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Old 01-04-2011, 11:11 PM   #1
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I just bought my first jeep wrangler! Its a 98 se 4c 5 speed bone stock I have 31s for it and a 2 inch body lift already. Its red with a soft top. This may sound silly but where can I start with modifing this thing. I need to keep it as a daily driver though.... Thats the catch. But I also want it to look good and drive well. Maybe a cheap suspension lift??? Any ideas??? I will post pics soon. I will be putting the body lift on this weekend. Iam from Fort Wayne, IN. Said to say I work for a company that host the O'Daniel Jeep Jam and I still need help with what to do to my TJ. Please anyones ideas are greatly appreciated. Thanks

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Old 01-04-2011, 11:14 PM   #2
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you can do whatever you want. you just need a budget and we dont know what you like you gotta make up your decision.

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Old 01-04-2011, 11:20 PM   #3
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Maybe a cheap suspension lift???
Well, there is nothing cheap about changing a bone stock jeep to a lifted one. With a lift there are geometry issues that some wranglers have. Fatigued bushings are such that old and worn joints wear out. Angles of the drive shaft that might need attention, thus, using a cv styled drive shaft and SYE (slip yoke eliminator kit) does cost a lot more.

I thought the jeep thing was cheap until I was introduced to the "addiction" and began going from there. More or less I am upgrading the parts on the engine and drive line since it has 177,000 miles and I live in Hawaii where everything rusts!
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Old 01-04-2011, 11:52 PM   #4
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First thing after buying a jeep is spend sometimes in the forum reading. You cant just come in and ask people how to modify. Not every jeep is the same. Click the SEARCH button and type whats on your mind and READ.
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The only thing that will happen when you start buying cheap stuff is that 6 months later you will have to go and buy the expensive stuff anyway and start over. I have a 4 banger jeep as well and if you plan on going with bigger tires and a lift the first thing you will need to do is a regear. So save about $750-$1000.00 and that will be the best place to start.
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Old 01-06-2011, 11:02 PM   #6
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Ok where is a good place to do a regear? Is that something that I could manage myself? Also I got a 2 inch body lift and a 3inch BDS full suspension lift for it. Along with HID headlights thought it might help in the dark- haha- I hear a ticking in the motor is it just a 4 banger? Iam not sure like I said never owned one before. Its not a nocking Iam not completly mechanically stupid.
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Old 01-07-2011, 03:27 AM   #7
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I would say it take into a reputable shop to replace any mechanical issues you know it has, thus, answering your engine size question. Moreover, it will be stronger down the road like "flyin-lowe" said. Cooling system should be intact as well as your electrical system. When you add aftermarket products to your jeep, it will drive completely different. In some ways great and some not.

Give it a good look over and see what you need to replace first before you break it down the road.
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First thing after buying a jeep is spend sometimes in the forum reading. You cant just come in and ask people how to modify. Not every jeep is the same. Click the SEARCH button and type whats on your mind and READ.
That is the beauty of THIS FORUM....He CAN!!!!!

Any member here is free to ask any questions at any time. Without having to worry about getting bashed or flamed for being a "newbie". We welcome any questions and hope they will/can be answered for the user.

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I second the suggestion to find quality parts you want to use, then spend time getting the best price on those parts. I would also suggest that you drive it stock for a while, try it on some trails and see what your personal style wants. If your primary function is daily driver...keep that primary in your mods. Look at the forum and you'll find all the problems put into a jeep by adding lifts and big tires. Biggest suggestion is to take your time and keep it's primary use in the forefront. Join a local Jeep club.

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