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Old 08-03-2012, 10:26 PM   #1
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What To Get First

Hey so I just gotta 2006 TJ and I would like to start getting into some off roading, not really sure where to start for off road gear. I was thinking tires and a lift kit, but any suggestions?

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Old 08-03-2012, 10:28 PM   #2
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Armor. Protect the stuff that you need to get back home without a trailer.

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Old 08-03-2012, 10:31 PM   #3
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So like diff and gas tank skid plates?
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Old 08-03-2012, 10:35 PM   #4
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What kind of offroading? Trails, crawling?
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Old 08-03-2012, 10:46 PM   #5
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More stuff along the lines of trails. But there are some swamps near my place so a tiny bit of swamping. I mostly just want to be able to go where I want, when I want
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Sounds like the beginning of a long and expensive relationship.
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Sounds like the beginning of a long and expensive relationship.
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Old 08-03-2012, 11:08 PM   #8
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So like diff and gas tank skid plates?
Engine skid would be #1. Depending on the year of your Jeep will depend on the gas tank skid plates. 03-06 had thicker skids than my rusted falling apart '00 and should be good. The other area you'll want is rocker protection.

Of course this is for rocks so if your swamps don't have rocks and stumps in them, you may be fine. I'd still recommend an engine skid just in case since it's an easy cheap addition.

Why not just go out and wheel and see what will make your experience easier and more enjoyable? We all do that. After my last trip I found that my need is clearance because I still have the stock TC skid. That will be remedied before next summer. You may find that your need is new tires, lockers, whatever.

Go get that pig dirty and make adjustments!
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Old 08-03-2012, 11:23 PM   #9
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I overlooked the need for

armor due to stumps, cypress knees, etc.. damn!!
I mean, thanks for that info..
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Old 08-04-2012, 07:42 PM   #10
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Hmm well now Im stuck! Dunno if I should get tires and a lift kit first or some underbody armor!
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Old 08-05-2012, 08:29 AM   #11
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I'd lift it, put on some new shoes and do light off-roading, and then work on the protection.
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I agree with blue6tj. Many will say you need to protect the underside first but that depends on what you will be doing.

For most of us that are just doing some trail riding (rough dirt roads) and going through a mudhole now and then, bigger tires would be the best bet. If I come up on something that looks like it would cause my underside to scrub, I just avoid it.
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I would do new tires and lift first then armor
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Old 08-05-2012, 12:50 PM   #14
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Thanks guy! I think thats what Ill do first. Looking forward to going ripping

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