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Old 08-24-2012, 02:53 PM   #1
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What mod would you do?

What next for my jeep guys? Gotta admit I'm a little short on cash but I'd like to keep moving forward with modding my jeep. Since I bought it, I've had it painted (base coat/clear coat), fixed the stereo and done a bunch of small projects like lights, CEL, exhaust, tune up, door handles (in and out) etc
I want MORE!

Currently it sports a 4" (?) frankenstein lift w sway bar disconnects and adjustable track bar. I'd love to either put on adjustable control arms and change the shocks out to something better (I think it has Rancho)or just do a full suspension lift swap.

It came with the tube bumpers on it and I definitely want to sell them and replace with this one and its matching rear bumper, rock sliders Jeep Wrangler Front Offroad Winch Bumper, Brush Guard | eBay
If I sold my tube bumpers on Craigslist I would probably only be in the hole 250-300 bucks.

I'd love to take off the factory fender flares and swap those out also. Was thinking about Poison Spyder tube fenders but they are pretty pricey.

A besttop Trektop NX would be great and I could sell the hardtop for a little more than the softtop cost if I wanted to.

I'd also like to swap the BFG AT's with something more aggressive like the Cooper STT's or MT/r's.

In addition to all of this I know I should be saving up for the Golen stroker long block.

So guys... What would you do first to this jeep? She sees light trail use (gets me to fishing holes thats about it) and lots of daily driving.

pics of the suspension (what do you think I have?)

As she stands today

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Old 08-24-2012, 03:37 PM   #2
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I would get rid of the nerf bars and that weird plastic rocker guard thing. Either buy or fab up some proper sliders..

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Old 08-24-2012, 05:52 PM   #3
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Thanks Curro. Anyone else have suggestions?
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Old 08-24-2012, 06:45 PM   #4
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Maintenance first, all fluids. She looks pretty good as is, what are you wanting to do with your project?
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Old 08-24-2012, 06:59 PM   #5
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Take it wheeling. You'll figure out what comes next from there. Wheel, fix/mod, repeat.
Wheel. Break/Test. Repair/Upgrade. Repeat
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Old 08-27-2012, 06:39 AM   #6
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tdog- She is my main vehicle and does everything from 1-2 hrs of daily driving per day to 6 hour highway road trips every 4-6 weeks. I've taken it down some light hard packed trails to go fishing and thats about it. As far as wheeling it till it breaks that just goes against my philosophy towards vehicles and my bank account. I want my jeep to be as capable as any (for the amount of $$ I invest in it) but I just cant see myself beating the crap out of it and calling it a good time. It needs to handle whatever I put in front of it while pursuing my true loves which are hunting and fishing. it is also a bit of the family bug out vehicle. If the shit hits the fan this will be the one we fill with gear and hit the road in.

Some other details I may have left off-
It came factory with 3.55's and posi
Optima Yellow top and detailed engine bay
Royal purple 10W30 and full synthetics just replaced front to rear a couple months ago
Has a dynomax cat back exhaust and cat delete exhaust system
Wix premium air filter
Wire wheeled all of the surface rust, primed and painted on the undercarriage
Has a Hurst shifter
Currently getting 18.5 MPG

Any suggestions on next mods fellas? Again the funds are tight so anything that will make a dramatic effect on it with the least $ would be awesome and thank you for helping me out
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Old 08-27-2012, 07:19 AM   #7
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Nice clean Jeep from what I can see, even the undercarriage has been taken care of. From that front shock I can see it might be a skyjacker lift, but even the cheap ones come with new control arms so not exactly sure.

Also, paint that chrome around the headlights, dump the tube bumpers and put a winch bumper on there, definately get rid of that plastic rocker guard. Plus check out this thread it has tons of ideas http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/chea...ds-102868.html

Not so cheap mods: Metalcloak arched fenders, not any where near cheap but they look great.

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Old 08-27-2012, 07:26 AM   #8
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Get them diff gears changed! Would probably be the most dramatic effect but not cheap, usually the important mods aren't cheap. You're just stressing your drivetrain without changing them. A lot of people want only the mods you can see, in my opinion the gears should be done when the lift/bigger tires are added.
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Old 08-27-2012, 08:00 AM   #9
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Thanks Yeller I definitely agree with everything you said and I appreciate the compliments.

Rayman, are you sure the 3.55's are no good with 33's? I was under the impression they were (barely) good to go with 33's. It'll run 80 mph on the highway if I need it to and I do quite a bit of highway driving.

There is alot to be done with this TJ but isnt that always the case? Thank you for the replies guys.
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Old 08-27-2012, 05:49 PM   #10
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IMO those gears are not sufficient for the tires you are running, they were a good match for the stock sized tires, but you are beyond a size or two up from stock. If you got the gears changed you would gain back the lost power and you would probably change your mind on needing a stroker motor.

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