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Old 09-02-2012, 02:56 PM   #1
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Off road prep

ok so i am new the jeep off road thing. i use to use my chey 95 k 1500 305 5 speed, but that is getting harder to get around in as the trails are getting smaller and holes are getting deeper. so i bought a 97 wrangler. what i am curious about is what i should do it to get it from stock to off road ready. below is what i have already done.

engine and trans are a 2.5 auto

Front and rear bumpers are rrc bumper
4 off road lights moutned so i can see under all circumstances.
purchesed a high lift, but havn't mounted it yet. (not mounted yet)
found a calabasle shovel to throw in as well.
it is sitting on 31's.

anything i am missing? any holes in the tranny that need plugged i did read something about high water a week or so ago and can't find it now. you guys have any suggestions that i to do make sure i am not in the shop(or the rocky street) every week after having some fun.

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Old 09-02-2012, 03:04 PM   #2
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Get d rings on your front rear bumpers in case you get stuck and disconnect your font sway bars when you get to the trails for more flex of the front axle. I'd look into some chromoly axle shafts for the rear cause the stock ones are weak. I'm sure there's plenty more people will say and you'll end up doing over the period you have your jeep. The tranny has a vent hole that can we welded and tapped for a hose for higher water fording. Can relocate your axle breathers higher for the same purpose.

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Old 09-02-2012, 06:15 PM   #3
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Skid plates and upgrade the flimsy stock tie rod.
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Old 09-02-2012, 09:49 PM   #4
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I went on my first Jeep Jamboree this year and I will tell you what happened. Seeing that you have an auto like me, learn from this. I don't know if you have stock lift, but I do (not for long). The second day I got up on some rocks and I think I caught the trans cooler line on the passenger side with my steering stabilizer. Anyways, the rubber line got torn and I pumped the trans dry. When it started to slip, I got off the rocks QUICK. Ended up getting 4 quarts to get me out of there. Luckily I put on a deep pan with a drain plug. I did two flushes before I went home. So, before you go and play, replace the rubber line, take some extra with just in case, and take 10 quarts of ATF+4 with you, just in case SOMETHING happens. Enjoy.
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Old 09-06-2012, 10:51 PM   #5
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Also, what kindof trails do you plan on riding? Alone or with groups? Surprised someone hasn't told you to get a shit ton of 'straps'. Just remember there's a difference between tow straps and recovery straps. If you or someone else is stuck and a tow strap is used (even if It's rated well over the weight of the vehicle) there's a high possibility it'll snap. So look into stone recovery straps. If a winch is in the budget, look for a warn.
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Old 09-07-2012, 04:14 PM   #6
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i don't plan on doign anything over the top as far as trails. mainly just crusing watching the others with bigger rigs do all the damage. do you suggest one brand strap over the other for a recovery strap?

i would love to get a winch... but right now i think the only one in the budget would be from harbor freight.

i am working on the hi lift mount today, and getting the off road lights hooked up to some switches. previous owner had 2 of the 4 lights hooked up the parking lights. and since i plan on using this on the road that isn't legal where i am at in PA

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