trip pilgrimage out West this summer not only gave us the occasion to visit many friends and family and to see many beautiful sights, but it also afforded us a chance to make a number of modifications to our Jeep Commander.
First, as a follow-up to my previous post on Project XK, I have to give an enthusiastic thumbs-up to the GoGroove Flex Pod. It did a great job of incorporating the iPhone into a great multimedia system as we meandered across the country. Kudos, too, to the Video Entertainment System (VES) in the vehicle. I confess that a good quarter of the Hobbit’s time in the car was spent watching his new favorite DVD: a Smithsonian show about bugs in and around the house.
At any rate, we got to Colorado in one piece, and a number of things were waiting for us there. It was a busy few weeks as a result, but the results were well worth the time, as we’ll see after the break.
Let’s start off with a reminder of where we started, though, when we sold this Jeep:
in order to buy this one:
As I described this new Commander in an earlier post, it came stock as an
Inferno Red 2006 Jeep Commander, Limited edition, with a lot of quite pleasant extras: 5.7L Hemi engine, off-road skids, class-IV towing capability, GPS navigation, DVD for the long hauls, luxury conveniences, and a saddle-brown leather interior that I happen to like (some members of my family are admittedly not quite as keen on it). Oh, and Quadra-drive II, which is the creme-de-la-creme in newfangled automated four-wheel-drive systems.
That was then. This is now:
No, I didn’t repaint it. That’s an artifact of the shadows. What I did do in these past weeks is add a few modifications, including
- 4″ lift-kit from BDS-Suspensions, which gave space for
- B.F. Goodrich A/T tires, size 285, which required
- 1.25″ wheel-spacers in order to prevent rubbing and maintain stability while keeping the stock wheels;
- AVS in-channel Ventvisors;
- Aries Tail-light Guards;
- T-Max Portable Air Compressor (housed under the hood with the Hemi);
- 4xGuard SideGuard;
- 4xGuard FrontGuard (prototype);
- 4xGuard Matrix.
As I said above, I’m very pleased with the results, and in the coming weeks I’ll likely go through these items one-by-one to talk about installation and other matters that might be of interest to folks.