You all probably dont know me very well, I dont see many of you in GD or any other places.
Anyway....I'm thinking about ditching my dodge magnum and maybe picking up a patriot. Ma has one and I think its a good little car.
I'm sick of 16mpg in my daily driver...and my jeep gets 10mpg...so 25 or 28 seems very nice!
I'd like a car that's awd for my winter voyages out of the desert, and something I can add a little boost to, and throw some AT's on, then get myself out into the desert to go shooting or camping, or drive up into the north to do some winter camping or exploring.
So, I've got the beatly jeep covered with my waggy, and I figure a little jeep would be a good daily driver. Plenty of room, plenty comfy, etc.
Anyway, if i pick up a patriot I'm gonna want a little lift. I've seen the RRO lifts out there, but what else is available for these cars as far as lifts?
I'm not looking for anything crazy, just like to clear some 29's and get it off the ground a little...
29's are easy to do. Better tread (and prices) in the 16" size but if you get the FD II it will come with 17's and the skid plates, etc but don't expect the mpg than your looking for. You can get the FD I Sport with 16's, either a CVT or 5 speed and add the skid plates yourself.
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This is just the beginning, I got info on what my trade would be worth, but that patriot is exactly what I'm looking for in one. It's not really a CVT, it's a 5 speed. I didnt talk price or anything, but its only got 16,000 miles!
In all honesty, this patriot will be used 99% as a daily driver pavement pounder, but on weekends it'll go shooting in the desert and occasional trips. (Anything much over an hour drive I dont take the FSJ due to the fuel economy).
However, it needs AT's and a lift!
My mom has one back in NH and loves it. I drive it a few times a year and it does well..so it was one of my first thoughts for a fuel efficient daily driver
I have the RRO lift (spacers) with 225/70R/17 (29.5in tall) Geolander A/T tires on it. The tires do rub slightly when at full lock (but not bad). It works really well for light wheeling and in the snow. There are coil springs offered now and it seems that people who have them like them.
The cost is about double for the springs and since you retain the original struts some upward strut travel is lost. I have had the RRO (Rocky Road Outfitters) lift on for over 20,000 miles with no suspension or tire problems as of yet. And it makes the vehicle look like it should have come from the factory. Look in the Quick Links section and you'll see pics of my Patriot.
Our Patriot is a DD and has also been to a Jeep Jamboree event in "09". I use ours for getting out in the woods hunting always.
2002 Wrangler Sahara, 2008 Patriot FDI
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Happy CRDSTU coil lift owner here. They give you about 2" of lift just like the RRO kit, but they also improve the ride quality as well. The only real downside is you have to order them from Australia, so the shipping is expensive.