Per many recommendations here, I have a box of JBA upper control arms sitting in a box. I have not installed them yet because I am debating if I should replace the struts since I will be down there anyway.
2007 Commander, only has 54,000 (heh don't kill me). But I put new Bilstein 5100 shocks in the back when I threw the lift on, as the dealer told me one of the stock shocks was leaky. Front still has stock struts.
So my questions are, should I bother replacing the struts at low mileage? Or do it since I'll be down there and the shocks in the back are new.
Also, any strut recommendations for someone who offroads one a month? Bilstein seems to market their 4600s for road use only.
Despite the common misconception, XK's actually have shocks in the front not struts.
I have Bilstein B6 4600's (Part # 24-186797) in the front and I have no complaints.
As far as replacing them at low mileage - if you have at least 50,000 miles on your factory front shocks and you are replacing the upper control arms anyway, I'd pull the trigger and replace the front shocks at the same time, that's one less thing for you to worry about down the road.
Funny thing is I just had my JBA Upper Control Arms for lifted XK's shipped yesterday.
JBA Upper Control Arms Jeep Commander Replaces PN 52090206
I'm gonna have them put in around April 10th.
I figured with the extra weight of the hidden winch mount WAM custom steel front bumper I'm getting ready to order, it would probably be a good idea to beef up the front end a little more.
I spoke to Natalie from WAM Bumpers Friday evening and she will be e-mailing all the info on their custom front bumper options so I can pick one out and order it. I want one with the hidden winch mount - and a winch of course - hopefully I can get that ordered in the next day or 2 so that it will hopefully be ready around the 3rd week of April to be installed.
That's the plan anyway.