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Can I take my stock Commander off road?

I am new to four wheeling and have a couple questions. I have the 5.7 HEMI 4x4 and want to take it off road. I don't plan on taking it on any extreme trails but I want to know if my jeep can handle it as is or do I need to add better tires or equipment?
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It can handle it. But first you need to remove that lower plastic piece under the front bumper. Also, after you go off-roading, you will probably be tempted to lift it up and get some bigger tires, but its not required. Go have fun! Your Commander will take you wherever you want to go!

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There are some good trails in GW national forrest out at the end of I-66 that the Commander will handle just fine. Have fun!
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Thanks for the info!
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It can handle it. But first you need to remove that lower plastic piece under the front bumper. Also, after you go off-roading, you will probably be tempted to lift it up and get some bigger tires, but its not required. Go have fun! Your Commander will take you wherever you want to go!
I havent had to remove the plastic trim bit yet and have taken the jeep to some fairly testing places.

maybe the diesel version sits slightly higher?

and yes it can handle it, it was designed to go off road.

as polar says ,you will be tempted to lift it and mod it, you must resist the force though.
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I agree with everyone else, the XK is great off-road and don't let the word "stock" scare you because they are the most capable vehicle I have ever driven off-road right off the dealer lot. However, if you do not have any off-road experience then you may want to take it easy at first and work up to more difficult stuff.

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you will find several enthusiest near you, mention road trip and you will probably see some heads pop up ready to go.
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I forgot to mention this in my previous post but this goes for several threads going on right now. If you are new to commander or new to off-road in general I suggest going on a Jeep Jamboree. It is a little expensive but its a great learning experience and a LOT of fun. There are trails for everyone and every vehicle and the guides are very helpful in teaching techniques.

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First off, welcome to the site, and to the Jeep family.

Secondly, you'll be just fine taking it offroad in it's stock form. Search around the site for some posts from Ahmed, and you'll see that he loves taking his offroad all the time. Ha.

Thirdly, as others have already mentioned, there's several other owners in the area that, I'm sure, would be willing to be a tour guide out on some trails in the GWNF. Depending on how far south you want to come, I'd gladly join in.
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I drove mine off road in its stock format, got stuck in some soft, heavy, thick mountain snow and was then "green lighted" by the boss to get it lifted.

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