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What stickers should I get?

Good morning, Jeeps! I recently purchased a new to me 2007 Commander with the 3.7L motor and I want to get a little more snap out of it.

I was thinking of getting a NOS sticker or maybe a Holley sticker because every car I see those stickers on is fast. Which sticker will make mine faster?

I was also thinking of getting a TapOut sticker as a deterrent. Everyone knows that people with TapOut stickers are in constant road rage mode and would be quick to take any fight to the ground. Nobody wants to get rear naked choked on the side of the road.

For those that missed it, that was humor. If you didn't catch it, you might find a good sense of one on Ebay.

Seriously, this site has been a great resource leading up to my Commander purchase. The vehicle I sold I get it was a Jeep Wrangler TJ which never let me down, but I needed something quieter. With the TJ, if you had anything to say, you better say it before we got on the interstate.

I don't quite know how capable it will be offroad. I need it to be capable and reliable since we are offroad twice a week, every week. I don't need it to be able to climb waterfalls, but I do need more ground clearance.

So far, I have some 265/70/r17's coming. They should arrive today. The 1.5" spacers arrived yesterday and the 2" Rough Country lift will arrive on Monday. Am I missing anything or does the list sound about right?

Also, for offroad purposes, what are the weak points in the factory suspension? I'd like to upgrade them before they become an issue.

Finally, since most local shops will not install wheels onto spacers, can I have the new tires and lift aligned at a shop and add the spacers afterwards at home? I'm not sure how that works and am concerned that adding the spacers after an alignment will change the geometry voiding out the alignment.

Thanks for being a great resource and thanks, in advance, for the replies.
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yeah thats a good start so far. and im not sure what the weak links in our suspension are but the more experienced members will let you. and putting the spacers on will not mess with the alignment one bit all they do is bolt on to your wheel studs. and youll love your commander they preform amazing off road good luck and hope to see pics soon.
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Thanks for the reply. I was just under it and I think I'll be needing some skid plates under there. I didn't notice there was so much exposed in the front.


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Yeah I would definitely get the gas tank skid, tcase skid and front suspension skid. The 4xguard belly is a must if you plan on taking it off road. The cat converters aren't cheap. Trust me




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It looks like it came with some skids, but the motor and trans skid are plastic. The gas skid appears to be metal, but if it is, it's very thin and should probably be upgraded or reinforced. I'll be able to borrow a lift next week so I can have a better look. I may be able to fab something with scrap metal.


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I just put ont the RC 2" lift and 1.5" spacers this past week on my 2006 3.7L. New 265/70R17's hopefully this weekend. My first mod - 2 weeks ago was a K&N CAI which I love on the underpowered 3.7L.

If you are installing the RC lift yourself, good luck with the lower strut mount bolt as it is most likely a permanant part of the bushing sleeve. I had to go with plan "B" and removed the axle nut in order to drop the lower control arm down far enough to get the top of the strut to swing out without removing the upper control arm. It was well worth the extra effort...I love the look. I can't believe I drove it for 6 years without a lift.


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I've owned Wranglers before the Commander so I'm well aware that most 20 minute jobs on the Jeeps end up taking hours. Before I make a vehicle purchase, I begin the upgrade research. I already knew what and where I was going to order the parts. I couldn't imagine having any of my Jeeps untouched for 6 years.

Were you just using hand tools or did you try to break it loose with an impact wrench? I have the benefit of having friends with a lift and air tools which should make the process much easier and faster. I've been spraying all the bolts with PB Blaster nightly for almost a week even though the roads aren't salted this far South. There isn't a bit of rust on this one, so I'm not even worried about breaking a bolt.

I don't think we'll have any issues, but now that I said that, it'll probably be an all day event.


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I was using air tools, hand tools, a sledge hammer, heat, plenty of lube, a couple of days and a buddy. I'm sure the salt was a contributing factor but I've seen plenty threads on this forum discussing removing this bolt even old strings where the jeep couldn't have been very old.

Hope it doesn't give you any trouble. Let us know how it goes.


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I hope it goes smoothly, but now you have me overthinking this one. HAHA You're probably right though. I'll prepare myself for a worst case scenario. Better to expect it, right?

I have the same motor as yours and was about to ask how your motor does with the 265's, but I see you don't have them yet. I have mine in the garage, but I won't be able to mount them until next week. If you have yours installed by then, please let me know how it runs and how it affects your MPG.


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ive got 265/70's on my 3.7L and it handles them pretty good and mine is only a 2wd so i dont know if there will be much of a difference
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