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Old 07-18-2012, 09:24 AM   #1
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Poser with questions.

I have to be upfront and say if I do purchase a new JKU chances are it will never be axle deep in mud or be dragging the skid plate across a rock pile.

I've been a Jeep admirer since way back in the CJ5 days but never been in the position to purchase one. But I'm retired now and I'm looking for a more practical vehicle to have in Canada than my present 2010 Camaro. Keeping in mind I probably won't be driving off road very often but I would like the look of a true off roader, what modifications would you recommend to achieve the look but still keep my warranty and have no driveline issues?

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Old 07-18-2012, 09:27 AM   #2
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I would say big tires, small lift, bumpers front and rear maybe some decals then I would call it a day

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almost all of us upgrade for "looks"

Fact is, the standard Wrangler fresh off the showroom floor will handle 90% of what any of us would ask of it.

We "build" upon the facotry design simply to make it our own and hopefully to represent more of what we think of ourselves. But I wont go all "Dr. Phil" here.

Only you can decide what it "sufficient" to get the look YOU want.

Odds are...All-terrain tires, after-market wheels, leveling kit, brush-guard (or other factory bumper mod) will give you that "special" feeling while still leaving enough $$$ in the wallet to go drive it around. Given your area, you might even consider a CB radio...but thats not for looks.

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Old 07-18-2012, 09:41 AM   #4
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I have to be upfront and say if I do purchase a new JKU chances are it will never be axle deep in mud or be dragging the skid plate across a rock pile.

I've been a Jeep admirer since way back in the CJ5 days but never been in the position to purchase one. But I'm retired now and I'm looking for a more practical vehicle to have in Canada than my present 2010 Camaro. Keeping in mind I probably won't be driving off road very often but I would like the look of a true off roader, what modifications would you recommend to achieve the look but still keep my warranty and have no driveline issues?

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I like your honesty about being a poser.

To guarantee you keep your warranty, keep the suspension, driveline, air intake and exhaust stock. Here are some suggested mods that will make your Jeep look more like a true off roader without risking your warranty much:

- Aftermarket wheels (of same size as stock) with artificial beadlocks.
- More aggressive looking offroad tires (of same size as stock).
- Aftermarket offroad bumpers (but not too heavy).
- Winch.
- Jerry can mount with jerry can.
- Hi-lift jack mount with hi-lift jack.
- Light bar with lights.
- Bikini top or mesh top.
- Tube doors.
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Old 07-18-2012, 09:44 AM   #5
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I have to be upfront and say if I do purchase a new JKU chances are it will never be axle deep in mud or be dragging the skid plate across a rock pile.

I've been a Jeep admirer since way back in the CJ5 days but never been in the position to purchase one. But I'm retired now and I'm looking for a more practical vehicle to have in Canada than my present 2010 Camaro. Keeping in mind I probably won't be driving off road very often but I would like the look of a true off roader, what modifications would you recommend to achieve the look but still keep my warranty and have no driveline issues?

Thanks in advance.
I would do a a 2.5" BB lift, and some 35" tires for a start.
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Old 07-18-2012, 09:44 AM   #6
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Things I learned from this forum/internet:

- a set of 33 inch tires with a small spacer lift or leveling kit will result in minimal change in your Jeep's function, but give you a tougher look...especially on wider, custom wheels.

- a cool guy bumper is di rigeur for achieving "the look". The trend seems to be HUGE beastly bumpers weighing at least 100 lbs...if you have extra cash, you can go aluminum. Also "in" are stubby bumpers.

- winches look bad ass, but they are an expensive fashion add. Cheaper and more useful over all if a Hi-Lift jack. Get the all cast model in bright red for maximum visibility and mount it on the exterior of your Jeep.

- Rock your shackles and clevis pines on the outside of your Jeep at all times, consider mouting a tow strap somewhere visible. Gas can mounts are super legit for creating the hard core look as are roof/expidition racks.

- going with a set of upgraded rock rails will help, as will new diff covers like those from ARB. This can be more work and expense than you want though.

