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Unread 04-18-2015, 04:44 PM   #1
phazelag
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Lifted patriot or Renegade

I am going to be buying a new or used jeep over the summer. I love wranglers but they are not practical for a daily driver and I need easy access storage.

I am extremely fond of the Renegade and will likely go that route, but the patriot body style reminds me of the older Cherokees and those are my favorite jeeps.

I think if I could find a patriot with the freedom Drive II option and added a small lift and larger tires I would be a happy camper.

I am wondering if the overall off road performance of the renegade trailhawk edition would be better than a lifted patriot?

I guess I am asking is what considerations mechanically should I think about?

Thanks.

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Unread 04-19-2015, 12:29 AM   #2
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From the videos I've watched online, and the extensive offroad experience I have with FDII MK's (FDII 08 Patriot for 4 years, my 2012 FDII Compass 3+ years) the FDII Patriot's and Compass are no worse than the new renegades, and can be bought cheaper. Not to mention at this time there is no lift kit for the renegades. It comes down to preference, pricing wise I find the renegade too much money for what you get. Grab a patriot or compass lift it and toss on some 15 wheels like I did and have a blast.


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Unread 04-19-2015, 09:39 AM   #3
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Tyler those wheels look nice, what size are the tires? Also do you have any rubbing on the body or handling issues with the lift and tires?
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Unread 04-19-2015, 04:02 PM   #4
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235/75/15 MB Chaos 5 Wheels, there is only a select few wheels that are 15" that will clear the brake calipers on MK's. No handling issues with the lift or tires. Zero rubbing. I have gotten rid of the pinch weld in the front wheel wells, however that was because I used to run larger diameter tires that what I run now. With a stock FDII and no lift the tire combination I have now should work with no issues.
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