I'm running into a lot of non-wavers all around... Maybe it's a myth...
well its def not a myth ive received many waves but mostly from other TJs. waves from JKs usually come from modified ones i only got one wave from a stock JK in the years ive had my jeep, so i dont even try with them anymore.
Replace chrome nerf bars with black rock sliders...lose the milk jugs on the bumpers (you can pick up flat caps at a dealership for cheap if you don't want open ends--can't remember what year you need to ask for off the top of my head though). Chrome hood latches...YUCK! Paint the chrome headlight bezels black. And if you like the stock ride or are on a limited budget and can't afford to lift it and everything...upgrade to a more aggressive 31"x10.5" tire. Something like a BFG All-Terrain T/A KO or Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac. Typically...for street use, you'll see white-letters out. More rugged looking...blackwall out. If you like the blacked out look, buy some cheap steel wheels too... $50 each for Cragar Soft 8's.
You will be amazed at how much removing the chrome and a more aggressive tire will transform your Jeep!
Here's a few shots of mine...
The weekend I bought it
Replaced top, front bumper, chrome door handles and chrome grill inserts
4.25" lift, 33x12.5" Goodyear Wrangler DuraTracs, Cragar Soft 8 wheels (I removed the crappy chrome center caps--will replace with enclosed black caps), painted my D-rings, Olympic Reverse-a-Bars step bars/rock sliders, Hella 500 driving lights, cb radio installed (3' Firestik on the back taillight), painted my rocker panels with Herculiner so when I kick them to clear mud/snow off my boots it doesn't scratch the paint all up.
Also what you can't see in the pics...Bestop black seat covers front (and rear--seat isn't installed in the pics), painted dash and door panels black, replaced stock shift knob with a Roknob, removed all my carpet and Herculined everything inside, removed rollbar padding (except the covering on the soundbar). Some people could smack their head on the rollbars...so this is something that isn't recommended for everyone...for me...I'm apparently too short for that to be an issue plus I don't off-road much yet since my Jeep won't be paid off for 2 1/2 more years.
"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
And chrome can be rugged (or manly) looking if done judiciously and not over done.
Then again, this is my wife's Wrangler...
Tornadoes can make a Wrangler look rugged too!
__________________ But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. James 3:17 (KJV)
I take it back! Looking at the side step I do see the height difference now.
When I put the lift on, I pulled the springs out and measured them. Later I did some research and found that my springs had sagged over 1 inch in the front and almost 2" inches on the back springs. If I had a newer jeep, it would sit alittle higher.
In the future I plan on getting new springs, prolly' BDS springs that are 2" taller than stock. I'll keep my Skyjacker Hydro shocks, they are good for up to a 3" lift and I'm really pleased with thier performance.
Looks great TJNewb. Love that color. When I was Jeep shopping, I was looking for that color. Dark blue or black as a second.
Black it was.
Thanks! I wasn't really looking for that color, I was partial to the Black Tj's. but that's what the jeep gods wanted me to have, so I got it. now I really like it, in some lights it looks moss green, and sometimes it looks forest green, and I think it looks great with the trim blacked out.