My '06 Commander is More Than It Looks

by Burns
(Ottawa, Canada)


I have a 2006 Jeep Commander. It came with the factory Off Road package, a full complement of skid pans, the 4.7 Mangnum V8, and a QuadraTec 2 Transfer case.

I have added a mild (2.5 in) lift, Bilstein HD off road shocks, 1.5 in spacers on both sides (to improve lateral stability), a Dana Spicer Posi-Lock to the 3.83 Dodge truck 8.25 rear diff, some Warn and Rigid lights, and a set of Goodyear Duratrac 10 ply boots. It looks pretty much like a stocker and it is far from radical, but is much more capable than it looks.

I have taken out on the trails with the local club here and it has done very well, exceeding even my expectations for something that might otherwise resemble a school-bus. In fact, I seemed to be running neck and neck with the Wrangler JK 4-doors... interestingly, we measured the distance between the axles on the Commander and one of the JK 4-dr's and they are pretty much identical.


Larry's Comment: Nice job on the '06 Commander, Burns!

Take off about 18 inches from the rear overhang and the Commander would come pretty close to the Wrangler JK Unlimited's dimensions.


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sweeet
by: LeadfootLarry6

Very nice looking rig...keep it crawling along the trail...

Needed mods...
by: KristinK

It looks like you definitely need some rock sliders & other body protection on that thing before it's beat to all hell!

Rock n Roll
by: Burns

Yes, rock sliders are next on the agenda and already being priced.

The photo is deceiving, though, that rock is actually not near the rockers - it is in front of the Jeep, closer to the camera.

One correction to my description - I meant to say Quadra-Trac II but my fingers got the best of my meager brain.


re:rock sliders
by: KristinK

Yes, actually after a closer look you can see the gap under your Commander!
Looks good though! Thought it was an XJ @ 1st glance. You NEVER see Commanders on the triai! Great job!

Duratracs
by: KristinK

I also wanted to add, but forgot, I love the Wrangler Duratracs! I ran them on my Tahoe last year & switched to BFG KM2 T/A Mud Terrains. next time I need tires I plan on switching bak to the Duratracs. Such good job in snow/ice & I love the looks too!

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