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Old 02-21-2012, 02:49 PM   #1
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New owner seeks advise...

Hey yall, I am currently deployed in Afgahnistan but bought a 2007 JKU with 50k, its a stick and is dark green with black hardtop. I will be using it as DD but like to get crazy on my down time, so I will be making a few...mods. I would like to start with performance and move on to outer mods. So my question is this, what mods can I do to increase performance/efficiency? Aslo I will be moving too Colorado Springs so if anyone there wants to chat feel free to hit me up.

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Old 02-21-2012, 02:56 PM   #2
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1st - Thanks for your service
2nd - Congrats on the Jeep
3rd - Hopefully welcome home soon
4th - Enjoy Colorado. I can't wait to move back!
5th - The rest... I'm new to Jeeps so hopefully someone else can help. When you say performance, are you looking more for speed or for trails and offroading?

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Old 02-21-2012, 04:00 PM   #3
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1st - Thanks for your service
2nd - Congrats on the Jeep
3rd - Hopefully welcome home soon
4th - Enjoy Colorado. I can't wait to move back!
5th - The rest... I'm new to Jeeps so hopefully someone else can help. When you say performance, are you looking more for speed or for trails and offroading?
X2 on the above

I have an 07 as well.

I got the Superchip and it has helped in the power area. If you want to get crazy there is a shop in north western NM that will supercharge the 6.8 for $6K

Now depending on what you plan to do is what is needed to know to advise you on the build.

For me I like moderate off roading. Not much into rock climbing. So what I did with mine is 33X12.5 15 GY Duratrack tires on MB Cahos5 rims, Front bumper with winch (Winch on BO), retractable runing boards, 2.5 inch lift (On BO), Bilstien Shocks, K&N filter, and still growing.

I will be wheeling up in your neck of the woods this 4th of July. We have a membership at the RV resort in Monument. Hope to see you out there. Stay safe and keep your head down.
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Old 02-21-2012, 08:53 PM   #4
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Hey man...welcome back! And thank YOU for your service!

I live north of Denver (Broomfield) and I too have an 07 JK that I bought used last year with 44k Miles (now have 56K on it). I have the Rescue Green 4 door with a 2" lift, 33" tires with the stock 4.10 gear on the back, AEM Brute Force cold air intake, and Body Armor front and rear bumpers and tire gate.

However, before you get crazy with mods do the following:

1. Make sure exhaust manifolds aren't cracked. I had to have one of mine replaced today to the tune of $400.00 If your handy, you can do it yourself for $100.00 + Wranglers are NOTORIOUS for cracked exhaust manifolds.
2. Pour some SeaFoam in the brake booster line to get some of the crap out of the top half the engine. There are plenty write ups here and on other forums. This will help with idling issues, etc.
3. Check and see if there are any recalls or TSB's for your Jeep. Even if they say for an "07 Wrangler", it also depends on the build date of your Jeep. I know, I have been screwed out of 2 of them!!!
4. JK's are known for eating up oil without dripping it anywhere (cats eat it up). So, watch your oil every other week or so. Again, many posts here and on other forums that helped me out. It has been posted that piston rings were installed upside down in Mexico causing oil to leak through? Anyhow, plenty of write ups on this issue.
5. Check for weeping tranny lines, especially the rubber hose part that connects to the steel tube up by the radiator.
6. Clean your throttle body. Dealers want over $100 to $200 to do it, you can do it for the cost of a can of throttle body cleaner. Again, many write ups how to do it...don't be afraid to do it.
7. After your Jeep is mechanically "sound" get the SuperChip and like the previous post, maybe a 2 or 2.5 lift with 33" tires...just depends on how hard core your are going to go off road.

The above is not meant to scare you...I just want to share with you what I wish I would have known when checking on my used Jeep. Here is a good brief article from JP Magazine about the 07 JK 2007 Jeep Wrangler JK Rubicon Pros and Cons - Jp Magazine and this one http://www.jpmagazine.com/featuredve...ing/index.html

And finally, the people on this forum are great and you will learn lots from them!! Don't be afraid to reach out and ask for help.

Be safe and get home soon!

Mike
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Yes Thank you for serving!!
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Old 02-22-2012, 03:03 PM   #7
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Hey thanks yall!! I will prob get a lift kit and intake and pro chip and exhaust...lol...to start with. any suggestions? do 33 12.5 tires look ok?? i thinkk they still look too small..
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With a 2" lift your 33" should be fine.

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