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Old 06-15-2007, 04:23 PM   #1
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critique my plan

Lift:
2 in. BB from???????
cut hood and rear fenders 1-2in.
Make tube fenders
price=250

Tires:
trxus mud terrain (JCWhitney, free shipping)
Price=600

Sound System:
amp + sub: http://www.crutchfield.com/S-Bz7RYjS...50&I=700V103XT
amp wires:http://www.crutchfield.com/S-Bz7RYjS...g=711&I=142PA8
speakers: http://www.crutchfield.com/S-Bz7RYjS...10&I=023GTC542
total=350

lights:
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=95811
or, http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=47394
either =15

from quadratec with $300 gift certificate:
tow rope, haynes manual, pressure gauge and deflator,4 black cragar wheels, kenwood KDC-135 AM/FM CD Stereo Head Unit
total=47 w/ shipping

misc.:
make my own rocker guards, front and rear bumpers, and skid plates, maybe make these: http://wrangler.kicks-ass.net/index.htm work on a TJ , as well as make my own disconnects

total=1300
anything im missing??? or you think is a bad idea, or a waste of money??? Any other ideas that i could use the 1300 for??

thanks im in the process of finding a jeep and then i will start to order all of these things once, I know what I get, and what it has, and that I know I have enough money to buy it in the first place


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These are the only things I see. Keep in my, everyone is different, this is YOUR JEEP, not mine, I am simply telling you what I would do different if it was my money, based on how I PERSONALLY want my Jeep.

I am also assuming you really have the fabrication skills to make all those "home projects" look very good.

1. I wouldnt get Truxus mud terrains. I have seen a lot of people use them, but I have heard much better things about other tires, such as BFG Muds, Nitto Mud Grabbers, Toyo Muds, Super Swampers etc. just depends what your using them for. I dont see Truxus recommended by someone that had them before very often.

2. Why spend the money on the amp/sub? I am just curious. Your spending a lot of money making your Jeep more offroad worthy(read: MUD), yet your buying a sound system that is suseptable to water. Its a Jeep, it will NEVER have good sound dynamics no matter what. The only goal is to make the music loud enough to drown out noise anywhere inside the Jeep. For this, I would simply upgrade the HU, the dash speakers, add a soundbar/pods, and put a bass tube in the trunk. That way, when you go wheeling you can take the Tube out and it wont get fried. The amp for the tube is built in. OR, get a center console with a small sub in it. That may even be a better option.


3. Your light choice. I like harbor freight for some things, hate it for eithers. I would never buy something from them that I had to RELY on. Lights are one of those things. I have 55watt H3 fogs, and I hate them. Not bright enough. Lights and other saftey things are something I personally dont skimp out on.

4. The cragar wheels. If it was me, and I had 1300 to spend, I would NOT be buying steel wheels. Black wheels sure, cragar style sure, but NOT steel. Steel wheels will ALWAYS give you problems, and will not lost very long, where as an aluminum wheel will last the life of the vehicle.

Thats all I see, but thats just my opinion. I love music, and thus I understand a Jeep will never sound like a $10,000 in a Grand Prix, or BMW. All I have ever asked out of my Jeep, was to jam out over the wind/JEep noise at 70mph. My "7" speaker stock system does that and much much more. I also HATE steel wheels. Sure the price is appealing, but you will pay for it soon, if not immediatly, and they will not last long at all. This is one of those situations when its cheaper to spend more upfront for good aluminum wheels, than buy 10 sets of steelies and the aggrivation that goes with it.

All the fabrication work you plan to do seems AWESOME, and I love the direction you are going, I just think you are spending too much money on nonsense, and not enough of the important stuff that you seemed to kinda toss in later. Again, this is just my .02 and it is, after all, YOUR Jeep.

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Old 06-15-2007, 06:35 PM   #3
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don´t do a BB. it´s really bad and gives you no better axle articulation. i still have a BB and noticed how bad it is when i drove a friends TJ with an OME suspension. now i know how bad my jeep rides...that´s why i will put in a real suspension lift as fast as possible.
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Old 06-15-2007, 06:42 PM   #4
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nicolas-eric welcome back man. I havent seen ya in a long time here. Was up? Did u get the OME yet? We got new smilies here man. :chair:

Band pass boxes sound like krap
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Old 06-15-2007, 06:47 PM   #5
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nicolas-eric welcome back man. I havent seen ya in a long time here. Was up? Did u get the OME yet?
yeah, all my stuff is here incl. a 12000 lbs winch.

