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Old 10-16-2010, 08:36 PM   #1
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Question Lookin to spend some money on upgrades

Got a question for everybody.If you were gonna get $1500 to spend on your Jeep , what would be the best upgrades? Already got new tires & rims , what should I do next?I got the 2.5L 4 banger. Stock everything except wheels & tires.

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Old 10-16-2010, 08:45 PM   #2
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I'd go with a good quality mild suspension lift kit and some exterior upgrade (armor or fix that rust)

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Old 10-16-2010, 09:16 PM   #3
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I say this seriously.

If the stork dropped 1500 bucks on me: I'd replace my 4 banger with a V8.

Or at least a slant 6/AX-15 combo.

My second answer would be optimum performance and healthy jeep is 5 MILLION TIMES better than any peripherals or vanity purchases.
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Old 10-21-2010, 07:53 PM   #4
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I would love to put a V-8 in it but I mainly drive back and forth to work which is about 70 miles.I also need shocks and springs,do I lift it or do more upgrades? I don't know which is the best most sensible way to go about it.Do one big thing at a time or do a bunch of different small things?
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Old 10-21-2010, 08:29 PM   #5
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2.5inch suspension lift (4 if you want to but it will be more exspensive).

New rims, new tires, new bumper/winch.

Or if your not looking for offroad accesories, go with sound upgrade, bedline the interior, fix any rust. There's really tons of choices. But with $1500 i would go with the offroad accesories i listed until you run out of money.
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Old 10-23-2010, 11:04 AM   #6
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I would:
1) add at least a lunchbox locker
2) 8.8 rear
3) ford injectors
4) brake upgrade
5) armor

That's what I would do, not in any particular order.
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Old 10-23-2010, 12:02 PM   #7
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Get it running perfect, be rid of any rust spots, bedliner and go from there. Fix all repairs needed. A good running stock jeep is better than a mod jeep that has to be fixed every week
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Old 10-23-2010, 12:25 PM   #8
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Get it in running really good and fix all the rust. Who doesn't hate looking at rust?
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Old 10-23-2010, 01:08 PM   #9
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it really depends where your priorities/likes are. You said you bought new wheels and tires. So did you buy brand new stock replacements? Upgrade to 31s? What kind of tires?

Do you want to take it off road? Just a Daily Driver?

Simply put it depends what YOU want to do to the vehicle. What people here can help you with is what to get once you select the " genre" of products you want to buy/upgrade.

Example: You decide you want it lifted. Now people here will tell yu the pros cons of lifts/heights. What tires you can run. How much you can lift before making major changes to your Jeep.

Or you decide interior is where you want to spend all the cash..well they can point you to the best seats/ best tub lining/ sound system etc..

It all depends on what you want to do with. Then we can help more from there.
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Old 10-24-2010, 08:48 AM   #10
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Talking

Thank you all for your much respected input.The more I think about it I think that I'm going to fix my suspension,which is all stock,and possibly re-gear it?I am running 31's and since putting them on my mpg's suck and it takes a little while to do 70 mph.I only have the 4-banger and not planning any major off-road trips.(although I wouldn't might giving the mounds a try).If I lift it do I have to re do the driveline?any other mods?What gears should I re-gear to?How do I tell what front/rear end that I have?So many questions so much time
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My friend has a 4 banger. He put a Cold Air Intake on it and it noticeably increased the power and the engine runs a bit cooler now too.

A 2.5 inch lift kit does not require you to do anything to the drive line.

Sorry, I can't help you on the re-gearing or the the axle questions
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Gearing to 4.56s would be good. You should already have 4.10s now and since you said you are running 31s with a 4cyl and it takes a while to get to 70, then 4.56s should be fine. Then the issue becomes when you want to do the lift and 35s you will have to re-gear again. $$$$ wasted IMO. Not only that, but if you can't do the gears yourself, you will eat up much of your budget.

I would take care of all the mechanical stuff first as already mentioned. A complete tune up, hotter ignition maybe, CIA, and see how your MPG improves. Check for broken anything or potential future issues and resolve those. You would hate to have to fix something major after blowing the cash on upgrades. Especially if it is your daily driver.

Go through and grease/lube everything that should be with quality products, balance your tires and keep them aired properly. That should improve your MPG.

With the left over cash do the 5505 kit from Rubicon Express (no driveline issues). If you want more information about the RE5505 kit, shoot me a PM.

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Old 10-24-2010, 09:35 PM   #13
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I say this seriously.

If the stork dropped 1500 bucks on me: I'd replace my 4 banger with a V8.

Or at least a slant 6/AX-15 combo.
yep me to. or id paint it.
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Old 10-24-2010, 09:39 PM   #14
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Lift it.
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Seat Covers!!! Yea definitely seat cover!!!
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Old 10-29-2010, 10:09 PM   #16
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I think thats a good idea,to get it running good,better MPG's,complete tune-up/inspection,then spend a bit on off road accesories.I appreciate everybodys help.

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