Originally Posted by KaiserJeep
My advice is to drive what ya got until the tires wear out. Develop the driving skills to finesse the trail obstacles with minimal damage to the rig or the trail. Your Jeep should grow as slow as your experience. There are always more trails that you have never seen.
A Jeep is a multi-purpose vehicle, made for everything including fetching groceries, long highway trips, and playing in the rocks.
If you want the ultimate grocery getter, get a station wagon or minivan.
If you want the ultimate highway cruiser, get something fast, streamlined, low, and economical.
If you want the ultimate toy for the rocks, get a 4WD tubeframe rig with comprehensive safety features. Don't cut up a nice Jeep.
Here's how you can tell when you have really screwed the pooch on Jeep mods:
1) You park it and drive something else, because it's more comfortable.
2) You still spend money and time on the Jeep, but you trailer it to the trail and back again.
3) You live in a dump, you pay alimony and child support, and you scheme to hide cash from the lawyers and spend it on the Jeep.
4) You take a pistol with you every time you go out, and tell yourself that it is for varmints. (For G--s sake, gosee a shrink NOW.)
I have been driving my 2003 Rubicon on 33's since 2005 and I have no plans to make it higher or wider or anything else. I make small inexpensive tweeks to make it more comfortable and to increase endurance both on and off road. I have been married for 37 years to the same woman and I'm currently hoping for grandkids. I have carried the same hidden firearm on the trail for 25+ years and I only fire it at the range.
I have winched and snatched countless stuck Jeeps that had bigger tires, more powerfull engines, and more foolish drivers than mine. I have towed a few broke Jeeps back to the road when I can do so without risk to me or my vehicle. I'll at least give the driver a lift to get a 4WD tow truck.
Think about it.
Deff do agree. If I was wide open and retarded I would have a long arm kit on this thing, 40's and whip it around to show how great it flexs haha. I ask because I really do love my setup and am impressed with it each time I try something with it. Just a little ground clearance advantage would HELP but not making things that rmuch better I know. I can't be more happy with my rig for a fun driver on road and yet can tackle nearly all the most challenging spots we have to offer. I do understand a proper built rig that's why mine drives smoother, straighter, and just as good Mpg as it came stock. I focused on lightweight mods and functional. I never want a trailer Queen nor would this one be that. I do understand that fact I got through everything with my narrow 33's. 35's would have not made me do anything better I believe just smoother maybe few less hits.
I drove this because it is more comfortable than my nice new F250 and I enjoy letting it sit with less miles being in winter it never shuts off.
I spend time an money on my jeep to know its strong and capable when I wheel for my safety and the clubs to show we are not unprepared rednecks ruining property and the fun for the rest of us
I do NOT live in a dump nor have children when not expected or wanted. I happily modify my jeep with my earned money and have $0 credit card debt. I buy what I can afford
I do carry a concealed weapon on me and plan on doing so for the rest of my life. I shoot week
MY to keep my skills sharp and my firearm working proper for the day I hope I never have to use it. If I kill a critter or anything other living animal I use every last by of it to eat or donate.
On fun note agree with helping others. Being mine is the smaller, easiest turn around nimble narrowest rig.... Got to slide through some cool spots to get back to someone w a 2" bb 2010 4 door rubicon on 35's. had to winch him 2 times for being stock high center on that poor thing. Glad I bought an expensive warn winch.....only used once to actually get myself through something haha. Thanks for your advise as well as knowledge.