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Old 03-26-2007, 10:46 PM   #1
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Pockets aren't emptied yet...what next?

I installed the OME stage 1 lift and 31's this weekend. I really enjoyed working on the Jeep and want to do more. This is the only thing that's been added so far. What are the next steps to make the Jeep more capable offroad?

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Old 03-26-2007, 10:49 PM   #2
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If you got the stock bumpers on.... take'm off! Get something a little stronger just incase you decide to bash some rocks. Or go with some rocker gaurds. Its really up to you on how you wanna build it.... the list is endless!

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My pockets are empty.. i give every check to my bank to pay off my jeep loan
Depends where you want to go next:
rocks.. get some bumpers
mud.. get some recovery straps/ropes - or winch
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Depends on what capabilities you want out of your jeep. I personally would go for recovery gear next. Just my personal preference of course.
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Old 03-27-2007, 10:05 AM   #6
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Bumpers are definitely on the list. I'll have to wait to get my refund before I can think about the winch. I'm a female with an addictive personality and am not surprised that I got the Jeep thang. I did the same thing with scuba diving, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, etc. I think the Jeep thang will be my most expensive additction although scuba diving was quite costly.
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I've been eyeballing Black Mountain Winches. From what I've seen they stand up very well to some pretty abusive stuff. They also are a bit easier on the wallet. Just dropping some info for ya to save some shopping time.
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Old 03-27-2007, 10:19 AM   #8
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But, that's just my .02.
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I installed the OME stage 1 lift and 31's this weekend. I really enjoyed working on the Jeep and want to do more. This is the only thing that's been added so far. What are the next steps to make the Jeep more capable offroad?

The next step would be for you get a lot of seat time off-road and see what the jeep will do. Then from there you can plan your next upgrade. Do you belong to an off-road club? If not look into joining one.
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But, that's just my .02.
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Old 03-27-2007, 12:42 PM   #13
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Armor - Can you list stuff in order of importance?

Clubs - I don't belong to one and would like to. Any recommendations for the MA/CT/RI area?
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Let’s start with the lowest part of the vehicle:

Differential skid plates or heavy differential covers
Steering box skid plate
Upgrade your tie-rod
Belly-up skid plate
Oil pan skid plate
Engine skid plate
Gas tank skid plate
Rock sliders
Bumpers
Tube fenders and crusher corners/flares

I’m sure I missed something but I know someone will jump in and add to it.
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Armor:

Underside:
Oil pan/engine
Steering box
Gas tank
Differential skids
control arm skids

Body:
Rocker sliders/tube/steps (A to Z, Shrockworks, Toys by Troy, etc)
corner armor
tube fenders
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Armor:

Underside:
Oil pan/engine
Steering box
Gas tank
Differential skids
control arm skids

Body:
Rocker sliders/tube/steps (A to Z, Shrockworks, Toys by Troy, etc)
corner armor
tube fenders
bumpers
I beat you to it. Although your response looks more professional. :o
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Old 03-27-2007, 01:39 PM   #18
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Here are a few pictures, showing some mods. Even personalizing your rig, with stickers. If you think you have an addictive personality, the list is endless......... Just to give you some visual upgrades. Note: minimum of 4" suspension lift. Welded on rock rings, to protect your rims, etc, etc, etc...... have a look.




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Sorry, forgot the shot of the wheels......


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Sorry, forgot the shot of the wheels......


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Old 04-01-2007, 08:34 PM   #21
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Well, I just found out that I'm getting a bonus so my plans are as follows:

Front and rear bumpers
Winch - after yesterday, I think that I'll need this more than rock sliders and corner armor.
Differential Skid Plates
Steering Box Skid Plate
See what's left after these purchases...

Any recommendations on this stuff? I'll check out the Black Mountain winches Odhinn.

BTW - awesome pics Bluvikng!!!
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Old 04-01-2007, 08:56 PM   #22
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I would look into 32's, a winch, and a welder
then you can make all of the armour you want and a roll cage and make repairs and do lots of things. if you are really gonna get into modding your jeep a welder is a good purchase.
you can make all these for pretty sheap w/ one
http://wrangler.kicks-ass.net/index.htm

and the cost less than all the armor you said you wanted to buy or would end up buying eventually.
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Old 04-01-2007, 10:55 PM   #23
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check your local hardware stores.. home depo by my house had a sale few months ago on a welder for 100some bucks which is total "steal"
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Old 04-02-2007, 11:57 AM   #24
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I have zero experience with welding and don't think that I have the tools to make my own armor. I have a lot of tools for construction but nothing that would work for this. I've gotten over my fear of working on electrical stuff but torches/welders are still a bit intimidating. It is something that I would like to learn in the future.

What size 32's and wheels should I look into? I noted in the lift pics thread that the 31x10.5x15's are rubbing the lower control arm. I picked up used 31's because that was the largest size tire that the lift could supposedly accommodate. Thoughts?
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like said...your 31's are rubbing because of the backspacing of your stock wheels. steering stop mod, spacers, or new wheels with less backspacing will fix this. then you can run 32's with no rubbing when turning but you may rub some at full flex.
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Next questions...will the 32's be OK on the 4 banger and will I still be able to tow a small boat? I noticed the power loss going from the 215's to the 31's. Will I have to modify anything going to 32's?

If I stick with the 31x10.5x15, what size rim (I'm assuming 15x8 but want to make sure) and with what backspacing should I get?

If I move to 32's, what width tire is popular and what size rim/backspacing should I get?
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w/ a standard the 32's shouldn't be a huge problem you will lose some more power, but power is not the concern w/ a trailer it is the stopping

15X8's are right w/ 5.5 backspacing i believe
http://www.quadratec.com/products/92601_4XX_PG.htm


here you can see that you will be going from the middle of the green to the outside of the yellow so better fuel economy , but less power, however you are still in the acceptable range
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whatever you do, don't get 5.5" backspacing. thats the same as stock and will solve nothing. get 4" or 3.75" whether its 31's or 32's. you may can get away with 4.5" if you stick with 31's but why push it.

common width for 32's is 11.50. 15x8 will be fine for 31's and 32's and the backspacing will be fine for both.
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will the 32's be OK on the 4 banger and will I still be able to tow a small boat?
It should be fine you will just have to rev a bit higher when towing.

Also welding is simple when you have a welder. Few welds and you will be good to go. Obviously you will get better as time passes but you can allways get a grinding wheel or a sander or soemthing of that kind to clean welds up
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yeah once i wrote it and realized hwat i wrote i wanted to edit it but for some reason there is no edit button? maybe it was becasue it was a while after? because this had an edit button

anyways welding doesn't really need other tools besides a welder a few clamps and the face shield well and some good welding gloves, then you are set. In a weekend you can learn how to weld and weld pretty good.

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