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Old 12-11-2011, 07:43 PM   #1
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What to buy next, need your advice

Ok so I'm looking to spend some money soon and not sure what would be the best thing for me. I debating between a new front bumper and winch or a lift kit. Not really sure which would be a better option for me. I really like having the security of knowing I will be able to get my self out of most bad situations with the bumper/winch. But at the same time I may not get into as many bad spots if I had the lift and plus let's be honest Jeep's look bad ass lifted. As for my driving habits I will most likely be doing light off roading right now as this is my first jeep and I have no clue what I'm doing (another reason I think I need the winch) but looking to get into harder trails as I become a better driver and find more places to go. Any advice or info would be very helpful thanks.

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cant go wrong with a lift.

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I went lift then tires, then rear locker, then front sleeves & gussets & skids. Then sliders. Still rocking stock bumpers (stubbed) & no winch. Done many difficult rated trails & haven't needed a winch or tug yet. No regrets!!

I'd go with the lift first.
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Old 12-11-2011, 07:59 PM   #4
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Here is some advice I got when I asked similar questions a few months ago. Take it out stock. It is amazing as is. Then you will have a better idea of what you need. There are always a few stock Jeeps in the group every time I have gone out in the Pine Barrens in NJ. They always do fine. A stock '12 Wrangler made it through a number of mud holes that many of the older, and modded Jeeps didn't.

That being said, put a nice lift on it. If you are going to use it as a daily driver, get a 2.5 coil lift. I try not to spend money twice so I didn't do a budget lift. I also put on 33 inch tires on 16 inch wheels. There are a number of people that use 15 inch wheels as well. 15 and 16 wheels will make the tires much more reasonably priced. And if you stay to a 33 inch tire you will have fewer gearing/axel issues down the road.

About the bumper and winch. You probably don't need one yet. But it was the first thing I wanted as well. They really do look good. Find a local club. Go out with some others. Get a recovery strab and some good Jeeple and you will be out of any muck you get yourself into. Never ride trails alone.

If you are going to run trails and get into water, you may want to put on a snorkel. If you are going to rock crawl, some rock rails would be suggested. It all depends on what you are going to do with your Jeep.

Have fun. All of this is just my opinion. My kids ignore me all the time, so feel free to do the same.
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Old 12-11-2011, 08:14 PM   #5
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Here is some advice I got when I asked similar questions a few months ago. Take it out stock. It is amazing as is. Then you will have a better idea of what you need. There are always a few stock Jeeps in the group every time I have gone out in the Pine Barrens in NJ. They always do fine. A stock '12 Wrangler made it through a number of mud holes that many of the older, and modded Jeeps didn't.

That being said, put a nice lift on it. If you are going to use it as a daily driver, get a 2.5 coil lift. I try not to spend money twice so I didn't do a budget lift. I also put on 33 inch tires on 16 inch wheels. There are a number of people that use 15 inch wheels as well. 15 and 16 wheels will make the tires much more reasonably priced. And if you stay to a 33 inch tire you will have fewer gearing/axel issues down the road.

About the bumper and winch. You probably don't need one yet. But it was the first thing I wanted as well. They really do look good. Find a local club. Go out with some others. Get a recovery strab and some good Jeeple and you will be out of any muck you get yourself into. Never ride trails alone.

If you are going to run trails and get into water, you may want to put on a snorkel. If you are going to rock crawl, some rock rails would be suggested. It all depends on what you are going to do with your Jeep.

Have fun. All of this is just my opinion. My kids ignore me all the time, so feel free to do the same.

Couldn't agree more
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Old 12-11-2011, 09:26 PM   #6
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Here is some advice I got when I asked similar questions a few months ago. Take it out stock. It is amazing as is. Then you will have a better idea of what you need. There are always a few stock Jeeps in the group every time I have gone out in the Pine Barrens in NJ. They always do fine. A stock '12 Wrangler made it through a number of mud holes that many of the older, and modded Jeeps didn't.

That being said, put a nice lift on it. If you are going to use it as a daily driver, get a 2.5 coil lift. I try not to spend money twice so I didn't do a budget lift. I also put on 33 inch tires on 16 inch wheels. There are a number of people that use 15 inch wheels as well. 15 and 16 wheels will make the tires much more reasonably priced. And if you stay to a 33 inch tire you will have fewer gearing/axel issues down the road.

About the bumper and winch. You probably don't need one yet. But it was the first thing I wanted as well. They really do look good. Find a local club. Go out with some others. Get a recovery strab and some good Jeeple and you will be out of any muck you get yourself into. Never ride trails alone.

If you are going to run trails and get into water, you may want to put on a snorkel. If you are going to rock crawl, some rock rails would be suggested. It all depends on what you are going to do with your Jeep.

Have fun. All of this is just my opinion. My kids ignore me all the time, so feel free to do the same.
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Here is some advice I got when I asked similar questions a few months ago. Take it out stock. It is amazing as is. Then you will have a better idea of what you need. There are always a few stock Jeeps in the group every time I have gone out in the Pine Barrens in NJ. They always do fine. A stock '12 Wrangler made it through a number of mud holes that many of the older, and modded Jeeps didn't.

That being said, put a nice lift on it. If you are going to use it as a daily driver, get a 2.5 coil lift. I try not to spend money twice so I didn't do a budget lift. I also put on 33 inch tires on 16 inch wheels. There are a number of people that use 15 inch wheels as well. 15 and 16 wheels will make the tires much more reasonably priced. And if you stay to a 33 inch tire you will have fewer gearing/axel issues down the road.

About the bumper and winch. You probably don't need one yet. But it was the first thing I wanted as well. They really do look good. Find a local club. Go out with some others. Get a recovery strab and some good Jeeple and you will be out of any muck you get yourself into. Never ride trails alone.

If you are going to run trails and get into water, you may want to put on a snorkel. If you are going to rock crawl, some rock rails would be suggested. It all depends on what you are going to do with your Jeep.

Have fun. All of this is just my opinion. My kids ignore me all the time, so feel free to do the same.
Helped me so much, thanks!
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Especially since you were a big contributor to developing it

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