Originally Posted by JKUR Khillswitch
Could you think of base line upgrades after doing all of that maintainance and wheelin' a bit to get a feel for the Jeep? Where I should start upgrading though? What would be the best upgrades to aim for just to have better overall performance out of my jeep?
That will really depend on what you figure out you want to do with your rig after wheeling a while. Don't look for performance upgrades when you go to larger tires. Do a gear swap. That will get you your best performance for the tires you want to run (specific to the trails you want to do).
Start with a 2.5" lift (new shocks) and some 35s (need spacers or new rims as well). Get adjustable control arms to better tune the suspension in and aids in articulation. If your e-disco for the sway bar pukes, do this mod.
Run on this for a while and see how you like it. You will lose a some performance and mileage due to the bigger tires. When you are satisfied you do not want any more lift or tire height, do a gear swap back to where it should be.
When you start to seriously wheel, consider body armor and better ground clearance mods (bumpers, rockers, skids, etc). Definitely look at protection/relocation for the evap canister before doing any serious wheeling. The list goes on and on. Jeep = Just Empty Every Pocket
Have fun and happy trails.