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Old 12-04-2012, 02:03 AM   #1
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Whats the first thing I should do to my near stock jeep.

Just bought a 2002 Sahara. Auto trans. I know it auto but I got a deal I couldn't pass on. Has 31 inch tires no lift.

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Just bought a 2002 Sahara. Auto trans. I know it auto but I got a deal I couldn't pass on. Has 31 inch tires no lift.

I vote armor. It can save you big time on the trail.

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Old 12-04-2012, 02:08 AM   #3
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Congrats on the purchase, an welcome to the forum.
Now it depends on what your plans for your jeep is, give us some insight on that, is it your DD, weekend warrior, trail rig. How do you plan to wheel it, if at all, etc.
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Old 12-04-2012, 02:10 AM   #4
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I hope you got the I6 engine.
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Old 12-04-2012, 02:11 AM   #5
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I hope you got the I6 engine.
I'm pretty sure all saharas were I6. Right?
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Old 12-04-2012, 02:20 AM   #6
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Yep 4.0. I plan on wheeling some on the weekends. Armor wise the guy has some sticky things that look like bed liner on the corners and window frame said he got them out of a catalog.

Just got rid of my 79 Scottsdale lifted for this jeep. The truck wasn't much for a daily driver. Lol. I'm thinking a lift but have no clue on what to get.
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Old 12-04-2012, 02:31 AM   #7
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Yep 4.0. I plan on wheeling some on the weekends. Armor wise the guy has some sticky things that look like bed liner on the corners and window frame said he got them out of a catalog.

Just got rid of my 79 Scottsdale lifted for this jeep. The truck wasn't much for a daily driver. Lol. I'm thinking a lift but have no clue on what to get.
The sticky things are useless, they're more for show. If you're thinking armor first, I would do rocker guards/sliders and the oil pan skid. For a lift, do you plan on going bigger tires? If so it's not just the lift, but gears would need redone, possibly an sye and a cv shaft. Lots of really helpful posts on the forum mate.
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Ill prolly only put 33s on it. Don't know the advantages of real big tires. I don't plan to mud it. I'm guessing a 2 or 3 inch lift with some 33s will do for now. As for armor, I have to take of the Sahara steps and plastic molding right. I've read on here a lot of guys are replacing them. Are the smittybuilt bumpers worth it?
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Ill prolly only put 33s on it. Don't know the advantages of real big tires. I don't plan to mud it. I'm guessing a 2 or 3 inch lift with some 33s will do for now. As for armor, I have to take of the Sahara steps and plastic molding right. I've read on here a lot of guys are replacing them. Are the smittybuilt bumpers worth it?
For 33s you'll need at least 3" SL and 1"BL, unless you plan of going with flat fenders, if you want to avoid the sye/cv a 1"mml or a tc drop to accommodate, a regear to get some of your power/mpgs back.
Yes the Sahara moldings would have to go, they usually do it for rocker guards/sliders.
Now for smittybilt, I've never owned any of their products, and all I can tell you is from others opinions, they're hit or miss, have heard they don't bolt on correctly, have heard they're cheap materials, but have others that swear by smittybilt. To me, they're a Chinese product, and for a couple hundred more I rather get something American, but that's just my opinion.
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Old 12-04-2012, 03:37 AM   #10
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I have Smittybilt in the rear with a swing-away tire rack. It's okay but the swing doesn't lock. I went from a Warn rock-crawler and I wish I hadn't. Look at the various features and benefits according to your needs. If you're running 33 or so, consider if you'll carry a full-sized spare. If you do, don't forget to rotate it in.
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The first thing I'd do it just drive it!! Figure out what kind of bugs are in that 10 year old rig.
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The first thing I'd do it just drive it!! Figure out what kind of bugs are in that 10 year old rig.
This is good advice! There will inevitably be things that need to be fixed and replaced due to wear and tear.

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