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I was thinking about that i never went offroading and want to but think it would flip way to easily because of a seemingly short wheelbase
 

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Kudos to the first person to put an 8 inch lift on this thing with some 33" mud tires on it!!LOL just give it time. someones gonna do it.
 

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Perhaps it will be easy to do when those two Jeeps on the same platform go into production... aff-road after market parts may fit the Caliber as well.
 

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I would love to lift mine about half a foot and put some huge tires on it. How much do you guys think that would cost? I was thinking that when I first test drove it! Everyone talks about lowering and ground effects, but screw that.
 

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Perhaps it will be easy to do when those two Jeeps on the same platform go into production... aff-road after market parts may fit the Caliber as well.
Don't count on it. I seriously doubt any one will make aftermarket suspension parts for it. The Compass will be no more of a 4 wheel drive than the Caliber is. NO transfer case means NO 4 low or 4 high gearing. All I can find on Jeeps website is there is a switch which locks it into a 50/50 split between front/rear, whooppee. :mad:

I KNEW Daimler was going to ruin Jeep. Frist they take away solid front axels on everything excapt the Wrangler, now they come out with this worthless thing.

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my Caliber,(as I LOVE my Jeep Wrangler), but as a Jeep, it's a pathetic looser.
 

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sr4tuner said:
I was thinking about that i never went offroading and want to but think it would flip way to easily because of a seemingly short wheelbase
The Suzuki Samari was an astoundly GOOD off roader, and it had a smaller wheelbase than the Caliber does. But the Caliber and Compass have other issues that render them worthless for off-road.
 

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Kudos to the first person to put an 8 inch lift on this thing with some 33" mud tires on it!!LOL just give it time. someones gonna do it.
If people buy a 4x4 Hummer and lower it to a few inches then I'd say you're right. Someone will lift a Caliber with monster tires. lol

I see no reason for it on the Caliber. It is simply not built for handling rock crawling etc. The AWD is great for slick snowy roads but thats about it.
 

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Honestly, I think it would look stupid! Not to mention it would put a large strain on the drivetrain, engine, seriously hurt gas milage, and make it very unstable. I can't stand the dumbass rednecks who buy these Ford Superduties and put large tires on them with a lift kit. Looks so stupid, uses twice as much gas, and makes it handle like crap.
 

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hmmm, I wouldn't go "off roading" in the typical sense, but if AWD I don't see nothing wrong with a little extra clearance to do fire trail runs. sorta' like rally racing dirt roads. a caliber with full on mud tires would look stupid. maybe some rubber like this:

(Vredesteins - anyone remember those goodies? :) )



or this? (really pushing it)





I'm still waiting on Dodge to gut one and put a full on nitro dragster underneath and go race it Funny Car style :D
 

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BlueHawaii said:
hmmm, I wouldn't go "off roading" in the typical sense, but if AWD I don't see nothing wrong with a little extra clearance to do fire trail runs. sorta' like rally racing dirt roads. a caliber with full on mud tires would look stupid. maybe some rubber like this:

(Vredesteins - anyone remember those goodies? :) )



or this? (really pushing it)





I'm still waiting on Dodge to gut one and put a full on nitro dragster underneath and go race it Funny Car style :D
yea thats what i want... no aspirations of climbing steep inclines of rock... duh... but i think with those big tread tires it would give it that rally dirt eating look
 

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As far as the short wheel base is concerned I wouldn't worry too much about it. If a Jeep CJ-5 can offroad with it's wheel base then the caliber can do it as well. I don't think any true rock crawling will be done even with a suspension lift and large tires. If you don't have at least independent suspension, you're going to roll. It's just a fact and the wheel travel has to be much higher. Some light four wheeling is the most i think anyone will ever get out of a caliber and even then lifting it isn't going to help too much. Still would look cool though. Some people like to lift, some people like to lower, it's a matter of taste and personal opinion. Takes different strokes to move the world. Just my 2 cents.
 
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