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Rough Country 2 " Lift

Discussion in 'Compacts: Renegade, Patriot, Compass, Caliber' started by Twizted, Apr 18, 2019.

  1. Twizted

    Twizted New Member

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    I have a 2017 Jeep Patriot Sport 4x4 and I am thinking about adding the
    Rough Country 2 " lift , any pros or cons on this ?
     
  2. Shane Estabrooks

    Shane Estabrooks Active Member

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    You need to understand what you are using the lift for and what it's limitations are. What will be the long term effects on the drive-train and by adding a 2" lift are you going to change angles on steering components. So if this this lift is for mall crawling then it should fine but you plan on 4x4ing then look way closer into what is required.
     
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  3. link3721

    link3721 Yes, This MK Goes Off-Road

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    Do you have the 4x4 or 4x2? If you have the 4x4 then I definitely don't recommend the spacer lift. By doing the spacer lift you are keeping the original wheel travel of the struts and the max extension will cause issues with the cv joints of the half-shafts. The later (2011+) 4x4 models had increased ride height over older models which would make this issue even worse. I've seen reports of this issue on other forums.

    I would recommend doing what I did which was getting a spring lift (and replacing struts while I was at it). Basically this adds a stiffer spring to raise the Jeep without making the max extension of the struts any worse than the normal condition thus not causing half-shaft issues. You won't get quite as much lift in a 2017 as I did with my 2009 but the result won't destroy your half-shafts.

    I got my springs from here:
    2.0” Patriot/Compass Suspension System , CRDSTU, | Murchison Products | Murchison Products - 07 3205 5011 - Brisbane Jeep, 4x4 Mechanics and Aftermarket Parts Specialists (at http://www.murchisonproducts.com.au/shop/patriotcompass-20%E2%80%9D-suspension-system )
     
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  4. Twizted

    Twizted New Member

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    Well I see its not worth the risk and thank you for the information . I think I will keep it stock height ,
    I made my self feel better by checking 2017 Patriot 8.1 " --- 8.8 " to 10.3 Wrangler we are close enough
    for what I do . The mainly off road when I travel to PA. and most of the roads have gas wells on them so
    it's not that bad of a road.
     
  5. link3721

    link3721 Yes, This MK Goes Off-Road

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    I completely missed where you said you have the 4x4, silly me. Something else to consider, the pre-facelift Patriots have an issue with rear end sag (rear springs not quite stiff enough to keep a level height when there's a bunch of cargo in the back). The springs I got completely fixed that (back end is actually slightly higher than the front when unloaded) so if yours ends up with that issue (not sure if it plagues the new ones) this would be an easy way to address it.

    Something else you could consider to give a little more height and capability is some all-terrain tires. I'd recommend staying under 29" overall diameter. I've got 225/65-R17 BFG KO2s (28.5") on mine but they're pretty heavy so I wouldn't really recommend them for a Patriot. I believe General Tire, Yokohama and Falken make all-terrain tires in the 28" to 29" range that would fit and aren't near as heavy as the KO2s.
     
  6. Twizted

    Twizted New Member

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    I did do the tire thing , I went to a 215/75/15 DynaPro MT RT03 with MB style rims they are a little LOUD but I have been in a 12"
    snow storm and made it to town and back ! That was the main reason I have a Jeep I ' am in the country and my area only has a couple
    of snow plows and a road grader and it usually takes about ( 3 ) days to come by .
     
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