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Hi All,
I had a lot of fun installing my Superlift kit recently, and wanted to share some before (with Rocky Road 2.25" lift) and after pics. The "afters" are kind of hastily shot, I will get some good ones from the trail posted as soon as I can.
Before:
http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj232/thegrobe/Commander2Medium.jpg

http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj232/thegrobe/Commander5Medium.jpg

http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj232/thegrobe/Commander4Medium.jpg

http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj232/thegrobe/DSC03510Medium.jpg
 

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Here are some pictures after the Superlift. The XK wasn't really level after the lift, so I fabbed up a 3/4 inch spacer that sits atop the superlift strut tower to give about 1.25" of lift at the wheel, and the Jeep is DEAD level when measured on the chrome side mouldings or rockrails. My 3/4" spacer is made up of two 3/8 inch plates, so one can be removed if I decided I wanted a bit of nose-down attitude.

http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj232/thegrobe/DSC03562Medium.jpg

http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj232/thegrobe/DSC03557Medium.jpg

http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj232/thegrobe/DSC03565Medium.jpg

http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj232/thegrobe/DSC03549Medium.jpg

http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj232/thegrobe/DSC03552Medium.jpg

Here you can see the extra spacer, the gold block is the Superlift strut tower, the gold spacer under it is the preload spacer, which is installed inside the strut, and the black puck all the way on the top is the 3/4" fabbed spacer:
http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj232/thegrobe/DSC03566Medium.jpg

These shots show the Superlift skidplate, followed by the 4XGuard belly guard, then factory t-case and fuel tank plates for a good, smooth sliding surface underside. (except the Magnaflow, which is open to trouble):

http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj232/thegrobe/DSC03568Medium.jpg

http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj232/thegrobe/DSC03569Medium.jpg

Note the really good ground clearance provided by the Superlift front skid/crossmember:

http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj232/thegrobe/DSC03567Medium.jpg
 

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Wow man, really nice. I was in Solvang a few weeks ago, I should have stopped by to say hello. Were the 4Xguards hard to install?
 

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4.7commander said:
I COULDN'T TELL THE difference between before and after. but it looks very nice.
Well, it really is only a 2" difference between the two kits, but the RIDE of the Superlift is WAAAAYYYYY better than the spacers used in the RR kit. I also have WAY more clearance to run bigger tires, then maybe you could notice the difference more readily
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Wow man, really nice. I was in Solvang a few weeks ago, I should have stopped by to say hello. Were the 4Xguards hard to install?
You are always welcome to come by, maybe next time?
The 4X belly guard is a breeze - it bolts right in. The front guard is another story. It was designed for the WK, but will fit the XK with some trimming of the front fascia. I outlined some pointers for the modifiation in this thread:
http://www.jeepcommander.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3035&highlight=front+guard
-Hemi
 

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It looks fantastic! How much did it all set you back? $$$ and hours?
 

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Looking good. You plan on putting bigger tires?
 

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It looks fantastic! How much did it all set you back? $$$ and hours?
Hmmmmm..... more than my wife thinks ! ! :p Just kidding.

I won the kit on Ebay for a hecka cheap deal, $960 plus shipping ($100+-?), $280 for the EGR, I had all the tools, but I still probably burned up $50 of grinding wheels, cut of wheels, sawzall blades, and drill bits, etc. $90 for a local shop to weld the crossmember plate in (I can't weld), and $60 for alignment.

So that's about $1540, give or take.

I would tack on $600 if you bought the Superlift kit at the going rate (approx $1600)

I spent probably close to 20 hours on it total, but that included reassembling the front end once without the driveshaft, diff, and axles so I could creep it on down to the local shop in 4LO to weld the reinforcement plate. After that was done, I had to then pull the knuckes off again to get the diff and axles installed. if you were able to do the welding yourself while it was all apart, you could probably shave 4 hours off for the extra front end reassembly/ disassembly.

I got quotes of anywhere between $800 and $1700 :eek: (are they kidding) for a shop to do the install, so I saved a bit of $$ doing it myself.

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Looking good. You plan on putting bigger tires?
Yeah, eventually I want to. My 265's are still pretty fresh, so I am going to have to wear them out a bit more before I think of trashing them. So for, now, it is what what it is.

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Yeah, eventually I want to. My 265's are still pretty fresh, so I am going to have to wear them out a bit more before I think of trashing them. So for, now, it is what what it is.

Hemi
How many miles you have on the tires? You could sell them if not too many.
 

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I think you have to go with bigger tires now....the added lift makes them look too small. Actually, I think your Commander looked perfect in the "before" pics. Maybe bigger tires will do the trick to make it look better after the new lift.
 

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Okay, okay, you guys are right, I know.... keep poking me with a stick and we will see what I can do!:D
 

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ouch......
 

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You fall asleep dreaming of bigger tires.....I know it.
 

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Looks great, The color really sets it off :) Wish I could have done that but I will have to live with the poor mans lift. Where did you get the dif cover?
 
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