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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-07-2007, 12:23 PM Thread Starter
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While we're comparing......

......I too am considering a Commander. We have outgrown our 2000 XJ Cherokee after 7 years and now need rear seat headrests. Wife likes the 3rd row flexibility of the Commander but I'm concerned it will not take us (and our rooftop canoe) to the same places our XJ does. It is absolutely stock (Command Trac) w/o so much as a factory skid plate installed, but I'm always amazed at the stream crossings and rock crawling it can do.
If we got the Commander and it didn't measure up to the old Jeep, I would be bummed. Lack of 3rd row seat and less than stellar crash test results have pulled the Grand Cherokee out of the running.
Anyone ever use their Commander in the rough? Thanks, -Steve
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Re: While we're comparing......

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and less than stellar crash test results have pulled the Grand Cherokee out of the running.
Not sure what you mean... the Grand Cherokee has 5-star front and side impact ratings: http://www.safercar.gov/Index2.cfm?m...ake2=&myModel2=
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Anyone ever use their Commander in the rough?
Dude, just go to the pic section and check out some of the pics of Commanders in the wild:

https://www.jeepcommander.com/forums/...isplay.php?f=6

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Well, if you selected the OVERLAND model you would have limited slip lockers front and rear as well as the QUADRADRIVE transfer case which is in effect a sort of third limited slip locker. I dont think your cherokee could compete with that. The PROBLEM IMHO would be the clearance. With stock tires I doubt you would want to make a stream crossing greater then 18" deep or so. Incidentally the Overland comes with skid plates all around. john
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Well, if you selected the OVERLAND model you would have limited slip lockers front and rear as well as the QUADRADRIVE transfer case which is in effect a sort of third limited slip locker.
Also available on the Limited.

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Yes, ground clerance (to me) to be the weak link. I had wondered if a mild 1" lift would fix that. At least to get it up to par with my XJ. I've seen a few online that had 2" lifts, but didn't care for the way they looked. -SF
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I had wondered if a mild 1" lift would fix that. At least to get it up to par with my XJ. I've seen a few online that had 2" lifts, but didn't care for the way they looked. -SF
IMHO I really don't think a 1" lift would do anything significant for you but empty your wallet.





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Re: While we're comparing......

The WH/XH Quadradrive II will beat the XJ any day in pulling out of the slippery stuff (I have both) - clearance & articulation are the issues. Go the LSDs and a 2" spring/shock lift (OME due "soon", Dobinsons & Kings springs are here as are the Bilstein shocks), fill the hole with 245x70/17 to solve the "look" and get an extra half inch clearance for diffs etc (and still avoid the strut bolt that needs cutting if you go bigger). However, there's more to break in the new ones which is why I kep the XJ for the very rugged offroad work, after all it's basically worthless anyway.
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The WH/XH Quadradrive II will beat...
For those who don't know, WH and XH are the designations for the export models of the Grand Cherokee and Commander respectively.

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Re: While we're comparing......

I've taken my Commander out wherever I've felt like it with no issue. Pics are in the pic section. I've crossed streams and climbed to the top of the mountains without problem. I would recommend a lift (2"?) and tires and then you'd be set. My wife loves the Commander and the kids fight over the 3rd row. I've never had a Cherokee so I can't give a comparison between the two - so take it for what its worth.

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