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jhodgman 01-16-2014 10:55 PM

2014grand cherokee 4x4 help
Just purchased a new Laredo and want to start modding it for offroad. First step is a lift I'm thinking bilstein 5100s or 5160s if they fit. And maybe some skid plates.

Is there anything else I need to do to get it ready? Thanks for your help.

jhodgman 01-17-2014 12:05 PM


XJ97SPORT 01-17-2014 12:08 PM

Re: 2014grand cherokee 4x4 help

This is your daily driver, correct? Seriously think about what percent of the time you will really be spending "offroad".

What the Bilstein 5100's allows you to do is pre-load (adjust) the shock for better ride control for the type of driving your doing. It's not really going to raise the vehicle. It also doesn't change the drivetrain/suspension articulation points, which is good on independent suspension vehicles. Overall shock length will be within about 1/2" of the stock shock.

As for the 5160's with the remote reservior, these would be overkill on a stock rig, you're not going to be pushing the Jeep so hard that you'll be worried about heat buildup in the shock. Plus, you'd have to find someplace to mount the reserviors.

My 2 cents... Spend your money on recovery points, protection, and tires first.


jhodgman 01-17-2014 12:52 PM

I will definitely get the skids first but in the future at some point I would like to lift it a couple inches. What would you recommend?

polizei 05-28-2014 03:06 AM

Re: 2014grand cherokee 4x4 help
The only lift kit is the RRO 2.5", however there's mention that a few others will be on the market in a few months. I believe ARB and an OEM kit.

If you're going to do some "serious" off-road, you may want to look into the control arms, skid plates, and bumper from RRO as well.

dom42 07-10-2014 12:54 PM

Re: 2014grand cherokee 4x4 help
Im working on a king shock coil over setup for front and 2.0-2.5 king shocks for the rear with some hi performance coils for the rear. Rear will be aout .75-.1.25'' of lift and the front will b about 2''

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