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Old 10-02-2012, 01:31 PM   #1
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Hey guys this is my first post. I have little to no experience with cars and was hoping for some advice and pointers. (any pointers or advice will be helpful) I want to do some mods myself so I can get my hands dirty but I would need instructions.

I have had a 2006 LJ Wrangler for 4 years and everything is stock as far as I know. (like I said I have very little knowledge on modding Jeeps and engines) Now that I am out of school I want to start to mod it. I was thinking for my first mod that I would get a lift kit and a grill guard.

So if I could get some help with types of lift kits I should get and the cost of the parts and installation. Same with grill guards as well.

Thanks in advance for being supportive for a noobie modder. I am here to start to gain knowledge and get into the community. So any help is appreciated. I have faith that the Wrangler community is a helpful one!

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Welcome! Here is a great thread to start your reading on lifts:
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/tj-l...ews-25145.html

Here is a good one for reading about cheap mods;
Cheap Jeep Mods

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Welcome to WF! Type and size of lift depends a lot on what kind of off roading you plan on doing or what "look" you're going for. Remember, when you lift it you are going to want to put bigger tires on as well or it will look goofy. Grill guard should be an easy beginning and a 2" budget boost lift is also an easy install. Going higher than that and you start to run into problems. I'm a relative noob as far as moding but I did my lift in about 4 hours by myself. Search online for writeups and videos and make sure you have all tools necessary before you start.

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- How much are looing to spend including installation if you are not going to do it yourself?
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Spend a week or two reading on here and you will get tons of ideas. Discussions about lifts, mods, etc get regurgitated daily on here and soon you will find what you are looking for within your budget and your needs.
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Old 10-03-2012, 02:19 PM   #6
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Thanks for the links and tips!


I would wanna do it myself but I'm afraid I'll mess it up. So having someone else do it is a possibility.

I am thinking about doing the grille guard first. But I am afraid that my flood lights will have to be removed or will be in the way ( they sit on the bumper right now)
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Thanks for the links and tips!

I would wanna do it myself but I'm afraid I'll mess it up. So having someone else do it is a possibility.

I am thinking about doing the grille guard first. But I am afraid that my flood lights will have to be removed or will be in the way ( they sit on the bumper right now)
I bought a smittybilt SRC front bumper grill guard for about 250 last year. easy to install even for a beginner, and it has brackets to remount your fog lights. I like the bumper, its solid and later I can mount a winch to it.
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Old 10-03-2012, 03:31 PM   #8
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I have little to no experience with cars and was hoping for some advice and pointers. (any pointers or advice will be helpful) I want to do some mods myself so I can get my hands dirty but I would need instructions.
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I would wanna do it myself but I'm afraid I'll mess it up. So having someone else do it is a possibility.
Welcome to the forum!

Doing it yourself and messing up is how you learn. No one here was born a badass. At some point, we have all installed things wrong, left parts out, broken things while fixing others, etc...

Getting your hands dirty doing your own mods is a blast, but you will make mistakes, just like everyone else. Likewise, it's the only way you'll really learn anything about your jeep. I always find once I get my hands in something new that that's how I pick it up the fastest.

The frustration from doing your own mods is unbelievable sometimes, but the knowledge gained and the feeling of accomplishment are worth it every time. Stay on this forum and just read everything. Wear out the search function, then post if you still have questions. We're here to answer them
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Old 10-03-2012, 03:43 PM   #9
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oh and regarding lifts, I have a 2.5" pro comp lift on mine it works great love every bit of it. the ride is smooth and its not so tall that its tippy or hard to drive but I have all the clearance I need.

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