I'm just getting settled into my first jeep. I bought it while I was home on leave from my 2nd Iraq tour last December. Of course, when I buy something, I tend to buy for the "I probably don't need that...but just in case" option so went with the Rubicon. I have only been driving it for about 5 months since I am home, but of course I am having a little buyers remorse with the new engine. Haven't driven it yet, but I hear great things. All in all, I am really happy with the Jeep and have already started trying to figure out what to do with it next. A lift is out for the time being because my daughter has enough trouble getting in it now... I think I need a roof rack to store gear and put more lights on (can a man have too many lights?) and anything to make it go faster. Thoughts or ideas are welcome....More to follow and happy new year!
Welcome Aboard!! and no, you can never have too many lights, it's a Jeep!! Congrats!!
Life shouldn't be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather, to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly shouting....
Just to let you know, I've done weekend trips with 4 adults and 2 children in a 2-door Jeep, and fit all of our bags in the back or over the wheel areas. I too am thinking of a roof rack, but only for longer trips through the desert that require lots of water etc. For normal camping or weekend trips with a small family, you might be surprised with what you can fit in a 2-door Jeep. Just stack all your things like bricks in the back, and use more smaller bags and not fewer larger bags.
I also drive off-road in soft sand/small rocks a lot, and I find I have no reason to change the original wheels/tires/suspension. Maybe in your landscape it's different, I don't know it.
I 100% needed more lights for off-road driving at night. I have a spotlight now, but before that I had to climb a dune and turn the car around to search for a good path after dark, it wasn't easy. At least one light you can turn is extremely useful, but any extra lights will help.