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Old 10-16-2013, 01:06 AM   #1
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New(er) jku owner looking for some advice!

Hi guys, got by 08' JKU X back in may and have been loving it since the moment I got behind the wheel. I've been slowly adding on to it since I got it (came with a bit of aftermarket work) and I wanted to know what some more experienced owners think of my to-do list for the future.

As she sits right now:
EVO 1/4 pounder with stinger
Warn VR10000 winch
XRC Rocker rails
Warrior products rear bumper
ORFAB Tire carrier
2.5" Procomp lift with ES9000 Shocks
1" teraflex leveling kit
33" Nitto Terra Grapplers
18" Procomp Xtreme Alloy Wheels
Cobra 75 WX ST with 4' Firestik antenna
Recon LED tail lights
Synergy C Gusset reinforcements for the front Dana 30
Besttop Trektop NX/Mopar Hardtop
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I'm going off to college next year and am lucky enough to know that I'm getting some funds to put into the jeep as a grad gift. Depending on where I am going this will probably be my primary vehicle through and after college so whatever I do will have to keep it as a DD.

My plans:
17" Hutchinson Beadlocks
35" MTRs
4.56 gears
ARB front and rear air lockers with onboard air system
Bilstein 5100's
OME HD Coils (the current procomp coils are sagging like crazy)

My question is is there better ways I should be spending my money for a DD? I've gone trail riding and moderate wheeling (brought back some new dents and less paint on my factory skids) and I hope to be able to handle moderate wheeling while still being a good daily driver. I'm getting roughly 15mpg right now and I'm hoping at the very least to not lose that. Thanks to anyone who bothered reading my wall of text, I couldn't believe how big of a community I joined when I first started looking for Jeep clubs!

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Already looks to be a well done rig.

Seriously, I would take those funds and apply them to college tuition. Once you realize how bad the tuition "interest monster" is.....you will thank me later.

At the very least....just save the funds for beer and gas money (not to be used in conjunction).

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Old 10-16-2013, 06:34 AM   #3
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Seriously, I would take those funds and apply them to college tuition. Once you realize how bad the tuition "interest monster" is.....you will thank me later.

At the very least....just save the funds for beer and gas money (not to be used in conjunction).
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Agree with the posts above! That is already a bad ass machine you have... a wise investment will putting the cash towards your future tuition, books, and of course college chicks and beer! :-)
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It sounds like you have a good plan already. The three things that I would look into to improve your daily driving experience would be:

1. AEV Geometry Correction Brackets.
2. Lighting upgrades.
3. Roof Rack for your Hardtop.

Something to improve your off road experience maybe Diff Covers.
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You might want to ask yourself this if you really want/need ARBs. That's almost 2500 bucks in parts alone.
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Old 10-16-2013, 08:15 AM   #7
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Already looks to be a well done rig.

Seriously, I would take those funds and apply them to college tuition. Once you realize how bad the tuition "interest monster" is.....you will thank me later.

At the very least....just save the funds for beer and gas money (not to be used in conjunction).

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Agree with the posts above! That is already a bad ass machine you have... a wise investment will putting the cash towards your future tuition, books, and of course college chicks and beer! :-)
Haha thanks guys, I have tuition covered and as it turns out my parents have been teaching me to save since an early age so I've been unknowingly saving money for gas, chicks, and beer since the age of 4. This would probably be the last big upgrade I'd get for the jeep until I have a steady paying job after college so my hope is to make a reliable trail rig with affordable upkeep (any tire on an 18" rim seems ungodly amounts more expensive than smaller rim sizes). I guess my photography worked better than I planned because if you look at it from the side there's actually a lot of sag on the front (even after adding 2" spacers on top of the supposed 2.5" lift coils) and the ride with ES9000 shocks is pretty terrible.

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It sounds like you have a good plan already. The three things that I would look into to improve your daily driving experience would be:

1. AEV Geometry Correction Brackets.
2. Lighting upgrades.
3. Roof Rack for your Hardtop.

Something to improve your off road experience maybe Diff Covers.
Thanks! Definitely would have overlooked the AEV brackets. I did notice that the stock headlamps are considerably dimmer than most headlights, I've been looking around and found super expensive LED kits and HID kits. I was leaning towards HID myself given the price difference. I've looked into the Warrior Products Renegade rack (I like the fastback design) but I can't seem to find any reviews for it at all.

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You might want to ask yourself this if you really want/need ARBs. That's almost 2500 bucks in parts alone.
Yeah those are definitely the purchase I am most unsure about needing. I've noticed that a lot of local clubs require lockers for their intermediate+ wheeling dates and it seems like an upgrade that you wont need until you really need it and then you're going to be hurting without them. Do you have any alternatives? I've seen the automatic lockers but since this would be my DD I'm hesitant to buy them.
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I did notice that the stock headlamps are considerably dimmer than most headlights, I've been looking around and found super expensive LED kits and HID kits. I was leaning towards HID myself given the price difference.
You might also want to check out IPF headlights. Quadratec sells them for about $180. I know they aren't on par with JW Speakers, et al, but they did make a big improvement over stock on Mike's 2013 JKU.

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You might also want to check out IPF headlights. Quadratec sells them for about $180. I know they aren't on par with JW Speakers, et al, but they did make a big improvement over stock on Mike's 2013 JKU.

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Will do. Ive been looking into driving lights in addition but it seems that its a grey zone for legality so I'm thinking of taking the money I'd use there and put it towards either trucklites or JW Speakers and do the headlights right the first time.
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I would agree with doing the headlights right the first time. With that being said I'm happy with my combination of Trucklite headlights and Hella Compact Rallye Driving Lights (really off-road lights, I don't run them facing oncoming traffic). The two different colors of light handle most weather situations well.

Quality recovery gear is always a good investment as well.

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