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Old 08-17-2007, 10:40 AM
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1st jeep; looking for suggestions on performance & looks

hey everyone i am a proud new member to the Jeep community, i got a 95 Wrangler (rio grande edition) automatic with about 47000 miles on it and 2.5L engine. Wanted to see what are some good suggestions for enhancing the appearance of a Jeep. I plan on doing it in steps, i already got the side step rails put on and replaced the soundbar to match the rest of the interior color. i want to replace the front and rear bumpers to a stainless steel set, then possibly do the other exterior upgrades to match from black to the stainless steel look. i am not looking to off-road at all, so i'd probably wouldnt need a lift kit.

the only other thing is in my area there are alot of hills from the mountains and when i lose alot of speed going up them, usually only ever maxing out at 45 mph. is there anything i can do or purchase to gain some speed back?
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Old 08-17-2007, 10:44 AM   #2
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To get some power back the simple things to do are air intakes, throtle body spacer, and exhaust.

You'll get the itch to take it offroad, trust me.

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Old 08-17-2007, 10:51 AM
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I am by far the type of person that will know their way under the hood of a Jeep. i figured i would learn as i go. i have been looking at Air intakes but so far my main source for research on them has been JC Whitney. i havent had much time because of my job.

i probably will eventually take it offroad just not to the extreme like the hardcore jeep owners. the videos i seen of these people on youtube are insane, but then again they know what they are doing. i will stick to the amateur stuff like paved roads, then eventually get enough courage for dirt roads.

which should i try in order (air intake, throttle spacer, or exhaust) or is it best to install them in some sort of combination? does anybody have any recommendations on where to get this stuff from?
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Old 08-17-2007, 11:02 AM   #4
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personally i would do the intake and spacer at once since you have to take the intake off anyways. but thats just me, check also www.quadratec.com they are a decent place to look. also check your local offroad shops they should have an array of intakes, exhausts and can give you some good advice on installing but that is why we are here too.
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Old 08-17-2007, 11:17 AM   #5
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These guys are pretty good too.

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Scout - this thread is calling for you to post the aerodynamics picture.

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Take a look at exhuast or have it looked at. Just replaced my CAT and muffler and what a difference! Major difference in power.
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I want to see the aerodynamic's picture!!!

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I also have a 2.5L but it's a '97 TJ manual. I was thinking about getting the gear ratios increased because I'm also having trouble climbing hills. Is that a good way to go? This is my 1st Wrangler and I've only has it about 3 months. I have a 3 inch body lift with 33 inch tires and am about to get another 3 inch suspension lift. My jeep is so slow taking off from red lights that I feel like I am aggravating people behind me. If I have the gears beefed up, that means I'm going to loose some top end speed though, right?

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