Originally Posted by CaliforniaCommander
Hello to all the commander owners!
Glad to finally be apart of the community! still building my profile so I can not currently start a lift/suspension thread. However the site did direct me to create this new member thread as part of my profile building step. I Just purchased my second jeep 2 months ago, the Commander! My first jeep was a 2004 wk, 4.0 - 4x2, that I owned for 9 years before selling it last week
It was my first car out of high school and an extremely reliable jeep, never once left me stranded with a problem I couldn't resolve on the spot. But after looking at used commanders around me, I finally found a 06 Hemi limited with QD2, single owner / single dealership carfax maintenance reports @132,000miles, it was a little higher than I wanted in a used vehicle purchase but I just could not let the hemi/QD2 package get away from me!
Can't wait to start building this rig! I just purchased a 4" superlift kit last week (still waiting for it to arrive). I have been researching a modified superlift thread and am currently on the fence about purchasing OME springs / struts & JBA uppers for the front with a 2" spacer and bilstein5100 for the rear, this is total should net me 6" of lift all together and am hoping to run 35's with the pinch weld fender mod aswell. If you're interested in this set up, I got the idea from a "modified superlift" thread that you can look up. I have not purchased the OME kit yet & am hoping the community will help chime in on what I should do!
Hopefully I can start a lift thread here in the coming days, Would love to get feedback on the transformation
Welcome to the forum @CaliforniaCommander
I have the 4 inch Superlift as well;
One thing you need to bare in mind if you move up to the proper tire size 285/70/17's (33's) which is what superlift recommends, you would be picking up 2 inches in lift just by going up to that size tire - if you're running stock tires currently - which it looks like you are - so, you will have a 6 inch lift with the 4 inch Superlift running 285/70/17's.
I have the pinch-weld mod and had some strategic cutting done inside the front wheel wells and the factory door sills/rock sliders, along with JBA upper control arms for lifted XK's, Bilstein B6 4600's and Moog lower control arms and I'm just
clearing LT285/70/17 Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs and they are pretty beefy tires.
The good news is, since I had the work done properly, at a 4 x 4 shop that knew what they were doing, I didn't have to cut my fenders - or remove the rear HVAC lines, all of that is still in tact.
I will tell you upfront (and I feel that this is something that is often overlooked and doesn't get talked about enough) the handling with the Superlift is nothing like the handling you have with a spacer lift;
Everything is much more exaggerated and you have to drive much more carefully - and be very diligent with your braking and turning.
I couldn't imagine what an XK would handle like with the 4 inch Superlift, 2 inch spacers and 35 inch tires; Lets just say, I would not want to be the guy driving that rig.
But hey, if that's your goal, have fun with it. I'll be looking forward to reading about your build and hopefully seeing lots of pics.
And FYI, as far as I know, Core is not running a Superlift; He is running a modified OME lift, with front & rear spacers, the last that I heard;
That means he does not have the EGR (Electronic Geometry Recalibration) module that comes with the 4 inch Superlift, which is a very important component; It compensates for the drastic changes in the XK's drive-line angles and steering/handling geometry which in turn keeps the traction control & electronic stability control fully functional.
Without that EGR module, you would almost certainly have to disable the traction control/electronic stability control module, or at the very least, turn it off because it will definitely not function properly with the increased ride height & drastically altered steering/suspension geometry that a 4 to 6 inch lift would create.