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Old 01-28-2014, 11:43 AM   #1
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Hey guys, I've been looking for a tj for a while now,had a few funny test drives (got in and the guy said "its a little wobbly" and it was more wobbly than the others with comparable lift and tires, i got out, and immedieatly noticed the sway bars were disconnected, and hee didnt even realize it).

Any couple weeks ago picked one up. I read through the entire Cheap, easy , fun, creative mods and did a few, i bedlined my fender flares, mirrors, and door handles, and painted my headlight bezels blackanc my centercaps and the wheel wells. I paid 5,000 for a 98 tj sport with 132000, a 2.5" coil spacer lift, and nearly new 31 MT/Rs and the best part is its Chili pepper red! . Im pretty sure I got a great deal especially with it having no rust, and it only needing a new top. The guy did help me out on the price a little because he knew I was 16 and buying my first car.

I do have a question for you guys though, I have $300 dollars, what is the best mod I can do. I was thinking about a few KC lights or maybe a front bumper, or some quick disconnects, or tube fenders (do you think they would look weird on a smaller jeep?), or maybe replace the springs and BB with some 2.5" lift springs, or if their is something else, let me know. my neighbor welds so I was going to have him help me make some rock sliders/steps (my mom cant get in the jeep). Please be as specific as possible for brands and things you suggest, Thanks Guys!


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Old 01-28-2014, 12:09 PM   #2
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Save your money unless it's truly burring a hole in your pocket. In that case, I'd look into bedlining the inside of the tub with Monstaliner. Easy to do, it protects the interior, and makes it easy to wash the inside of the jeep out.

Depending upon what shocks you have now, you could possibly get some better ones like OME's nitro sport shocks or some bilsteins.

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Old 01-28-2014, 12:14 PM   #3
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Depending upon what shocks you have now, you could possibly get some better ones like OME's nitro sport shocks or some bilsteins.
It has rough country shocks on it
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Old 01-28-2014, 12:24 PM   #4
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I would ditch the rough country's and go with one of the recommended brands. I run a 2" OME suspension lift with their nitro charger shocks and couldn't be happier. Ome makes a quality product. You can do alot with $3000, but you may want to wait and take your Jeep offroad a few times. That will give you a better idea as to where you want to invest your $
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Save your money until you really need something. Changing shocks can be superfluous if your ride quality is already good. Lurk for a bit and save a good chunk of change... Then you'll know what you want and when.
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Old 01-28-2014, 01:53 PM   #6
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wheel it a few times before you do anything.

I would suggest replacing the spacer lift with a spring lift. A BDS or Zone 2 inch won't cost too much more than 300 and you will be light years ahead.

By the time you wear out the 31's you'll be ready to go bigger. Then add a 1 -1.25 inch body lift with a motor mount lift, and go to 33's. Combine 33's and a tummy tuck and you'll be set with a nice low gravity rig, with lots of clearance.


Nice looking Jeep though.
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Old 01-29-2014, 04:57 PM   #7
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Save your money until you really need something. Changing shocks can be superfluous if your ride quality is already good. Lurk for a bit and save a good chunk of change... Then you'll know what you want and when.
Superfluous, I dig that word. =)

Like a couple of the fellas already recomended, play with your rig as she is now, learn how she feels, then add as you can. If you take a little more time you may be able to find the part you want for a steal of a deal and not pay full price. It will also help you figure out any troubles by learning your rig and adding slowly. It sucks trying to find what a new noise or feel is at times after adding a bunch of things compared to one or a couple items at a time. That's what I learned anywhoo.
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I'm with the others that say to ditch the rough country shocks and throw a set of bilsteins on there...

i've got a set of zone nitro's on my rig currenty and as soon as i've got some cash in the door i'll be doing a new set of bilsteins.
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Is that a chili pepper red ? I got a 99 sport 4.0 chili pepper red
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Save your money until you really need something.
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Old 02-25-2014, 02:24 PM   #11
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Congrats on the find. That's a deal. I paid $6k for mine bone stock. Grrr.
Take your time. Don't let the extra cash burn a hole in your pocket.
If it rides ok, think in terms of a new front bumper maybe. Look around. A lot.
I like my Tuff Stuff Spyder bumper...
TUFF STUFF Rock Crawler Front Bumper With Winch Mount For 1997-2006 Jeep Wrangler TJ | TruckandWinch.com
For $199, it's really well built and hard to beat.
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Is that a chili pepper red ? I got a 99 sport 4.0 chili pepper red
yeah 98 chili pepper red
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Old 02-25-2014, 06:11 PM   #13
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I would like the OP to not post again until he's at least .....50 years old....16 .....first vehicle....aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrggggggghhh hhhhhhhhh...well must be doing something right....keep it up and congrats on the Jeep....looks awful good for any age.
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Old 02-25-2014, 06:50 PM   #14
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I and dang good price mine was 8900 new softop two sets of tires an wheels and new carpet......for 300 u could do a couple different things like grill inserts grill guard or light bar chrome always looks good and so does black so with a jeep u can't really go wrong .....unless u make a low rider then it's lost it's balls and isn't a jeep no more hahahahah
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Old 02-25-2014, 07:46 PM   #15
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Keep the money in your pocket so you can put gas in the Jeep and take a chick out in it man. Jeep looks fine as it is for now, don't waste your money. You may need to do a repair and might not be able to drive because you spent your money on some shocks you don't need.

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