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Old 11-18-2008, 03:13 PM   #1
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Back in the day...

...when I was a kid, anytime you or one of your friends got a new bike, there was a small laundry list of things you needed to do before you rocked that sucker down the street - you know... take all the reflectors off, take the kick stand off, tilt the bars forward a bit, and if you had a little bit of money you could even get you some bear claw pedals or a freewheel sprocket for the back if it didn't already have one. Are there any modifications that an experienced jeep owner might make right away? I'm eager to get started

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Old 11-18-2008, 03:19 PM   #2
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That's the thing about a jeep there is a million and one things to do on it. Best tip would be go off roading with your local club and go from there. Can't go wrong with a lift and bigger tires but it all depends on what you want to do with your jeep.

One simple thing to do if it hasn't already been done is take off the front jugs on the stock bumper if it has one.

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Old 11-18-2008, 03:59 PM   #3
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well congrats on the jeep.. first thing any new jeeper should do is test ur jeep out..then you should make sure your jeep is runnin well do a tune up change all fluids check engine timing get all the basic stuff out of the way.. then next step is lift tires.. have fun
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Old 11-19-2008, 09:22 AM   #5
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Thanks for the replies. I'll get to work on those milk jugs this weekend... they're all faded anyway - should I take the back ones off too?
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Old 11-19-2008, 09:26 AM   #6
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I did, and put some caps on it. I like the look a lot more, although the back jugs can usually provide some legitimate protection for your tub corners, so thats up to you and how you ride.
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Old 11-19-2008, 03:29 PM   #7
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I did, and put some caps on it. I like the look a lot more, although the back jugs can usually provide some legitimate protection for your tub corners, so thats up to you and how you ride.
Very Little protection if any...but I didn't take off my back juggs.
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Old 11-19-2008, 05:01 PM   #8
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Thanks for the replies. I'll get to work on those milk jugs this weekend... they're all faded anyway - should I take the back ones off too?
you can take the back ones off, I left mine because imo, it looked retarded without the back ones.
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Old 11-19-2008, 06:03 PM   #9
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I took a pic of the back and photochopped them off and I wasn't quite sure I liked how it looked - I'll leave them for now
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Old 11-19-2008, 07:16 PM   #10
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If any of your plastic on the outside of the Jeep is faded you can paint it with black Krylon Fusion spray paint. The paint on my mirrors was flaking off so sanded those down and painted them also. I would flush the radiator, change your oil, and at least check all of your other fluids. If you have a hard top make sure all of the bolts holding it on are tight.

What do you plan on doing with your Jeep? Daily driver? Full time off roader? Daily driver/Weekend Warrior?

Post a pic I'm sure we will think of something else we want to do to your Jeep lol
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Old 11-19-2008, 07:39 PM   #11
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Thanks for the Krylon tip, I'll have to keep that one in mind. I bought it from a reputable dealership jeep dealership so I would imagine all fluids and things of that nature would have been checked with their "120 point check" or whatever they call it, but it couldn't hurt to double check - it would help me familiarize myself with process at the very least. For now it's going to be a daily driver/weekend warrior, when it no longer needs to be my daily driver I'll go a little more extreme with the mods, but for now I'd like to keep it to accessories and beefier (upgrade) parts if something breaks. Here are a few pics...
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Old 11-19-2008, 08:19 PM   #12
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Welcome to WF! That is a nice Rubicon! I started on mine with a good cleaning inside and out, and then checked all of the usual maintenance items. I also took the front bumper jugs off as well, and ordered a fresh new Bestop in sailcloth. Then, I added a set of KC slimlites on the windshield hinges. I want good bumpers and a winch next. You are in the right place with good people in the know.

I like the illustration with the bike. Ah the good old days! Me and my cousins built a bike one time with BMX bars, a schwinn frame, a banana seat, a BMX rear tire, a lawnmower front tire, and added a saltwater reel for a winch. We called it the "Whopper Chopper".
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Old 11-19-2008, 08:29 PM   #13
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welcome to the forum. your first mods depend on what kind of trails you want to ride. imo, if you are doing rocks, i would ditch the hidden hitch and upgrade the rear bumper to one with a hitch. that hidden hitch is going to get ripped off pretty quick on the trails. plus a hitch bumper has the same towing capacity as the hidden hitch.
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Old 11-19-2008, 11:07 PM   #14
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if your into it. take the carpet out if you dont like it you can put it back in
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Old 11-19-2008, 11:35 PM   #15
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Congratz and condolences on the new rig. To that, welcome to the obsession, but say good bye to any spare $$$ you have

As far as where to start; I always suggest hooking up with a club and taking it offroad exactly as you have it right now. That way you get to know what it can do as it stands from the beginning. Make changes based on any deficiencies you might note when you are on the trails. Watch what others do and have and see if you can incorporate their mods into your ride.

Yes you could run out and just mod away. I'd argue, however, that one of the biggest joys of Jeepin' is growing with your rig. Make it yours, mod it how you want, and enjoy the experience.

Oh, and NEVER review the receipts (especially with the Wife )

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