Summary - slightly bigger tires, badder looking wheels, mean bumper, little lift, and off-road accessories = fashion win!
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Old 07-18-2012, 09:48 AM   #7
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In short build for function and you will in turn get the best look out of it.
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Old 07-18-2012, 09:53 AM   #8
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I would say a winch is a little over the top for looks. My opinion would be 33" tires, no lift stock wheels. new bumpers and lights. extra lights are great, even if you don't go off road, it still gets dark.
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I would say do a leveling kit to get another inch and bigger tires. Bumpers, especially one with a stinger if you really want to see hardcore. Winches and extra lights for bonus points?
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leveling kit, 33s, lights are good, off road bumper of some kind, and a winch to finish it off
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Old 07-18-2012, 10:03 AM   #11
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IMO go for 33" all terrain tires with a budget boost and some cool rims that aren't too flashy. That will get you through any mild trails, won't hum very loud on the road, and improve traction in the winters up there. Once you hit 2.5" of lift or higher you might run into other issues that will need addressed with more expensive mods. Other than that I would say add appearance mods to make it your own. Good luck whatever decisions you make.
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I would say a winch is a little over the top for looks.
Even though I did suggest it, I almost didn't because I kinda agree with you. But I'll say I've seen lifts and big tires on some Jeeps that I could immediately tell were just for looks, but when I see a winch on a Jeep I'm more convinced that that's a true offroader, because most posers wouldn't bother. So in my opinion the winch just makes it more convincing, especially to other true offroaders. I've even seen non-offroaders pull up next to me at a stop light and check out my winch for a long time, probably wondering what that heck that thing is and what it's for, certainly noticing that there's something about this vehicle that's very different than your normal street vehicle.
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Even though I did suggest it, I almost didn't because I kinda agree with you. But I'll say I've seen lifts and big tires on some Jeeps that I could immediately tell were just for looks, but when I see a winch on a Jeep I'm more convinced that that's a true offroader, because most posers wouldn't bother. So in my opinion the winch just makes it more convincing, especially to other true offroaders. I've even seen non-offroaders pull up next to me at a stop light and check out my winch for a long time, probably wondering what that heck that thing is and what it's for, certainly noticing that there's something about this vehicle that's very different than your normal street vehicle.
What are you trying to say about me? Hahaha A winch could be useful for pulling trees down or clearing fallen trees out of the road for example. It's definitely a good investment if you ever go wheeling alone!
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What are you trying to say about me? Hahaha A winch could be useful for pulling trees down or clearing fallen trees out of the road for example. It's definitely a good investment if you ever go wheeling alone!
Hey, I like the look of your Jeep, dude! And I know you're a true off roader!

My suggestions here are based on looks, not function, without risking the warranty.
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Old 07-18-2012, 10:16 AM   #15
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The great thing about Jeeps is the enormous customization and parts availability. Build to suit. I recommend google image search the jeep of your choice to get some ideas of the look you want. Then calculate the parts and cost.
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Hey, I like the look of your Jeep, dude! And I know you're a true off roader!

My suggestions here are based on looks, not function, without risking the warranty.
I was playing and thanks mondo. I know where you are heading with it, if he gets a winch for appearance someone will get a good head start for a wheeling rig it he sells it. I personally build mine the best I can to be capable and still good on the road. I should be able to keep keep up with you in October. Lol
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whatever the op does, he owes us pictures...just sayin
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whatever the op does, he owes us pictures...just sayin
My friends call me an internet picture posting whore so once I have a JKU parked in the garage you'll be seeing plenty of pictures.

Thanks to everyone for the wide variety of options I should be considering and also for not flaming the new poser.
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No reason to hate, but people who actually use their rigs are just more
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No reason to hate, but people who actually use their rigs are just more
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Old 07-18-2012, 02:46 PM   #21
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He's probably just trying to pick up on pretty girls, not fun chicks.
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Old 07-18-2012, 03:02 PM   #22
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You guys who responded are fabulous with your "right now" advice to our Poser friend. Maybe this should become a sticky thread titled "Jeep Eye for the Poser Guy (or Gal")
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Do what I did. My Jeep spends most of it's time on road, as I don't have too many places to offroad.

