First car! Need help on addons! - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ General Discussion Forum

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 11-26-2011, 08:30 PM   #1
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
jeepwayoflife's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: California/Montana
Posts: 3,164
First JEEP! Need help with upgrades!

Hey everyone! Just turned 16 and just got my first jeep! Pictures are in my profile! Anyway, I was wondering what I NEED to upgrade. I was thinking lights and new shocks because i have the $30 skyjacker ones right now. Current stuff is: 2002 Wrangler X
3.5" lift, skyjacker
Custom bumpers, front and back
Engo 9000lb winch
3.73 gears
33" Pro Comp Mud tires with Simulated beadlocks
Dana 35 rear and Dana 30 front
New speakers all around, but stock subwoofer

I have taken it on a few trails and some snow and mud and it did great, just a bouncy ride going fast through fire roads and stuff. Would new shocks help the bouncyness? Thank you!

__________________
--------------------------------------------------------
jeepwayoflife is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 11-26-2011, 08:41 PM   #2
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 878
Your at the rigt place,before you catch heat......dont call it a car!

Im sure other will chime in on the shocks
riding on trails alot I'd suggest engine skids


Welcome To Jeep....the only way to live

__________________
Pincho De Lapiz
ou812 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 11-26-2011, 08:42 PM   #3
Jeeper
 
NCJeepin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Connelly Springs, North Carolina
Posts: 3,780
Congrats on the Jeep! But why would you wanna go fast on fire roads? Usually going fast off road tears stuff up... but anyways, yes, to a certain extent, new high quality shocks will give you a smoother ride. And you don't really NEED to upgrade anything, just off road it and see what you actually need, if anything. I'd say a recovery strap would be a useful accessory!
__________________
When in doubt, power out!
NCJeepin is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 11-26-2011, 08:53 PM   #4
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
jeepwayoflife's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: California/Montana
Posts: 3,164
Quote:
Originally Posted by ou812 View Post
Your at the rigt place,before you catch heat......dont call it a car!

Im sure other will chime in on the shocks
riding on trails alot I'd suggest engine skids


Welcome To Jeep....the only way to live
Fixed it!
I was thinking about skids too. I went trough a big mud hole this weekend and covered my engine in mud. Who makes good skids?
__________________
--------------------------------------------------------
jeepwayoflife is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 11-26-2011, 09:00 PM   #5
Jeeper
 
Irongrave's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Erie, PA
Posts: 2,800
Send a message via AIM to Irongrave
its only a car if you race it.

if you like go fast style wheeling hard to beat a good set of air bumps and remote res shocks
Your only 16 so I don't recommend doing much "go fast" style wheeling just yet, note look up King of the Hammers.


I highly suggest getting OME shocks they are very good on the road and trail. They are some of the better DD and wheeling shocks you can get
Poly Performance JEEP/TRUCK & BUGGY*::*Shocks & Accessories*::*Shocks*::*Old Man Emu*::*Jeep*::*Old Man Emu Jeep TJ/LJ 2.0"-5.0" Lift NitroCharger Shocks - 4X4 Off-Road Parts, JK Synergy Suspension Systems, Fox Racing Shox, Beard, CNC Brakes, Johnny
__________________
4421
Irongrave is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 11-26-2011, 09:00 PM   #6
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 878
Quote:
Originally Posted by jeepwayoflife View Post
Fixed it!
I was thinking about skids too. I went trough a big mud hole this weekend and covered my engine in mud. Who makes good skids?
skids dont stop mud,its just the nature of offroading
the skids protect your engine oilpan from getting busted up,theres also power steering gearbox skids.

Your best friend here will be spending time using the search function or google
keep asking questions but research first.

Your best option is to learn to wheel what you have.Not saying that you dont know how to offroad but learning when to gas it and when to give up can save you money.Look at youtube,there are plenty idiots tearing up Jeeps simply cause they dont know any better.

The most common vid to look up is "dana 35" or "how to break a dana 35"
a dana 35 is your back axle,you will see on youtube that acting a fool or just not knowing can cost money.Like trying to climb a hill almost vertical with a Jeep on a stock axle with a full locker isnt a good idea
__________________
Pincho De Lapiz
ou812 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 11-26-2011, 09:09 PM   #7
Jeeper
 
InvertChaos's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: NoVa
Posts: 7,879
Hey there! Well figure out what is holding you back or what you think would be worth it to you. Going fast breaks stuff pretty quickly IMO. It also depends on your budget. Maybe some racing type shocks?

