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Old 03-24-2011, 05:55 PM   #1
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Best Use of $$$

I have a 2005 Unlimited with 4" short arm suspension lift and 33" tires. I have also installed a 9000# winch.

I received a $200 gift card from 4wd.com and can't seem to decide where to spend the cash?

Skid plates? New softtop? Chip & Intake? Other ideas?

What would you buy?

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Old 03-24-2011, 06:20 PM   #2
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Honestly, a winch has been my best purchase.

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Old 03-24-2011, 06:22 PM   #3
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Honestly, a winch has been my best purchase.
I already have a 9,000# Superwinch.
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Old 03-24-2011, 06:26 PM   #4
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FYI...I also have nerf bars, rear tube bumper with tire carrier, and full size spare.
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Old 03-24-2011, 06:26 PM   #5
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oh okay.
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Old 03-24-2011, 06:28 PM   #6
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Wanna buy me a budget boost
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Old 03-24-2011, 06:29 PM   #7
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not the chip or intake
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Old 03-24-2011, 06:34 PM   #8
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How bout a synthetic winch rope or a compressor? But if you have no skids i would do those if you wheel alot.
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Old 03-24-2011, 06:41 PM   #9
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just me but i would get these lol-

steering box skid (40)- Steering Box Skid Plate by Rugged Ridge

a differential skid (80ish) depending on which you have -http://www.4wd.com/search.aspx?PN=1&kw=skid+plate

and an oil pan skid (125) Oil Pan Skid Plate by TeraFlex and Other Jeep Parts and Jeep Accessories by 4 Wheel Drive Hardware-RH3

even after shipping and taxes you wont end up paying more than $100 out of pocket, after the $200, 100 for all 3 skid plates is a good deal lol!
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Old 03-24-2011, 06:43 PM   #10
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Do you have recovery gear yet? That would be my choice.
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Old 03-24-2011, 06:56 PM   #11
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Do you have recovery gear yet? That would be my choice.
Get a snatch block and a recovery strap and couple jeep tshirts.

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Best diff covers for the money is Riddler IMO, but I wouldn't waste the money on a dana 35 cover, d30yes d44 deffinatly
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Old 03-24-2011, 07:06 PM   #12
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Seat covers
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Hands down, skid plates.
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Old 03-24-2011, 07:43 PM   #14
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Do you have recovery gear yet? That would be my choice.
Right here, I just spent some money on a GOOD recovery set. Not only does it enable you 1000+ different recovery scenarios but it is much safer for you, bystanders and the environment (tree trunk protectors)

I'd invest in:
Tree trunk protector
Snatch block
Tow/snatch straps
Maybe a bag to hold it all too

Look into ARB, WARN or Rugged ridge recovery kits
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Old 03-24-2011, 07:47 PM   #15
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See if they'll exchange it for a Shell gas card lol! I'd have to go for the Riddler diff covers too. I've wanted them ever since I saw how tuff they are on YouTube.
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Old 03-25-2011, 03:59 PM   #16
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Any other ideas? Even if I have to spend a little more cash?
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Old 03-25-2011, 06:12 PM   #17
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Is your soft top in rough shape? What about a frameless soft top?
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Old 03-25-2011, 07:43 PM   #18
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You could always get a bunch of small stuff that adds up

Lights, hi lift, steering skid, etc
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Old 03-25-2011, 08:57 PM   #19
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You could always get a bunch of small stuff that adds up

Lights, hi lift, steering skid, etc
Yep, that's usually more fun getting a box of goodies than one or two things. How about...Husky molded floor mats, vent visors and my favorite cheap but useful Daystar dash tray.
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Old 03-28-2011, 10:33 AM   #20
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Im leaning towards an engine/oil pan skid plate & a steering box skid plate.

I have recovery gear and would rather get the plates that will save me $$$ in the long run.

Still open to ideas if you have them!
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Lights. A nice pair of KCs go a long way if you get stuck out after dark.
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Old 03-28-2011, 11:12 AM   #23
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Go for the skid plates, protect your underbelly. Doesn't matter how pretty the outside looks, or how many options you have on the inside...if you bugger up something underneath on the trail, you aren't driving ANYWHERE! And repairs underneath can get real expensive real fast! Even if you have to spend $200-300 more, having $200 free to start with makes it real easy to go for full skid plates, engine, transmission, and gas tank...and you have covered 90% of the trouble areas. THEN for your birthday, christmas, anniversary of the day you bought the jeep-tell all your family to buy the 'pretty stuff' for your baby. and go out and enjoy the trails! Think of this...what would a boxer choose...giving the option of it being free...a brand new set of shorts, shirt, and robe...or a helmet and a good CUP?....LOL......
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Old 04-03-2011, 08:13 PM   #24
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I went with the Warn engine/oil skid plate. I plan to weld additional supports on the underside in the way of steel angle rails welded flat with tapered ends. I feel this is necessary on the skid row and other plates that are 3/16" so i went with cost effective warn 1/8".
Anyone else done this? Ideas?

I also picked up a skid row steering box plate and I am going to weld skid plated on control arms.

Had to pick up a t-shirt as well.

Thoughts on gas tank skid plate for my future knowledge? Is factory skid ok? Has anyone beefed up their factory fuel tank skid plate?
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Old 04-05-2011, 12:07 PM   #26
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If you don't already have a skid plate for your oil pan, that is the very first thing I'd buy with that $$$. Whatever is left over I'd spend on recovery gear for your winch... a snatch (recovery) strap, tree saver strap, a couple 3/4" shackles, and a snatch block.

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