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Old 03-18-2013, 02:05 PM   #1
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Question NEW TJ From Afghanistan

I have recently sent my dad to pick up my 1998 Jeep Wrangler Sahara. I am currently in Afghanistan with the Army. I did allot of searching and I think I found a good buy. I picked up the TJ for 5000 and only has 105000 miles. I am very new to the off road world I have been with few of people trail riding and did allot in four wheelers but never had a 4x4. So I have a lot of questions. I have done allot of research on lifts and such and just not getting the answers I am looking for . I want to start getting parts so when I get home I can put them on and hopefully have the major things done in time for a good camping trip in the fall. I want to start off with a trail rider that can tackle a good bit. My plan is to start with a lift but I donít want to be to top heavy, and I have no clue as far as what to look at I have looked at the reviews but donít understand everything it is talking about. so this is where I am I want a lift thinking around 3" so the question being where does the drop in a lift come from and how do I know what I need. Unlike some others on here money is an issue and I keep seeing the 500$ lift kits but is that going to do the trick or are those just for looks because Iím looking for functionality. more questions to follow.
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Old 03-18-2013, 02:20 PM   #2
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First off, thanks for you service. Sounds like you got a great deal. I would spend the time you have before you come home to do all your research, reading reviews and stuff like that. Then just order it when, or right before you head home
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I would only take bad reviews from people who have ACTUALLY had that product.

I got the 3" RCD for about $700, came with bilstein shocks, "springs made from american steel", and a tc lowering kit (didn't use the lowering kit though). I love it on and off road
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Old 03-18-2013, 02:26 PM   #3
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Look at Zone combo lift. It gets great reviews on this site and combines a lift with a body lift so it saves you some money. But i think that lift is a 3 inch spring lift with a 1.25 Body lift bringing it be 4.25 in total lift.
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x2, Thank you for your service...there is a jeep store not to far from Dalton. Look up thepreownedjeepstore.com. They are in Cartersville. Good luck
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Thank you for serving our Country!
I've been looking into lifts as well (for an '01 Sahara). Zone kits seem to be one of the best performance values and I'm leaning toward that.
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Further thanks.

Wheel it stock. Gonna go way further than you think. Then you'll see what stuff you need help tackling and if its the machines limit or your driving ability. No need spending money on a mod that isn't necessary. That's how us budget brawlers gotta do it.
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X2 with this poster! Thanks for protecting our country. I don't have a RCD lift cause I am customizing a lift, but if you can get bilstein shocks with decent american springs for $700 bucks, go for it. $700 is peanuts for any lift and RCD has good rep.

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First off, thanks for you service. Sounds like you got a great deal. I would spend the time you have before you come home to do all your research, reading reviews and stuff like that. Then just order it when, or right before you head home
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I would only take bad reviews from people who have ACTUALLY had that product.

I got the 3" RCD for about $700, came with bilstein shocks, "springs made from american steel", and a tc lowering kit (didn't use the lowering kit though). I love it on and off road
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Old 03-18-2013, 05:55 PM   #8
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Thanks for your service. I got to visit lovely Afghanistan myself in April 2002. Your not far from me and we are surrounded with places to ride. I would suggest doing a little wheeling how it sits until you get use to how the jeep handles. Once you know the jeep and its capabilities then you can figure out what and where you need to make adjustments and mods. I would be more than happy to meet up and ride and help you with your jeep when you get home.
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Thanks for your service. I got to visit lovely Afghanistan myself in April 2002. Your not far from me and we are surrounded with places to ride. I would suggest doing a little wheeling how it sits until you get use to how the jeep handles. Once you know the jeep and its capabilities then you can figure out what and where you need to make adjustments and mods. I would be more than happy to meet up and ride and help you with your jeep when you get home.

Thank you as well. I will be more then happy to take you up on the rides and the help.
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Ok so for now it appears that i may want to hold off, not what i wanted to hear but makes sense. So if I’m inching to get something and not wanting to spend over $1000 what should it be new Bumpers, something to the motor any suggestions???
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Bumpers, winch, lights, tow straps, seat covers, bikini top, cb, upgrade stereo.....
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springston, as said, Thanks For Your Service. Welcome home, it is time to slow down and enjoy the life you have and have been commited to providing to all of us.

