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Old 07-22-2013, 02:28 PM   #1
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What should I buy Next?

Hey guys. Im a newbie here to the jeep world and am trying to figure out what I "NEED" next and not "WANT"....although I do believe most upgrades will be a "want"!

So I bought a 2008 2dr 6sp stock black X. I am a budget builder and can not afford the super high-end things. I figured that tires and wheels is usually what people change first....but that also seems to be one of the most expensive changes.

I commute daily in my jeep and weekend warrior it. Mostly high country trails here in colorado and we end up camping the weekends too so packing the Jeep up is a must but i hate the over the top racks
I also will be driving every weekend in the Snow season to the mtns for snowboarding, so handling is a must for me (when it comes to rubber)


What i've done so far and order:
-SmittyBilt cargo net
-Cut the fender flares to flat
-removed back stock bumper
-smoked out my tail lights and turn signals
-plastiDip'd my stock 29's to black
-painted the custom grill inserts lime green
-tinted front winds
-13" Off Road rubber antenna
-add JW speakers LED blackout headlights
-Rampage front stubby bumper
-Rampage fog 4" lights
-Replaced stock decals with Darth Vader decals
-Ruggid Ridge A-Pillar with 4 rocker switches
-hand-me-down CB radio with magnetic antenna
-Craigslist'd 32" rubicon tires and 17" rubicon wheels (x5)
-PlastiDipp'd rubi wheels black
-Wet Okole lime green seat covers


What i want next: (this is where i would live everyones input on)
-2.5-4" lift kit
-35" BFG KM's
-Hi-lift jack with hood mount
-40 channel small CB radio to install into the dash
-CB off road mountable radio antenna
-grab handles
-rear bumper
-winch
-aux lights
-marine speakers (see my thread about this)
-MT sidebiter wheels
-Spiderweb sun shades
-Side mirror relocaters
-Air compressor
-snorkel
-skid plates
-rock rails/nerfs


Anything i missed?

I would much appreciate the help on what you guys would suggest is the most important...im leaning towards a winch or hi-lift since i usually run trails by myself

Thanks guys

...also i have the case of the death wobbles and have been trying to diagnose that as we speak via the DW sticky, so not sure if that influences the buy list.

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Old 07-22-2013, 08:40 PM   #2
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What about the rugged ridge grille inserts? I have them and really like them.

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Old 07-22-2013, 08:46 PM   #3
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You didn't mention if you like to run topless or not if you do, I would recommend the spiderweb shade. It is great!

Also, for what it's worth, the GraBars from Welcome Distributing are the best! Very sturdy, well built, rock solid. Can't go wrong there!
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Old 07-22-2013, 08:50 PM   #4
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up grade the sound system first; you listen to it everyday
Second is get some rock sliders, I got ACE, they will protect your Jeep from nasty parking lot people.
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Old 07-22-2013, 08:56 PM   #5
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Hood Lift
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Old 07-26-2013, 02:26 PM   #6
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Well damn. Seeing as I just tore my ACL again after having surgery 4 months ago...I think I'll invest in the grab bars now since ill be needing them to get in and out of the jeep. bummer then maybe the audio system since I want to build a wakeboard rack style mount system for the marine speaker pods!
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Old 07-26-2013, 04:12 PM   #7
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Get a winch. If you wheel at all you will need it eventually. They can really save your butt out on the trail.
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Old 07-26-2013, 04:35 PM   #8
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I got a couple simple and reasonably inexpenive mods you might like.

#1.) Extended stainless steel brake lines. Firmer peadal, and of course longer travel.
#2.) Sway bar disconnects. Also known as "Disco's". Really lets your front axle travel and might amaze you what your Jeep can do bone stock. Air those tires down to 20 lbs and see what she can do. Small air compressor might be a good investment as well.

Think I paid about $200 for discos and SS brake lines together. Installed them at home waith basic hand tools. Might need a second hand to bleed the brakes but it's worth it.
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Old 07-26-2013, 04:47 PM   #9
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Many people like ace rock sliders. Also are you planning in going in pretty deep water or just like the look of a snorkel? If you go deep you'll need to extend breather cables. Do you want a budget boost or coil and shock lift?
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Old 07-26-2013, 09:24 PM   #10
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@truenorth - I forgot to add discos to the list of complete I did the DIY discos while I wait to get money for the nicer $100 ones. But the DIYs work just fine


@airhead - I like the look and I want to be able to venture in deeper water. I've ran a couple trails early season and the snow melt was pretty high in the creeks and had water up to the door seems...and loved it!!!

But I do think a winch is the way to go bc I do wheel every weekend
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Old 07-27-2013, 12:36 AM   #11
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Rock rails and a evap skid. The other stock skinds aren't half bad, After that I'd get the lift and tires.
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Old 07-27-2013, 07:31 AM   #12
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i am in a similar situation. ive been looking at skid plates but its tough for me to justify spending the $350+ when i wont use them all that much and i wont be able to see them (odd but i like to see where my money goes) whats everyones take on skid plates? i probably go wheelin once every couple/few months...is it worth it?

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With enough time, a winch can get you anywhere. Couple that with a high lift.

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