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Old 04-01-2008, 08:15 AM   #1
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New jeep, need ideas to get started!

i just bought a 2006 Jeep Wrangler trail rated edition, everything is stock and i'm looking for a start. any suggestions of what i should buy or do to it?

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also i will put pictures up later

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Armour first, bumpers, rocker skids, gas tank and transfer case skids, you know, the unglorious stuff that 99% of people won't even notice, that should take care of your first $1500 bucks... Then start saving for a lift, SYE, tires. Don't sneak up on it either, if you want 4" go for it up front other wise you spend the money twice and twice the labor.
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I think before any upgrade you have to be shure what kind of off roading you going to do and how often. I will start with some bigger tires, then hit some trails and find out what you really want!!!
Also as far as I know there is not a Trail rated edition unless I'm wrong. That's only a badge that jeep use on their 03 o 04 and up 4X4 vehicles.
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Old 04-01-2008, 09:37 AM   #5
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Also as far as I know there is not a Trail rated edition unless I'm wrong. That's only a badge that jeep use on their 03 o 04 and up 4X4 vehicles.
yeah it is only a badge haha, thanks
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Personally, I'd start with a 2" Budget Boost and some 32" All-terrains...BFGs or Goodyear's will suffice for now.

Then, check out the trails, the rocks, and the mud. See what you like better, and repost in this thread. Just like MCG said, once we know what you like, we can help you more.

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No one has asked the all important question.... What do you want to do in your Jeep? Rock crawling? Mudding? Pre-Running? All of those things take different builds to do well. I would start by joining a local Jeep club and getting to know what the guys in the club are running on the trails that you want to run, and do something similar to that to get the best performance out of your Jeep. Welcome to the madness!!!
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No one has asked the all important question.... What do you want to do in your Jeep? Rock crawling? Mudding? Pre-Running? All of those things take different builds to do well. I would start by joining a local Jeep club and getting to know what the guys in the club are running on the trails that you want to run, and do something similar to that to get the best performance out of your Jeep. Welcome to the madness!!!

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Old 04-01-2008, 05:32 PM   #9
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Noone has asked the "other" most important ? yet either.....How much money are you perpared to drop?
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I'd say get a good GM 6.0 LS2 with a 4L80E tranny to an Atlas 4.0 tcase. One ton drive lines to some spidertrax custom big brake axles. You will want to cut out ~65-75% of the original jeep body and replace it with tube and skins. Pile on some 47" LTBs with custom one off chromed bead locks. Custom paint! And a new pine tree air freshener.
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I'd say get a good GM 6.0 LS2 with a 4L80E tranny to an Atlas 4.0 tcase. One ton drive lines to some spidertrax custom big brake axles. You will want to cut out ~65-75% of the original jeep body and replace it with tube and skins. Pile on some 47" LTBs with custom one off chromed bead locks. Custom paint! And a new pine tree air freshener.
Why do you have to go and talk shit on the build. I mean can you really smell the pine tree air freshener?
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Old 04-01-2008, 08:16 PM   #12
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I would drive it stock for 6 months and see if you really like how a jeep rides.
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Old 04-01-2008, 08:36 PM   #13
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i diasagree ^^^ if you get 2 or 3" of lift and good shocks a lift will ride nicer than stock
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Old 04-03-2008, 07:43 AM   #14
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thanks anybody know some good tires?
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Old 04-03-2008, 11:23 AM   #15
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I'd say get a good GM 6.0 LS2 with a 4L80E tranny to an Atlas 4.0 tcase. One ton drive lines to some spidertrax custom big brake axles. You will want to cut out ~65-75% of the original jeep body and replace it with tube and skins. Pile on some 47" LTBs with custom one off chromed bead locks. Custom paint! And a new pine tree air freshener.
Good list.... He didn't a budget.

You forgot the supercharger though.
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I'd say get a good GM 6.0 LS2 with a 4L80E tranny to an Atlas 4.0 tcase. One ton drive lines to some spidertrax custom big brake axles. You will want to cut out ~65-75% of the original jeep body and replace it with tube and skins. Pile on some 47" LTBs with custom one off chromed bead locks. Custom paint! And a new pine tree air freshener.
not everyone has your kind of income!!
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i just bought a 2006 Jeep Wrangler trail rated edition, everything is stock and i'm looking for a start. any suggestions of what i should buy or do to it?

I would start with armor, but with your year - I don't think you'll need a gas tank skid. the stock skid will do fine. Next, would be swaybar disconnects to keep the tires on terra. Also you should invest in recovery: snatch straps, D-rings, tow hooks (if you don't have any) - especially in the rear, and if budget permits, a winch. Some overlooked items include a fire extinguisher and a first aid kit.
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i'm assuming this is your first jeep so you might best be served by keeping it stock for awhile, joining a local 4 wheelin club like someone said, go for a few trail rides first and see what you enjoy doing the most first. another plus is you get to learn how to drive your rig properly. good wheelin experience (and good spotting) will save you money in the long run on replacing broken parts. then once you get to know your jeep you can spend your money to specifically equip your ride for it's intended purpose.

but if you are itching to spend some money right away, i don't think you can go wrong by spending it on skids and body armor.
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i thought, you gotta start bottom up. u drive on wheels, wheels make the ride,( real reason is my one tire was about to pop) so i got a basic 2.5" procomp suspension lift and some tires that fit.. i figue i get the smaller~ but widder tire... 31x12.5x15 i went with procomp mud terrain tires. also u need new wheels for those tires.. went with mikey thompson's alloy 15x10

WAIT WAIT WAIT... its also reasonable to get the engine before tires, considering engine makes the car run... 4.0's into 4.7 strokers are nice, but big boys want 360's and 401's....

i got my wheels and lift.. it makes the jeep a whole different ride then stock..




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Old 04-25-2008, 05:01 PM   #20
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Armour first, bumpers, rocker skids, gas tank and transfer case skids, you know, the unglorious stuff that 99% of people won't even notice, that should take care of your first $1500 bucks... Then start saving for a lift, SYE, tires. Don't sneak up on it either, if you want 4" go for it up front other wise you spend the money twice and twice the labor.
I totaly agree with armor first!!! unless it is only a mall rig or for show. If you dont do it from the start, you probably will neglect it, until it is to late!

That will cost you big time in the long run!

After armor, Consider tme and founds you have then determine if you want to go with the lift. Take it in stages... start with one thing like the Armor, then move to the rims (or what ever) Then the lift. then the tires. Do lots of research dont b like many of the people whoby for instance tires and within 1,000 are looking to go bigger.

Recomendation: Join a jeep club or just go to some meetings, check out others rides and recomendation.

feel free to swap with people or just try things on. Dont be afraid to do ride alongs.


Ok I need to shut up now!

Have fun with your build give updates with what you decide to do!

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