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Old 04-30-2012, 05:35 PM   #1
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05 Rubicon getting started

OK so I am new and I have been searching the archives and need some help getting it all in order of importance and done in the right order. I am not one to go back and redo it later, I like to do it right the first time. I am not a mechanic but I understand how things work and I am not scared to do small stuff I have the tools to do and I have a guy that works for me that has a lift and loves this stuff and I am going to do it with him so I know how it all works and goes together.

My jeep will be a sometimes daily driver and I may want to take it on some trips to the mountains in N Ga and TN so it needs to ride and behave decently. I drive a 3/4 ton daily now so I am not looking for Cadillac ride just nothing bone jarring. I want to lift it enough to clear the occasional log in the woods and do some playing in the mud and sand in our local dry lake beds. I was thinking 3" lift with 33's so I can keep the stock gears. Maybe doing some engine power upgrades from header back and replacing the K&N CAI that came on it. I am not really sure how much power it adds but I want the low end grunt and keep some fuel mileage as I grow.

I like the Khaki Metallic color on the jeep with the black accents but I am an old school chrome guy at heart so I need to blend the 2. I would love to see some pics of what you have done with this color ride especially wheel and tire combos. I have been happy with Toyo and Nitto wear and performance so those are my top picks now. Wheels are up for grabs just nothing technical as I am not going crawling or heavy wheeling. I like the more stuffed look with smaller wheels and bigger tires.

The interior is already rhino lined, and the upholstery is in good shape with a nearly new Smittybilt top covering it. I want to hear some tunes so speakers in the dash and sound bar plus a small sub to round it all out. I can handle most of that but I would love to see what people are doing to protect amps and subs. I am assuming going with marine stuff is the best way to make it last. The JL audio stuff on my boat has been great and head units now are almost disposable. I am also curious if anyone has tried the sky pods for the front windshield to bring the sound up high in front or if there is anything that mounts up in the corners for mids and tweeters that is jeep proof.

List I have in my mind in the right order

lift - 3" BDS ?
tires 33's / wheels 15-16"
bumpers with hooks and receiver and maybe some lights maybe stock with some bolt on stuff
bikini top combo - may be sooner found one new for cheap on CL
skid plates for some light protection - not sure where to start
New exhaust header to cat back w/ cat delete

Will do stereo in stages along with whatever recommendations I get for must have interior stuff.

This is a long post but here is a pic of what I am starting with. Please post any pics and opinions on who what when and where to get the stuff. I love a deal but pay for quality and service.

I want to start with a budget around $4500 to get me moving and looking decent, then figure from there where the most bang for the buck is.

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Old 05-03-2012, 03:50 PM   #2
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Anyone have a good or bad on the BDS 3" lift? What components do I need to add to the base kit?

What backspace for the wheels to run a 295/70/17 Nitto Trail Grapplers? Any issues or opinion on the tires?

Any specific areas underneath that need skidplates or are particularly prone to damage? I won't be seeing much rocks.

Next Tire choice is a ToyoOpen country MT 33x10.5rx15lt. Issues or opinions and again what backspace?

How much lift can you do before you need to do brake lines, or are they a good idea regardless?
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