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New Commander Owner, Looking for Recs

Hey,

Longtime Jeeper, but recently just got a great deal on an 09' XK with 116k on the clock. Unfortunately, it is a 3.7l so I am looking for ways to give it a little more power. I hear about the tuners, but not sure it's going to do much. Even being a v6 this Jeep gets terrible mileage, I think my 99' 4.7l WJ with the NV247 gets better mileage.

I realize power/gas mileage do not play together, but open to suggestions on either.

Thanks!

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I should add, I just ordered OME springs front and rear, Bilstein 5100s front and rear, and new spring isolaters. Wondering if I should spring (pun intended) for new moog strut mounts too, so I dont have to take apart my old struts at all--because those are shot.

Am I being too ambitious with the 5100s up front? Ive seen several members combo the 5100s with the OME. I'd love to get rid of the rake, but I also don't want to stretch the front too much.

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i think new strut mounts are a fine idea. i plan to go that route when i get around to an OME lift.
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Hey,

Longtime Jeeper, but recentlt just got a great deal on an 09' XK with 116k on the clock. Unfortunately, it is a 3.7l so I am looking for ways to give it a little more power. I hear about the tuners, but not sure it's going to do much. Even being a v6 this Jeep gets terrible mileage, I think my 99' 4.7l WJ with the NV247 gets better mileage.

I realize power/gas mileage do not play together, but open to suggestions on either.

Thanks!
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i think new strut mounts are a fine idea. i plan to go that route when i get around to an OME lift.
Thanks for the affirmation.

FYI, Amazon has the Sensen strut mount kits on sale right now.

Mounts, upper and lower spring isolators and bump stop, not to shabby for $38.
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Thanks for the affirmation.

FYI, Amazon has the Sensen strut mount kits on sale right now.

Mounts, upper and lower spring isolators and bump stop, not to shabby for $38.
Just be mindful, you usually get what you pay for.

A cheap price is usually not an indicator of a high quality product.

You may want to read all the reviews about it on amazon (if there are any) before you pull the trigger.


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Just be mindful, you usually get what you pay for.


A cheap price is usually not an indicator of a high quality product.
Do you think SenSen is not a quality product? I am also looking at the Moog problem solver mounts that come with upper isolators too. Have always gone Moog for spring isolators/insulators, but thought that SenSen was a decent brand.

No reason to go Mopar on these, I think that an aftermarket direct replacement is just as good in this case. Love to hear your thoughts though.
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Do you think SenSen is not a quality product? I am also looking at the Moog problem solver mounts that come with upper isolators too. Have always gone Moog for spring isolators/insulators, but thought that SenSen was a decent brand.

No reason to go Mopar on these, I think that an aftermarket direct replacement is just as good in this case. Love to hear your thoughts though.
I've never heard of that company before in my life.

In case you missed it - that's not a ringing endorsement.

Moog, on the other hand, is quite reputable.


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SenSen looks to be a china company and sold by rockauto, autozone, etc. Not to say that some moog parts are made in china too. Are they better than what is on your XK currently? Maybe?



How much of a difference in cost are you looking at if you went with Moog, Monroe, KYB, Sachs, Gabriel mounts which are <$30 on rockauto...
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I don't know if you plan on wheeling your rig too much but it might also be a good idea to upgrade your upper control arms to stronger JBAs (kinda pricey but seem worth it) that take care of the angle on the ball joints after lifting the front. Blue already posted the link above for the website: JBAoffroad.com

Anyway, seems like you got some great plans, can't wait to see it come together!

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