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Old 08-22-2013, 01:34 PM   #1
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Talking 2009 JKUR - First Jeep - Upgrade suggestions?

Hey Guys,

I just bought a 2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon - it is stock and I am trying to plan and budget for upgrades accordingly. I eventually want to take it off roading/mudding. It is going to be my daily driver as well; because I am in love with it that much already. Manual is def the way to go. I def want to do a gambit of upgrades and start really learning a lot about vehicle maintenance and upgrading. If you could give me a few good first upgrade ideas I would be very appreciative.

I was reading the forums and I see some people are for others are against upgrading the cold air intake; I was talking to a buddy who just redid his truck; I know two seperate animals; but he got more HP, Torque, and MPG from upgrading the CAI, exhaust, and tuner. I was thinking something alongthose lines as a first kinda tier of upgrades. What do you guys think? Where should I start looking first?

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Old 08-23-2013, 08:34 AM   #3
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First thing I would do is a full maintenance on the rig. Make sure everything is up to snuff. Lube everything, change all fluids, belts (if necessary), plugs, filters, etc. Check all u-joints, ball joints, unit bearings, steering components, etc. If you want more mileage, and have the moeny, replace all the gaskets and go to synthetic fluids. You will reduce heat and parasitic loss in the drivetrain thereby improving performance and mileage. As well as wear on the components.

Take it out wheelin' and see what it and you can do. Do this a few times on your local trails and gain some experience behind the wheel of this "new" rig. Then start to think about upgrades. When you do, consider how much you really plan on wheeling it.

More power is always a good thing, however, with the manual trans, you may be better off saving the money for fuel since you don't have the sluggish auto.
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Okay. Thanks for the heads up. I will def do that, before ordering unneeded parts. Thanks for the heads up. I would eventually love to do what I seen a lot of the guys do. I have even seen a few guys running the RIPP supercharger I was looking at prices for them and was like COUGH lol Thanks again;

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? I am far from a motorhead; I know some things, but I have to rely on my mechanic friends to help me out/youtube videos to change certain things. LOL
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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).

Maybe this:

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.
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