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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 07-10-2012, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
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Worth the lift?

From reading numerous forums regarding lifts it seems it is not nearly as easy as just buying a lift kit and installing. It seems many issues can happen and much more tuning is needed?

My actual question is does the 2" or 4" inch lift really give you the edge on trails/offroading? opposed to the same XK without a lift but just offroad tires?

If I am wrong in any way please correct me as I am not nearly as knowledgable about offroading or the XK's then many people on this forum.

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I never understood the whole "lift kit" thing. Maybe its just something im missing but the way I see it, the differentials and axles would still be the same distance from the ground with or without a lift, so whats the point?
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Yeah I guess I am missing something as well?

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Just drive your Jeep as is. If after some wheeling you will find a limitation in your Commander then you know what needs to needs upgraded.
It is a very capable Truck as is but even a bit of lift saves beating it up so much getting it over an obstacle. I find the stock height to be ridiculous. Adding 2" brings it up to a height it should have cam from the factory...but then I don't see many people wheeling them around here so what do I know.

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Your right, technically putting a lift kit on wont give you anymore ground clearance from the axles. The reason why people lift their jeeps is to get more ground clearance from the body and also allows for bigger tires. And bigger tires equals more ground clearance for the axles.

As far as the lift goes, Rough Country makes a great and pretty cheap spacer lift that most people on the forum run. It cost ~180$ shipped, and as far as I know, no one has had any problems with the all steel spacers. Then there is the more expensive OME lift that runs for ~800$ and apparently the ride is better than stock. I, myself have about 5,000 miles on mine. All I did after the install was get an Alignment. The lift kit might make the ride stiffer though.


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Yeah I see both sides, I don't want to say I will NEVER left my XK because I also think it should have more clearance from the factory as well. However, It will more than likely be one of the last mods I do as I do not do much off roading or rock climbing; I just am in love the offroad look in SUVs/Trucks :P

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Clearance under the belly is where you need it. The axles move with the tires.

You can drive over a 14" diameter log with a stock commander, your axle clearance wont be a problem. But once that front comes down off that log you'll be stuck because the body of the vehicle doesn't have the necessary clearance.

Same holds for rocks. There are plenty of "mild" trails I go on and barely have enough clearance under the body to clear the rocks. As a matter of fact, I don't have enough clearance because my skid plates take a good beating. If I didn't have a 2+ inch lift, I'd probably get hi-centered everytime I go off-road.

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I had a 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Stock, it offered close to 1.5" more clearance from the diff to the ground than my stock commander. Adding the lift leveled it (I don't know why they sloped it in the first place) and added about 1" of clearance above the stock GC. The 2" RC lift didn't change the feel of the drive or stability and the angles on the CV are negligible to have any adverse affect mechanically. Also, the approach/departure angles are much better with it lifted a couple of inches. Particularly in front. This is the most pronounced advantage that I have seen.

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Only thing I'm afraid of with buying a lift is having problems putting it on. It'll be quite expensive to have a shop do it, and doing it myself could be quite difficult as I'm a novice. I'd be especially ticked if one of the bolts was seized up like I've seen happen to other people.
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Only thing I'm afraid of with buying a lift is having problems putting it on. It'll be quite expensive to have a shop do it, and doing it myself could be quite difficult as I'm a novice. I'd be especially ticked if one of the bolts was seized up like I've seen happen to other people.
It wasn't cheap but I had my tire provider put it on and they charged 350 dollars. I think they wish they had charged more. It was the kind of thing they don't get to do too often and they were all fired up about how it looked when it was done and had 255/70/17s on it. They did a great job.

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