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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-21-2015, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
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New Owner of 2008 Jeep Commander

Well I am the proud owner of new/used 2008 Jeep Commander.

I pick it up Saturday and cant wait!!!!

I was looking for another vehicle and was leaning towards a truck (explorer sport trac). After test driving and looking at the options and room and actually test driving and explorer same year (which by the way was like driving a corregated cardboard box imo.) I happen to see the commander and thought theres no way I would like driving this well....BOY WAS I WRONG!!! I was amazed at how awesome these drove. So I then test drove 3 more at other dealers and settled on this one. Granted not a 4.7 or 5.7 hemi but still had alot of zip and drove like a dream. I am so glad I gave it a try. Now hopefully I'll catch the modification bug and get to customizing it. For now thou will do some very basic stuff...mud flaps and maybe a air deflector as I know the front of cars and vehicles take a beating here in upstate NY

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welcome to the forum Fletch. Lots of information to be found.
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Congratulations

I had hired a brand new Wrangler for a week in Cape Town and when I returned home to my 08 Commander I was reassured that it is the most spacious and smooth Jeep made in recent years.

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It's not even close the difference between the other SUVs I test drove. I am sure that will be happy with my purchase. Most of the commanders I test drove were the 3.7l but I did test drive the hemi 5.7 and loved it but for the price and mileage this was better buy. One of them I drove had a lift kit in it I assume because it was higher...don't know by how much but tires were pretty much same size. I wonder how much those cost to do and if it affects the gas mileage?

And one more thing.....is there anything I should check on it before I leave the lot? Like any know issues with that model?
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Make sure it goes into 4 low and neutral!
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XK Lover..........how do you like your 3.7L? And do you take it off roading at all?
I was on fence with the hemi one I test drove only cause it was older model and I didn't care for all the extras....although nice.....just not my taste. I know when I test drove the 3.7 I noticed the right passenger mirror vibrated .....mentioned it to. Dealer and they said not much they could do.....I researched forum and found the article on how to fix so that will be first thing I do.
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It's not even close the difference between the other SUVs I test drove. I am sure that will be happy with my purchase. Most of the commanders I test drove were the 3.7l but I did test drive the hemi 5.7 and loved it but for the price and mileage this was better buy. One of them I drove had a lift kit in it I assume because it was higher...don't know by how much but tires were pretty much same size. I wonder how much those cost to do and if it affects the gas mileage?

And one more thing.....is there anything I should check on it before I leave the lot? Like any know issues with that model?
Welcome.

Most budget lifts dont effect the MPG in any huge noticable way, however bigger/heavier/more aggressive tires certainly do.

I have a 3.7L XK with 1.5" lift and 32" tires, new plugs/fluids/filter, and a hypertech tune. The tune up stuff and tune have more than offset whatever losses in MPG that the lift and tires have caused.
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Any particular brand recommended? I'm not looking for heavy duty and would likely only be in the 1.5-2.5 lift range....more for looks and more clearance than factory......and do most of you XKers install them yourself ? I would probably have professional do them cause I've herd that if not done right it can cause tire wear.
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Any particular brand recommended? I'm not looking for heavy duty and would likely only be in the 1.5-2.5 lift range....more for looks and more clearance than factory......and do most of you XKers install them yourself ? I would probably have professional do them cause I've herd that if not done right it can cause tire wear.
There are several options available.

New Here? Read this Thread for FAQ's on Tires, Lifts and Spacers!

OME makes a nice lift spring set for around 3"

Rocky Road, Crown Automotive and Rough Country have similar a product (strut extension spacers) for 2-2.25" lift

Daystar has a (spring preload style spacer+strut extension lift), that is not quite as popular as above.

Bilstein makes their adjustable 5100 series strut that lifts the front .75-1.5-2"

This will explain some of the differences between them:
http://www.bilsteinus.com/fileadmin/...WebArticle.pdf

That ought to get you started.

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