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Old 05-25-2013, 02:45 AM
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Newbie questions.

I'm a newbie driver of a 2010 rubicon unlimited. It's been my dream car since I was a kid, initially attracted to it for its aesthetics, however, now that I purchased one for myself and plan to bring to Haiti for my development projects, I have a whole bunch of new questions!

I will be using my Jeep to drive up mountains ad hardcore mud terrains to bring medical supplies to very under developed and remote villages! Otherwise, the villagers will have to walk 8 hours to get to our cholera clinic which is the only one in the area! So please help!!

How should I deck out my jeep with about a 5000 dollar budget??? Help me prepare for the worst conditions!

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Old 05-25-2013, 08:34 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum!

Get a good raincoat! Good mud tires, perhaps tire chains, a reliable winch, recovery straps, snatch blocks, ropes, a dual battery setup is probably a good idea, a portable come-along, shovel, ax, perhaps a small chainsaw, high lift jack, of course extra fluids including fuel.

If you have not used a winch very much, start here... Basic Winch Operation

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Old 05-25-2013, 09:58 AM   #3
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I would suggest that you go wheeling with a local club. You'll get some experience, see what's important, + see different jeep setups.
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Hard to say what kind of mods you should get but I'd have to say at least after market bumpers and a winch. I know it rains allot but mot sure of the terrain. maybe consider a snorkel? You may also want to consider some lock boxes to keep tools and supplies safe (I went with a Tuffy enclosure in the rear and security console in the front that I also mount my CB)
As mentioned previously, take your rig out and get to know how it/you rides on the trail. This may give you some idea on other mods you may want.

Here are some good forum threads on equipment you may want to get:

Trail equipment for a barely modded Jeep

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Old 05-27-2013, 05:27 AM
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Thanks for the replies people. I did a little research here and there and this is what I've temporarily decided on so far:

Teraflex 2.5 lift kit
*either the set with shock adapters, or shocks, or the budget boost with shocks (depending on what will work best with the other mods and to ensure stability on highways)

Smittybilt winch 10000 lbs and winch plate on factory bumper

35" tires (not sure which ones yet?)

Bushwacker flat flare fenders
*for the extra room for 35inch tires on a 2.5 inch lift and just for the aesthetics of them!

Snorkel (not sure which one, but looking for cheapest one that will do the work)

1. If i get an aftermarket bumper for the winch will the front end sag with just the shock adapters? Or do I need the lift kit with the shocks included?

2. Will the budget boost lift kit be bad for highway driving?

3. I think my jeep may be experiencing some death wobble even with just my factory tires and other suspension specs.. Do I need a steering stabilizer for all this? Or do you think one of the lift kits will fix it as it gets installed?

Thanks in advance guys! Really appreciate the help!
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Old 05-28-2013, 07:35 AM   #8
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First of all... I am humbled by your service to others. Thank you for being brave enough and i am inspired by your humanitarian effort.

I am not sure what you need specifically but having your jeep in complete working order and getting trained to drive in that terrain and conditions. Make sure you have a hardtop!!!

In addition , I would learn some basic mechanical work and have tools to work on your jeep. You may not have all the supplies you need to fix your jeep if it breaks. suggest reposting your link with a title that says "going to Haiti what do I need" or something like that. Might get more hits and perhaps someone has been in your situation.
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Old 05-28-2013, 09:33 PM
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Thanks to you all for your help. I think I am going to take titaness' suggestion and repost to get a little more help before I make any decisions on purchasing items.

Take care folks!

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