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Unread 04-23-2006, 11:39 PM   #1
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XK Offroad at Big Bear with the RR Lift

I spent a fun day on the Big Bear Trails, here are some photos. It was snowing this morning, but we were determined to make the trip, and thankfully the trail wasn’t affected by the local weather. I was impressed with the Bridgestone REVO’s. I aired down to 25 psi, the rocks weren’t too big, but I still wanted to maintain ground clearance, and have some give. I’m not an expert, so I didn’t want to air down too low, and risk a bead coming off the wheel.

Other off roaders appeared happy to watch the Commander make its way through the trail, which is rated “most difficult” according to the signage. I'm sure there are much tougher trails, however. About three rocky areas were fairly challenging, but no damage, and the Commander as well as new lift and tires, made it a pleasure. I found the vehicle overall, easier and less hair raising to off road than my wife’s Cayenne S, which has now been retired from off roading after many excursions…From now on, it’s all JEEP.

A little mud…

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...I/82027b74.jpg

Rocky Trails:

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...I/31f43c28.jpg

Commander waits its turn, the Red GMC appeared to have left some fluid on the rocks, we advised the driver:

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...I/1405a1e4.jpg

Articulate:

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...I/4f31f8db.jpg

Home Sweet Home:

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...I/5a218b83.jpg

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Unread 04-24-2006, 12:05 AM   #2
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I spent a fun day on the Big Bear Trails, here are some photos. It was snowing this morning, but we were determined to make the trip, and thankfully the trail wasn’t affected by the local weather. I was impressed with the Bridgestone REVO’s. I aired down to 25 psi, the rocks weren’t too big, but I still wanted to maintain ground clearance, and have some give. I’m not expert, so I didn’t want to air down too low, and risk a bead coming off the wheel.

Other off roaders appeared happy to watch the Commander make its way through the trail, which is rated “most difficult” according to the signage. I'm sure there are much tougher trails, however. About three rocky areas were fairly challenging, but no damage, and the Commander as well as new lift and tires, made it a pleasure. I found the vehicle overall, easier and less hair raising to off road than my wife’s Cayenne S, which has now been retired from off roading after many excursions…From now on, it’s all JEEP.

A little mud…

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...I/82027b74.jpg

Rocky Trails:

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...I/31f43c28.jpg

Commander waits its turn:

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...I/1405a1e4.jpg

Articulate:

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...I/4f31f8db.jpg

Home Sweet Home:

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...I/5a218b83.jpg
It's good to see one of those get dirty and flex a little bit...atleast the rear axle flex.
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Unread 04-24-2006, 02:24 PM   #3
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A little mud…



Rocky Trails:



Commander waits its turn:



Articulate:



Home Sweet Home:

Seems like good time.. how did your commander performed with the lift..
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Unread 04-24-2006, 10:12 PM   #4
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I thought the Commander handled the trails very well. I did not feel much slipping at all. I used 4 LO in any moderately difficult areas.

The throttle was easy to modulate, steering was easy and turning radius helped out.

It did everything it is supposed to do.

It was fun seeing other groups watch, I think they were expecting it to slip or hit skid plates or under carriage, but it was fine.

Had a fun time.
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Unread 04-25-2006, 06:16 AM   #5
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Great photos! Wow, love the lift too. My wife's KJ has three years to get paid off, and then we're getting an XK, and lifting it. I wish I could have seen your XK on the trail!

I've got REVOS on my TJ... and love them too. Awesome tire.
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Unread 04-25-2006, 11:51 AM   #6
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I am also impressed with the on road qualities of the REVO. Brakes nicely too. What a great tire.
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Unread 04-25-2006, 05:11 PM   #7
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man you need to quite posting pics. Its making me want to lift the jeep.

BTW lift and tires look good

one question how off is the speedo.
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Unread 04-25-2006, 10:07 PM   #8
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My guess is that at 80 mph indicated, it is travelling at about 86 mph.

Go ahead and do the lift. I honestly don't think you would regret it one bit. My wife hasn't complained about the new height or the ride quality. And I have a kid too.

And I like it a lot better. Looks more proportional. Plus the spacer lift is so affordable.
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Unread 04-25-2006, 10:29 PM   #9
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Nice pic's. Good to see someone putting the Commander through the paces. You were asking about the rear leg room difference between the Commander and the '05 Grand. At first it appeared that the GC had more but when you realize that the Commander has more leg room in the front and you can adjust the front seat up further, I think it's about the same. I do like the reclining rear seat. It's not much of a recline but it's nice to have some adjustibility so you are not sitting straight up.
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Unread 04-26-2006, 11:12 AM   #10
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Thanks for the info on the GC and Commander seating. Passengers do like the recline feature.

Here are a few more pics from Big Bear:

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...I/IMG_1103.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...I/IMG_1099.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...I/IMG_1044.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...I/IMG_1040.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...I/IMG_1022.jpg

Perhaps CinciSur might display them for us.
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Thanks for making my post click free SlimGoaty. What happened to your 2000 XJ???

Good luck on the new project XJ (91).
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That is one nice Commander dude, I'd love one of them.
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Unread 04-26-2006, 09:14 PM   #15
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That is one sweet set of tires you have on your TJ Sport. And your ride looks fantastic too.
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