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Just picked up a dark blue 2008 Commander limited Love it so far. Not planning on getting to hard core, But i like the advice i have seen. At this point I'm looking at 3 inch spacer lift front and rear 10.5 x 32 is the aim on tire size. Keeping my stock 17s for now. considering B5100s up front to adjust rake as needed. Is a shock for a 3 inch lift in rear end needed after spacer or can i use stock length? would love to do an OME lift with my spacers to be honest just a little worried about axle geometries. I,m willing to replace almost everything up front as far as bushing type stuff goes its time. Upper control arm upgrades are on the radar as things up front are gonna change around 4 inches so advice there would be helpful. Considering bags in rear springs as over landing is going to add some weight in gear. Going with 2 inch wheel spacers.

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Just picked up a dark blue 2008 Commander limited Love it so far. Not planning on getting to hard core, But i like the advice i have seen. At this point I'm looking at 3 inch spacer lift front and rear 10.5 x 32 is the aim on tire size. Keeping my stock 17s for now. considering B5100s up front to adjust rake as needed. Is a shock for a 3 inch lift in rear end needed after spacer or can i use stock length? would love to do an OME lift with my spacers to be honest just a little worried about axle geometries. I,m willing to replace almost everything up front as far as bushing type stuff goes its time. Upper control arm upgrades are on the radar as things up front are gonna change around 4 inches so advice there would be helpful. Considering bags in rear springs as over landing is going to add some weight in gear. Going with 2 inch wheel spacers.

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@Chris Cannon;

Welcome to the forum; Post some pics of your Commander when you're able; As far as the lift you want and the size tires you are considering I'll say this; 32 x 10.5 inches will be a very tight fit on a 3 inch spacer lift; If you are buying aftermarket rims, be mindful of the offset & backspacing 0MM offset & 5.5 inches of backspacing is probably what you want to shoot for, for the size tire that you want to run; You will probably have to do the pinch-weld mod as well;

I have the 4 inch Superlift with Goodyear Duratrac LT285/70/17's, which are 33 inches in diameter and 11.5 inches wide. I have had the pinch weld mod done as well as some strategic cutting/trimming of the wheel wells & door sills. As a result, I have no rubbing whatsoever - but it's a tight fit and the set-up I'm running is the equivalent of a 6 inch lift.

I'd recommend staying away from wheel spacers - unless you absolutely have your heart set on them and if you do get them, I'd recommend Spider-trax wheel spacers. If you buy rims with the back spacing I'm recommending and you do the pinch-weld mod, you shouldn't need wheel spacers - unless that's just the look you're shooting for.

As far as your rear shocks go, you don't have to replace them, but I'd recommend that you do because the length of your rear shocks is going to be the limiting factor in the amount of travel your rear axle has and with that lift and the tires you want, you're going to want a longer rear shock - some version of the Bilstein 5100 or whatever brand you choose.

Here are some links if you want to order any other parts for repairs or upgrades to your XK;

Chrysler/Jeep Factory Parts: https://www.factorychryslerparts.com/

North American Parts: https://northamericanparts.rpmware.c...unt/login.aspx

JeepinByAl: JBAoffroad.com

JustforJeeps.com - https://www.justforjeeps.com/

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WAM Custom Bumpers - https://wambumpers.com/

JeepSteel Custom Bumpers - https://www.jeepsteel.com/

4WheelParts.com - Truck Parts & Jeep Parts - Lift Kits, Winches, Tonneau Covers, Tires, Wheels, Bumpers, Performance ? 4 Wheel Parts

RockAuto - https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/...catalog%2Fjeep

Also, please read this if you haven't done so already in the last 4 years - lots of good information in here;

REQUIRED READING!!! New Member Introduction post & other important new member info.

Thanks and again, welcome aboard


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