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Old 07-18-2010, 05:34 PM   #1
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More important Skids or Seat covers?

I am looking to find my first real important mods for my 06 TJ. Should I go with oil pan and steering gear Skid plates first, with some fog lights and windshield spot lights; or some neoprene seat covers?

Even I am looking to replace my stock Headlights but don't know where to start looking for good quality at respectable pricing.

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Old 07-18-2010, 05:37 PM   #2
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Skids if you are planning on wheeling it anytime soon in rocky terrain

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Old 07-18-2010, 05:38 PM   #3
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New bumpers could give you a lot of bang for your buck if you are trying to customize. If your seats look okay and you really want to make it your own do something to the exterior of the vehicle. Most people will see that more than the interior.

Check around ebay for stuff. You can find some good deals on there.
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If you offroad, you need an oil pan skidplate at a bare minimum. What size tires do you run? Armor first, bling later.
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Before you go with neoprene do a search on this forum as they have many negitive aspects. Anyway......armor first.
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Old 07-18-2010, 07:27 PM   #6
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x2 on the armor and research neoprene...
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X3. I will take a drivable Jeep with not so nice seats over a broken Jeep with nice seat covers any day. A hit to the oil pan can cause 1000's of dollars of damage.
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Seems to me that yours is a question of looks versus muscle.

If your activities are such that you NEED the muscle then, to me, that is the only way to go.

I have been researching seats and seat covers for awhile and IMHO the neoprene covers are just illogical. Neoprene holds water - it doesn't repel it.

I have a 'punch list' of mods I want to make - starting with a lift and then tires. Seat covers is about 5th on my list and, as it stands now, I will order them from InfernoGirl. I suggest you check out her offerings: http://www.wranglerforum.com/f37/dirt...tml#post672735

Good luck...let us know what you decided to do!
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I am more concerned with my exterior of my jeep. It's completely stock and I don't want to be flashy so that cops spot me, because I'm 19. I want it to sound better than the stock exhaust but not too loud, I want my baby to rumble; and I want to armor her up to be a true beast.

I have the stock tires that I heard I can replace them with some 31x10.5x15's.
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Old 07-19-2010, 06:20 PM   #10
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Unfortunately, in the "rumble" department, there isn't much hope of that either.

You can make it sound a little better by replacing the muffler, but it really isn't worth the money spent IMO. Some people remove a CAT, but then you have the whole "smog legal" issue, not to mention the impact on the environment.

I went with a Flowmaster (can't remember the series, but it's the one everyone seems to think is the thing to have) thinking it would make a difference, now it just sounds asthmatic when I accelerate.

If you're planning to wheel it, yes, under armor is definitely the best bang for the buck.

What do you have on it now? Gas tank skid? Transfer case skid? Anything at all?
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usually I don't post after jerry since he's right most the time. but this time I'd put rock sliders before oil skid. best to do both if your going to wheel in any rocks. I've seen oil pans ripped open on the trail, and comming down on a rock under your door can cause a lot of body damage. plus it suck to have to crawl through the window to get in the jeep cause your door wont open.
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Absolutely armor first. Oil pan/engine skid - I have the Skid Row engine skid and it is plenty beefy. As was mentioned - rocker protection - best kind bolts to the body and to the underside of the tub, but not to the body mounts or else you will never be able to put a body lift on unless you cut the mount brackets on the skid. Ask me how I know. Also steering box skid. I would also suggest either heavy duty diff covers such as Riddler or diff guards. I have the Warrior diff guards and they've saved my butt big time. Stock diff covers are thin and vulnerable. You can go a long way off road with a stock Jeep on 30 or 31" ATs or MTs if it's armored in the right spots.

As far as seat covers go - depends - if you plan on keeping doors and windows out even in rain - ditch the carpet, line the interior with something like Herculiner and put on Bestop seat covers - they are waterproof. Otherwise - Inferno Girl makes the best looking custom covers I've seen - they are washable too - just not waterproof.

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I have the gas tank skid on it and that's about it I believe. i want to fully armor it before I get myself into some serious trouble because i was being too ignorant to go with the flashy root rather than the safe root.

And I am also wondering if trail riding is restricted with a regular stock suspension. I take the highway to school and I don't want to be in the sky but i want something that can truly handle the offroad. Any suggestions?
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The TJ's suspension as it left the factory is fully up to offroading, no worries. Your only limitation is if your tire size and suspension height is enough to get up up & over the obstacle. So before you take it offroad, I would just do a few things that I consider minimum... install an oil pan skidplate, a pair of tow hooks at the front and rear, and carry a recovery strap so another Jeeper can pull you out if you get stuck.

That's of course just the minimum and there are about a thousand suggestions you can expect about other stuff many of us carry while we're offroading.
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Old 07-19-2010, 07:34 PM   #15
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So if i throw on some 31's or 30's would that suffice for the stock suspension with comfortability and no problems with rubbing?
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So if i throw on some 31's or 30's would that suffice for the stock suspension with comfortability and no problems with rubbing?
Yep, you can go up to a 31x10.50 without problem or a suspension lift.

If one or both of the tires rub a tad when you turn the steering wheel all the way left or right if you go with 31" tires, here's the five-cent five-minute fix... Jeep Steer Stop Adjustment

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