch mount for portable winch.GY Duratracs 265/70R17s , Rola Roof Rack, diy built spare tire mount for the roof rack.
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Then, we moved across the country to Augusta, GA where there is absolutely no where fun to play with an off-road vehicle...

Until we took a trip to Savannah...





Sand donut... sand was about 8 inches deep, soft and dry...



Then we had to move again - this time to Montana...

On the way... and another superficial mod... and the Taurus...



...a "Signal the Frog" antenna ball (blurry, I know)...

Finally made it to Montana - and here are a couple of magnetic mods...


RIP - Silver '06 Limited; 5.7 Hemi; 2" TerraFlex Lift; 255/70R17 Bridgestone Dueler REVOS, Horizontal Inclinometer, Signal Frog Antenna Ball, Surco Safari 50"x50" Roof Rack, GetLost4x4 bumper, Bulldog 9k Winch, GetLost4x4 Rock Rails - (should have added a snorkel)
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Some of the area around Missoula, MT...



Commander Camping...



Next mod... the Surco Safari 50"x50" roof rack...





Watching the sunset on the Washington Coast...

RIP - Silver '06 Limited; 5.7 Hemi; 2" TerraFlex Lift; 255/70R17 Bridgestone Dueler REVOS, Horizontal Inclinometer, Signal Frog Antenna Ball, Surco Safari 50"x50" Roof Rack, GetLost4x4 bumper, Bulldog 9k Winch, GetLost4x4 Rock Rails - (should have added a snorkel)
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It's grown up. Nicely done PolarBZ.
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