I have a stock 05 sport 4.0 manual, keep in my this is my daily driver and fairly new to me so I want it to be reasonable in terms of gas mileage and handling ie no 6 inch lift and 35's.... Yet. I know tires and wheels are expensive so add that on , if I gave you $1500 to spend what would you do to upgrade my jeep or yours ?
You should do some research and make your jeep unique not have someone else build it for you. But if you want to spend 1500 on my jeep... I'd be glad to help lol
lol, I would offer to give you advice on how to make it look good, as in wash it once in a while. I would use the 1500 bucks to keep my cooler stocked with beer. A feller can get thirsty while trail riding!!!
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1500$ won't get u too far!! I started with new radio n speakers so I could hear it while cruising down highway( top off doors off of coarse) soft top if u don't have one. I got a Bowless which I love because u can leave it safari style when the sun is too hot. Next for me was winch bumper then winch so if I get stuck n I'm alone ( which I always am) I can get myself out. N money's long gone. Then lift, 33s, lockers,tube fenders..............
Since this is your daily driver, I would add the creature comforts. Decent stereo, and speakers if needed. I would suggest a soft top if you dont have one already, but since you are in Canada, I would think a hardtop would be a necessity. I realize you get some summer temps, but not as high as here in the states. Perhaps a motorized hard top lift for the summer days to ride with no top?
New shocks that provide a comfortable ride, and decent sized tires without having to regear or lift. A tire to get you through the snow without getting stuck. 31 inch tires are common without needing to regear. I put 32's on and regeared to 4.10. Regearing will cost about half of your budget, which is why I recommend the 31's.
Replace the plugs; change the fluids (diffs, tranny, coolant) if they are original; and the belt.
Note that many jeep owners start out with little things in mind to change, and then the bug gets you and you continue to make changes. Best advice is to save your money until you can afford the changes you want instead of making small tire/lift changes and then spending more money changing them again. If you really want 33's, save up and do everything (tires, lift, regear) at once.
Hope this helps,...
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i love my rig, but honestly, there are times that I look at it, in all of it's glory, and realize that I overspent. From the factory they are capable creatures. They function very well as daily drivers and do an adequate job on most trails. I guess what I'm saying is that unless you have the means ($1500+ in discretionary funds), you can enjoy a stock jeep without spending a lot of cash.
Interesting side note. I've noticed that many of the mods range from $300-500. if you're a jeep guy/gal, this probably isn't too much to spend per mod. It's usually not until the end of the month that I realize that i've manage to install 2-3 new mods (ie. bumpers, control arms, etc...) and once again spend another $1000+.
Don't get me wrong, I love it. But at some point, you realize that not every mod is necessary...actually most of them are unnecessary.