15" Wheels with 33" Duratrac tires. Awesome ONroad (and off) and look great.
A Teraflex coil leveling kit. Will give you a bit of height, level the Jeep, and give you a great ride.
A front bumper of choice.
Some offroad lights.
Bright diff guards if you REALLY want to pose.

Other than that, you're golden.
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Old 07-18-2012, 08:43 PM   #24
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This tread made me giggle. Dont get me wrong Im not trying to be an ass or anything.

The way I see it is.
Its easy to make a jeep look like some hardcore trail rig to folks that dont offroad.

You might be able to fool some folks that do offroad a bit.

You cant fool anyone that lives and breaths dirt, mud, rocks. Most guys I know can look at a rig and tell if its built for abuse in half a min. (a little hint for you, anytime me and my buddys check out a jeep we get down low and look under it first.)

So my two cents is if you want to "fool" 98% of folks you can do whatever looks good to you. They will see its a jeep thats not stock and beleave you ae willing to go anywhere in it.



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Old 07-18-2012, 10:40 PM   #25
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Hi,

The first thing you must do is remove the top and doors. the heater is very serious so even in Canada you will get a lot of topless season.

Drive it for a few weeks that way, topless every day. rain or shine. It will change your attitude toward life.

The best way to make the new jeep look serious is some great big ass scrapes from rocks and trees. It's free too, if you don't actually break anything.

However if you don't like the accompanying rust and depreciation, just buy some stuff you think looks cool!

I just bought some "hard core" (and rather presumptuous) LoD bumpers and a winch for my 2012 JK. it's my daily commute to the cubicle driver. I live in illinois and I don't much care for mudding and we have NO rock. however, a Jeep with no doors and top, or just a bikini or the freedom top front sections for shade is a hoot to drive. I don't need big cool looking tires to roll down the highway to work but the Jeep has kept me off my sport motorcycle for all but 2 days in the 2 months I've owned the jeep. it's that much fun.
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Semi Retired here, FORMER owner of a 2010 Camaro myself that I bought in late 2009.
Despised that car due to Dealership problems.

Bought the most basic Jeep that I could. No door locks, no power windows, Soft Top, 6 speed manual. I mean BASIC. My kids like it, my grand children ADORE it and fight to go for rides in it.

Too new to off road for me yet, but will see the local gorge trail this Fall to take in the Fall colors as well as some of the foothills south of us on some nasty seasonal use roads.

Doing a road trip starting today, but taking the road trip car instead of the Jeep. 40+ MPG vs 20-21 MPG makes a difference! When I get back next week the doors and top are coming off just to give that a try. Been YEARS since I've done that when I lived in New Mexico back in the 70's.

Just do it! It won't be as quick as the Camaro, you know that going in. For myself, I am HAPPIER having a Jeep back in the garage for my use than I did that Camaro. It was ludicrous how pampered that darn Car was!
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I think most folks who wheel build up their rigs for looks and function as well. unless you get crazy and are chopping up the tub, most of us will "bling out" in some was shape or form anyways. the visual mods (bumpers tires wheels rock rails) are all picked based on looks; it just happens that if the item is crap you wont get it. but theres not too much of that (wheels are the only spot this is really an issue). just check out some of the pics people post of their rigs, find out what mods they have that you like the look of, and get them. the only difference between a mall crawler and a trail rig is the driver.
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I am in the minority who thinks the Wrangler looks great stock. With the top down and doors off it is awesome!

Although you have to do 1 mod for that. Since the mirrors are on the door being removed you will have to put a cheap set on the pillar or relocate the ones from the doors. There are many threads for that.

Good luck and do what you want with it, that is the great thing about Wrangler ownership, there are many options.
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Went for a test drive this morning, first step in the process.
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Old 07-19-2012, 11:04 AM   #30
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Could get a Rubicon. I see a lot of posers sporting them. With the stickers on the hood, leveling kit, front/rear bumpers and a winch people will be drooling. And it'll be capable enough to go anywhere!

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