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Old 10-23-2011, 03:02 AM   #1
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Tips and must haves for my jeep?

So I've had my 2010 JK sport for almost 2 years now... bought a house, the Jeep is almost paid off... I thought it would be a good time to have some fun with it.

The thing is. I'm not a car person. I can turn it on and drive it but I can't even change my own oil (I'm gonna learn though next changing). I barely know how to use jumper cables... So I admit, I go through the jeep catalog and just look at the pictures It's like, I want to learn how to pimp it up (not in make it flashy but make it fun and fit my personality) but I'm having a hard time finding where to start. Everything right now is still stock except I do have elemental doors but I never put em on (I took the doors off last summer and didn't even bother putting the elemental doors on)

I'm not made of money but I can spend a little bit I have not used it for 4 wheeling or anything like that yet (it does have 4wd but... I've never used it and can't say I would know how :P). I use it as my daily driver and it still would be primarily used for that except maybe finding stuff to do with it on the weekend or something. It's gonna be getting wet and muddy here soon so playing in the mud sounds fun. I was looking at lifts and new tires... but I'm not sure what to get...

Also seat covers and stuff... Do I need them? Like if I left the jeep out and it rained, would it be ok? I'm not to concerned with the interior. In fact I was tempted to just rip all the carpet out but wasn't too sure how that would look... but I like the idea of no carpet and it just being hard on the floor. I like a beat up wethered jeep so as long as it doesn't start molding and falling a part, I'm fine... but still if I wanted to sell it someday...

OH!! And any good mirror recommendations? Last year I bought some mirrors for when I took the doors off... and they sucked! They were like these things from Quadratech (I think that's the website) that supposedly you just unscrew and the mirrors come out easy when you put the doors back in. I want something more permanent as these stupid mirrors kept falling down when I was driving and they were a bitch to position. They were like called quick mirrors or something but they were crap.

Oh and where do you find these jeep trails I read about? Like I know I couldn't do squat in mine right now but maybe someday it'd be able to tackle some easy ones.

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Old 10-23-2011, 06:26 AM   #2
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Well, the term must haves can be very subjective. Now that you want to throw some money at your jeep for aftermarket parts and things, it is time to make a list of what YOU want, and what your intentions are for the Jeep. If you will never see a trail or mud road you can just put an a set of wheels and all terain tires, like a 265/70/17 to a 285/70/17 and not have to lift your jeep.
On the other hand, if you would like to go off roading a set of wheels, tires of a larger size, and a lift kit might be deemed appropriate. If you only go once and a while, a 2.5 inch budget boost or coil lift from, say, teraflex would be reasonable. Tire size can range from say 285/70 or 75/17 to 315/75/17 which is like 33-35 inch tires. You can use 16 inch wheels with different sizes as well.
You do not need seat covers if your jeep accidentally gets wet use a wet vac and suck out the water and let it air dry. If you plan on playing in the mud I would get a set of cheap seat covers you can throw on and off quickly. You could spend a chunk of change on a high end set of Neopreme seat covers if you like the looks of them.
There are several vendors on this forum who will be more than glad to help you with picking a better set of mirrors to suit your needs.
As for jeep trails, if you live in california there are tons of places to go. Unless the Socialist Rebublic of California has banned all activity for the sake of the environment. Use your google search engine and type in Jeep trails.
Hope you have fun, enjoy.

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Old 10-23-2011, 06:59 AM   #3
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My recommendation would be to find and join a Jeep club in your area. That will get you started in all of those directions.
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My recommendation would be to find and join a Jeep club in your area. That will get you started in all of those directions.
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Old 10-23-2011, 11:31 AM   #5
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Not a jk person, but my tj has floor plugs. I keep my top off from april till november here in texas and when it rains i just put the half doors in. I run a bikini top all the time to just keep the sun off, but it helps keep the dash dry. My carpet gets wet and water just runs out the bottom. No rust, mildew or any other problems. Of course here in Texas where its over 100 almost all summer doesn't take long for anything to dry out.
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Old 10-23-2011, 12:19 PM   #6
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So I've had my 2010 JK sport for almost 2 years now... I thought it would be a good time to have some fun with it.

The thing is. I'm not a car person. I can turn it on and drive it but I can't even change my own oil (I'm gonna learn though next changing). I barely know how to use jumper cables... I want to learn how to pimp it up

Everything right now is still stock except I do have elemental doors but I never put em on (I took the doors off last summer and didn't even bother putting the elemental doors on)

I'm not made of money but I can spend a little bit It's gonna be getting wet and muddy here soon so playing in the mud sounds fun. I was looking at lifts and new tires... but I'm not sure what to get...

Oh and where do you find these jeep trails I read about? Like I know I couldn't do squat in mine right now but maybe someday it'd be able to tackle some easy ones.
Two years and you're not sure how to put it in 4wd yet? You, my friend, are overdue for fun.

Like you, I was never mechanically inclined, at least in an automotive sense. But I've decided that I'm going to install all my mods myself, and do my own maintenance. I'd prefer to take a proactive stance when it comes to keeping my Jeep in good shape...having to take it to a mechanic when something fails is reactive.

Not the way I wanna do things.

You have Element doors and have never put them on? Right now, I have a garage full of accessories (and a pile in a spare bedroom, as well) waiting for my Jeep to be delivered. I can't wait to put that stuff on it!

It sounds like you're at least thinking about taking it offroad. If playing in the mud sounds fun, like you say, then you probably will want, at the least, some better tires.

As for knowing what to buy...hell, I spent weeks researching tires / wheels / lifts before I ever made a decision. I did research online, asked questions here on the forum, made phone calls to various manufacturers...I burned through a couple of small pocket notebooks on that topic alone.

In the end, you have to decide what you want to do with your Jeep. If you're not sure (which is what it sounds like to me), then take Daggo's advice and join an off-road club.

That'll at least give you numerous points of reference.

As for the Lange Quick Mirrors you bought...I've found that one of the benefits of being a member of WF is that you can almost always find out how a product works, or doesn't work, simply by asking in a post.

Good luck, and have fun!
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Old 10-23-2011, 05:03 PM   #7
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I never thought of a Jeep/offroad club... but that's a good idea! Also I have a guy at work who goes offroad and stuff and lifts and lowers everything. I don't know him very well but I'm sure he'd be willing to help me out too. Never to late to make a new friend.

Yeah I didn't put the elemental doors on cause after I got the regular doors off, I thought that looked cool with out them so I just left them off But I will now that I can keep them on permanently... I didn't have a place to keep the stock full doors but now I do so yeah.

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