when i own a brand new x, and the first thing right off the bat i would suggest is tires! lets be serious these stock goodies are not going to get me very far. i am lucky i have not gotten stuck yet. so i would say tires and a decent size lift maybe 2 inches. if you commute with it everyday like i do i would say ,aybe some 32" tires and a 2 inch lift. atleast that is where i am starting
My advise on this matter. Don't be in a hurry. There will always seem to be a bigger and better Jeep out there. As a Realtor I always advise my customers to buy or build according to their lifestyles. I believe this would apply to your Jeep as well. The cool thing about Wranglers in particular is there must be one of the best aftermarket support systems of any vehicle made. You can spend countless hours shopping for things to make your Jeep unique. So take your time and carefully choose those accessories that will bring you the most joy. And besides shopping for stuff is half the fun!
Your X is capable of far more than you may believe it is. And it can be easily built up to be a Rubicon killer. ESPECIALLY since most Rubicon owners don't have a clue what they have or how to drive them offroad. For you Rubicon owners who will disagree, I didn't say all Rubicon owners.
Your X may have a Dana 44 axle in the rear which is an optional extra-cost upgrade. If so, you're not that far behind the curve. Install a locker, good tires, a lift, and after you learn to drive it offroad, you'll be able to keep up with that Rubicon. And if you really learn how to drive it, you'd be able to leave most Rubicons in the dust since (again) few Rubicon owners know what they have or how to use it.
On my last offroad trip, guess which of the 20+ vehicles in my group had the most trouble and needed the most help? The sole Rubicon... because the owner was afraid of pushing it/scratching it and didn't know what he was doing.
Just because it's a Rubicon doesn't mean anything if its owner is a newbie or is afraid of hurting it. I wouldn't trade my built '97 TJ for a brand-new Rubicon. Really.
I'm for the lone Rubicon owner who didn't want to tear up his Jeep. With that huge coupon book payment I wouldn't want to scratch my brand new skid plate either.
06 Rubicon on Goodyear MT/R's 35" Rock Krawler 5.5 X-factor bent long arm, Skyjacker rock lock swaybar, MTX shocks, Eagle rims, Posion Spyder sliders, Best top front bumper, Mile marker 9500 winch, Rock hard rear bumper, Gen-right Enduro 25 Gal. gas tank.
yeah thanks. thats some good info. i am in the virginia beach area right now, I am NAVY. moving back home to Louisiana in june. i know some places there.
Hey navy boy I am in hampton if when you get a lift let me know I am workin on gettin a lift as well my down the street has a garage we can use help eachother out and drink some beer Oh Yeah I am on the Truman
I am going to move up to a 6 inch this spring because I need a little more clearance. There is a little thing called a "slip yoke eliminator" that you really should look into if and when you go to a 4" or larger kit. I dont have one on mine yet but it is going on the same time my 6 inch kit does.
When going with anything over 4" suspension lift you will need a long control arm lift kit along with the slip yoke eliminator and driveshat. Your stock control arms will make it but it will ride really really rough and will eventually end up ripping off the control arm mounts from the chassis since every bump will directly hit the mount since the lift will cause the control arm to be at nearly veticle angle. What i'm saying is a 6" suspension lift kit on short arms is a NO NO.
So far my stock SE with Goodyear AT's has not let me down on the trails when I'm with my friends who've all got 6 cyl. and bigger tires. I've found out that the bigger a guys jeep is (normally, but not in all cases) the more careless he is and kinda just goes into anything head first (and then needs pulled out)...whereas I kinda have to stick to my limits and carefully manuver certain areas. At any rate, everyone gets stuck sooner or later and will need yanked out, and everyone has a blast no matter what's under the body of their jeep. (Although I will be lifting the hell outta mine and putting some bigger tires on it as soon as Uncle Sam sends me my refund check!)
2000 SE. 2" ProComp Lift, 32"x11.5" MTR's, AirRaid intake, Hesco throttle body spacer, JET Stage 1 Chip, Redline Performance Chip, a couple of KC's. Just Empty Every Pocket