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Old 03-21-2011, 11:14 PM   #1
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Need some upgrade suggestions

I bought a 98 TJ a couple weeks ago for $2500 from a friend of a friend. Got a great deal on it and Looking to put a little bit of money into it to make it look nasty. Its red with a hard top and currently has some black soft 8's with some beefy goodyear wrangler 235's on em. Thats about all thats not stock on it right now but being new to the wrangler scene (previous liberty owner) I was wondering what other jeep owners would suggest to upgrade on it first to give it a look that sets it apart from just another stock wrangler rompin' around. Thanks for any suggestion =]

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Old 03-21-2011, 11:34 PM   #2
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Kinda depends what you're wanting to do with the jeep. I know that my first mod was a lift. That may not set you 'apart' b/c it's fairly common but if your thinking of doing any offroading adventures. That might be your first mod. Throw out a price range and I'm sure many people will chime in. Front and rear bumpers are also a must to set you apart. Welcome to the forum and nice buy. Post some pics!

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Old 03-22-2011, 12:18 AM   #3
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Thanks for the welcome. Im thinking my price range will be around 2-3k. I was thinking about getting some xd rockstars with some mickey thompsons mt's and maybe a 2.5-3" lift. Also kinda want to keep it to the whole red and black color scheme I think it looks sharp. Also one thing I really want to figure out if I can do with my jeep is get some speakers in the rear or maybe somehow get speakers mounted on the roll bar. Any suggestions for that? And I'll Include a pic of the jeep aswell just to give everyone an idea of what it looks like now. I apologize though I only have a few pics of her so far.

note: plastic fenders and top were redone so they're no longer faded
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Old 03-22-2011, 01:27 AM   #4
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Def lift it. Then get some sport fenders bushwacker or xenon.
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Tires and wheels will eat up most of the $$. First thing I would do is completely go through the entire rig and fix whatever is required. Do a tune, change all the fluids, replace the brakes, belts, hoses, TREs, etc. Clean up any previous wiring garbage etc. Make it solid, then go for the upgrades. Depending on the size of tires you want, you will have to lift it and possibly re-gear it.

Get rid of those steps and get some rocker guards. Front and rear bumpers are a good choice. As far as the speakers go, you could always swap in a late model roll bar and factory sound pods or just fab up your own out of fiberglass. Let me know if I can help with product purchases.

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wow i think you got a hell of a deal!looks clean. welcome to the forum!
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Old 03-22-2011, 10:53 AM   #7
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I bought a 98 TJ a couple weeks ago for $2500 from a friend of a friend. Got a great deal on it and Looking to put a little bit of money into it to make it look nasty. Its red with a hard top and currently has some black soft 8's with some beefy goodyear wrangler 235's on em. Thats about all thats not stock on it right now but being new to the wrangler scene (previous liberty owner) I was wondering what other jeep owners would suggest to upgrade on it first to give it a look that sets it apart from just another stock wrangler rompin' around. Thanks for any suggestion =]
Don't lift it yet. Drive it and see whats wrong with it first. Wheel it like it is, see what types of mods will be helpful for what you intend to do with the Jeep.

I wheeled for over 4 years on stock suspension and 31s. First major mods was a 1" MML/BL and a whole host of high clearance skid plates. Wheeled like that for a couple years until I gathered the parts necessary to lift it properly.

Most rush into the lift and big tires, and wonder what lift they need to make X tire size fit. Well, theres a whole lot more to it than that if you don't want the Jeep drive like a 30 year old Uhaul van.

Most forget about the other stuff that is unnoticed....gears, speedo, bumpstop extensions, brake upgrades, steering upgrades, track bars, brake lines, driveshafts & SYE, etc.

Save your money for 1 year. In the meantime - research. Search build threads, gather information. Then research and learn some more. Then search again. Then after you've researched a little bit more, decide what you want to do with your Jeep.
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Old 03-22-2011, 09:51 PM   #8
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Thanks for all the great advise gentlemen. Definately very knowledgeable and helpful, I appreciate it. I think Im guna go with AOR's advise and just fine tune everything, then I'll keep saving for mods. Somewhere down the line when the engine dies I want to do a 4bt I4 cummins swap. It will be a great day when that time arrives. Until then I'll take it day by day. Thanks ya'll!
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yes check the fluids and all that stuff then begin with the mods,

definetly some tires. the rims can wait a little bit.
Also new fenders or you can paint those. there are many posts about that and they'll look like new. hope it helps.
and good luck

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