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Hello!! I am new to the forum and would like to get some sound advice on some tire and lift modifications. I was considering selling my stock 2008 Commander Sport but love it too much to let it go. Instead I have decided to give it a fresh new look and this is where I could use some guidance.
I would like to get a set of 17x8.5 **** Cepek Torque Wheels in Gun Metal
Bolt Pattern: 5x127
Backspace: 5.0
Offset: +6
I would like to pair these with BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO LT265/70R17



I would also like to lift my Commander anywhere from 2” to 2 ¼” that I have seen in this forum without having to get new shocks.

Also, will wheel spacers be necessary? If so, how much of a spacer will I need? I have read that these are not advised if at all possible. I might occasionally do some minor off-road but nothing crazy aggressive and this will be my daily driver.

Honestly, all of these offsets and sizes are very confusing to me and everyone that I have spoken to just seems to confuse me more. I’d really like to get this right for ME. I am hesitant to take this to a Jeep shop only because (as much as I hate to say it) I am a “confused female” with all this and am worried they’ll be more concerned about taking my money than making my Commander look like I want it to look. With that said, that is why I am here. With the hopes that you all will steer me right with sound advice. I hope that I have given enough information for you to help me.

Thank you so much in advance!
 

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That wheel would be perfect to run. You won't need wheel spacers, the wheel will stick out just a bit further than someone running 1.5" spacers with stock wheels. And as far as a lift, I would recommend going with Old Man Emu and their 2" lift. It will provide the most lift out of all other lift kits except the superlift. It replaces front springs and struts, and rear springs and shocks. If you don't have the $800 to fork out, the Rough country 2" lift is highly recommended. Easy install and will last you years when done right.


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Thank you so much Oleblue27 for the quick response!! I cant wait to get this project started and get these parts shipping to me! My overall plans include side steps, skid plates, and the Mopar Grill guard looks awesome! Maybe some minor performance stuff like intake and exhaust. Reading this forum gets me very excited to do what I've seen so many do to their Commanders. I'll post some stock pictures along with the "afters" as I move through this project! So glad to see that there is a forum like this for Commanders. Thank you so much for your guidance!!
 

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It is the 3.7 liter engine according to my paperwork. My brother told me that im asking allot of an engine that size with the bigger tires. It made sense the way he explained it. Maybe I can get a couple extra horse power fro an air intake kit. I've ordered my parts and they're on the way. I cant wait for the finished product. I'll be sure to post pics!
 

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Finished! But I'm sure I'll find some more to do!

I'm done! Thank you to all for your advice. I couldn't have done it without this forum! No nonsense, no egos, just good solid advice.

Mopar Grill Guard
**** Cepek Torque Rims with BF Goodrich All Terrain TA KO's
Rocky Road 2 1/4" lift kit
3" stainless nerf bars
Dynomax cat back with Ultra Flo muffler
K&N cold air intake kit
little bit of blood and a little bit of sweat and I couldn't be happier!

We all know what they look like before. I think this is the way they should've looked off the show room floor!
Here are some before and afters.

Thank you all again!
 

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man those wheels turned out a lot better than i thought they would! lol
 

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You'll like them. And, spacers are a bad idea because they are a weak point. You don't want one failing while cornering or on a side hill.

Your track will be wider, making the Jeep more stable. My tires are JUST past the fender flares, where stock is inboard about 2 or so inches. That makes my track over 4 inches wider than stock.

Another thing: I don't miss those "debris gathering" stock spoke wheels one bit. About every time I went wheeling, there'd be a rock stuck in the brakes. Never since the new wheels. The old ones also collected ice real bad because of their sharp angles.

If/when you get a rack, all you need then is a 40 inch LED light bar!

 

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Wow! Those wheels look pretty sweet!
 

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You'll like them. And, spacers are a bad idea because they are a weak point. You don't want one failing while cornering or on a side hill
If installed properly, wheel spacers are just as safe as going out and buying new wheels. Everyone has this misconception that they aren't safe. I ran them for years on my commander and never had one issue. Beat the hell out of my jeep off road too! Bought new wheels and almost had the wheel fall off because the lug nuts mysteriously got loose. And I torque everything to proper spec
 

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Just don't go out and buy some no name brand wheel spacers from eBay cause they're cheap. Buy a good brand like spidertrax
 
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