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So, I'm about to purchase my first lift kit for my 06 Jeep Commander. I've been going back and forth for a while and decided it's time. I never had anything lifted nor experience either so I was wondering if anyone could help me by recommeding what I really need for what I plan on using it for.
What size lift to what size tires? I want to keep the MPG as close to about 15 or 16 highway. It's not a daily driver but I drive it sometimes and sometimes we drive it home in the winter time (900 miles). I would like to keep the handeling where it is if possible. I would mainly use it to take on the beach and an occasional trail here and there when the wife isn't around. No extreme off roading, but enough to have some fun. What's everyone's opinion on running bigger rims as well (maybe 18s)? I also want to avoid running in to too much modification to fit the tires. I'm currently deployed right now and would like to start ordering parts for it now so that it can by the time I get back home. Please shoot me your comments or even post pictures of your Jeep if it is lifted and has bigger tires.
 

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The amount of money you want to spend will effect what you do.
I would say average height would be about 2 in lift. Going to a large wheel
size could make the ride harder. You can get a tire with more diameter and
keep the same wheel or wheel size.

A 265-70-17 tire will give you more height. But then you will have to recalibrate your speedo.

I have OME springs on the back and they provide nice lift.

Thread for FAQ's on Tires, Lifts and Spacers!
 

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everyone wants something a little different but the going combos seem to be the normal around here


2in. spacer lift of your choice. i went with tuff countrys lift kit

wheel spacers ranging from 1/4in-1.5in. ( with stock rims ). i chose a aftermarket rim with backspacing that closely came out to stock rims plus spacers.

tire sizes 245/70/17-265/70/17. i went with 265/65/17 toyo open country atII's



when combined it makes a huge improvement in looks as well as overall performance.



here is mine

before:


after:




this picture does not give the lift and tires justice. it is a huge difference.
 

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I recommend the Old Man Emu kit if you have about $700 to put into it.
 

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I recommend the Old Man Emu kit if you have about $700 to put into it.


i have been considering getting the OME kit..would i be able to keep my spacer lift and use it on the new springs?
 

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Thanks for the replies. The two pictures that were posted wouldn't load. I guess it's blocked by the internet here. As far as money goes, it's not a huge issue. I'm willing to spend a little more to get more height, keep the handling where it is, and keep the gas mileage 14-17MPG highway. Something reasonable because I'm tired of my Jeep looking like a mini van.
 

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Also, what's a good tire to look at that's not too much like mud but not too much like car tires since I will be driving mainly on highways and roads. I guess what's a good happy medium where I could do some offroading but nothing too spectacular.
 

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i have been considering getting the OME kit..would i be able to keep my spacer lift and use it on the new springs?
I have heard of this being done but it is not something I would recommend.
 

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I finally got the pictures to load. I like the way yours turned out. Thats the look that I'm looking for. Just a few questions though: How's the handling compared to what it was? What's your mpg like? Would you recommend this lift or the emu?
 

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