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Old 03-26-2008, 07:47 PM   #1
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I bought my first jeep about 2 weeks ago and since then i have put the 31x10.5 mt/r's on which were recommended by the majority of people who responded to my "tires..." post. I sold my Chevy s10 last night for $1750 and am looking to put another ~$1,000 into my jeep.

I want to try and prioritize the money i put into it somewhat...i was thinking maybe installing cool air intake to help with gas mileage and HP? I also want to get a suspension lift but don't really have a good idea of what i should get. I dont want to get anything crazy but i also want it to make a difference in performance while offroading. Any advice would be helpful! Thanks.

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Old 03-26-2008, 09:30 PM   #2
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a cold air intake is not going to do anything for performance or MPG...

as for a suspension lift you have a good many choices under $1000 but you could do a 2" coil lift (or a 2" BB) and a 1" BL for a total of 3" of lift. this combination performs very well and is cheap to boot...which leaves money for other things

i've also heard some good things about the 3" Full traction lift...also well under $1000

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Old 03-26-2008, 11:56 PM   #3
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hey if you can wait I say go to a 4wp store and they run specials like buy a procomp kit and get free labor which I missed by 2 days and as far next thing I say exhaust and intake I love mine but I would suggest different intake cause airaid is good but too loud for me
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Old 03-27-2008, 12:44 AM   #4
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what kind of wheeling do you do? from how you describe it i would have to go with mrbig..either a 2" budget boost and a 1" Body Lift or a 3" FT lift. with either of those you would have money left over and could run 33" tires
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The answer to this greatly depends on what you are going to be doing with your jeep. If its your main vehicle, daily driver, and you aren't going to be offroading it, cosmetic improvements would be my first choice.

However, if you're actually going to wheel it, I would suggest a lift and armor. You say you have about 1,000 for it. 1,000 will buy you 3/4 of a good lift. Alot of people highly recommend Rubicon Express. I run the Rubicon Express but i'm not entirely impressed with it. I've had a lot of problems with it. I've had it for almost 4 years now and its sucked my pocket dry fixing the issues.

I, personally, would recommend you going with Nth Degree. I've seen their products at work as well as being tested. I wheeled with this guy in Moab who's job was to take Nth Degree stuff out and try to break it. He couldn't break anything on the lift. He tried and tried and did some SERIOUS wheelin, jsut nothing broke.

The other side of this is Armor. Armor will keep everything underneath safe. Skid plates, diff guards, gas tank cover, etc will ensure that your wheeling will not cause any major problems to the under carriage.

there's always a big debate over lift vs. armor and what to do first. the choice is yours!
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Old 03-27-2008, 10:32 AM   #6
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The answer to this greatly depends on what you are going to be doing with your jeep. If its your main vehicle, daily driver, and you aren't going to be offroading it, cosmetic improvements would be my first choice.

However, if you're actually going to wheel it, I would suggest a lift and armor. You say you have about 1,000 for it. 1,000 will buy you 3/4 of a good lift. Alot of people highly recommend Rubicon Express. I run the Rubicon Express but i'm not entirely impressed with it. I've had a lot of problems with it. I've had it for almost 4 years now and its sucked my pocket dry fixing the issues.

I, personally, would recommend you going with Nth Degree. I've seen their products at work as well as being tested. I wheeled with this guy in Moab who's job was to take Nth Degree stuff out and try to break it. He couldn't break anything on the lift. He tried and tried and did some SERIOUS wheelin, jsut nothing broke.

The other side of this is Armor. Armor will keep everything underneath safe. Skid plates, diff guards, gas tank cover, etc will ensure that your wheeling will not cause any major problems to the under carriage.

there's always a big debate over lift vs. armor and what to do first. the choice is yours!
Thanks for your help! My jeep is a daily driver...just to school and back i dont really go anywhere else with it except up in the mountains. Im thinking armor is probably the best way for me to go right now....i did hit my rear differential on a large rock the other day...luckily it didnt bust it. Anyways, can you point me in the right direction for getting armor? Im not looking to get the best, just something middle of the road. Thanks!
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Old 03-27-2008, 05:54 PM   #8
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Any advice would be helpful! Thanks.
At this point in the early phase of your Jeep build, the following should fall within a $1,000 budget.

1. Swaybar Disconnects: Helps with keeping the corners on the terra.
2. Recovery: Recovery points front and rear. A good strong looped recovery strap (no metal ends/projectiles). Shovel (you’d be surprised).
3. Pre-2004 TJ? Armor – gas skid and oil pan. Rocker panels. Although not armor, you may want to upgrade your tie rod as the stock rod is a weak point (it will bend).
4. $50 Costco/Checkers compressor. You’ll be surprised how capable a stock jeep is disconnected and aired down (but you will see why armor is a necessity).

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Old 03-27-2008, 06:06 PM   #9
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Everybody is going to have a different opinion on what type of armor to use. Its just like anything else, everyone has an opinion. I am using Jeep Medic Fab. Unfortunately he doesn't sell to private party's anymore. He only sells to distributors.

You can go to any 4x4 shop and get a rundown of good vs. bad. I prefer to use Dave at Northridge 4x4. He's a great guy and will not steer you wrong.

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