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Old 08-12-2008, 06:30 PM   #1
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What now????

Hey guys, newb here.

I just bought a 2006 Wrangler X and was wondering what to do to get it trail ready.

What kinds of mods are necessary? Most cost efficient? Where to begin?

Ideas please.......
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Old 08-12-2008, 06:37 PM   #2
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Welcome to WF

This is a loaded question really. There are so many things you can do to mod your jeep and make it your own. It really depends on what kind of trail riding and what you plan on doing with the jeep. Your budget plays a big part in this as well. If your budget is not a problem then the sky is the limit.

I would start with a moderate lift, new rubber, winch, new bumpers, good set of foggers!

My 2c good luck and have fun!

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most people start with a lift and tires. a few skid plates would be a good investment aswell. this question mostly depends on what kind of wheelin you do. and your budget
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just wheel it as much as possible and as things break, upgrade them

I'm wondering what kind of wheeling you like to do? Rock crawling is my thing

so if it were me I'd focus on things that hang low under the jeep... diff covers first, followed by Currie HD Steering... then some rocker guards to protect your sheetmetal (if you care)

Then, depending on how much you like wheeling and if you want to move up to more difficult trails... upgrade to some lockright lockers and regear. I'd do the armor and axle upgrades before I did any big suspension lift changes and big tires. But thats just me.

cool freebee stuff can be done too... chopping the front bumper to the width of the frame to clear the big boulders... homemade front swaybar disconnects or you can do what I did and remove the front swaybar alltogether.

Theres sooo much you can do. Just got to wheel it and think about what direction you want to take it.

Have fun!

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Old 08-12-2008, 08:07 PM   #5
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Hey guys, newb here.

I just bought a 2006 Wrangler X and was wondering what to do to get it trail ready.

What kinds of mods are necessary? Most cost efficient? Where to begin?

Ideas please.......
Definately get a master plan together of what you want to do with you Jeep and then buy accordingly. Too many people waste money but buying parts on impulse, only to learn later that they wish they would have taken a different route or have set the Jeep up differently.
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Old 08-12-2008, 09:21 PM   #6
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Welcome to WF, nice looking Jeep. Enjoy your jeep the way it is for a while. Take it off road, and see how you drive. Then read everything you can on this forum about....
Armor
Axles
Axle Shafts
Gears
Lockers
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Lift Kits
Body Lifts
Bumpers
Lights
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Subwoofers
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Rocker guards
Air Intakes
Roll Cages
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Short Arm / Long Arm
SYE / CV Driveshaft

Hope this helps.
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Wranglers are "trail ready" out of the box. Only problem is, as you get used to it you find harder and harder trails. I say drive it for a while and you will see what needs to be upgraded.
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Wranglers are "trail ready" out of the box. Only problem is, as you get used to it you find harder and harder trails. I say drive it for a while and you will see what needs to be upgraded.
This is what I was thinking but wasn't sure. I shouldn't at least protect my under body a little?
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There is already some protection there, but that is your call.

This all depends on what kind of trails you plan on riding on.

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This is what I was thinking but wasn't sure. I shouldn't at least protect my under body a little?
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Old 08-13-2008, 11:48 AM   #10
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Wranglers are "trail ready" out of the box. Only problem is, as you get used to it you find harder and harder trails. I say drive it for a while and you will see what needs to be upgraded.
X2 - drive it and define your needs as you go along. If you never owned a Jeep, you will be surprised at the stock level of ability. You need to get some serious seat time to redefine your curent driving habbits and develop confidence in your new Jeep and yourself.

Join a local club and go on some off-road trails with other Jeeps to get a feel for where you want it to go...and save your money because it can get really expensive or it can be relatively manageable....it all depends on where you want to go.

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great advice, well put.

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X2 - drive it and define your needs as you go along. If you never owned a Jeep, you will be surprised at the stock level of ability. You need to get some serious seat time to redefine your curent driving habbits and develop confidence in your new Jeep and yourself.

Join a local club and go on some off-road trails with other Jeeps to get a feel for where you want it to go...and save your money because it can get really expensive or it can be relatively manageable....it all depends on where you want to go.

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Old 08-13-2008, 04:03 PM   #12
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congrats on the jeep. As some have stated wheel it stock for bit to get a feel of what it can do. Over the past ten years I have guided 100's of jeeps off road, below are some things I would do or have with me for a stock jeep or any jeep. This list will of course grow over time as you find out what you need for the type of wheeling you like to do.

1. Tow hooks front and rear
2. Oil Pan skid
3. Tire repair kit
4. Carry extra fluids for jeep (and yourself)
5. Working jack and 4 way lug wrench
6. CB/cell or some way to get help if needed
7. 1st aid kit
8. Basic tool kit
Get on the trail with some friends and have fun, as stock jeeps do great
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Old 08-13-2008, 07:03 PM   #13
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You guys are awesome. All great advice and I will gladly take it.

Is a gas tank skid necessary right away?
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i wouldnt. i would get a diff, steering box, and oil pan skid plate first. i couldnt tell you what order to put that in tho. youll just have to choose.
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congrats on the jeep. As some have stated wheel it stock for bit to get a feel of what it can do. Over the past ten years I have guided 100's of jeeps off road, below are some things I would do or have with me for a stock jeep or any jeep. This list will of course grow over time as you find out what you need for the type of wheeling you like to do.

1. Tow hooks front and rear
2. Oil Pan skid
3. Tire repair kit
4. Carry extra fluids for jeep (and yourself)
5. Working jack and 4 way lug wrench
6. CB/cell or some way to get help if needed
7. 1st aid kit
8. Basic tool kit
Get on the trail with some friends and have fun, as stock jeeps do great
x2 - Good list. I'd like a lift and tires myself, but not until I get all of these worked out. I might even suggest adding a small fire extinguisher to this list.
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Old 08-15-2008, 12:39 AM   #16
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i wouldnt. i would get a diff, steering box, and oil pan skid plate first. i couldnt tell you what order to put that in tho. youll just have to choose.
X2. and you can add a radiator skid to that list as well and any one of those would be good cheap insurance. You'd be surpised at how much fun you can have in a stock jeep as you're getting used to it.

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