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Old 06-24-2013, 04:14 PM   #1
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New to forum, new jeep, lots of questions!

Hi, I'm a high school student in kansas city. I just purchased a new TJ from my neighbor. It is a 2001 sport model with 4.0L and 31 inch Goodriches. The previous owner bought the jeep rigged up already, and does not know about what modifications were made by the first owner. I have a few questions myself:

1. Does it have some sort of lift on it, to be running the 31's?

2. What do I need to do to it to have a little bit of fun offroad?

3. How do I get started offroading?

4. Should I consider some sort of suspension lift?

Note: I'm a teenager whose only work is mowing neighborhood lawns. I can't affort a $1200+ lift. I need to be able to buy quality gear that I can afford.

Thanks!

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Old 06-24-2013, 04:30 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum wavey. Pictures of your jeep would help with the lift question. You can run 31s with no lift. I ran my jeep stock on a bunch of trails here in Colorado for 3 years. Go on the Kansas forum and see if anyone in your area is going off road and ask to join them. You will learn a lot that way, I know I did. Good luck and have fun

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Old 06-24-2013, 04:31 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum! First, post some pictures of the jeep, like the front axle, suspension, a side view, etc. Second, it's possible to run 31's with no lift so that's a toss up but pictures will help us decide on that. And all it takes to get into wheelin is to go out there. Although you should always go with a friend in case you get stuck. Check for local 4x4 or Jeep clubs and check out your local forum page on here. Stock TJ's are very capable so why don't you just try that for a while then see what mods you actually need since you're on a tight budget.
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Old 06-24-2013, 04:38 PM   #4
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Thanks for the welcome! I'm on vacation right now, so I'm unable to post pictures of it. I'll be able to post a few on thursday when I get back, though. Meanwhile, I'll be exploring the forum.
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Old 06-24-2013, 04:46 PM   #5
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Thanks for the welcome! I'm on vacation right now, so I'm unable to post pictures of it. I'll be able to post a few on thursday when I get back, though. Meanwhile, I'll be exploring the forum.
Sounds good. Have fun on your vacation. I'll keep this in my sub'd list to answer any questions you have when you get back.
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Old 06-26-2013, 07:55 AM   #6
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Here's a few pics, I finally have wifi on my iPhone now. I'll take some more when I get home.
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Old 06-26-2013, 08:03 AM   #7
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Looks stock to me.
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Old 06-26-2013, 08:14 AM   #8
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Welcome! Here are my answers w/your questions.

1. Does it have some sort of lift on it, to be running the 31's?
Maybe. by looking at the gas tank in the pic, I'm thinking maybe a 2" body lift. Not suspension lift.

2. What do I need to do to it to have a little bit of fun offroad?
Avoid pavement

3. How do I get started offroading?
Same as number 2. Avoid pavement

4. Should I consider some sort of suspension lift?
Depends, are you hung up on an obstical that you can't make it over w/o a lift? If not, give it time.

In all seriousness though, find some Jeepers in your area to take you out the first time. And please, never go alone! What City/State you in?
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Old 06-26-2013, 08:19 AM   #9
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2. What do I need to do to it to have a little bit of fun offroad?

3. How do I get started offroading?



Thanks!
Here's what I did. I just rode around and found dirt roads and turned into them and started exploring. Fortunately for me, I live near thousands of square miles of national forest service lands and roads, so finding new adventures is never more than 30 mins from home.

Since you're a teenager new to this, please respect the lands you do ride on, don't tear it up and don't leave trash behind.
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:43 AM   #10
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1. Does it have some sort of lift on it, to be running the 31's?
Maybe. by looking at the gas tank in the pic, I'm thinking maybe a 2" body lift.
There's no bl on it. Look closer at the separation between the frame rail and the body in the rear fender. That puppy is all stock except for tires, wheels, front bumper, and that jeep bra.
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Ok, now some more questions. How big of a lift would you recommend for me if I was to get one? The all-terrains are less than six months old and were barely driven, so I definitely want to keep 'em. I can't afford to do anything else. I guess it would be smart for me to get one that would be big enough to handle 33's when my current tires wear out. Does that sound smart? Also, would it be smart to save up for a winch before I go out with my current setup? I clearly don't know what to do right now. Thanks for the replies!
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Old 06-27-2013, 01:09 PM   #12
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What do you guys think?
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Old 06-27-2013, 01:17 PM   #13
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The cheapest way to stuff bigger tires under the jeep is with a 2" budget boost. They're rubber spacers that sit on top of your coil springs and lift the jeep up a bit. I currently have that setup and have 32" tires. I'm adding a 1" body lift so I can stuff 33s on there when my tires wear out. Hopefully I'll have enough saved up before then to drop a 3" suspension lift in there.

The best advice I can give you is just scour this forum for information. Read, read, read. This place is a GREAT resource for the kind of information you're looking for.
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Old 06-27-2013, 01:19 PM   #14
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Welcome to the forum!

When it comes to lifts, think about the future just as much as the present. I put a 2.5 inch lift on and wish I went higher. I'm not going to, because I hate buying things twice, but 2.5 already seems too low for me. Butif all you have money for right now is a lift, you might wanna wait for a while to make sure nothing's going to break on the jeep before you start jacking it up.

That's just my opinion. I'd hate to spend 600 on a lift kit only to have something go on the jeep a week later that puts it out of commission because I can't afford the repair. Maybe that's just me being over-cautious because I bought my jeep at 180k..

Enjoy your new jeep!
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Old 06-29-2013, 01:06 AM   #15
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Thanks guys! I think I'll go in this order: summer top combo, 2.5inch lift, bumper, winch, lights. I appreciate all the replies!
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Old 06-29-2013, 07:23 AM   #16
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That's a clean Wrangler. Congrats.

A few no dollar/low dollar things you can do are:

remove the bra and brush guard deal
buy a Spiderwebshade
install a 1 1/4" body lift and a motor mount lift

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