Originally Posted by sevenservices
take your time
thats my advice! It will never be "done" so to speak. Even after mod after mod, you'll always want something new.
Also, be realistic with mods or you'll waste way to much money. If your not breaking axles, no need to upgrade them. If your not bottoming out, no need to lift it really high. If your finding trouble with traction, get lockers, etc... you really have to take time to see what you need. Everyone wants a winch right? But they cost a lot. I carry 75 feet of strap. The more and more I pull out my straps, the more I want a winch. But back when my straps sat in the back with only 1 or 2 uses a year, a winch would just sit there and not be used.
This is great advice.
I drove my jeep pretty much just like I bought it for 2 years before I started my build .First thing I did was replace the bumper, then added a winch. The BA10 trans started popping out of reverse so I swapped an AX15 in. Then the motor got pretty weak and smoked a lot so I replaced it with another 4.2 I had here. Removed my sway bar and track bars and pretty much drove it like that for 2 years.
This was with a 2.5" lift and 31" tall tires. Had a blast. It has gotten to the point that I want to do more with my jeep and feel confident in my driving to go bigger and better. So as of Sept of 2012 I started the rebuild of my jeep. I knew what I wanted it to be and what I wanted it to do so I put a plan together and stuck with it.
The best advice from me is drive it, and like the poster before me, figure out what you must have and go from there.