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Old 03-18-2013, 08:52 PM   #13
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You could always just start with gen maint. Change all the fluids and give her a tune up. Its just not as exciting, but def needed.
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You could always just start with gen maint. Change all the fluids and give her a tune up. Its just not as exciting, but def needed.
x2. Oil, differentials, filters, plugs, transmission and transfer case just to name a few. Well worth your time and money.
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x2. Oil, differentials, filters, plugs, transmission and transfer case just to name a few. Well worth your time and money.
X3. U-joints for axle and driveshafts, radiator fluid flush and replace, brake service, grease fittings, replace worn or shot bushings, ball joints, tie rod ends, etc.

Thank you for your service. Enjoy the Jeep.
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Well that is a thump in the head. Thank you all I was so ready to fix it up I forgot about that and with 105000 I bet it is time for a good tune up I have the tools to do most of that my self so it will have to wait till I get home mid/late summer. so I will have every thing ready is there any "odd" tools that you find come in handy when working on your TJ that is not in a normal tool kit (I have enough to rebuild an engine in a s-10 did about 2 months before i left) thank you all once again for all the help I know some of this is stupid but I have not as much got to check the oil in a Jeep but has always been my favorite vehicle since I was like 12... so 13 years later I get one and am one excited big kid( and still cant check the oil :-(
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At some point in your Jeep ownership time, you will need to add a good set of Torx bits to your tool box.

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Do yourself a favor and replace the water pump if its still stock! Don't ask how I know!
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At some point in your Jeep ownership time, you will need to add a good set of Torx bits to your tool box.

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Do yourself a favor and replace the water pump if its still stock! Don't ask how I know!
So um, how do you know? jk, but do I have to do a "front end rebuild" to do so I have replaced the water pump in other vehicles and most you have to take the whole front of the engine off to do so. If so why I have it all apart to look to the future should I upgrade anything else such as alternater since I will be adding at least two more fog lights and multibul work lights for camping and the occasional repairs on the go and a removable freezer for the long trips.
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Yes, definitely thank you for your service . Like everyone has their input with what lift to do, me personally I have the Zone 4.25" combo lift with 33's and I've been loving it since I got it 2 years ago. Great on street manners and it's a really good trail worthy kit. I've also had some experience riding in my friends Pro Comp stage II 4" and he hates it. Got him to convert over to a Zone lol. My life completed with a new front stabilizer (which is what you'll want to get) cost me just a few dollars over $1000. That also included install. Though I also was able to get some free stuff off the owners trail rig, so I was lucky .

I wouldn't rush into anything. I spent a good 3.5 years looking at various lift kits, asking advice, and even going on a couple runs in my stock TJ. But I did a lot of asking. Now I'm entertaining my fiance with my new found knowledge.
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Where are you? I left Astan last week, back in Kuwait. I had my LJ lifted while Ive been gone and cant wait to get back and drive it!

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Thanks for your service..with regard to the water pump I think you just have to take the belt, fan shroud, fan, and fan clutch off. One of the first you always want to get for a trail rig is tow points, but it looks like yours has tow hooks on the front and a hitch out back so you should be good to go there. A CB is a great addition if you plan to ride with groups. Like everyone said, wheel it stock for a little while. So far, I have only added a 1.25" BL, a 1" motor mount lift, 31" tires, a UCF tummy tuck and skid plates. I've gone most places the bigger Jeeps go, but I beat the snot out of my skid plates doing it. I'm currently gather parts to do a 2.5" OME lift and run 33s.
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i like to rebuild stuff have any of youa all needed parts for a warn winch are they easy to get are the prices ok?


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how much would you give for this?
12500 lb warn winch
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Call them. Thre was a member on here went to the plant and they guys there completely rebuilt and even cleaned up his warn from the 80s ish.

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