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Old 05-17-2011, 12:42 AM   #1
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Cool what would YOU do?

so i recently purchased a green 2008 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 2DR Soft Top... Everything is stalk, the only thing added was side steps. My question is where do i start, and what are the essentials. What would YOU do if you were purchasing some equipment for this vehicle. Preferably I would like to start with a front bumper guard, but if I hear something else is more needed, let me know ...money is not that much of an issue, but would like to keep it modest ... i want a pretty bad ass lookin jeep so let em go!
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Old 05-17-2011, 12:57 AM   #2
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Lets see a picture.

It really depends if you plan on off-roading or not for the best advise. Most will tell you to drive it awhile to see what you need but that is so hard to do. It is so hard to wait when you see so many mods that look awesome.

The bumper was one of my first mods. Hate the stock bumper. Tires were my second choice but tires are the root of all evil for a Jeep owner, lol. Tires make you want wheels then lifts and then regearing. I am sure that tires will be your downfall, lol. People want 35's but most never need them and they are very stressful on a Jeep. 285's to 33's are much better choices but the allure of 35's are hard to beat back.

If you go the lift root, you will be surprised what a small lift will do for you and how much trouble a large lift will cause. But the great thing is that you can find just about everything you need here to help you on your way.

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Old 05-17-2011, 12:59 AM   #3
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A stock jeep can be pretty impressive with its offroad capabilities. So if I were you I would start with jeep protection bumpers rock sliders skid plates etc oh and a winch. Then onto strength of jeep parts such as gussets for the d30 chromoly shafts front and rear etc. Then onto a small lift like a really good 2.5" lift (not spacers!) One that replaces the coils combined with some dot legal beadlocks and some 35x12.50s combined with regearing. That build right there would get you through so many trails you wouldn't believe! Then to the next stage would be lockers and tube fenders. That way you can get 37" tall tires with the same lift. I am a fan for lcog builds so thats the way I would go.

On a side note you would want to hold out on spending money on upgrading the axles till you're ready to regear with the lift and tires!

With lifts tires and all the fun stuff don't forget some performance upgrades, but one oversight is safety of the driver and any passengers like roll cage add ons and 5 point harnesses!
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Old 05-17-2011, 02:19 AM   #4
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since money is no object, might i suggest purchasing mods for my jeep.lol
seriously though, i went with the bumpers and rails first. protects you on the trail as well as from the idiots at the grocery store. a couple times i've come out to find little bits of turn signal lenses and various colored paints on the rails. maybe i'm twisted but it always gives me a little laugh in my head.
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Old 05-17-2011, 04:51 PM   #5
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hey guys yeah, i am looking to do mostly off roading, although, i do not see myself doing any extreme "wall climbing" or stuff like that. I camp alot and often go into secluded terrains to go shooting. so i really just want to keep my jeep ready for anything, tough, and able to handle going into the neck of the woods ... im looking at
the rugged ridge modular XHD which has gotten a rave of reviews and the
Rugged Ridge 11561.11 - Rugged Ridge Front Tube Winch Mount Bumper in Textured Black for 07-11 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec
with some kick ass lights
IPF 968CSG - IPF 968 Series Driving Light Kit with Stone Guards - Quadratec

lemme know what yall think! keep the opinions coming though!
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Old 05-17-2011, 05:28 PM   #7

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Perhaps take it off road. That would be the most fun. That being said some basic's to have, would be front and rear tow points, bumper are nice but you can in most cases see what not to hit in front of you,so keep the stock one's for now. On the sides and bottom is a different story for what you can or can't see. Thus Get stuff to protect the jeep, add perhaps an oil/trans skid plate and consider some rocker skids. From that point go wheel your jeep and see what else you might need.
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Old 05-17-2011, 05:35 PM   #8
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First thing I would add is an evap canister skid plate and any other protection appropriate for the offroading you plan on doing. You can fit 33's and new rims without a lift which really improved my offroad-ability from the 29's that came stock. Then after those wear out you can decide if you want or need 35's or larger when you can afford the lift, lockers and regearing. A friend who is big into rock crawling tells me not to worry about the big KC lights unless I plan on running rally and need to see really far ahead of me. My oem fog lights work fine for the slow speeds that I drive in the mountains and rocky desert. Same guy tells me not to waste my money on a winch since I will always have another jeep with me to pull me out if I'm stuck. (not many strong trees in the desert, and don't wanna pull a boulder onto my hood)

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