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Old 01-22-2014, 04:49 PM   #1
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why my Jeep is mostly stock and will remain that way

When i first got my Rubicon i thought i was gonna lift it and do all sorts of mods to it. While i wouldn't mind doing that still, i like my Jeep just fine the way it is. One i don't have money for that. Two, it would not be practical for me since i will rarely go off roading. If i do it will be very minor. Three i have a wife and kid and they will enjoy just riding with the top down. So why is your Jeep stock?

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Old 01-22-2014, 04:56 PM   #2
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When i first got my Rubicon i thought i was gonna lift it and do all sorts of mods to it. While i wouldn't mind doing that still, i like my Jeep just fine the way it is. One i don't have money for that. Two, it would not be practical for me since i will rarely go off roading. If i do it will be very minor. Three i have a wife and kid and they will enjoy just riding with the top down. So why is your Jeep stock?
My Jeep is MOSTLY stock. I added tube steps, tow hitch, and intake/exhaust.

I keep mine stock because I don't really believe in adding anything just to look good rolling down the highway.
With that said, whenever I go off road, I do pay attention to problems I have and improvements I need.
I absolutly need better rubber so, I will be upgrading to 31's AT pretty soon.
I have had to turn around because of water so I will be adding a snorkel as soon as I can afford the cost.
I will be adding a light bar which bolts to the factory bumper. It will help to protect the radiator from some of the heavy shrubs I tend to hit off roading.

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Old 01-22-2014, 04:59 PM   #3
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Its actually pretty amazing the things a stock jeep will do, You can still do just about anything the lifted modded guys do, It just requires picking better lines and being a bit more cautious.
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Old 01-22-2014, 05:10 PM   #4
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Stock jeeps are still pretty capable however being lower to the ground does have disadvantages in a lot of scenarios in terms of offroading. I watched one my buddies struggle to follow me one day , he ended up digging a big boulder out of the ground with his gas tank haha! and then had to turn back due to the steep banks and rocks, etc. However the good thing about stock is it is cheaper, less usually goes wrong, and most times rides pretty nice. Too low for me though : )
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Old 01-22-2014, 05:12 PM   #5
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Its actually pretty amazing the things a stock jeep will do, You can still do just about anything the lifted modded guys do, It just requires picking better lines and being a bit more cautious.
Id say a stock jeep with good tires, a set of lockers and the right driver could just go damn near about anywhere.
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Its actually pretty amazing the things a stock jeep will do, You can still do just about anything the lifted modded guys do, It just requires picking better lines and being a bit more cautious.
I still have traction problems in the Florida mud. Stock tires from the Sport are not really ideal.
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Old 01-22-2014, 05:57 PM   #7
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My last jeep was stock and The only time I went off-roading it was an adventure. I scraped many times on the ground, rocks etc. Tore up a few things but other than that it was a lot of fun.

I do think if you're just using it for a daily driver you really are better off sticking with stock. You can still do a lot if you're just using it for casual off-roading. The cool thing about that is that you can get tire replacements for dirt cheap and those on this board that swap there's out.
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My lack of self control is what has brought my jeep to the state that its in right now...

When i bought it, i said the same: "i'm not going to mod much" - please, one of the biggest lies i've told myself lol.
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Old 01-22-2014, 06:40 PM   #9
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Because it goes where I need to go as is....
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Old 01-22-2014, 06:42 PM   #10
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My lack of self control is what has brought my jeep to the state that its in right now... When i bought it, i said the same: "i'm not going to mod much" - please, one of the biggest lies i've told myself lol.
Nailed it.
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Old 01-22-2014, 07:42 PM   #11
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My jeep is pretty stock. The thing I have done are mods really to the existing parts. 1) painted factory wheels, 2) removed jugs from the end of both bumpers,3) bedlined the interior floor. It had 31" tires when I bought it so I did add a budget boost 1.75" spacer lift. I do not off-road other than a gravel road or two at the lake. I'm like the OP, Wife and kids, top down and roll on.
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Old 01-22-2014, 07:46 PM   #12
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Old 01-22-2014, 08:08 PM   #13
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The only thing I've bought for my Jeep is the k&n cold air intake. And yes i agree the Wrangler is a very capable vehicle stock. I'm not hating on anyone who mods their Jeep. I still think that's awesome!
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Old 01-22-2014, 09:31 PM   #14
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My lack of self control is what has brought my jeep to the state that its in right now...

When i bought it, i said the same: "i'm not going to mod much" - please, one of the biggest lies i've told myself lol.

quoted for truth!
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Old 01-22-2014, 11:29 PM   #15
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Mine is still stock cause I can't afford to do anything to it, dang it! I have every intention of spending too much money modding it when I'm able to though, and that day won't come quickly enough.
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Old 01-23-2014, 02:17 AM   #16
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[QUOTE=Cpl ............. So why is your Jeep stock?[/QUOTE]


adding to what was pointed out above I'd also add that a stock TJ just rides and handles better on the road, gets better fuel economy, does not bust your budget, and when it comes time to sell or trade it in stock Wranglers are almost always more valuable.
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Old 01-23-2014, 06:19 AM   #17
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^^^^ I always thought about buying my JK a companion TJ. If the above statement is true then I need to use the TJ is my daily driver.
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Old 01-23-2014, 07:34 AM   #18
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While I have all intentions of modding mine ... my stock jeep with 31' Mickey Thompson ATZ p3's rolls with a 4' lifted jeep on 33's and goes every where it does. Last weekend we took it out with my cousin and all his buddies in big lifted trucks on 35s+, while these guys were spinning in 2wd and had to throw in 4wd to crawl out of the mud and water pits, our stock jeep rolled thru everything in 2wd.
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Old 01-23-2014, 12:03 PM   #19
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I have a 97 Sahara that is all stock and I plan on keeping it that way. I live on Long Island and other than the beach, there's nowhere to go off roading (legally). It can drive along the beach fine as is. Although I do like the looks of lifted jeeps, I don't have the time and money to spend troubleshooting all of the problems that can come from it. Our kids love riding in the Jeep on the beach with the top down and since it can do that stock, then that's all I need it to do.

The only thing I'm doing it adding a set of driving lights on the bumper for better beach riding at night.
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My lack of self control is what has brought my jeep to the state that its in right now...

When i bought it, i said the same: "i'm not going to mod much" - please, one of the biggest lies i've told myself lol.
Couldn't have said it better.

I got it for logging roads for when I go hiking. Little did I know I would be doing so much 4x4 activities and challenging my driving capabilities.
I upgrade as I find a need for them, not to make them look good on the high way.
I lifted so I could get more clearance and more tire since I pushed myself to places where those were an issue. They say a stock rubicon can do the rubicon trail... what they don't tell you is it will take significant body damage in doing so.
If you don't do anything more than logging roads like I thought I would, I dont see a reason to upgrade. But I had to, or I would have gotten left behind.

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