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Old 10-10-2010, 03:36 PM   #1
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Common order of upgrades?

First jeep, 2010 JK (4dr), drives 2 miles to work and back each day, intended for use on dirt trails that are steep but rocky (SoCal deserts, probably never mud).

Planned to do things in the following order:
Trans cooler (Flex-a-lite)
Rocker guards / steps (brand undecided, thoughts?)
Skids (oil pan first? differentials? other?)

Then:
Lift (modest, probably 2"), Tires (recommendations?)

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Old 10-10-2010, 03:44 PM   #2
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Protect the oil pan first, either with a engine skid or a pan skid. I just install the SkidRow and it's definitely armor

I installed evaporator skid but not sure spending $100 to protect a $50 part that if broken does not disable the Jeep was a good use of a $100.

First things I did was replace the headlights and then add the lift. But the wheels and skids were installed about 3 weeks later. Best advice I got was to take it off road once and se how it rode.

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First jeep, 2010 JK (4dr), drives 2 miles to work and back each day, intended for use on dirt trails that are steep but rocky (SoCal deserts, probably never mud).

Planned to do things in the following order:
Trans cooler (Flex-a-lite)
Rocker guards / steps (brand undecided, thoughts?)
Skids (oil pan first? differentials? other?)

Then:
Lift (modest, probably 2"), Tires (recommendations?)
Trans cooler THE BEST No. 1 mod

Rocker guards--get some "sliders" protect your sides and with 3M tape make USEABLE steps, or get



Either one, of these(step/stirrup) and the sliders are OLYMPIC "rock" sliders, but there are 15 different choices-

Diff skids-good idea, they're the lowest points and Diff covers are always getting "peeled" off-

Forget the "oil pan skid", unless it's the only way you can get the tranny skid--your oil pan is the HIGHEST point under your floor and unless you plan on competitive rock crawling--you'll never get near the pan and any pan skid you get will make changing oil a PITA, you don't need an oil pan !!

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Old 10-10-2010, 04:23 PM   #4
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Protect the oil pan first, either with a engine skid or a pan skid. I just install the SkidRow and it's definitely armor

I installed evaporator skid but not sure spending $100 to protect a $50 part that if broken does not disable the Jeep was a good use of a $100.

First things I did was replace the headlights and then add the lift. But the wheels and skids were installed about 3 weeks later. Best advice I got was to take it off road once and se how it rode.
Destroying your evap control sensor can have devastating effects on everything from your fuel injectors to 02 sensors...i would also look into control arm armor, its the only thing ive ever damaged on the trail besides the rear bumper
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Yea, protect your evap can, unless you want to relocateit--not me, to many "IF's" by doing that--get a skid for the can--there are 3-4 choices

Mine is Skid Row-



The LCA armor that Ncossey advises is pretty important in the front, cause thats where you'll usually bashem, look at the two I've got hanging down in this pic, it's the only pic I've got and they stick about an 1" lower than your LCA bushings--



Remember to use 4lo off road, as much as you can, because that takes the heat generating load off the auto tranny and will keep your tranny temp in the SAFE ZONE !!

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Old 10-10-2010, 04:48 PM   #6
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Thanks so much guys, rare and refreshing to get useful info the first time on a forum.
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Old 10-10-2010, 05:21 PM   #7
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Agreed, I just meant I should have covered the oil pan first since it would leave me being pulled off a trail. I have the skid row skid as well

I am going to have my LCA done next and then the diff covers

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