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Thought it was about time I started a garage thread for myself and Big Blue. Hope you enjoy the pics... and I'll have many more to follow.


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Posing for the camera...
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Favorite bumper sticker...


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Your Commander looks awsome! How do you like the Goodyear Wrangler Dura Trac's? I have the new MT/R's with Kevlar and absolutely love them. Nice sticker!
 

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Thanks... I like the Dura Tracs alot. They have anice aggressive look and also have a snow and ice rating. I think they are a perfect all-season tire if someone is looking for a new set.
 

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Flexin' on some dirt... flexin' anywhere possible living in a city...lol.
 

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Flexin' in a ditch... yet again, flexin' anywhere possible...lol.
 

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Thanks... I like the Dura Tracs alot. They have anice aggressive look and also have a snow and ice rating. I think they are a perfect all-season tire if someone is looking for a new set.

Very nice Commander; subtle aggression!

I think my search is over. I travel to Tahoe often in the winter. I llove to get out on muddy trails however this is the family vehicle so I didn't want to go full blown MT tread. YThe aggressive tread looks to clear mud well and with all the sipes I am sure it will do well on wet roads, snow and ice. Finally an AT with an aggressive sidewall. I am a BFG fan but I think these will be the tire I choose for my Commander over the BFG AT!
 

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I definately recommend them. They need to be run at a little higher PSI seeing as though they are a 6 ply. The recommended pressure for the Commander is 35 PSI (cold), but these Dura Trac tires have a max pressure of 50 PSI... which is higher then the average tire. If you run the 35PSI, it is a very soft ride and the tires look underinflated, resulting in the vehicle being sloppy. However, I am running 38 PSI and find it a very good ride. I do feel a little sloppiness still and am thinking about putting the tire pressure up to 40-42 PSI range. This will harden the sidewalls for better handling on pavement... if I go off road, I would put it back down to 35-38 PSI for the added tread footprint.

In the end, I will say it again... they are an amazing tire, that looks very good!
 

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I'm going to get a picture of my new DVD receiver that I installed a few weeks ago.
 

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Here is a picture of my Pioneer AVH-5000DVD. It is a DVD player, with lots of extras. I also have a USB input in my glove box, so I can just throw in a memory stick of music MP3's. I am also getting headrest monitors that can be fed from this main unit... might be a few months though.
 

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I definately recommend them. They need to be run at a little higher PSI seeing as though they are a 6 ply. The recommended pressure for the Commander is 35 PSI (cold), but these Dura Trac tires have a max pressure of 50 PSI... which is higher then the average tire. If you run the 35PSI, it is a very soft ride and the tires look underinflated, resulting in the vehicle being sloppy. However, I am running 38 PSI and find it a very good ride. I do feel a little sloppiness still and am thinking about putting the tire pressure up to 40-42 PSI range. This will harden the sidewalls for better handling on pavement... if I go off road, I would put it back down to 35-38 PSI for the added tread footprint.

In the end, I will say it again... they are an amazing tire, that looks very good!
How did you find out what ply tires those are? I am running the same size as you but in the Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar. Goodyear recommended me to run the stock psi (35 psi) to get even wear out of the tires. Once you get more miles on the tires let me know if they are wearing evenly. Id like to run my tires at a little higher pressure but dont want them to wear out faster. Thanks.
 

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FYI

Today's load range/ply ratings do not count the actual number of body ply layers found inside the tire, but indicate an equivalent strength based on early bias ply tires. Most radial passenger tires have one or two body plies, and light truck tires, even those with heavy duty ratings (10-, 12- or 14-ply rated), actually have only two or three fabric body plies, or one steel ply.

Load Range, Ply Rating and Load Pressure for Light Truck Tires

Load Range /Ply Rating/ Load Pressure (psi)

B / 4 ply / 35 psi
C / 6 ply / 50 psi
D / 8 ply / 65 psi
E / 10 ply / 80 psi
F / 12 ply / 95 psi

•Load rating: 85V
In this case, 85 means the tire is rated for 1,135 pounds (see Table 2). Multiply this by the number of tires on the car, and you get a maximum safe loaded vehicle weight of 4,540 pounds (including people, luggage, a full tank of gas, and all the loose change under the seats).
The last V repeats the V speed rating, listed in Table 1.
Table 2: Load Rating Designations

Load Index/ Load Carrying Capacity in lbs (pounds). (Per Tire)

71/ 761 lbs 91/ 1356 lbs

72/ 783 92/ 1389

73/ 805 93/ 1433

74/ 827 94/ 1477

75/ 853 95/ 1521

76/ 882 96/ 1565

77/ 908 97/ 1609

78/ 937 98/ 1653

79/ 963 99/ 1709

80/ 992 100/ 1764

81/ 1019 101/ 1819

82/ 1047 102/ 1874

83/ 1074 103/ 1929

84/ 1102 104/ 1984

85/ 1135 105/ 2039

86/ 1168 106/ 2094

87/ 1201 107/ 2149

88/ 1235 108/ 2205

89/ 1279 109/ 2271

90/ 1323 110/ 2337


My tires are described as follows:

Goodyear DuraTrac
LT265/70R17
Load range: C
Service description: 112Q
Sidewall: OWL
Approved rim width: 7.0 - 8.5"
Measure rim width: 8.00"
Section width: 10.7"
Outside diameter: 31.7"
Max load: 2,470lbs @ 50 psi
 

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Go fast stickers

These are my newly added "go fast" stickers. They make me look hick and stuff... yeehaw!!
 

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"Mopar in the Park"

Here is a shot of my family and I at a local car show on Canada Day (July 1st) here in Winnipeg, Manitoba. We paid our $10 to charity to enter, but really it just happened to be clean and we needed a parking spot... what better place then in the show itself...lol.:eyemouth::eyemouth::eyemouth:

Picture #1 is Big Blue striking a pose, and picture #2 is my wife stricking a pose after too much Canada Day cheer...lol. :)
 

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I would like to find a way to replace the plastic wheel flares with a tougher... maybe metal wheel flare. Also, when money allows it, I would like to get metal front and rear bumpers.
 

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I would like to find a way to replace the plastic wheel flares with a tougher... maybe metal wheel flare. Also, when money allows it, I would like to get metal front and rear bumpers.
You may have to get something custom fabbed, seems like there is not much aftermarket gear out there for our Commanders even from the Europeans. You can check ARB or TJM. In the meanwhile take a look at HeuyPilotVN: http://www.jeepcommander.com/forums/showthread.php?t=5770&page=5 he lined his flars and bumpers with Rhinoliner I believe for protection.
 

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A few guys have GetLost's stuff as well. I might try to get someone here in Canada to fabricate me a set. If it costs a few hundred more, it's still cheaper then shipping, taxes and duty and whatever else the border people try to throw on top of the price.
 

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A few guys have GetLost's stuff as well. I might try to get someone here in Canada to fabricate me a set. If it costs a few hundred more, it's still cheaper then shipping, taxes and duty and whatever else the border people try to throw on top of the price.
You might send a PM to GetLost and see if he will sell you a plan for the front bumper, it might save you some time if you like that design.
 
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