BUT :evil2:

i was told that ARB USA has no more HD front springs (i asked 3 other shops and they said it´s true). they are now on a ship from ARB australia to ARB USA.
i hope i´ll have them here in about 1-2 weeks.

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Old 06-15-2007, 07:01 PM   #6
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they are now on a ship from ARB australia to ARB USA
man thats a long trip.. australia to usa and then the other way back to Germany.. that suks man well keep your eye on the ball and look for the end product you are awaiting At least install the OME shocks while you have them there to see if they are much different as every one says they are :incog:
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i think i will install the OME shocks, the stainless steel brakelines, the disconnects (front/rear) and some other stuff this weekend.
end then i´ll have to wait for the front springs.
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I wouldnt get Truxus mud terrains. I have seen a lot of people use them, but I have heard much better things about other tires, such as BFG Muds, Nitto Mud Grabbers, Toyo Muds, Super Swampers etc. just depends what your using them for. I dont see Truxus recommended by someone that had them before very often.

Your spending a lot of money making your Jeep more offroad worthy(read: MUD)

Steel wheels will ALWAYS give you problems
There are tons of people out there that like and reccommend the trxus tires. Of course Mr. C isn't one of them but it depends on what type of wheeling you do.

Making your jeep more offroad worthy does not necessarily mean mud. It depends on where you live but there is plenty of mud down here where i live but it doesn't mean im going in it. You'd also have to get in very deep water to mess up the sub.

And i must be an exception because my steel wheels haven't given me any problems at all.
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1st find yourself jeep.
2nd its your jeep so don't build what somebody on the internet tells you to do. Do what you want.

Perhaps even look at one with a lift kit on it. Couple things to keep in mind there are lots of great deals on lifed jeeps but you want to look them over. Some folks don't like to buy lifed Jeeps as you never know what your getting. On the other hand if the Jeep has been well taken care of and has good mods you want, that might be worth it.

As for tires and rims, Again go with what you like. I have run a bunch of different tires on my Jeeps, current tire is the Trxus MT, which do fine for me, they do take some added weight to balance however. I also run steel rims.. never had an issue with steel rims.

Lift: 3" and maybe a 1" body such as the daystar work really well for 33's and under.

Well that's all I have.. good luck and keep us posted.
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Old 06-15-2007, 10:27 PM   #10
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=2. Why spend the money on the amp/sub? I am just curious. Your spending a lot of money making your Jeep more offroad worthy(read: MUD), yet your buying a sound system that is suseptable to water. Its a Jeep, it will NEVER have good sound dynamics no matter what. The only goal is to make the music loud enough to drown out noise anywhere inside the Jeep. For this, I would simply upgrade the HU, the dash speakers, add a soundbar/pods, and put a bass tube in the trunk. That way, when you go wheeling you can take the Tube out and it wont get fried. The amp for the tube is built in. OR, get a center console with a small sub in it. That may even be a better option.
Okay makes sense, any ideas where to get a bass tube or sub in the console for under $250??? i did think that 230 seemed excessive, but i couldnt find anything really good for under that, if any one can find a combo for less than that i would definatly preffer that.

and i understand the BB lift vs. susp. lift, but its just that the spring lift is $110 more (rustys offroad) but if i can save that much on the sound system, that would be great!!

any other ideas....
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and i understand the BB lift vs. susp. lift, but its just that the spring lift is $110 more (rustys offroad) but if i can save that much on the sound system, that would be great!!
do it once - do it right...!

save some money and buy a spring lift. you can buy the things for the sound system some weeks later...
the difference in ride quality if worth the money.

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There are tons of people out there that like and reccommend the trxus tires. Of course Mr. C isn't one of them but it depends on what type of wheeling you do.

Making your jeep more offroad worthy does not necessarily mean mud. It depends on where you live but there is plenty of mud down here where i live but it doesn't mean im going in it. You'd also have to get in very deep water to mess up the sub.

And i must be an exception because my steel wheels haven't given me any problems at all.

You are right. I was only basing my opinions upon the fact that he was looking into Mud tires. I shouldn't have assumed. With that said, I have seen a few Jeeps and trucks run Truxus muds up here, and seeing them in person, I would never recommend them to anyone without giving other options first..

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