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Old 02-05-2010, 03:43 PM   #1
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New to it all-any suggestions?

Hey everyone I got an 09' JK last summer and have not done any mods. Partly because Im always broke and also I just dont know where to start. I have been reading through this forum for a few days and love everyones comments and it seems this will be a great place to get some suggestions.

I drive about 40 miles to work (one way) 5 days a week and I have hit ONE trail since Ive had the Jeep, more later on hopefully. Im trying to get some idea of where to start. It will all be done in stages. I have 0 mechanical knowledge and a very small budget. Im hoping to work through alot of stuff on my own just to say I did it. Any thoughts?

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Welcome to the forum. Start small and make sure you don't do anything that will void your warranty. As soon as that has expired, it is pretty much anything goes. I have had mine for 3 years and only made slight modifications (tires, fenders, armor, top) but with every one of them I love my Jeep even more. Hopefully one day it will be exactly where I want it. Just joking these things are like life size models that come with 1000 interchangeable parts.

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Old 02-05-2010, 05:10 PM   #3
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I had that same question when I got here. Just hang out and read all you can. There are some really experienced guy in this forum and as you read you'll be able to pic them out.

Currently my Christmas list is about 30 items long and about $8000 worth. I would say get off road more and you'll start to see what your priorities are. Probably tires though!
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Old 02-05-2010, 05:32 PM   #4
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Same Way

Im the same way with a limited budget. I shop for parts everywhere. Im always looking on craigslist, salvage yards, magazines, Everywhere. My first was the 2.5 skyjacker budget boost. I bought it on ebay for $139 (NEW). It came with good instructions, and was easy to install. Spyder spacers for $100. I took them off a recently wrecked wrangler. If you have the places to look, Take advantage.
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The good advice that I got when I first got on the forum is to take it out wheeling with a group of jeepers that do that. Watch what happens and ask questions. Begin making a wish list. Figure out what order you may want to do things. Many times the order will be determined by the cost of things. Simple mods first that help in the ownership realm and then more aggressive mods as time goes on and the ouch of the initial financing begins to wear off.
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Old 02-06-2010, 08:09 AM   #6
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Thanks for the help everyone. Im just gonna start making a list and taking in everything on this site. The more info I can take in the better. I was looking at a 2" leveling kit last night that seems like I could take it on myself so that may be the first thing so I can fit some bigger tires underneath.
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upon further reading I like the 2.5" rough country lift. It comes with 2.5" coil springs and 2.2 series shocks. Im thinking of running a 285/75/16 on stock steelies. I have read that I may need spacers in the back but is there anything else that I need to know?
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upon further reading I like the 2.5" rough country lift. It comes with 2.5" coil springs and 2.2 series shocks. Im thinking of running a 285/75/16 on stock steelies. I have read that I may need spacers in the back but is there anything else that I need to know?
Spacers add complexity to your wheels and become a point of failure should something go wrong. If I wanted to reposition my wheels within the wheel well I would purchase a new set of wheels with a different backspacing rather than use spacers.
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As I said in your other post, stay WAY THE FUNK AWAY FROM RC! Their JK coils are GARBAGE on their best day.

Other than that, wheel it stock until you find where your limits are.
The first one you're likely to hit is actually going to be gearing, and open diffs for most people. A bit of extra height for 33's is nice and all, but you likely have the crap 3.21 gears (if you're 6-speed), and they will NOT work well with 33's (they suck with 32's pretty hardcore, and since you have the 29's, you may not have seen this yet).

Anyway, if you're thinking of going to 33's, I do have a set of OEM 4.10's for sale that'll set you up nicely for that, and not break the bank. Then I'd recommend at least a rear LSD (Detroit Truetrac), and you'll NEED overhaul kits for the axles. Around $1,200, and your rig will have a whole new set of low hangers, and a whole lot more grip.

After that, it's up to you, amigo- Mark W.

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