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Hey all,

Been wondering about this for a while but haven't posted a question about it...

What's the normal stance of the commander? Does the back sit higher than the front? Mine looks pretty even. Would that suggest they lifted it to even it out? How can I check for that and what should I be looking for?

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They do tend to sit lower in the front. I you are even you may have a small spacer on to of the strut tower or possibly slightly stiffer springs.... like front springs for the v8 if you are running the v6..... or possibly the rear is just sagging.........

you could also have a 2" leveling lift which would include spacers all around but providing only a small lift in the rear.... these spacers would be on the top side of the springs.

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Hey all,

Been wondering about this for a while but haven't posted a question about it...

What's the normal stance of the commander? Does the back sit higher than the front? Mine looks pretty even. Would that suggest they lifted it to even it out? How can I check for that and what should I be looking for?

TYIA!
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From the factory, the rear of a Commander always sits about 1 1/2 to 2 inches higher than the front - what most refer to as the factory nose-dive look.

If you are sitting level, you either have after-market adjustable load-leveling front shocks - or some kind of spacers - or spacer lift installed.



This is a pic of Big Blue when I first bought her with all of the factory components still in place.

Although it's not a straight-on side view, you can still get a pretty good idea of how noticeable the nose-down angle is, as it sits from the factory.


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Here is a good side view of stock ride. Wheel spacers are added, but that didn't change the stock stance.




Here is after the leveling kit with the same wheels and tires.
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How many inches is the leveling kit?
I'm thinking about a 2.25" or a 3" kit.
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I'm thinking about a 2.25" or a 3" kit.
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My kit is just the 2 Crown lift kit. Crown is the same as Rough Country.
The 2 kits give you a lot more than two. I got around four or five in the front.
You can do a search and find all kinds of info and discussions about how much the kits actually raise the front end.
I read a ton of info before I decided on my kit. Most of the info was from this great forum.
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Took another pic of the jeep this morning and noticed a slight difference in stance from back to front...so don?t think it?s level. Pic attached:

When is it normal to replace shocks/struts, etc.? May do a lift kit and wheel spacers when those need replacing.
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Took another pic of the jeep this morning and noticed a slight difference in stance from back to front...so don't think it's level.
It looks like yours is sitting stock.

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When is it normal to replace shocks/struts, etc.? May do a lift kit and wheel spacers when those need replacing.
Generally, shocks and struts are pretty worn around 100k miles. At 130k all of mine were completely worn. If you're planning on doing a lift kit and wheel spacers on a higher mileage XK, though, you should probably be expecting to replace other worn out components on your front suspension.

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I get ya....

What should I be looking at? Upper and lower CA?s, bushing, brakes (rotors and discs), struts and shocks?
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