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Hey guys,

Ive been lurking all day, and I have found some incredible deals on 2006+ Commanders Locally here in Birmingham, and as soon as I can sell my car, I'm looking to be a new owner of either a 2wd/4wd 6cyl or 8cyl Commander owner. Of course I prefer the 4.7L with 4wd any day, but lets face it, my step dad is co-signing with me, and I may take what I can get since he says 4wd vehicles cost more to insure.

I know a lot about tires, I'm a Salesman at NTB (Tire Kingdom Store) . I don't plan to make this a primary Off-Road Rig, but as a daily driver with a lift and larger tires, and to look aggressive. Saying that The off-roading I would be doing would be minor dry trails, for camping and such, so she won't just see pavement, but a nice lift and tires would make it something that I could take in some ruts and stuff if I wanted to that a stock Commander wouldn't make it through.

I do know and have read that the 245/75/17 BFG All Terrains fit w/o a lift and that a 255/70/17 is about is big as you can get with just the 2" Lift, but with a different wheel is what i was questioning about.

Wheel Options/Tire Options:

-Has anyone used the new Wrangler after market selection to find after market wheels for a better offset with over sized tires? I've noticed that they use the same bolt pattern, and I'm not sure of the hub bore, but that can be worked with. The reason I bring this up is the offset may be more suitable for a Commander with a Lift and larger tires mated with a 2" lift from one of the several companies like Skyjacker. I'm wondering how well it will fit. Of course, it will rub, but how bad, and maybe by removing the lower portion of the splash guards on the front and beating that welded seam a little, would it be alright? I was just thinking that the back spacing/offset of those wheels would make for a larger tire and lift more efficient to fit better.

Wheel/Tire Combo in question:

*Pro Comp Series 7089 CastBlast 6 Spoke wheel
-17x8
-5x127(5)
-4.5" Back Spacing



Thanks,
-Erickson
 

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Welcome, That is why search is your friend. Most issues have been addressed somewhere in the forum. Glad to have you on board.
 

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welcome bro. just picked my new one up Sunday night. sick deal on it used with only 29,129 miles on it. beautiful condition, almost every option imaginable and with a 5.7 HEMI!!!

you can't go wrong. gas mileage is a bitch, but i suppliment that with my Vespa to and from work every day.
 

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I'm finding them around here the 2wd V6/V8 for under 16K. I may take what I can get since I dont think I'll be using the 4wd that much even if i had it.

And when I get one, don't you guys think that b/c I'm way down here in Sweet Home Alabama that I wont try and make a few GTG's
 

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If you have the option, go with the 5.7 and the Quad Drive II - I don't think anyone here has ever said, "Gee, I wish my Commander WASN'T as capable off-road." But, aside from that, even in stock configuration, the Commander (with 4x4) is formidable off road. Mine saw some good sized "ruts" before its lift.
 

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PolarBZ said:
If you have the option, go with the 5.7 and the Quad Drive II - I don't think anyone here has ever said, "Gee, I wish my Commander WASN'T as capable off-road." But, aside from that, even in stock configuration, the Commander (with 4x4) is formidable off road. Mine saw some good sized "ruts" before its lift.

Well, that is true, however, if I'm not able to get the 4wd I'll be glad to sport a 2wd that will hopefully be more capable than a stock 2wd Commander with a small lift and larger tires. I'm definately shooting for the 4.7L w/ 4wd, but i may get stuck with a 2wd 4.7L, which isnt bad seeing as the Jeep site rates the 2008 models the same MPG 3.7 and 4.7 plus, the 4.7 has a flex fuel option.
 

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Flex fuel is fine and dandy, but you really don't get much more out of it (from what I hear). If you have the choice, I would definitely suggest any of the 4x4 versions over the 2wd. I know Alabama doesn't get much in the way of weather, but its handy. It's definitely worth the extra insurance $$. JM2C
 

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theCrowing said:
...and I may take what I can get since he says 4wd vehicles cost more to insure.
Get a quote from your ins. co. I think you will find that it doesn't cost any more than a 2WD, or very little more.
 

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PolarBZ said:
If you have the option, go with the 5.7 and the Quad Drive II - I don't think anyone here has ever said, "Gee, I wish my Commander WASN'T as capable off-road." But, aside from that, even in stock configuration, the Commander (with 4x4) is formidable off road. Mine saw some good sized "ruts" before its lift.
X10 on this. My stock Hemi w/QD II is quite capable. Put on decent tires and you are good for some fun trails.
 
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