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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-10-2013, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
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2'' lift issues

I have a 2006 limited w/ the 5.7 and what i think is a towing package. I bought the car used 2 years ago and it has the receiver built into the rear bumper. Fenders say "trail rated" if that matters.

I've noticed my commander sits a little higher than most from the beginning but never more than an inch or so.



Last night i installed my 2'' RC lift front and rear and noticed something odd.

Before i started the lift i measured the vehicle height. From ground to fender measuring from the center of the front wheel i had 33'' of height.

After installing the lift i now have 37'' of height, is this right? I can't find any information on it. I'm wondering if the original owner had some type of lift on it.. The rear end had rather large polyurethane donuts on the rear end where the spring seats against the body. i don't know if this was a stock chrysler part or addition.

My tire size is stock in both of these photos.

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I think you put your lift on top of a lift that was already installed. Give us some pics up in the wheel wells of the lift.

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It looks to me like you have some extra spacers in there. Let's see the rear.

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Rears are how they should be, 2'' spacer and the rest is stock, however I've been googling and it looks like the previous owner put a "tuff country" lift on the car.

it looks factory so thats why i missed it. I'm willing to bet my UCA ball joints are going to explode at somepoint so i'll be ordering new ones and call it a day. I'll report back when they fail.

I will however be getting some aluminum or polyurethane and making a 1'' spacer for the rear along with new struts for the bottom of the spring (axle side) to level the car out.
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So you took the "polyurethane donuts" out of the rear when you put the lift on ?

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So you took the "polyurethane donuts" out of the rear when you put the lift on ?
Yes, they look like the bigger ones on the top in this pic:

http://www.carid.com/images/brand/tu...1_20130301.jpg
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I got my F-150 shocks on today, it leveled the car out a bit and it has a "better" stance, it raised the rear end another inch too.

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Post up some more pics of your tie rod and cv angles up front.

It looks like you have an additional spacer inside the strut mounted on the springs, similar to the daystar lift. With this setup, the things you need to worry about are your UCA's, CV's, and steering rack. UCA's arent too big a deal since you can upgrade, and CV's are relativly inexpensive, but the steering rack is where the most concern is. It is both difficult and expensive to replace. I suggest you take off the "inside the strut" spacer so that you'll be sitting level with the rear, due to the slightly larger RC spacer. This should be done ASAP, as the angles of things up front are way too much with these "franken-lifts", it has been tried (unsuccesfully) many times before.

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sitting on the ground: The only thing i've notice so far is when i have someone bouncing on the bullbar the knuckle hits the outer bumpstop on one of the spring poly spacers

As for drive ability, when turning i have no rubbing or grinding. Everything feels like it was before. I did some minor wheeling as a test and tried to flex the suspension as much as possible, haven't had any issues so far. No odd noises yet.




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