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I'm new to the forum. Just bought a new Jeep Commander, I want to put a 2" lift on it. Having a hard time figuring out what lift to get. Looking at Daystar, Rough Country & Rocky Road. The Rocky Road kit reviews say it's better to get new shocks, the other kits say you can use stock shocks. Unsure if larger shocks are required. I don't plan to use it Off-Road, and I'm keeping the stock tires for now.
 

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I have the RC 2" with stock shocks. No problems at all. If your not going off-road I don't think I would worry about the extra travel you would get from after market shocks.
 

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same here and doing fine, hope to get up north this weekend. it will be raining all week here in PHX and hopefully snowing in Flagstaf so i can play with the 4X4.......:headbang2:
 

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I think any of the lifts you mentioned will be fine without new shocks, since you are not going off-road I would be happy with any of those lifts.
 

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As stated several times above, new shocks/struts definately arent needed with a 2 inch spacer lift. Now if you were going with a 4 inch lift that would be a different story. I ran my XK for about a year on oem struts/shocks without any problems and I go off roading on a regular basis.
 

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BDS and Rusty's also make a 2 inch lift. People are generally happy with whatever lift they get. Some people prefer the totally steel lifts vs polyethelen or whatever they are. I have Rusty's with steel front lift and poly rear. If I were to do it again, I would get steel but I haven't had a failure with mine. Running for over a year with stock shocks and struts on the 2 inch lift with 32" tires, off-roading several times. Put on about 25-30k miles a year.
 

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Here is the complete list of spacer lifts:

BDS www.bds-suspension.com/php/ProductSelect.php
Skyjacker http://4wheelonline.com/jeep/Product...roductId=70709
Teraflex http://www.quadratec.com/products/76190_820.htm
Daystar http://www.daystarweb.com/productdet...?productID=373
Rusty's http://rustysoffroad.com//mm5/mercha...ry_Code=XKKITS
Rough Country http://www.roughcountry.com/jeep_commander_2.html
Revtek http://www.revtek.com/jeepsusp.asp
Tuff Country http://www.tuffcountry.com/jeep-lift...lift-kits.html
Rocky Road http://www.rocky-road.com/2005grand.html

If I were to do it all over again I probablly would have went with the Old Man Emu springs, shocks and struts.


EDIT: Apperently some of those links no longer work.
 

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i've got the rough country lift. love it so far. haven't been offroading but have done a little neighborhood climbing. :) i was a little disappointed in rough country's installation manual, but i eventually figured it out. you will definitely need a friend or two helping you.
 

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i've got the rough country lift. love it so far. haven't been offroading but have done a little neighborhood climbing. :) i was a little disappointed in rough country's installation manual, but i eventually figured it out. you will definitely need a friend or two helping you.
What didnt you like about the instructions? I should be receiving my lift in a couple of days and plan on putting it on this weekend. I looked over the instructions they have online, and thought it looked pretty straightforward. I'm not the most mechanically inclined person in the world, so I need a "Lifting for dummies" kind of instruction manual. Any tips you might have, feel free to PM me or post them here. Thanks!
 

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What didnt you like about the instructions? I should be receiving my lift in a couple of days and plan on putting it on this weekend. I looked over the instructions they have online, and thought it looked pretty straightforward. I'm not the most mechanically inclined person in the world, so I need a "Lifting for dummies" kind of instruction manual. Any tips you might have, feel free to PM me or post them here. Thanks!
I had to remove the entire front fork (i guess that's what it's called) in order to get the front struts back in w/the spacers on. it was a pain to put the fork back onto the bottom of the strut w/the new spacers and fitting it into it's original place took lots of hammering. It wasn't a big deal; I just found no mention of this in the installation manual.

Also, it says that it may be necessary to disconnect the rear control arm when putting the springs w/spacers back in. This was definitely necessary for me. It was a challenge for someone not mechanically inclined (like me) to figure out what the rear control arm was w/no picture provided by rough country.

I don't want to make it sound like it was a traumatizing venture, however. It really wasn't that bad. And, like i said, I've noticed no clunking or instability. It rides just a tiny bit stiffer. I've got 255/70/17 tires on mine which require no spacers and have zero rubbing, but there is a noticeable taller stance and overall meaner appearance. Go for it!
 

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hi everyone Im also a fairly new owner of a 06 light khaki 3.7 commander , I bought it back in sept of 09 and got deployed in oct to iraq :( so I haven't gotten to have fun with her just yet , I'm interested as well with a 2" lift as I see so far the rough country is the way to go here's my questions i hope they don't sound to newbie 1. will this lift effect my ride at all , from how little I have driven it I do remember that it floated like a dream and i loved it so i hope it doesn't effect it . and 2. will it effect my warranty??? this has probably been answered before but i cant seem to find a search button anywhere and from what i read from you guys so far, its nice to be a part of a forum that's a bit more mature than my previous experiences
 

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hi everyone Im also a fairly new owner of a 06 light khaki 3.7 commander , I bought it back in sept of 09 and got deployed in oct to iraq :( so I haven't gotten to have fun with her just yet , I'm interested as well with a 2" lift as I see so far the rough country is the way to go here's my questions i hope they don't sound to newbie 1. will this lift effect my ride at all , from how little I have driven it I do remember that it floated like a dream and i loved it so i hope it doesn't effect it . and 2. will it effect my warranty??? this has probably been answered before but i cant seem to find a search button anywhere and from what i read from you guys so far, its nice to be a part of a forum that's a bit more mature than my previous experiences
Welcome, Newbie!!!:stickpoke: Any lift you like is just fine, I got the Rough Country 2.5". Although my ride feels a bit bouncier, I'm blaming it on the mud tires I bought to go with it. Like many have said, They would have to prove that your lift caused the damage in order to affect your warranty. :eek:rangehat:
 

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Does anybody know the typical life expectancy of a 2" lift like Rough Country? What happens when it goes bad, how will you know? If it's a spacer where the OEM shocks are mounted to I can imagine bad results if one of those happens to crack, has anyone experienced that?
 
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