Quote:
Originally Posted by jeepwayoflife
Fixed it!
I was thinking about skids too. I went trough a big mud hole this weekend and covered my engine in mud. Who makes good skids?
Skid row makes a great engine/transmission skid but its mainly to protect from rocks. Be careful flying though mud holes unless you know how deep they are.
__________________
|2004 Jeep TJ "Green Machine"|4.0L 5 speed Dana44|33x12.50x15 Goodyear Duratracs|2.5" RC coils + 1.25" body lift|OME NitroSport shocks|4.56 gears|Skid Row Engine Skid|BCC Sliders|Currie AntiRock|
InvertChaos is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 11-26-2011, 09:12 PM   #8
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
jeepwayoflife's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: California/Montana
Posts: 3,164
Ok. Yea I went through the mud slow at first to make sure it was ok, then went through 10-15 mph later after I knew it was ok. And no worries, by going fast on fire roads i mean 25-35 mph, nothing crazy. thanks for the info, Im leaning toward teraflex TJ Vss shocks. Anyone have them?

TJ Vss Shock Absorbers (all 4)
__________________
--------------------------------------------------------
jeepwayoflife is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 11-26-2011, 09:12 PM   #9
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 878
__________________
Pincho De Lapiz
ou812 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 11-26-2011, 09:14 PM   #10
Jeeper
 
snowman555's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Cape may NJ
Posts: 245
Images: 1
Your jeep sounds amazing. Im really jealous.
snowman555 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 11-26-2011, 09:25 PM   #11
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 878
whatever shocks you buy,buy them for the proper suspension lift size

if you have 3.5" total lift meaning a 2" suspension lift plus a 1.5" body lift you need shocks for a 2" lift not for a 3.5" lift

before buying anything please ask about it,some upgrades need other mods done for that part to work.

your on the right track and this is the best Wrangler based forum with the nicest group.
__________________
Pincho De Lapiz
ou812 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 11-26-2011, 11:46 PM   #12
Jeeper
 
Lbailey21's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 613
Images: 2
im 16 and get offended when people call my jeep a car. a car doesnt have 4x4, 5" lift on 33s, and tears down mud!
__________________
2006 Jeep TJ blacked out. 4" skyjacker suspension 1" daystar BL & 1in" rough country motor mount lift. fabtech front bumper, rugged ridge rear bumper. KC 130w HiLite windshield lights. 35x12.5r15 MTz

if it aint broke, fix it till it is
Lbailey21 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 11-27-2011, 10:03 AM   #13
Jeeper
 
04tjgirl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Western NC
Posts: 45
WOW! Really nice Jeep! I wish I could have gotten something like that when I was 16...jealous! Very sweet jeep though...take care of it and enjoy it!
04tjgirl is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 11-27-2011, 10:27 AM   #14
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
jeepwayoflife's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: California/Montana
Posts: 3,164
Yep im a pretty lucky guy thanks for all the help everyone. I am gonna look into lights and shocks to ask for a Christmas gift. Thanks again!!
__________________
--------------------------------------------------------
jeepwayoflife is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 11-28-2011, 04:52 AM   #15
Newb
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: In My Jeep
Posts: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by jeepwayoflife View Post
Hey everyone! Just turned 16 and just got my first jeep! Pictures are in my profile! Anyway, I was wondering what I NEED to upgrade. I was thinking lights and new shocks because i have the $30 skyjacker ones right now. Current stuff is: 2002 Wrangler X
3.5" lift, skyjacker
Custom bumpers, front and back
Engo 9000lb winch
3.73 gears
33" Pro Comp Mud tires with Simulated beadlocks
Dana 35 rear and Dana 30 front
New speakers all around, but stock subwoofer

I have taken it on a few trails and some snow and mud and it did great, just a bouncy ride going fast through fire roads and stuff. Would new shocks help the bouncyness? Thank you!
I gotta say, your Jeep is really nice, all around. Major compliments. Seems as though we're on the same mission - in pursuit of the perfect Jeep. My jeep is very similar. Wanted to ask you how the hell you made that front bumper because it's JAMMIN'! I've seen a lot of front bumpers, and I must say that's the nicest one I've seen. Looking at the Hanson 52" basic w/ the stock fog light locations, realistically.
CritaKill is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 11-28-2011, 07:03 AM   #16
Jeeper
 
Buddy B's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Monmouth Co
Posts: 325
Congrats on your jeep, nice rig. Go slow, it let's others admire it with envy.... To Soften your ride, have you tried to air down some, and do you have front disconnects? That will definitely give you a better trail ride regardless of the type shocks you have...
__________________
OIIIIIIIO
Buddy B is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 11-28-2011, 01:36 PM   #17
Show Me Your 8008135!

