My long term goal for the Jeep honestly is to have in the neighborhood of 12-14" of ground clearance. I also like the looks of the Orange SEMA Patriot and would like build mine to look similar that one. It supposedly had a 2.5" lift and 31" tires which should have given it about 12-13" clearance. I got this by adding 2.5 from lift and 1.5 from the larger tires plus the 8-9” it started with.
Now all this may all change once I get my RRO lift (already ordered), new tires (still deciding on which ones), intake (already ordered), and eventually a new exhaust installed. However I also want to have enough faith in my 'Riot to attempt a Level 2.5 rated trail at any given moment.
The tire sizes I have looked at buying are 245/65/17's (that should be approximately 29.5") I have also thought about 225/70R17's (approximately 29.4") and 235/65/17's (approximately 29") or even some 225/75R16's which has some very aggressive tread patterns (approximately 29.25"). As you can see in my signature I am seriously thinking 245's which some of the more adventurous Patriot owners have reported they rub on the in side at full lock and some report they do not. I am sure this depends on the make of the tire. I would order a variety of wheel spacers from 7/32" to 1/2" or round about those measurements to counter act the possibility of rubbing.
I know I have mentioned relocating or possibly shaving the safety spring catch, but that is a last resort. I realize there are other options, especially since the SEMA Patriot supposedly used coil-over’s to achieve its lift. Now I have not seen a photo that proves this to be true or not. Regardless I have emailed several companies regarding such a system for the Patriot but none seem to be currently interested in "our market". My next thing is probably to contact OME to see if they would consider making new struts/shocks/springs for the "Riot.
Now to recap…
I guess in the end I want three things. First I want for people to quit accepting what they are told with out trying it themselves or proof. For example, when the Liberty came out they were told the same thing. Two inches of lift max. Now look at them. Some have 5-7” of lift and some probably higher. This was accomplished by people trying and not accepting what they were told by some fool who misunderstood what they were told or assumed something. Secondly I just one of those bad-*** Jeeps that when people see it they know I put work into it. Finally I want to gain some respect from the other Jeep owners.
Jeeps are built, not bought!
--JLink (aka. JeepJim)
"Patriot Revolution" - 2007 Silver Patriot Sport 5 speed 4x4.
Mods: K&N AirCharger, RRO 2.125" Lift, Fuzion XTI 245/65R17's, a Blacked out muffler,
a Scan Gauge II and a Garmin GPSMap 60CSX
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