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Superlift and wheels finally installed!

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After months of slowly buying all the parts, I finally got the superlift, JBA uca's & bilstein shocks with new tires and wheels installed ....I have to say...It looks so much better than I expected it to! commanders should have come with a lift from factory
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Hello all!

After months of slowly buying all the parts, I finally got the superlift, JBA uca's & bilstein shocks with new tires and wheels installed ....I have to say...It looks so much better than I expected it to! commanders should have come with a lift from factory
Yep, if FCA/Jeep would have lifted them properly off the assembly line with at least a 2 inch spacer/leveling lift, their sales would have went through the roof & some version of the Commander would probably still be in production today.

Your XK looks great.




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Wow those wheels are killer! Awesome looking Commander, they really look better lifted. It's too bad it's so expensive and difficult to lift them past 2 inches.

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Wow those wheels are killer! Awesome looking Commander, they really look better lifted. It's too bad it's so expensive and difficult to lift them past 2 inches.
It's pretty easy to get them to 3 inches of lift with just the 2 inch Rough Country lift and 265/70/17 tires; You just need the proper rims with the right amount of back-spacing & offset so you don't have any rubbing at full turn.

Getting 4 inches of lift or more is where it starts getting pretty expensive.


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Hello all!

After months of slowly buying all the parts, I finally got the superlift, JBA uca's & bilstein shocks with new tires and wheels installed ....I have to say...It looks so much better than I expected it to! commanders should have come with a lift from factory
Also @CaliforniaCommander; Here is some friendly advice & an aspect of the superlift that I feel doesn't get talked about enough on this forum - and that pertains to driving safety;

I'll tell you that you will feel the difference in the handling - just as I did, meaning that your Commander will now feel a little top heavy; It should be pretty easy for you to notice, once you get some seat time in that new set-up; I'll be very surprised if you don't feel it.

I'd suggest being much more careful and deliberate when turning & braking. Take the turns a little slower and you might consider giving yourself a little more stopping/braking distance than you normally would.

Depending on how you normally drive, you may have to permanently adjust your regular driving habits a bit.


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Hello all!

After months of slowly buying all the parts, I finally got the superlift, JBA uca's & bilstein shocks with new tires and wheels installed [IMG class=inlineimg]/forums/images/JeepCommander_2016/smilies/tango_face_grin.png[/IMG] ....I have to say...It looks so much better than I expected it to! commanders should have come with a lift from factory [IMG class=inlineimg]/forums/images/JeepCommander_2016/smilies/tango_face_smile_big.png[/IMG]
Very nice! Just got my OME HD installed. What tire size you running there?

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Very nice! Just got my OME HD installed. What tire size you running there?
Running 285/70/17 - some rubbing at full turn & if you aggressively turn into a driveway it will rub a little on the wheel liner but nothing major

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Also @CaliforniaCommander; Here is some friendly advice & an aspect of the superlift that I feel doesn't get talked about enough on this forum - and that pertains to driving safety;

I'll tell you that you will feel the difference in the handling - just as I did, meaning that your Commander will now feel a little top heavy; It should be pretty easy for you to notice, once you get some seat time in that new set-up; I'll be very surprised if you don't feel it.

I'd suggest being much more careful and deliberate when turning & braking. Take the turns a little slower and you might consider giving yourself a little more stopping/braking distance than you normally would.

Depending on how you normally drive, you may have to permanently adjust your regular driving habits a bit.
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I purchased the commander with blown front shocks, cracked bushings on front diff. mounts, ball joints and bushings going bad on the upper and lower control arms...little to say I felt like a sea captain on a boat every time i went over a bump lol it had a terrible hoopty float. The superlift, bilsteins and pretty much new rubber everything I can honestly say it rides SO much better than stock. It does feel a little top heavy on turns but its still better than it was before! superlift actually corrects stock camber issues with the front end as the top of the wheels were slightly tilted outwards. the 0.01 it is now, is near perfect! and the gear ratio change from the egr module made low speed cruising much smoother. Definitely have to get used to stopping farther away as the distance did increase & it is unable to complete U turns at majority of the intersections without making a 3point turn lol so worth it though! I have yet to see another commander with a superlift in my day to day. The neighbor 2 doors down has a stock xk & I am now deliberately trying to park next to his
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I purchased the commander with blown front shocks, cracked bushings on front diff. mounts, ball joints and bushings going bad on the upper and lower control arms...little to say I felt like a sea captain on a boat every time i went over a bump lol it had a terrible hoopty float. The superlift, bilsteins and pretty much new rubber everything I can honestly say it rides SO much better than stock. It does feel a little top heavy on turns but its still better than it was before! superlift actually corrects stock camber issues with the front end as the top of the wheels were slightly tilted outwards. the 0.01 it is now, is near perfect! and the gear ratio change from the egr module made low speed cruising much smoother. Definitely have to get used to stopping farther away as the distance did increase & it is unable to complete U turns at majority of the intersections without making a 3point turn lol so worth it though! I have yet to see another commander with a superlift in my day to day. The neighbor 2 doors down has a stock xk & I am now deliberately trying to park next to his
The wider turning radius was something else I forgot to mention, but, I see you've already found that out.

Commanders are not a common sight anymore and of course, Super-lifted Commanders are quite rare, because most people just don't want to sink that kind of money into them - which I can understand to some degree.

Funny about trying to park next to your neighbor's XK - you'll have to snap a pic when you do.....LOL.


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I purchased the commander with blown front shocks, cracked bushings on front diff. mounts, ball joints and bushings going bad on the upper and lower control arms...little to say I felt like a sea captain on a boat every time i went over a bump lol it had a terrible hoopty float. The superlift, bilsteins and pretty much new rubber everything I can honestly say it rides SO much better than stock. It does feel a little top heavy on turns but its still better than it was before! superlift actually corrects stock camber issues with the front end as the top of the wheels were slightly tilted outwards. the 0.01 it is now, is near perfect! and the gear ratio change from the egr module made low speed cruising much smoother. Definitely have to get used to stopping farther away as the distance did increase & it is unable to complete U turns at majority of the intersections without making a 3point turn lol so worth it though! I have yet to see another commander with a superlift in my day to day. The neighbor 2 doors down has a stock xk & I am now deliberately trying to park next to his
Just a bit of something about the turning radius. I too have the superlift, and after the install I ended up modifying my LCAs to get the turning radius back. It seems that the SL steering knuckles are beefier the stock (good thing) but that make them hit the turning stops earlier. I jacked the front up , took off the front wheels, and ground down the stop ears on the lower control arms until I had 1 1/2 turns of the steering each way (specs say 3.14 turns lock to lock). I would guess I took off around a 1/4" on the outside. Now I'm back to 98% of the turning radius of before. The wheel spacers change the radius a little. Could have done more grinding on the ears, but didn't want to go past OEM CV angles.

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