WF Supporting Member
 
s3nt3nc3d's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Piqua, OH
Posts: 3,641
Send a message via AIM to s3nt3nc3d
With 33's and frequent off-roading...I'd stock up on a spare axle shaft or two for that Dana 35. I'm all for off-roading...but just remember that when you off-road your vehicle, you will break stuff. So make sure you can afford to fix your daily driver before you take it off road. Also remember mud is a real killer on bearings, seals, metal components, etc. The best thing you can do if you're gonna mud it...is wash the mud off as soon as you get home. One thing I've heard that helps...setup a lawn sprinkler underneath the Jeep and let it run for half hour or so to rinse the undercarriage off well.
__________________
"We don't build great brakes because we think you don't know how to drive, we build them for the guy on the road in front of you that doesn't." - Black Magic Brakes
s3nt3nc3d is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 11-28-2011, 02:42 PM   #18
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 166
Hows it ride with 3.73 gears and 33s? Does it feel like its lacking power?
thecheezman is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 11-28-2011, 08:56 PM   #19
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
jeepwayoflife's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: California/Montana
Posts: 3,164
You know, around town its pretty darn good. Fast pickup and it was my first time learning to drive a stick and I have never stalled it on the street, just in a few parkinglots on the highway its lacking. Was on highway 5 where limit is 70 MPH and I could only get to 70 downhill in 5th. Impossible to make it up any hill in 5th for me. If I could offord it I would change gears, but don't have the cash. My next tires will be 31" though.
__________________
--------------------------------------------------------
jeepwayoflife is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 11-28-2011, 09:09 PM   #20
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 878
The cost of good 31's almost meets the regear cost,I'd regear to 4:56,It would be a beast plus you could always use 4:56 with bigger tires.

I have 31's now,I plan on 33-34" soon with a regear

however 3:73's are perfect for 31"s
__________________
Pincho De Lapiz
ou812 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 11-29-2011, 08:56 AM   #21
Jeeper
 
StrangerWrangler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 75
Q.Do you like water?.....A. Snorkel
Q.Do you like mud?....A. Pressure Washer
Q.Do you like rocks?...A. Tummy Tuck
Q.Do you like hills?.....A. Better Tires
Q.Do you like helping?...A. Tow Straps
Q.Do you like watching?....A. Friends
Q.Do you like the mall?.....A. New Ride

Just get out there an have fun buddy your rig sounds to be more then capable off the road...Be Safe
StrangerWrangler is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 11-29-2011, 03:09 PM   #22
Jeeper
 
TJspeed's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: New Mexico
Posts: 3,438
Wow nice jeep! who paid for it?
__________________
2000 solar yellow 4.0 sport 3" BDS, 1.25" JKS body lift, 1" Zone motor lift, JKS quicker disconnects, 33x10.5 BFG KM2 on black american racing wheels. D44 rear.

TJspeed is online now   Quote Quick Reply
Old 11-29-2011, 07:49 PM   #23
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
jeepwayoflife's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: California/Montana
Posts: 3,164
Thanks for all the help and compliments everyone! what a great community on here! I think I will ask for emergency accessories like a tow strap and tree saver and stuff this holiday season. And my grandpa paid for it, but I pay insurance, and insurance is about $3000 a year. I have worked for him every summer for the last few years, so this was kind of my payment.
__________________
--------------------------------------------------------
jeepwayoflife is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 11-29-2011, 11:22 PM   #24
Jeeper
 
cocdieselkev's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Goldsboro NC
Posts: 28
Images: 4
"I'm leaning toward teraflex TJ Vss shocks. Anyone have them?"

I've got them on my 2001 TJ. Before I installed them I had stock shocks but the ride is amazing on the road, and off road its nice as well, I would highly recommend them. They look nice as well.
cocdieselkev is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 11-29-2011, 11:29 PM   #25
Jeeper
 
TJspeed's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: New Mexico
Posts: 3,438
Quote:
Originally Posted by jeepwayoflife View Post
Thanks for all the help and compliments everyone! what a great community on here! I think I will ask for emergency accessories like a tow strap and tree saver and stuff this holiday season. And my grandpa paid for it, but I pay insurance, and insurance is about $3000 a year. I have worked for him every summer for the last few years, so this was kind of my payment.
Awsome i hear ya im 20 and this is my first jeep to and i wouldnt have it if wasnt for my grandpa as well. "co-signed on the loan".

__________________
2000 solar yellow 4.0 sport 3" BDS, 1.25" JKS body lift, 1" Zone motor lift, JKS quicker disconnects, 33x10.5 BFG KM2 on black american racing wheels. D44 rear.

TJspeed is online now   Quote Quick Reply
Reply

Tags
first car , lights , shocks , speakers

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Jeep Wrangler Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
2003 Jeep Rubi addons - PICS PICS allenoffroad2009 TJ Pics Forum 9 08-27-2010 08:37 AM



» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:37 PM.



Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC