Originally Posted by bstone
I just upgraded from a black 2014 Laredo to a white 2016 Limited and I'm in love. Relevant options for this coversation are 20" rims and chrome side mirrors. I'd like to make some upgrades to the exterior, install around a 2 or 3 inch lift kit, and and new, bigger tires...keeping the 20" rims I have now if possible. Unfortunately, it's tough to find info about this online, particularly for the 2016.
Being the experts that you are, can you please suggest exterior improvements I can make, a 2 or 3 inch lift kit, and the biggest/best tires I can install with a 2 or 3 inch lift kit, as well as sources to buy these upgrades?? Thank you!!
Just purchased a new 2016 limited as well... however it seems there will be a bit more difficultly in lifting the 2016s. With the move to aluminum suspension components there are brackets (I personally haven't seem them yet as my vehicle is still being delivered) on the front struts. This will eliminate most suspension lifts which worked on the 2015s. Budget boosts, spacers, and leveling kits may work as long as the mounts to the unibody are the same as the 2015.
I think there are a few questions/options for the 2016 that will need some research...
~ Will spacer type lifts fit the 2016 mount locations? - Gut feeling here is that these types will work but will confirm once I take deliver of my new rig
~ Rumor has it that the bracket on the front strut is for the front sway bar. One could theoredically delete the front sway bar and assuming the mounting points for the struts are similar, you could use existing 2015 lifts today. No sure I'll spend much time on this one as I don't want to delete the sway bar permanently.... but it could be an option.
~ If truly the unibody didn't see much change from 2016... then it might be an options to pull out UCA/LCA and other suspension components and replace them with after market or 2015 suspension hardware (essentially a 2016 suspension delete). This one would be expensive and ugly, but plausible if the IFS mount points are the same for 2016 and 2015. I've reached out to a few of my buddy's working for Jeep to see if this would even be an option.
~ An option may be to attach the sway bar to something other than the strut itself (like the lower strut mounting bolt). This will need a visual to develop a solution. Now if only my new rig was here...
~ Lastly... if the bracket is truly the only barrier to using 2015 suspension lifts. You could see what it would take to weld the brackets on a different set of struts. You would need to be able to completely disasseble the strut/shock and then rebuild them once the welding is complete. It is also possible you could find a strut built with brackets for the sway bar links that might fit the 2016. I know dodge struts had similar brackets on them (I'm sure there are others)... but the key will be finding an existing strut which has the necessary similar bracket and the correct performance dinamics and measurables to be useful in the JGC. This could be like searching for a needle in a haystack.
One thing is for sure... my 2016 is going to get a lift. Just a matter of how much work it will be...